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: Pizza al taglio. New daily special every day.
Pixxa has a few tables where you can eat pizza sold 'al taglio' (by the slice), but mostly this is a takeaway operation for either collection or home delivery. There are 40 toppings, divided into Vegan, Classy, Funky and Naughty. Prices for a whole pie range from £12 to £17, and for a slice from £2 to £2.90; the toppings include both standards such as Margherita and unusual items such as potato and black truffle. There are also small selections of salads, ‘bites’, and desserts. Pixxa intends for its takeaway pizzas to be reheated at home, and gives instructions on how to do it.