Template:EngvarB Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox restaurant The Criterion Restaurant is an opulent restaurant complex facing Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London. It was built by architect Thomas Verity in Art Nouveau style for the partnership Spiers and Pond who opened it in 1873. Apart from fine dining facilities, it has a ballroom, bar and theatre.
In the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, Dr. Watson is told of his prospective roommate after he meets a friend at the Criterion.
The restaurant was opened on 17 November 1873 by Felix Spiers and Christopher Pond.Template:Sfn It was designed by architect Thomas Verity as a five-level complex with its Marble Hall and Long Bar on the ground floor; dining rooms on the first and second floors; a ballroom on the third floor and a theatre in the basement.Template:Sfn The East Room was popular with ladies who had come to London's West End to shop.Template:Sfn
It was bought by Marco Pierre White in the 1990s and he arranged for it to be refurbished by top interior designer, David Collins.Template:Sfn
Jay Rayner reviewed the restaurant for The Observer in 2010, saying that he had been a regular patron in the 1980s when it had been an impressive but cheap bar. He did not enjoy his return, remarking "All I will say is that this is bound to be one of the worst meals of 2010".Template:Sfn
In the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, Dr. Watson is told of his prospective roommate after he meets a friend at the Criterion,Template:Sfn "I was standing at the Criterion Bar, when some one tapped me on the shoulder, and turning round I recognized young Stamford, who had been a dresser under me at Barts."Template:Sfn A plaque commemorating this event was placed there in 1953.Template:Sfn