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Jewel (Bar, Restaurant, Club)

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29/30 Maiden Lane, West End, London, WC2E 7JS
Cuisine: Mediterranean Average Price: £18
Tel: 020 7845 9980 | Email to Jewel | Transport: Covent Garden | Write review

Jewel Review

It is a fact universally acknowledged that trying to find an upmarket yet unpretentious bar in Covent Garden is like trying to find hens’ teeth; or Pixie Lott’s sense of individuality. Snooty doormen, overpriced drinks, and bland, unimpressive food are all fairly commonplace in this often overcrowded and fairly touristy part of London. Yet, on a bleak January evening, my guest and I were treated to a glamorous yet remarkably laid back night at Jewel Covent Garden.

The outside of Jewel is slightly misleading – despite its modest exterior this place is huge with many mezzanines and floors. There’s a bar with some sparsely strewn tables on the ground floor, a second bar and dancefloor downstairs while upstairs is where the unfeasibly comfy VIP booths are situated (with own bar). The lighting throughout is brooding, whilst the glitter of extravagance is mirrored on the walls and through the shards of crystal light from the chandeliers. Music emanates from a DJ booth downstairs and seems to be a mix of cool house and commercial dance. It was by no means overbearing or distracting and easily allowed for conversation without ending up hoarse.

We arrived at the trendy bar/club to find it packed to the rafters (unusual for a Thursday night we were told – apparently, there was a large birthday shindig downstairs). Jewel’s patrons are akin to the décor – glizty and beautiful – but not frigteningly so. I didn’t feel drastically underdressed despite my jeans, trainers and many, many layers. We were ushered straight through the crowd of suited and booted City Boys to our VIP booth where a very attentive member of the waiting staff greeted us.

Once seated and settled, we were treated to the Gourmet Sharing Platter, which included calamari, truly delicious wedges, delectable sticky ribs, and goats cheese flatbread (it is worth noting that the attentive staff were more than accommodating when it came to our slightly fussy food requests). Testimony to just how good the platters looked was the fact that after ours arrived, three adjacent tables followed suit and ordered exactly the same. We weren’t left disappointed –tasted as good as they looked - and it was just the right amount to line our stomachs for the cocktail extravaganza that was to follow.

The cocktails are the real pull here – and rightly so. The choice is extensive – ranging from classics such as Carrie Bradshaw’s tipple of choice, the Cosmopolitan, to Martinis and contemporary house specials (all around the £8 mark). My guest and I pride ourselves on being Mojito connoisseurs so felt obliged to see how Jewel’s fared. Four thumbs up from us.

Others favourites were the Bramble and the Gin & Sin – both lovingly created with fresh fruit. My guest braved one of the Grey Goose Vodka Martinis – she absolutely adored it but, in truth, it would have been too strong for me to drink a whole one. Later in the evening we, cheekily, opted for a cocktail instead of a pudding. And the cocktail in question - Pure Lust, made with vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur and double cream - was more than a sufficient replacement.

It was around this time that the cocktails began to take effect and I realised that if we didn’t leave promptly, we ran the risk of attempting to gatecrash the party downstairs and humiliating ourselves on the dance floor. So we opted to preserve our dignity and head home. It was a school night after all. But we will be back at some point. We still have the rest of that cocktail list to get through...
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Customer Reviews for Jewel

Average (based on 20 votes): 20 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Jewel.

“I will try to be brief as much as possible on my review. Quite frankly a great bar! At first glance you may think that the drinks and food are expensive, but have another look cos they have happy hour, which make really quite affordable. Cocktails are unlikely any others that you have tried a billion times in other bars and the food is equally good. I usually go on week days but tried for the first time last Saturday, was really impressed with the amount of good looking girls (sorry, it's important to me!) and the dance floor was on fire! I would prefer if I could have had a table but the place was fully booked. Will try again next time! Overall, a very charming bar and great atmosphere. Recommend!”
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Wayne, London (7 years 4 months 23 days ago)

“After a friend recommending this bar, I decided to celebrate my birthday there and I have to say that I have no regrets at all. Staff were very friendly and helpful with us (always with a smile). The food menu is affordable and tasty, inspired on spanish tapas, very nice, and the cocktails are made with perfection. The bar was full of beautiful and interesting people, great atmosphere, incense and candles everywhere and we loved the service. I have been there more times after that and every time is just superb. We always feel very welcome, rare to find it in London.”
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A. Annabelle, London (7 years 4 months 24 days ago)

