Restaurants in the City have many roles to fill – from meeting rooms to celebration halls – and they do this in a variety of ways. Sauterelle is on the mezzanine level of the Royal Exchange, so diners can watch the action of the shopping centre from above. Or, for those who just want a quick lunch, there's City Càphê, one of the best bánh mì (basically a Vietnamese baguette) delis in the whole of London.
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There’s a dedicated entrance for the restaurants in Heron Tower, from where a glass lift will whizz you in seconds up to Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor, or its glitzier sibling Sushisamba two floors below. The views are, as you might expect, stunning – if you’re pointed in the right direction and, preferably, sitting at a window table (many of which are for two diners only).Read more
‘Visitor bag search’, the sign read. Next to it was a walk-through metal detector and a burly security guard. He had a glint in his eye, the kind that says, ‘I’ve got a box of latex gloves here, and if I find so much as a nail file in your purse, I won’t be afraid to use them.’ So we approached the receptionist instead. ‘Is this the way to City Social?’ ‘No,’ she sighed, ‘this is the main entrance, you’ll need the side door, opposite Wagamama.’ Happily, there’s only a single gatekeeper at the alternative entrypoint, so once you negotiate a long, oppressive tunnel and an express lift so fast it’ll make your ears pop – boom – you’re in.Read more
Venue says: New 'east London weekend brunch' to tantalise the healthy, the hipster and the hungover!
One of the Andaz Hotel's five drinking and dining spots, this informal brasserie offers recognisable dishes from across the globe alongside speciality meats from the grill. The a la carte menu features dishes ranging from caesar salads and charcuterie boards to risottos, burgers, fish and chips and steamed sea bass served with a shellfish emulsion, olives, lemon and spring onions. The grill options include steaks, sea bream, loin of tuna and a whole baby chicken in a Goan spice rub. Weekend brunches prove popular too, with muesli and granola alongside pancakes, waffles, eggs benedict and a traditional full English. Drinks range from smoothies, fresh juices and mocktails to coffee, tea blends and Bloody Marys served from a DIY Bloody Mary station, where diners are invited to create their own concoction.