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About the restaurant

Ikoyi is located alongside similarly acclaimed restaurants like Aquavit in the gleaming St James’s Market development on the border of Mayfair, St James’s and Soho. With floor-to-ceiling windows and chic interiors, it’s got a destination feel without drifting into opulence.

The restaurant comes from chef Jeremy Chan – formerly of The Ledbury – and restaurateur Iré Hassan-Odukale. It was set up with the aim of celebrating the flavours and ingredients of Nigerian and West African with forward-thinking cooking techniques and a creative approach to plating.

The restaurant won a Michelin star shortly after opening, which should point to the fact that food here is artful and contemporary-feeling, built around a huge range of spices imported from Africa but made with seasonal British ingredients. The tasting menu is the best way to experience all that Ikoyi has to offer.

Reviews from the Web

Critic reviews

The Infatuation

It’s a place that’s absolutely worth trying once or twice, and we’re excited to have it in London.

The Guardian

With West African-inspired flavours and British ingredients under a roof of minimalist fine dining, Ikoyi may not be authentic, but it’s puzzlingly innovative


West African-inspired food cooked by a Chinese-Canadian chef in a restaurant named after a prosperous part of Lagos that was home to the Nigerian business partner installed in a soulless West End precinct where other catering operations have all the allure of a fridge with the door left ajar is a fairly quick summary.

The Telegraph

The chicken was like doing a shot, but of meat'

Time Out

Ikoyi’s take on African food feels like a thrilling anomaly even in London’s diverse food scene. Let's hope it's the beginning of a proper trend.

The Nudge

It’s a sleek space, in keeping with the futuristic surroundings of the newly done-up St James’s Market. Inside you’ll find whitewashed walls, mustard banquettes and an intimate 6-seater bar, separated off from the rest of the restaurant and the grand open kitchen at the back by a wall of cascading plants.