The best restaurants in the City of London

Whether you're after something casual or want to dine in style, the City's best restaurants have got you covered
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By Time Out London Food & Drink |
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You don’t need a sharp suit or an expense account to eat out in the City. The restaurants in London’s Square Mile are a delight whether you’re on a budget or buttering up a banker. From burgers and noodles to old-fashioned oysters and champagne – it’s all here. Dig in.

London's best restaurants in the City

Restaurants, British

Angler

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Michelin-starred seafood cookery is the lure at this swanky City restaurant up on the seventh floor of the South Place Hotel. The food’s ultra-modern and impeccably crafted – a perfect fit for the dining room’s sophisticated vibe and gleaming monochrome interiors. Smooth-as-silk service is a bonus for the City’s expense-account crowd.   

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Restaurants, Global

Bad Egg

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A City brunch spot with an American diner feel, Bad Egg comes courtesy of London’s bbq king Neil Rankin (Pitt Cue, Temper etc) – so expect smoky thrills and guilty pleasures galore, all driven by a rocking and rolling soundtrack. Don’t miss the pulled pork and kimchi hash or the ’nduja cheese fries. Manically popular.

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Restaurants, Cafés

Beany Green

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One for the City’s early birds, this bright and breezy Antipodean café makes lots of friends from its pitch within Broadgate Circle. From huge savoury ‘power balls’ to sticky sweet ‘energy balls’, healthy fast food is the all-day deal. Shiny happy interiors, loud hip hop, tuned-in staff – you get the picture.

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Restaurants, Steakhouse

Blacklock City

icon-location-pin Aldgate

It’s almost too casual for the sharp-suited expense-account crowd, but this trendy take on a British chop house is still a cut above when it comes to deliciously crusted, smoky meats. Herb-flecked flatbreads are on hand to soak up the juices, while jazzy cocktails provide a boozy kick.

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Restaurants, Burgers

Bleecker

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When only a filthy-good burger made with rare-breed dry-aged beef will do, Bleecker in Bloomberg Arcade comes up trumps for the City’s meat-mad hordes. The oozing bacon cheeseburger is a carnivore’s dream – especially when it’s loaded up with ketchup, mustard and a side of ‘angry fries’ drizzled in blue cheese and hot sauce.  

Restaurants, French

Cabotte

icon-location-pin Mansion House

It’s named after a Burgundian winegrower’s hut, but there’s nothing homespun about this French restaurant – an upscale haven for City slickers who like to do business over good food and wine. With backing from ace sommeliers Xavier Rousset and Gearoid Devaney, Cabotte is a dream ticket for oenophiles, while the food oozes well-heeled Gallic class.

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Restaurants, French

Café Sou

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Like a grand railway café within The Ned’s gargantuan indoor boulevards, this plush Parisian eatery is a très jolie hideaway and speedy refuelling point for local workers on the go. Sandwiches, quiches, omelettes and salads are its stock in trade – and there are wines too, if you need a quick sharpener.    

Restaurants, Vietnamese

City Caphe

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Look for the queues and follow the trail of enticing aromas to find this dinky lunchtime-only Vietnamese canteen near Guildhall. The decor’s sparse, but prices are low and a cheery atmosphere prevails. Bowls of spiced pho, bánh mì, summer rolls and vermicelli salads fly out the door.  

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

City Social

icon-location-pin Moorgate

Promising low-key glamour in high-rise surroundings, City Social is one of super-chef Jason Atherton’s more conservative ventures – a Michelin-starred go-to for anyone wanting to impress or let off steam. The gorgeous, sexy space comes with show-stopping wraparound views (even from the loos) and a menu of please-all contemporary food.  

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Coppa Club

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Boasting big glass windows and one of the largest riverside terraces in London, this all-day venue cashes in on its location next to the tourist-rammed HMS Belfast and the Tower of London. Playing to the gallery, it pumps out small plates, pastas, pizzas, grills, superfood salads and calorific puds for camera-toting visitors.

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