The square-mile City of London is one of those mysterious areas in our fair capital, which transforms from a busy, bustling mayhem during the week to a ghost-town on weekends, when the city slickers and suited professionals have decamped home for the weekend.
Fortunately, this doesn't affect the quality of the restaurants the City - it's filled with formal, high-end restaurants for everything from brokering deals over lunch to celebratory bites and cocktails on an outdoor terrace overlooking London. While most of the restaurants cater to a rather large budget, there are a few more wallet-friendly options appearing, particularly in the newly redeveloped Broadgate Circle.
So even if you're more builder salary than banker, check out our list of the best restaurants in the City of London and you'll be instagramming dinner before you know it!
The wonderfully glamorous Japanese - Brazilian - Peruvian (yep, we don't quite understand either) sits on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower with incredible views locations across London and a vertiginous roof terrace. They've got a got a delicious selection of sushi and ceviche, but try out the buttery Kobe beef if you're really pushing the boat out.
Address: 38-39, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Phone: 020 3640 7330
We love Hawksmoor steak houses across London, and this is no exception. With a chic, wood panelled interior it's the perfect place for an intimate dinner. As always the menu is full of prime cuts of meat, expertly mixed cocktails and moreish sides such as triple-cooked chips. They've also got a bold breakfast menu to set you up for a day of City meetings.
Address: 10 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5BQ
Phone: 020 7397 8120
This infamous Bishopsgate restaurant sits two floors above Sushisamba in the Heron Tower, and is the by-word in London for a truly special meal with spectacular views. Chef Dan Doherty serves up imaginative dishes such as BBQ spiced crispy pigs ears and ox cheek Benedict 24 hours a day, so you can even come for a sunrise breakfast if you drag yourself out of bed early enough!
Address: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Phone: 020 3640 7310
Harry's Bar on Ironmonger Lane is one of those restaurants in the City which perfectly makes the transition from day to night, so you don't even need to worry about finding another venue to continue the party. During the day they serve a refined, modern menu in a contemporary setting, with highlights such as smoked salmon linguine and guinea fowl breast, while after work it's all about cocktails, dancing and celebrating big deals.
Address: 17-20 Ironmonger Lane, London EC2V 8EP
Phone: 020 7600 0300
Tucked away inside the luxurious Andaz Hotel is this beautiful fine-dining restaurant, where you can enjoy an elaborate meal under an intricate glass domed roof in what was once the hotel's original ballroom. The menu showcases only the best British ingredients, and there's even a wine cellar for you to pick your bottle of choice. For a truly special occasion, give the tasting menu with matching wines a try - you won't regret it.
Address: Andaz, 40 Liverpool Street, London EC2M 7QN
Phone:020 7618 7000
If you go just one tube stop from Liverpool Street you'll find this understated restaurant overlooking a green at Whitechapel. It's perfect if you want a more relaxed atmosphere without compromising on sophistication. On the ground floor of the Qbic hotel this restaurant merges simple Scandi style with a few surprising twists.
The menu is available all day so you can avoid the lunchtime rush. Simple small plates full of flavour can serve as a starter or tapas. The river trout on wasabi mayo is beautifully cooked and the succulent beef ribs actually do melt in your mouth. Whatever you do, don't leave without having dessert! Parts and Labour have their own pastry chef in house whipping up glorious concoctions like basil shortbread (really, it's amazing) and the prices are very reasonable if you're the one paying!
Address: 42 Alder Street, London, E1 1EE
Phone: 020 3021 3300
Think Scottish food is just the odd lump of haggis? Think again, because Boisdale are bringing the best of Scottish cooking and produce south of the border with this moody restaurant, which serves an excellent selection of game, fresh oysters and a wide selection of whiskies. Come here on one of their jazz nights for a true Caledonian party too.
Address: Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, Greater London EC2M 4NR
Phone: 020 7283 1763
This chic, contemporary Indian restaurant can be found on the tranquil Devonshire Square, minutes from the maddness of Bishopsgate. Sit on the terrace on a sunny afternoon and enjoy delectable re-interpretations of Indian classics including Kerala spiced sea breem, tandoori red deer and chicken biryani.
Address: 9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL
Phone: 020 7626 5000
Chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin have done it again with this gourmet French restaurant housed in a former Victorian chapel on Spital Square under a cavernous 30 metre high vaulted ceiling. Mouth-watering dishes such as pressed terrine of Goosnargh chicken and Supreme of Landes guinea fowl fill the menu, and the gourmet tasting option is ideal for those extra special occasions.
Address: 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY
Phone: 020 7299 0400
This award-winning, sophisticated Italian restaurant on Snowdon Street is a faithful favourite with city slickers, who flock here for the high-end regional Italian food such as langoustine and prawn filled ravioli in a lobster broth and Sicilian sweet and sour rabbit. The wine list is particularly excellent if you fancy a bit of liquid with your lunch.
Address: 1 Snowden Street, London EC2A 2DQ
Phone: 020 7422 7000
Newly opened on Broadgate Circle, which is quickly becoming a go-to foodie destination in the City, Jose Pizarro is the eponymously named third restaurant from Spanish chef Jose Pizarro, and the first outside of Bermondsey. Come here for a wonderful tapas menu of charcuterie, cheeses and delicate fish dishes, washed down with fine Fino sherry.
Address: 36 Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 1QS
Another Broadgate Circle restaurant, Beany Green is a relaxed Australian cafe with an emphasis on high quality house-blend coffee and healthy food. Forget boring salads though, as chef Tricia Jadoonanan trained under Ottolenghi so you can expect colourful, Middle-Eastern inspired dishes enjoyed on their large terrace.
Address: 2qs, 1 Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS
A short stroll from Liverpool Street, relaxed, contemporary Greek restaurant Hungry Donkey has only just opened but we already reckon they've got some of the best Hellenic food this side of Athens. From breakfast spanakopita, meaty lunchtime pitta wraps and dinner dishes such as mushroom and halloumi burgers and moussaka, they've got you covered all day.
Address: 56 Wentworth street, London, E1 7AL
Another high-flying restaurant, Darwin Brasserie is housed in the garden oasis of Sky Garden, a lush, floral forest on the 36th floor of the Walkie Talkie. The all-day British menu has everything from rock oysters and beef carpaccio to asparagus risotto and tuna nicoise salad, so even the fussiest of clients will be happy with a lunch meeting here.
Address: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 3BY
Phone: 0333 772 0020
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