“Call me superficial, but I love this place, it´s definitely the spot to be seen in Covent Garden!.. Even though I like the decor, service, etc. The best thing for me is 1.- I know that when I´m there, people will not be pushing me all the time (because the place is packed) and 2.-Guys are not going to annoy me more than what it´s necessary, and the ones that do they´re too handsome and sophisticated by general rule for me to get annoyed with hehe.... So ladies, if you would like to meet interesting and beautiful guys, wear your best dresses and meet me here, you´re not going to regrett it. By the way, I´m also attending their Crystal Ball on NYE, in case anyone would like to join...”
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Grace, London (7 years 6 months 9 days ago)

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“After reading all the reviews from 2008 I wasn´t sure about trying my luck at Jewel in Covent Garden, but a friend of mine that went there in April, told me that despite all these comments, it was a really nice bar. At the end, I decided to celebrate my birthday in there and I have to say that I have no regrets at all. Staff were really friendly and helpful with us (always with a smile). Talking with the PR, we found out that they changed the whole menu, and the new one, I have to admit that is affordable and tasty(inspired on spanish tapas yummi). In the middle of the evening, the hostess that guided us to our table came to ask if everything was ok, and she gave us a complimentary bottle of wine, as it was our first visit and my birthday(we were sold by that time). Later we found out that she wasn´t a hostess, but the Events Manager that usually socialise with the guests. Nice food, beautiful and interesting people, great atmosphere (with all these lights incense and candles) and we loved the service. I have been there more times after that, and every time that I call to book they remember who I am. We always feel very welcome, and that's weird to find it in London.”
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Anne, London (7 years 10 months 13 days ago)

“Wow - Jewel what can I say?! If you like to be surrounded by wannabe WAGs, upwardly mobile Asian totty and out of town tourists then here's your place. It's a nicely decorated bar, seems to be nice areas to drink in and dance in but gets very crowded and it has Nothing Special about it. I guess it appeals to a certain type, which is not me! I found it to be like it's name, Jewel, ie quite superficial. However, on the up side, drinks are nice, if a bit expensive. Chav heaven.”
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Moushka, London (8 years 1 months 26 days ago)

“Good Venue (if you can use the bits you want to) but poor booking system. We had our table moved...”
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Sarah Barrick, Strawberry Hill (8 years 8 months 7 days ago)

“To be frank, I wasn't to keen on the place, the decor was fantastic and the music was great but because of the parties booked it limited my friend and I to one small area, which was full of people so it was difficult to move around and it took a long time to get service and drinks. The atmosphere wasn't good and I didn't find the staff too friendly either, so I have had a completely different experience to everyone else. Maybe I just went on a bad night, I think the parties had a major effect on the enjoyment. I might try again sometime considering all the good reviews.”
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Suzy, Chelmsford (9 years 3 months 8 days ago)

“I've spent so many of my friday nights there last summer, simply because Jewel is THE best bar in the West End to me. Miss u ..but see you very soon. :)”
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Deens, Warwick Uni (9 years 3 months 9 days ago)

“We had visited Jewel Bar in Piccadilly several times before we went to the one in Covent Garden. We were told by friends that they had just been re-launched and it was well worth a visit. We were not disappointed! The service, atmosphere and music were superb. They had it just right. My boyfriend and I had a fantastic night. In three words: Relaxed Sophisticated and Beautiful!”
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Julie Stewart, London (9 years 9 months 22 days ago)

“This place is chic, elegant and sophisticated. My friends and I could not compliment the venue enough. We were looked after from the moment we got through the door. Even security were courteous and friendly as were the barstaff. Our waiter was charming and extremely efficient and brought us Mojito's all night! At times venues like this can be pretentious, this one however is the opposite. Jewel is a great Bar!!”
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Natasia, London (10 years 2 months 14 days ago)

“I love this bar. It's just what Covent Garden needs. The drinks are excellent, friendly staff and the DJ on Friday night played an outstanding set of Funky House. Great venue, good looking clientel and an alround tremendous vibe! Great stuff.”
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Dale, London (10 years 2 months 17 days ago)

“We visited Jewel last Saturday night for my birthday. My freinds and I had a fantastic night and will definitely return soon. Staff and Management were extremely accomadating, cocktails were exceptional and the DJ was great. Infact, when it came to closing time we didn't want to leave!”
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Anita, London (10 years 2 months 24 days ago)

