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: Free Bottle Wine for 3 dinners or more.
A Willesden Green restaurant specialising in Indian and Nepalese dishes. Its name doesn't just represent the venue's address on the High Road - they donate 33 percent of their profits to three Nepalese children's charities: the Everest Child Care Home charity, the Bloom Organisation and SOS Bahini. The food menu ranges from vegetable samosas, naan breads and pani puri to to chicken tikka, mutton chops and marinated chicken cooked in the clay tandoor oven. Keep an eye out for the momo dumplings too - an authentic Nepalese snack traditionally eaten with tomato pickle. One of the aims of the restaurant is to set up a school in Nepal. Any person or organisation donating the £300,000 needed can have it named after them. Sounds like a good way to spend some money if you have it.