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The City of London restaurants

Dine in style at one of the City's best restaurants

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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Hawksmoor Guildhall

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.

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Goodman City

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

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City Caphe

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.

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Sauterelle

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.

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Duck & Waffle

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). 

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1 Lombard Street

City slickers should feel right at home in this neo-classical former bank opposite the Royal Exchange.

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City Social

‘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. 

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The Don

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.

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Coq d'Argent

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.

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The Mercer

These handsome old bank premises have been sensitively transformed into a pleasing restaurant, unfussily decorated and with kind lighting.

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2 comments
Zuliani bruno
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.