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London's original Greek restaurant offering a rich Live Music & Entertainment programme, Private Dining, Cocktail Bar, Roof Garden & Shisha Lounge in the West End.
First opened in 1936, The Elysée is London’s original Greek restaurant, having seen visits from His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the 1966 England World Cup winning team to celebrate their victory, among many other high profile guests such as The Beatles and Mohammed Ali, as patrons to taste the delectable Mediterranean cuisine. We use only the finest Greek extra virgin olive oil and other Greek imported produce to enhance your experience.
“Many places in London are hard to get in to…Elysée is hard to leave”
In 1936, The Elysée opened on 13 Percy Street in Fitzrovia by George Varnava, a former Maître D’ at The Savoy Hotel. Originally a French, silver service restaurant, it became an instant sensation attracting Londoners across the city and travellers worldwide. The venue built a strong reputation, successively establishing itself into the 1940s as a hot spot for artists, writers, big screen stars, celebrities and members of the British and Greek Royal families. This period marked the beginning of a family legacy that still lives to the present day.
London’s Original Greek Restaurant
In 1962, The Elysée was bought by Varnava’ nephews George, Michael and Ulysses Karageorgis. Under new direction, the brothers delved into family values, incorporating traditional live Greek music entertainment and delectable Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant evolved into a leading Greek institution, one of Central London’s most significant cultural contributors and late night scenes.
The Elysée’s continued success in the 1960s saw visits from His Royal Highness Prince Philip and the 1966 England World Cup winning team to celebrate their victory, amongst many other high profile guests such as The Beatles and Mohammed Ali.
After a remarkable 48 years, the three brothers retired handing the baton to cousins Giggs Karageorgis, Kyriacos Pattihis, Kerry and Alex Karageorgis, who brought a new vision to life.
In 2010, our Greek Restaurant underwent an astonishing refurbishment inaugurating two interconnecting private dining areas, a vibrant Cocktail Bar & Lounge and an exquisite 700 square foot Roof Garden with heating and retractable roofs, transforming the restaurant into an indisputable multi-faceted gem in Fitzrovia.
Today, The Elysée offers a rich variety of services, from social and corporate party events to intimate gatherings, from a vibrant setting with live entertainment (including its infamous plate smashing), to relaxing atmospheres, al fresco dining and private function areas, all brought together by its ravishing fusion of classic and modern Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The Elysée is unquestionably a leading figure in London’s Catering & Hospitality Industry.
A venue second to none, this family-run establishment promises to continue entertaining and enchanting its guests for time to come whilst its discrete policies make it a retreat for those in the limelight.
One of the most loved Greek custom and tradition is Τσικνοπέμπτι / Tsiknopempti or "Barbecue Thursday". You can celebrate this Greek carnival at the Elysee on Thursday 28th February ... and try our speciality Souvla, prime cuts of lamb and chicken, slow spit-roasted.
After a remarkable 83 years (since 1936!) the Elysée continues to offer a rich variety of services, from a vibrant setting with nightly Iive entertainment (including its famous plate smashing) to a cocktail bar & DJ lounge, roof garden & shisha lounge, private dining rooms.
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