[Peter Paul Rubens. Tiger, Lion and Leopard Hunt. *Pic credit at end of article]
Recently we went to visit La Caprice for a late lunch to sample their ‘Rubens and His Legacy’ package in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts.
With its black and white décor, David Bailey photographs and long dining bar, Le Caprice is a model of urban elegance, but its reputation runs deeper.
Opened in 1947 by Mario Gallati, former Maître d’ of The Ivy, it was relaunched in 1981 and quickly became a social institution with a devoted international clientele who enjoy unsurpassed service and a lively atmosphere, expertly marshalled by its Director, Jesus Adorno.
At the heart of Le Caprice’s renown is an always fresh and imaginative modern British and European menu sourced from the finest suppliers; a typical list might include grilled squid with chorizo, padrón peppers & datterini tomatoes, Blythburgh pork belly with rosemary roasted roots & apple mash and San Daniele ham.
We were keen to see the exhibition which is sponsored by BNY Mellon, Partner of the Royal Academy of Arts as we had heard great things. Our lunch was delicious with Heritage beets, crispy goat’s cheese, truffle honey dressing to start, followed by Slow-roast suckling pig parsnip mash and caramelised apple for mains, all washed down with a bottle of sparkling water and a thirst quenching cocktail.
Rubens and His Legacy brings together masterpieces produced during his lifetime, as well as major works by great artists who were influenced by him in the generations that followed.
At Le Caprice you can enjoy a two course late lunch or early dinner with a cocktail and exhibition ticket for just £39. To book, call Le Caprice on 020 7629 2239 quoting ‘RA Rubens’. Available Monday to Sunday, from 2pm to 6pm.
The package must be paid for at time of booking and tickets collected from Le Caprice. The exhibition tickets are valid from Saturday, 24 January until Friday, 10 April.
Le Caprice (Arlington House, Arlington Street, London SW1A 1RJ)
[*Peter Paul Rubens. Tiger, Lion and Leopard Hunt, 1616. Oil on canvas, 256 x 324.5 cm. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes. Photo © MBA, Rennes, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Adélaïde Beaudoin Exhibition organised by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Royal Academy of Arts, London, and BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts), Brussels]