Victoria is a bustling place, not least because of the two main theatres right by its station. However, head away from the concourse and less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Victoria Apollo is a hidden gem.
The Eccleston Hotel was opened five years ago by siblings Olivia and James and the rooms are quite something. Not only is fresh air pumped in daily, but the beds have a massage facility and there’s a second TV in the bathroom mirror.
The hotel is thriving, but it is the new restaurant that is the real draw. Drawing on the French influence from the owners, combined with chef Matt Laville’s time working in Spain, the restaurant offers a selection of delectable French tapas.
Champagne in hand we tasted some exceptional dishes, including tapas from the new spring menu. Personal favourites included chilli cheese croquettes, gratin de coquille St Jacques and the oxtail beignet with miso dressing. The tapenade was also excellent and the mango cheesecake divine.
For anyone who likes small plates with flavours that perfectly complement each other, Tapas 37 is a delightful spot, with delicious food.
Reviewed by Michaela Clement-Hayes
37 Ecceleston Square SW1V 1PB London