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.
- 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’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.
Great food and friendly staff. Went for a business lunch was able to chat without being overheard well spaced out and the Paella was spot on. Will definitely be back.
The best quality Spanish food and service this side of the Channel. My favourite "local" restaurant on one of the coolest side streets of London
Lovely place with a nice atmosphere. Marisco (seafood) Paella and marisco Fidegua are for me their best dishes. This now a classic place for us where to go with friends
We had a lovely evening really lovely food relaxed atmosphere and the service was good too. I recommend this restaurant and will definitely return again
Nice people, good atmosphere, delicious food. We spent a very good time there. I strongly recommend to book a table in advance. I would like to go there again soon.
Excellent service, attentive, good recommendations. Have the whiskey cake, it is superb. Great food, good range of veggie and non veggie. Very good cheese plate.
The food and wine is very good and reasonably priced. The restaurant is located in an interesting and pleasant area and service is always excellent.
Nice atmosphere, we went early so easy to chat..it does get quite noisy later in the evening. Food good tho not if your after fine dinning.. nice mid week supper!
Lovely relaxed atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff. Bright and airy decorations. Excellent tapas menu with a good selection. I would definitely go back. Highly recommended
Great food, very fresh, great service, delightful dinner for five before going on to a show. Spanish wine list is extensive and brilliant. Highly recommended.
Lovely food and wine. Easy to book, nice location, quiet when we went but busy when we left. Fantastic value, thank you very much :)
The food was amazing but we had a rather moody waitress. She spilled wine twice while pouring it and didn't even think of apologising. I'd give top marks to everything except the service of this particular waitress.
Both tapas and main menu and food quality was good - nice location on a corner of a pedestrian area which seemed a friendly area with lots of locals chatting - service could have been more attentive
Really delicious food and lovely, relaxed atmosphere. Friendly staff and just around the corner from work, so will definitely be visiting again! Highly recommended as offer something for everyone.
A very enjoyable corner of Spain on uber cool Lamb's Conduit St - a terrific range of tapas, delicious mains and a convivial atmosphere. What more could you want?!
Always reliable food and service. Wine choices are excellent. Restaurant has great local atmosphere with a good buzz of conversation. Always try to eat here on trips to London.
Nice food, good service, extremely civilised atmosphere. It's never cheap, but overall I'd say this restaurant warrants the bill every time. We would - and do - go back
I went for a mid-week business lunch and there was a nice atmosphere. Fantastic food, and great place. Slightly sloppy service, but quick and friendly, so overall great lunch.
Always like coming here: pleasant staff and generally very good food. Three of us had the set lunch which didn't reach great heights on this occasion but was just OK. It won't stop us coming again.
Lovely tapas - just wish it were my local. Great, traditional food and delicious selection of sherries! Also very pleasant and attentive service = perfect evening with friends.
Love this place, the staff are great, the food really good and you can hear each other speak. You must try the chicken livers and the cauliflower dish.
Good food, pleasant service, chatty atmosphere. Not too much loud music , could have been a few more experimental dishes but the traditional Spanish tapas dishes were delicious.
Excellent Spanish food, I had the Iberico pork chop which was cooked with just the merest hint of pink on the bone. Extensive wine list and good service.
Good food, "humble ambiance", good, friendly service , great quail, very good skate, have eaten here several times, lots of outdoor seating, interesting neighbourhood, lunch particularly good value
Excellent and always interesting Iberian cooking - a bit of a undiscovered gem. Would thoroughly recommend it for business lunches or the more personal stuff in the evening.
Food nice. Portion size pretty stingy - about 15 padron peppers for £7! Service ok. And there was a bit of a draught around my back (I was sitting by the window) which wasn't ideal.
Great food and lovely staff - really made us feel welcome on a cold wet March night.Also the restaurant is good value for money. Will certainly visit again
Great tapas in Central London, try the mushroom croquetas and the cheese plate... All dishes were great! Albariño wine is a good choice!
Food and wine were great (paella marisco and albarino) but it was rather noisy and our table felt like it was in a corridor. Very off putting and I'm not sure we'll go again
The food was good and so was the service. The restaurant is a relaxed, pleasant place in an interesting part of town and its prices are reasonable.
Great, friendly, laid back but prompt service. Food was delicious. Situated on a beautiful quiet street. Chicken and chorizo Paella was amazing. Busy for a Wednesday evening.
Excellent range of tapas. We particularly enjoyed the prawns in garlic, the chorizo and the patatas bravas. Good range of Rioja wines. Friendly service. Modern bright ambience.
Excellent - as ever. Professional and reliable. We would be very upset if they ever took the Mulhacen jelly off the dessert menu. Very good quality ingredients.
very good tapas; very friendly and helpful staff.;the gambas and serrano were excellent;if you like quail, it was first rate.overall, an excellent meal which we have repeated.
Really fun place, nice people, great atmosphere. Food a little behind some if the very excellent spanish offerings available in London but all round a lively restaurant!
Excellent food and good service. I was meeting a friend who I seldom see and it was a good place for a slow meal and much conversation.
Great food, pleasant staff and atmosphere. I would love to return and have a boozy extended lunch! Will definitely return and sample the rest of the menu
Food was delicious, as ever, and prices seem fair. Staff were friendly and obliging. When the restaurant begins to fill up the noise becomes hard to bear.
Great food, good selection of wine and excellent, friendly service. The large selection of tapas is particularly good and authentic. All in all a very satisfactory experience.
Very pleasant atmosphere. Excellent service and very competent kitchen. Wines very acceptable (Godello from Monterrei is excellent value). Overall, a very pleasant experience, and will return soon.
Good food, very busy, service could have been more attentive. Small plates seem to work better than regular dishes but 3 course special was high value. 4
It's a comfortable Spanish dinner with one of my most important friends. Foods are nice, friendly atmosphere. I will come back again.
Food very good, inventive, not heavy and reasonable wine list as well definitely recommend. Service a bit slow but staff is friendly and accommodating. Will return
Good value for money lunch with attentive service and excellent good value wine list. The tapas selection is also extremely good. The mains are competitively priced
this destination has a great lively and informal atmosphere serving you up with classic Spanish dishes to savour. the service is attentive but discreet in nature.
very good as always, The food, ambience and wine make for a very relaxing evening. I would not hesitate to go back there again and again.
Best tapas in Bloomsbury - we've been coming back for 2 years and this visit was best ever. Highlights are the chipirones land the orange tart.
Great food in this atmospheric local Spanish restaurant. Be careful not to order too many tapas to leave room for a paella. Efficient and friendly service.
excellent food, service a bit hit and miss but the Tapas came quick and was really good , nice friendly staff nothing fussy just good food
Paella was chargrilled and boney. Wouldnt order it again. We were also asked to pay the optional service charge even though we had added a tip to our total. We explained we werent adding any extra service charge due to the above.