The Folly

4.4
606 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Wander through our garden lounge and flower shop, swing by the hanging chairs or simply dine at the chef's table. A sanctuary of calm, our unique private dining room, deli, and collection of private vaults make the perfect retreat for entertaining friends.
Whether you're just in for breakfast on the way to the office, hosting a business meeting over lunch, or joining friends and colleagues for casual drinks and a late bite, there's an array of seating, eating and drinking options to suit your mood regardless of the time of day.
An all day menu sits alongside grape varieties from across the globe (that you can even take away with you), skinny cocktails and a mixology table, for those who enjoy indulging in an unrivalled range of spirits.
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AgnieszkaD
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The place and atmosphere is great. The prices are ok but the quality of food should improve. Service was great and I will recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and peaceful environment. Friendly staff and felt COVID safe

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Didn’t eat here but great for drinks even in a COVID world!

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Madeleinevdh
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday dinner with a friend and was very pleased with the service that we received! Considering I am on a student budget the prices were very good and we were able to have starter, main, desert and bottle of wine without breaking the bank. Food was lovely, service was great! Just wish we hadn’t had the 10pm curfew so we could’ve stayed longer!

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EmmaW
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was great but the social distancing could have been better.

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Maris
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I came with my friend

We ordered 3 zeroalchol drinks £4.5 each. And 2 portions of chips £4.5 each (just double checked you food and drink menu)
Can you explain how come the half of the bill is £24.76?????? I have just checked my bank account!
I’ve been at your bar diffeeent times, so recently I don’t ask for a proof of payment or check the total ( not even your waiters show you the total they are typing on the machine, and the place is dark too!)

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting in prime location perfect for afternoon or after work drinks and nibbles.

MO
MaisOui
Essex
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and drink selection. Sometimes took a while to get our drinks but they were very busy! Could do with a few more staff

MO
MaisOui
Essex
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really nice and the service was fab. Good atmosphere as well. Only tiny thing I can think of was that the chairs were very low to the table for eating!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and very well organised and extremely COVID 19 friendly.

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vipButh
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We came here for dinner. Our drinks order was taken upon being seated and the drinks arrived shortly thereafter. However, we patiently waited 45 minutes for someone to come and take our food order while watching everyone around us getting served. Way to make us feel valued as customers. After flagging someone down we were given the excuse that they were going to wait until we had finished our drinks before asking if we wanted food?? Ridiculous. We asked for our drinks bill and left without ordering food. To the staff’s credit, we were told not to worry about paying for the drinks, which we appreciated. Such a shame as I had a really good experience the first time I came to The Folly.

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GeorginaK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was really great and it’s a great venue, very pretty. But our server made no effort to keep socially distanced and when paying the bill he stood too close to me for even if it was normal times! Also I ordered a hard seltzer that was on the menu and was around a fiver, I was told that I had ordered the only thing they didn’t have in stock but she could make me up a similar thing (implying for the same price) and instead I got charged for a double vodka plus the mixer which came to double.

Also be aware drinks come as double as standard so need to ask if you want a single

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Fiona
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful restaurant full of greenery which creates the perfect ambience. Very varied menu suitable for anyone, and great service too.

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SukiZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff were super nice and friendly. The food looked really good but was a bit too salty. My friend and I both ordered crispy duck salad, couldn’t finish the whole thing because it was too salty and too much sauce. Other than that, everything was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the eggs Benedict and my girlfriend had the chicken and waffles from their brunch menu and they both surpassed our expectations., the food came so quick as well even though they were busy enough. The staff were excellent, friendly, can have a laugh with you and always there. The cocktails are very nice and have a great drinks menu at reasonable prices. Fair to say if I’m in the area again I’ll be back in a heartbeat

BR
vipBlueRabbit
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was quick and friendly. The food was delicious - I had the mac and cheese gnocchi and my friend had a burger. Unfortunately, mid way through our lovely lunch the whole restaurant had to evacuate due to a gas leak. I had been enjoying the dish so much that I wanted to take it with me!! Nevermind, I shall rebook soon to start all over again!

