City slickers with their expense accounts are certainly spoilt for choice. The best restaurants in The City exude style, sophistication and dribbingly delicious concoctions. Whilst the perception of restaurants in the area tends to be that they are ludicrously expensive this is not in fact the case. The best restaurants in The City offer great views, top notch cooking and a range of interiors that are equally suited to business meetings or romantic meals for two.
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1 Lombard Street is another one of these excellent restaurants converted from the buildings of forgotten banks in the City.
1 Lombard Street, The City, London, EC3V 9AA
(020) 7929 6611
Angler Restaurant is a destination restaurant offering a menu of British dishes complemented by an extensive wine list. Found on the seventh floor, Angler Restaurant also features a rooftop terrace. Located on the top of the hotel, Angler Restaurant boasts stunning views.
South Place Hotel, Seventh Floor, 3 South Place, The City, London, EC2M 2AF
(020) 3215 1260
One New Change, St Paul's, London, EC4M 9AG
(020) 3005 8555
Barbecoa is brought to you by Jamie Oliver and, like its sister venue Barbecoa Piccadilly, the venue offers a variety of dishes that are based on fire-based cooking techniques, made using fresh and seasonal produce.
Bishopsgate Kitchen offers a rustic European menu serving dishes such as chorizo scotched quails eggs, marinated artichoke hearts and mint and roast vegetable couscous. A full English breakfast is also available daily.
Brushfield Street, City, London, E1 6AN
(020) 7247 3802
Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, The City, London, EC2M 4NR
(020) 7283 1763
Located in the heart of The City, Boisdale of Bishopsgate offers formal atmospheric dining in impressive surroundings.
Unit 5, Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2QS
(020) 3058 9888
Split over two floors, The Botanist is a restaurant and bar serving British and modern European cuisine and a variety of drinks including innovative cocktails. Downstairs, the Soda Room is a sleek, late night area that has a dancefloor, booths and DJ nights.
Raymond Blanc opens his first London restaurant, Brasserie Blanc on Threadneedle Street. A variety of French starters, mains and desserts are served within stylish surroundings.
60 Threadneedle Street, Bank, London, EC2R 8HP
(020) 7710 9440
From the people behind Westminster's highly successful Cinnamon Club comes Cinnamon Kitchen, which offers a more informal dining experience than its sister venue without compromising on service or quality.
9 Devonshire Square, The City, London, EC2M 4YL
(020) 3281 7621
Coq d'Argent is one of the capital's restaurants with the most impressive views thanks to its roof terrace across the way from the Bank of England.
No 1 Poultry, The City, London, EC2R 8EJ
(020) 7395 5000
The Counting House offers comfort food to City workers on Cornhill.
50 Cornhill, The City, London, EC3V 3PD
(020) 7283 7123
Located in the magnificent Royal Exchange, the Grand Cafe offers options for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a relaxing drink or two.
Royal Exchange, The Courtyard, Bank, London, EC3V 3LR
(020) 7618 2480
10 Paternoster Square, City, London, EC4M 7DX
(020) 7618 9520
The Happenstance bar and restaurant has a great choice of world wines, killer cocktails, beers and spirits. There is also a seasonal food menu made using locally sourced produce.
The third Hawksmoor steakhouse is just as impressive as the others, thanks to steak that lives up to the hype.
10 Basinghall Street, City, London, EC2V 5BQ
(020) 7397 8120
Chef Jason Wallace heads up the kitchen of Hawksmoor with a menu which includes Longhorn cattle steaks cooked on a real charcoal grill.
157a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ
(020) 7426 4850
You know what to expect when you arrive, the steak and the portions are always of the same quality and there’s no surprise when the bill appears. This one has excellence written all over it.
5 Throgmorton Street, The City, London, EC2N 2AD
(020) 7638 6325
Lutyens features a 130 seat restaurant serving seasonal French cuisine with an Irish twist.
85 Fleet Street, Holborn, London, EC4Y 1AE
(020) 7583 8385
With spectacular views into the bell tower of St Paul's Cathedral and a select offering of meat and fish dishes, this rooftop restaurant and bar impresses.
One New Change, 1 New Change, The City, London, EC4M 9AF
(020) 8305 3088
Brought to you by the same people who created The Mint Leaf restaurant, The Mint Leaf Lounge serves light meals including vegetarian options.
Angel Court, Bank, London, EC2R 7HB
(020) 7600 0992
One of London’s hidden gems, Miyako offers a tantalising menu of sashimi and sushi.
Andaz London, 40 Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN
(020) 7618 7100
With spectacular riverside settings near the Tate Modern, Northbank is a popular destination for city-goers as well as tourists.
Millennium Bridge, One Paul's Walk, The City, London, EC4V 3QH
(020) 7329 9299
Serving up decent enough tapas that is reassuringly grease-free, Ortega’s enviable location and hugely welcoming atmosphere really make it worth a visit.
27 Leadenhall Market, Leadenhall, London, EC3V 1LR
(020) 7623 1818
Located on Warwick Court, Paternoster Chop House is a stylish option in the City.
Warwick Court, Paternoster Square, St Pauls, London, EC4M 7DX
(020) 7029 9400
Perkin Reveller is a modern restaurant that is inspired by Medieval London. The British menu makes good use of seasonal produce and they have a good selection of locally brewed beer and fine wines available.
The Wharf at The Tower of London, The City, London, EC3N 4AB
(020) 3166 6949
12 New Street Square, City, London, EC4A 3BF
(020) 7842 0750
The Refinery on New Street Square is a stylish restaurant, bar and terrace. Expect a varied cocktail list offering a selection of both classic and signature choices.
The Refinery offers a seasonal, all-day dining menu with dishes including crispy duck flatbread; Thai coconut curry; and sirloin steak sandwich.
Sauterelle is a great choice if you’re looking to impress in The City, whether it be a date, a client or a group of friends.
The Royal Exchange, Bank, London, EC3V 3LR
(020) 7618 2483
Silk and Grain is an innovative restaurant and cocktail bar in the City. Found on the first floor, expect a selection of dry-aged steaks as well as British inspired meals. In the bar area of Silk and Grain, an exciting choice of signature, aged and conditioned cocktails are offered. A grazing menu is also available.
33 Cornhill, City, London, EC3V 3ND
(020) 7929 1378
Scale the Heron Tower and experience this chic City restaurant where fusion food is dished up with verve.
38th-39th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
(020) 3640 7330