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5.1 /6 Excellent 296 Reviews


Bloomsbury Spanish £££ +100
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About Cigala

Cigala is a small neighbourhood Spanish restaurant found at 54 Lamb's Conduit Street in London’s Bloomsbury area. At such a location, Cigala is frequented by legal and publishing professionals. Celebrities are (not) spotted there having incognito drinks and tapas. Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster would go there if they weren’t otherwise occupied. But why? Cigala isn’t flashy. And that’s it – Cigala discreetly offers some of the most authentic Spanish food around, made using the best ingredients, often imported directly from Spain. Then there’s the wine.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Saturday 12:30 - 22:45
  • Sunday 12:30 - 21:45
Cigala, 54 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3LW London

Further Information

Cigala’s owner is also Cigala’s chef. Jake Hodges, formerly of Moro in Clerkenwell, has created a haven for lovers of authentic Spanish food and wine that is modest in manner. An unostentatious oasis in the heart of busy Bloomsbury, Cigala is a haven for the media types (and, yes, celebrities) who frequent the area. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Cigala is exclusively for London’s elite. Far from it, Cigala’s affordable prices means that at 54 Lamb's Conduit Street, infamous tapas, paella and more are well within reach.

The incredibly well-researched, informative wine list is a strong contender for being the most extensive Spanish selection around Bloomsbury or indeed in London. At Cigala’a 54 Lamb's Conduit Street premises, lesser-known Spanish whites are lined up against the reds you’d expect – plus a handful you wouldn’t – and the list runs through to cava, sherries, rosado, brandies and liqueurs. Deserving of our thanks, Cigala has also efficiently whiled away the years developing an in-house list of Spanish cocktails, should the wine selection prove just too intimidating.


296 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 296 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
10.05.2015 07:32

Very discreet. Great service. Great food. I would highly recommend the tapas.

3 reviews so far 4
04.04.2015 08:29

Good quality tapas with a decent range for vegetarians. Friendly and attentive service. Maybe slightly overpriced, but recommended.

2 reviews so far 2
06.07.2017 08:37

The restaurant has declined drastically. Slack and graceless service, and food at best mediocre (meanly portioned, poorly sourced starters and astonishingly dry and unseasoned paella that would disgrace the most touristy parts of Barcelona). A shame.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2015 07:21

Great food and Great service. Authentic Spanish tapas in a lovely location

3 reviews so far 5
02.04.2015 09:37

Very good value nice staff and tasti food thanks we will see you again

1 review so far 5
14.05.2015 08:30

Very good, pleasant experience aged food was high quality and The staff were friendly

7 reviews so far 6
08.07.2015 07:51

As ever, excellent food and service - great evening with friends.

1 review so far 6
03.04.2015 07:10

Great food, superb atmosphere and friendly staff. One of my favourites.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2015 07:39

Excellent food, attentive staff, lovely ambience and pleasant surroundings. Lived up to expectation.

1 review so far 2
04.03.2015 09:50

Expensive for quality provided. Baccala fritters mainly potato. Salumi very ordinary. Indifferent off hand service. Probably caused by understaffing. This is Medlar/Glasshouse pricing but with very ordinary cooking and ingredients. Never again.

3 reviews so far 5
18.03.2015 08:09

Fantastic food very good service thank you for the great paella

1 review so far 2
08.04.2015 17:44

Quite expensive, nice menu but a lot of the options had alcohol in them which I cannot have. Very busy and loud, not great for business meetings

1 review so far 2
14.01.2016 16:40

I love food here but service today unbelievably and unexplainedly slow, so it took 1 1/2 hours for starter to arrive. Not good for a business lunch

1 review so far 5
05.07.2015 21:20

Excellent ambience and great selection of tapas and vegetarian dishes.