Just as London’s Soho has a long, complicated history, so too does the town of Limassol, from which The Four Lanterns takes its name. Ta Tessera Phamaia is The Four Lanterns bridge which for many years was the home to Cypriots and Turks alike. In Soho, The Four Lanterns is also bridging the national divides, serving diners from their Cleveland Street premises an enticing swirl of Greek, Cypriot and Turkish food.
The Four Lanterns on Cleveland Street is a restaurant of serious standing. Founded way back in 1970s where wide flares and union rights were all the rage, the restaurant is was and remains a family place. Lead by Peter and supported by his family, Soho diners are invited to pick their way across a menu which represents the food of three nations with an entangled history: Cyprus, Turkey and Greece. As such, The Four Lanterns enjoys a reputation not only for fantastic Greek food, but excellent food from across the region.
In bringing together Greek food with its cousins from Turkish and Cypriot cuisine, the family team at The Four Lanterns have covered almost every incarnation of food from that corner of the Med. For meat lovers, there’s shashlik roasted slowly and served succulent, or for the veggies, there’s traditional saganaki> feta coated in flour and breadcrumbs before being deep fried, or more obviously Greek dishes like stifado and moussaka. The Cleveland Street dining room, in the heart of London’s Soho carry the memories of nearly fifty years in business, all pastel tablecloths and paintings and pictures of Limmasol. This laidback, retro feel gives The Four Lanterns its charm, this is a place to sit, stay and ruminate on the classic food of the Mediterranean.
Nice cosy restaurant with Greek music playing in the background . We had a lovely meal here, the service couldn't have been better and the owner is a real character! Will be going back soon
Four of us went for a meal last night, we all enjoyed a very good Greek meal. The portions were large and tasty, the service was excellent. I would certainly return as there are many more dishes to try.
Great authentic Greek food with fantastic and entertaining service. Went with the maze which lasted the whole evening, food after food after food! Excellent wine too!
Good honest Greek food had a great wine that I've only ever found in Cyprus and the owner friendly and funny Price reasonable and would be going back again
The Four Lanterns is a hidden gem, one of those places you stumble across and then keep on going back to....we have been several times and will surely return again. It's unpretentous, great tasty Greek food, wonderful service, and an engaging entertaining owner Peter, who doubles as a professional photographer at the drop of a hat... This and the retro Mateus Rose, makes the 4 Lanterns one of our favourite places in London!
We've been meeting up at The Four Lanterns for our work reunions for a few years now and it's consistently good food at a reasonable price in a pleasant, informal setting.
This is the 3rd time we have visited. No Really! I think the food is excellent and the friendly service is real not false as is often the case in London Restaurants. The boss, Michael is a real character and brings an essence of Greece to the experience...well done... and ...yes I am afraid we will be back.
This restaurant was reccommended by other friends of mine so that I immediately made a booking with friends. The food was simple and tasty. Especially, fish was grilled nicely. The chef was friendly, too. I shall get back there agwin with other friends soon for grilled fish.
Great restaurant to visit both for experiencing the owner's quirky and dry sense of humour (what a character) and great food at a very reasonable price. I can thoroughly recommend The 4 Lanterns if you want to experience a good, unpretentious restaurant in Central London.
Small family run restaurant in a quiet London street. Food was delicious, freshly cooked and served quite quickly. When we arrived at 6pm, it was almost empty but soon filled up as space is limited.