Quo Vadis

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Quo Vadis

Hidden London: Quo Vadis signageQuo Vadis (a Latin phrase mean­ing “Whith­er goest thou?”) is a restau­rant in Dean Street, Soho, found­ed in 1926 by Pep­pino Leoni in premis­es for­mer­ly occu­pied by Karl Marx.

It began as a sev­en-table Ital­ian restau­rant in one room, and expand­ed to fill four adja­cent town­hous­es, now all knocked togeth­er. Over the decades it became a notable fix­ture on the Soho scene.

After chang­ing hands a num­ber of times the estab­lish­ment was acquired in 2007 by the broth­ers Sam and Eddie Hart, who rein­vent­ed it as a tra­di­tion­al British restau­rant and a pri­vate mem­bers’ club. Marx’s attic rooms com­prise the Harts’ offices.

Quo Vadis nowa­days also has a bak­ery and offers pri­vate din­ing facil­i­ties in the small Leoni Room and the large Marx Room.

“While the food was Ital­ian, it was a some­what angli­cised ver­sion. ‘He was a shame­less self-pub­li­cist and always enter­tain­ing Lord and Lady Muck,’ Eddie Hart says. ‘Leoni would have had no qualms about serv­ing shepherd’s pie if some­one had want­ed it.’”
Cater­er and Hotel­keep­er (5 June 2008)