London's oldest restaurants: Looking for a meal that will leave a lasting impression? CNN Travel explores London's finest culinary centenarians. The youngest on this list is turning 100 this year, whereas longest-standing London restaurant Wiltons (pictured here), opened in 1742.
Wiltons: Wiltons isn't just any oyster bar. By 1868, the shellfish-monger had already received its first Royal Warrant as Purveyor of Oysters to Queen Victoria in recognition of its services to the royal family.
The Ivy: Starting life in 1917 as an Italian café with modest paper napkins, The Ivy quickly morphed into one of the capital's best see-and-be-seen dining rooms -- frequented by celebrities and theater artists.
The Ivy: Must-try dishes include the legendary Shepherd's Pie and Executive Chef Gary Lee's new dessert "A Window to The Ivy," designed to look like the restaurant's stained glass windows.
Simpson's in the Strand: Originally a chess club and coffee house when opened in 1828, Simpson's in the Strand -- with its huge ceilings, chandeliers, banquettes and paintings -- has become a historic landmark in town.
Simpson's in the Strand: This regal dining room pioneered the use of carving trolleys -- a tradition that has stood the test of time.
Sweetings: Oysters were again the starting point for another London old-timer. Sweetings restaurant opened in 1803 as "John S. Sweetings, Fish and Oyster Merchant."
Sweetings: British seafood is still the highlight of Sweetings' menu, including potted shrimps, smoked eel or chef's fish pie.
Rules: In business since 1798, Rules is a resolutely British operation with photos and paintings of Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher adorning the walls.
Rules: Rules serves produce sourced from the British Isles. The menu is especially good in game season when birds like partridge (pictures) and woodcock grace the plates.
F Cooke: A family business now in its fourth generation, F Cooke still serves pie, mash and parsley sauce using an original recipe from 155 years ago.