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Foodie
London
51 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I’ve been to The Folly a few times, but this was the first time I would rate it lower. We ate in the restaurant and the lighting was so low on the outer edge that we really struggled to read the menus. In the end I went for one of the specials because it was easier than guessing the menu options. I should point out that I am in my thirties and have great eye sight too!

Aside from that, the food and atmosphere in the place is always great - you might just want to request a seat closer to the kitchen to be able to see.

JD
JamesD
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family meal

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Valwee
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time had, perfect for a girly lunch.
Cocktails were lovely and the food delicious. The service was so good, it was even a little too speedy!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food which came very fast!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nice ambiente but very loud music.

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vipElenaF
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very noisy. However the food was great and the service was also good.

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vipDomN
London
31 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great venue for brunch on Sunday. Extensive menu, great decor and surroundings, good atmosphere and service - only issue was that those of us who had eggs, all of them were stone cold and the rest of the full breakfast was lukewarm at best. Couldn't be bothered to send back as it didn't spoil our fun, but just so others know.

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NeilG
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

More attentive staff. I had to get up from my business meeting on two separate occasions to attract the attention of waiting staff for further drinks, however, on arrival the guy was at our table four times in ten minutes asking us to order. Nothing major but it would have been nice to get more drinks as and when we desired them. Never had that happen anywhere else

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viphmmm
London
191 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with different areas - large tables for groups, cozy sofas and smaller tables for more private meals and even a private room. Food selection is good and food is tasty. We were very good taken care of by Steve - great service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Music unnecessarily loud. Had to shout to talk

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Karen
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a really lovely dinner here on New Year’s Eve. Really nice food and great atmosphere. The service was a bit slow but it was NYE so I don’t think it would be like that on a regular night.

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luckyNot
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

A busy Christmas period made for slower service, but atmosphere was fun and food good value for London. I would eat there again

PA
PALLAVIR
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and good service.
I have been to folly's couple of times before and as always enjoyed our time :)

CB
vipCityBroker
London
32 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place and comfortable seats. Food came fast and delicious. Staff are very friendly too. Will recommend to others.

PS
vipPurpleString
London
35 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It's ok.
Nothing special.
Huge menu but they can't really accommodate allergies, so you know what that says about the cooking.
I watched the chef sharpen his knife, wipe the knife off on a gherkin and then put that gherkin back in the stack. A minute later it went on someone's plate.
Very busy, so very slow service
Great decor, but now many years old from there previous owners... And it shows.

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vipCathy
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

These people care about giving you a great experience. They REALLY care. They comped a couple of things that really did NOT need to be comped. We told them not to bother, and they did anyway. Wonderful vibe, good food, very reasonable prices. Super-attentive service. We had a fabulous time. Well done, folks!

MW
MattW
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was nice but had sat a little too long and wasn't very hot when it got to us.

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Hats173
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I really like the Folly for the food and ambience but the service is always very slow although the staff are always friendly. It is always quite noisy around the restaurant area so it’s very difficult to hear what your fellow diners are saying.

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metalguru
London
33 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Meet up of friends. We were well looked after by our server. This bar restaurant has bottle or draft beer which makes a nice change instead of being ripped off by bottle beer prices. For that reason alone I would go back. Prices for wine was very reasonable considering we were in the City. Menu had something for everyone and again reasonably priced. Ambience and decor was pleasant. The staff were putting up the Christmas decorations probably t will look very seasonal.

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Eheat
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The decor is so cute, and good food that is reasonably priced for central London!

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Daphne
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Nice restaurant although too busy. Food was ok prices fair.

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Alexa
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

A group of four of us came for a catch-up dinner at The Folley. We sat down at 6pm and the music was so loud we couldn’t hear each other speak. The service was great as was the food - but the experience was unfortunately not good due to the unnecessarily loud music.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really nice food good value for money and nice ambience. Slightly slow service but acceptable as it was quite busy.

HM
vipHungryMan
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food is OK, nothing special (unfortunately it’s quite inconsistent from visit to visit), nice atmosphere and fairly good service

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The Folly is rated 4.4 stars by 606 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.