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The Best Restaurants in the City of London 2019 / 2020

December 22, 2019

The Best Restaurants in the City of London 2019 / 2020

390,000 people work in the City of London.

And 125,000 tonnes of fresh produce are traded through Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets a year.

…Which works out as a pretty decent ratio of 3.12 tonnes per person.

Two facts which lead inexorably to the conclusion there are no shortage of restaurants in the City of London. In an attempt to help guide delegates to our America Square Venue right in the heart of the City we have produced this admitably partisan guide.

So here they are, the finest restaurants in the City of London…

Mac & Wild

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Since Pizza Pilgrims started calzone-fying mars bars, the Scots have had to come up with a new national cuisine. And you’ll find the best of it at this Scotch pop-up, which not only serves haggis pops, Venison Scotch eggs and Highland fried pheasant, they’ve also got the Burger of the Year 2016 – the Venimoo, a basement whiskey bar and er, game hunting simulators in the gun room. In short, ‘Scot everything you could need.

Blacklock City

 

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The City. It’s the best place for bringing home the bacon. A fact clearly not lost on the ex-Hawksmoor trio behind Blacklock, who have brought the bacon right back, by opening the second of their restaurants in the City of London. They’ve set up shop in an old electricity substation that’s been built on the site of a medieval meat market – appropriate given both their chosen fare, and the fact that their Soho branch was founded in a former brothel.

Yauatcha

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…is the noise you’ll make when you look at the bill, but it’s fair enough when you consider the slick retro roof terrace overlooking Broadgate Circle, replete with exclusive food menu, cocktails and flowering cherry blossoms. Inside, meanwhile, there’s more sleek seating and intimate lighting as dim as its sum. Go all out with the Peking Duck topped with caviar, or pop in for one of their exceptional teeny tiny patisseries.

Humble Grape

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Scientifically proven to be more delicious than humble pie, this eatery-cum-wine-bar serves light Modern European cuisine designed around their meagre 200-strong cellar. Oh, and the whole complex is set within the atmospheric three-centuries-old vaults of St. Bride’s Church, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Not that they like to brag about it.

Coin Laundry

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Fancy hitting up vintage pinball machines, sipping on retro cocktails (yes, there’s Snowballs all year round) and sinking into plush 70s seating as you watch the kitchen’s remaining Chicken Kiev counter hit zero? Then this place is for you.

Polpo

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The Polpo restaurants were, for a very long time, kings of the restaurant scene. And while the novelty factor has worn off a little, it doesn’t change the fact that they serve damn fine food. Nor that in this branch, there’s a dedicated Negroni bar.

St. John

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Sliiiightly pushing the boundaries of the City of London, but remaining firmly on the list by virtue of it being one of the most incredible restaurants in London, full stop(.) The former townhouse/smokehouse/greenhouse now plays host to a restaurant that champions the use of offal and unusual cuts of animals – and has received a Michelin star for its troubles.

Hawksmoor

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They do steak. Excellently. That much, you’ll already know. What you might not be aware of, however, is that in this branch they also serve ports by the glass, power bourbon-cornflake breakfast shakes, and a couple of exclusive menu tweaks. All housed within a classy, wood-panelled Gentlemen’s Club-style set-up.

Bad Egg

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One of the more indulgent restaurants in the City of London, this place is terribly named – for here the eggs are decidedly good, and come lolling about on smashed up burger hash, scrambled in chipotle-spiced breakfast tacos, and nestled on avocado, for those who don’t fancy a coronary with their bottomless mimosas.

Cigalon

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If you’re going to serve some of the best Provençal cuisine in London, doing so in a double-height, sunlit dining room with romantic, secluded dining booths shaded by olive trees and fresh lavender isn’t the worst idea. And they’ve thoughtfully popped it on top of Baranis, so you can pop down for a round of pétanque afterwards.

If you are looking for a City of London conference venue which takes food seriously get in touch with us here

Thank you to the Nudge for much of the content of this piece.

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