“Stunning! An absoultely beautiful venue full of good looking people. Cocktails are fabulous, friendly staff and great music. Thank you Jewel, without question, My favourite bar in London.”
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Lee, LONDON (10 years 8 months 11 days ago)

“I thought it was wicked! Really nice deco, good djs, nice atmosphere (good snob/pleb balance) very tasty cocktails and not too expensive for covent garden. The bouncers were.. interesting and did treat my rolly cigarette with suspicion, but they were quirky and quite friendly. Defo check it out at least once, Jewel really is a nice bar.”
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Missy B, London (11 years 5 months ago)

“I've visited this venue twice and both times were major disappointments. From the start when we were walking in members of staff were rude and unhelpful. This attitude continued through the staff, from those behind the bar, to the man in the coatroom. During our last visit on a Saturday night we tried to go into the downstairs room. It was quite full and we were told it was one in and one out, which is fine. The problem was with the way in which the man from the security staff on the door was managing the situation. He was making people who left to use the toilet wait in line to return. He attempted to rectify the situation by letting the people who had been to the toilet in line ahead of those of us who had been waiting. When asked about this his attitude was dismissive saying, "There's nothing I can do. I'm just doing my job!" With so many bars and clubs in the area, I see no need to deal with the poor attitude of Jewel.”
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Maura, London (11 years 5 months 4 days ago)

“I have visited this bar several times, each time forgetting quite how rude and obnoxious the staff are. Although it had good music and a good atmosphere my evening was ruined by the rudeness firstly of the security staff (one of whom accused my friend of assault for trying to read his name badge!) and secondly of the bar staff. Halfway through the evening we relocated to another bar and had a much more pleasant evening. I will not return to this bar and will not recommend it.”
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Cerys, London (11 years 9 months 18 days ago)

“Was a great fan of "The Spot" so my sister and i were a bit unsure about returning since the re-design and name change. We went last night and had a great time. Same Dj as before and Daves still bouncing about but long gone are the tight arses who would never offer to buy a drink. All in all i would say Jewel is now a classy place. We can't wait to go back.”
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claire, west london (11 years 10 months ago)

“I have been to this bar about 4 or 5 times now and every time has been brilliant! I have been when they have live bands/singers and they have always been fantastic... a real joy to listen to. I have also more recently been on a friday night and it was one of the best nights out I had had in a long time. Me and my friends were "chatted" up a little at the door whilst we waited and once we were in there was a lively and welcoming hustle and bustle with great music (not live). You feel special when you are in this bar... mixing with men and women who like to take care in their appearance, yet not at all snobby/bitchy. I felt very relaxed and at ease. The waiters were all very nice and served us quickly even though the bar was PACKED. We were the last to leave at gone 1 in the morning!! I have also been on a couple of Saturdays which have always been consistent, but Friday is the better of the two. Sunday is a nice time to go and chill out for a couple of hours with your boyfriend (or girlfriend). The toilets are also very nice and clean. The downstairs one is better than upstairs. I live in London and have been to LOADS of bars/clubs/resteraunts on all levels and in all areas. Although this is not the best place for cocktails (Lab bar is by far the best) it has remained consistantly good and I always bring a new friend here for a drink.. they are always impressed!!”
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Helen B, London (12 years 4 months ago)

“We planned on going to Jewel last Friday night for a friends birthday. To be fair we might have got their slightly late (11pm), but as there was two guys and a girl you would expect to be able to get in. The first doorman was happy for us to go in, but then his fellow bouncer who was blessed with a head like Evil Edna from Willow the Whisp quickly came out and told us that we'd have to spend £2,000 to make it worth his while to let us in! The guy was generally a rude, obnoxious arse - the kind of bouncer that's not needed on any bar door. If the service and atmosphere is as bad inside as it is on the door (I never did get in) then I would suggest stearing clear of this bar and go for the better option - Jewel in Piccadily Circus. Cretinous!”
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A, London (12 years 4 months 6 days ago)

“The worst customer service in London......without a doubt!! Tried to organize a private party at this venue and the staff were terrible and I gave up after leaving five messages and not getting called back once. I dread to think what their service must be like at the actual venue, if this is what they are like on the phone! A real shame as I quite liked their first venue in Piccadilly.”
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Jonathan Sloan, London (12 years 4 months 23 days ago)

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Jewel Opening Hours

Monday: 5:00pm - 12:30am Friday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 12:30am Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Wednesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am Sunday: 6:00pm - 12:30am
Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am    

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: Mediterranean
  • Average Price: £18
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Group: Novus Leisure

Jewel Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Mediterranean
  • Average Price: £18

Jewel Food Menu

The Jewel chefs produce an array of delicious and mouth-watering dishes that will satisfy the biggest of appetites. The menu serves good wholesome and straightforward food - from the sirloin steak baguette to the Jewel Salad, all the dishes are created using only the freshest ingredients.

