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Restaurants in the City have many roles to fill - from meeting rooms to celebration halls - and they do this in several ways. Sauterelle is on the mezzanine level of the Royal Exchange, so diners can watch the action of the shopping centre from above. Finally, 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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Hawksmoor Guildhall

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Hawksmoor’s easy-going charm appeals to the more relaxed type of City diner (shirtsleeves, no ties), happy to be served by an efficient but casually dressed young crew.

  1. 10-12 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ
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Goodman City

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Goodman’s three branches are perfectly located to pull in its target audience: people who will pay top dollar for top beef.

  1. 11 Old Jewry, EC2R 8DU
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Bonds

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Offer

Before heading into this ground-floor restaurant in the Threadneedle Hotel, pop into the foyer to take a look at the beautiful stained-glass dome.

  1. Threadneedles, 5 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8AY
  2. 2 course set menu for £24
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City Caphe

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Long before you see this charming little Vietnamese café, you’ll smell some enticing aromas wafting down the street. At lunchtime, you can expect to see a line of City workers at the door.

  1. 17 Ironmonger Lane, EC2V 8EY
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Sauterelle

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Probably the best (only?) restaurant in London to be named after an insect, this D&D spot in the Royal Exchange takes its name from the French word for the golden grasshopper.

  1. Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LR
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1 Lombard Street

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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City slickers should feel right at home in this neo-classical former bank opposite the Royal Exchange.

  1. 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA
  2. 6 course set menu & a glass of prosecco for £60
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The Don

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The Don is aimed squarely at moneyed, wine-savvy City diners. Located in a cobbled courtyard in a building owned by the Sandeman port house, the restaurant has a gentlemen’s club feel.

  1. The Courtyard, 20 St Swithin's Lane, (20 St Swithin's Lane), EC4N 8AD
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Coq d'Argent

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Coq d’Argent is accessed via a private lift, which speedily delivers City suits to a verdant rooftop garden, complete with its own lawn, trailing vines and ringed walkway.

  1. No.1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
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The Mercer

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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These handsome old bank premises have been sensitively transformed into a pleasing restaurant, unfussily decorated and with kind lighting.

  1. 34 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8AY
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Zuliani bruno

The Door oyster bar restaurant is well known for its Oysters and Great steak with an efficient service needed for the city

julien
julien

the new website is atrocious to look for restaurants. Please bring the old one.

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