Updated 21/02/2007

Item Description Price
Crispy Herbed Aubergine with Yoghurt-Cucumber Dip £ 4.95
Bacalhau Fritters Salt cod fishcakes with potato and garlic £ 6.95

Jewel Drinks Menu

Jewel offers an extensive cocktail list that is continually updated with the freshest and most exotic ingredients available. Add to this bottled beers, wines, champagnes and a selection of soft drinks.

Updated 16/04/2007

Item Description Price
Bottled Beer 1664, Kronenbourg Blanc, Becks, Budweiser, Sol, San Miguel, Michelob, Kronenbourg Blanc. £ 3.50
Red Wine (glass) Les Ormieres - France £ 3.70
White Wine (glass) Les Ormieres - France £ 3.70
Champagne Cocktails Soho Grand: Grand Marnier Blended Cognac, Cherry Marnier Filled with Deveux Champagne and Fresh Cherries £ 7.90

Special offers, discounts and deals at Jewel

A wonderful range of special offers that change monthly.

Updated 21/08/2005

£3.95 Cocktails

Type: Food & Drink Special Offer
Date: 24 Mar, 2010 - 30 Mar, 2020
Day(s): Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: 17:00 - 20:00

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Events and other great things going on at Jewel

Setting the standards for Covent Garden night life!

Updated 24/03/2010

La Boutique

Type: Music - DJ
Date: 27 Mar, 2010 - 30 Mar, 2020
Day(s): Saturday
Time: 17:00 - 00:00
Jewel Covent Garden as always simply oozes beauty, style and untold amounts of deliciously decadent glamour. We now bring to you "La Boutique" every Saturday.
Jewel is committed to bringing you the best DJs and the dancers to command the night.

Setting the standard for Covent Garden!

Glitteratti

Type: Music - DJ
Date: 26 Mar, 2010 - 24 Mar, 2020
Day(s): Friday
Time: 17:00 - 01:00
Into every life a little glitter must fall!!

Join us every Friday for the finest funky, deep and global house vibes, with a little extra edge... Music & Amazing Entertainment.

We are going to take Friday nights and Covent Garden to another level!

(Guests DJs from Ibiza, Miami, NY)

Jewel Hire Details

The perfect location for all corporate events and hospitality requirements: from daytime meetings for 30, or a large scale company party. Hire the whole venue or one of our four exclusive rooms.

Updated 24/03/2010

Name: Blanca Bar
Type: Private Room
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Optional
Capacity: 140
Notes: Downstairs is where the party really heats up. Sparkling and Moorish-inspired Ornate white chairs, soft leather banquettes and stylish mirrors to create a wonderfully warm and seductive atmosphere.
Name: Crystal Bar
Type: Private Room
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Optional
Capacity: 150
Notes: This decadently designed lounge area shimmers under the ornate chandelier and is perfect for a whild night with friends. <br />Cozy corners, intimate booths and ample seating for for small or large groups.
Name: Crystal Bar
Type: Private Room
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 100 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Optional
Capacity: 100
Notes: This decadently designed lounge area shimmers under the ornate chandelier and is perfect for a whild night with friends. <br />Cozy corners, intimate booths and ample seating for for small or large groups.
Name: Long Bar
Type: Private Room
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options:
DJ: Provided
Capacity: 70
Notes: Low level lighting, ornate mirrors, delicate chandeliers, dark wook furniture and soft leather sofas mix the style of an upscale 19th Century Parisian hotel with a modern day, sophisticated lounge bar
Name: Velvet Area
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options:
DJ: Provided
Capacity: 30
Notes: The most intimate and sexy area in the venue.The Velvet Area allows you to soak up the great music and atmosphere of Jewel Covent Garden whilst offering a more intimate setting for you and your guests

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