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Summary

“Crisp, all-white” City venue near Liverpool Street – “echoey” when full but “a bit of a mausoleum” at quiet times – that’s “perfect for a business lunch”, especially “if someone else is paying”. The Italian cooking can be “superlative”, but since Francesco Mazzei left in 2015 “its precision has declined”.

£74
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“It’s a bit of a noisy goldfish bowl, ambience-wise”, but the “buzz of City high-flyers” continues to attest to the business-friendly appeal of this “pricey-but-worth-it” Italian; founding chef Francesco Mazzei moved on in March 2015 – fingers crossed Antonio Favuzzi maintains an even keel.

£70
Good
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Undoubtedly “very classy”, if also a bit “cold” and “noisy”, this “upmarket” City Italian is an impressive all-rounder, and very popular for business entertaining; some critics, though, do feel it “lacks the spark it had when it opened”.

£74
Good
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Thoroughly professional” and “sharp”, in a rather “NYC” sort of way – this major “City lunch favourite” serves “understated but superior” Italian dishes, alongside a “creative wine list” in a “spacious” setting; not everyone loves the “goldfish bowl” of an interior, though.

£77
Very Good
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Have you eaten at L’Anima?

Owner's description

Translated as 'soul' in Italian, award-winning L'Anima is true to its name, specialising in authentic, honest Italian cuisine made with all the passion of chefs with Italian cooking in their blood.
Bordering the City and Shoreditch, L'Anima was designed by famed architect Claudio Silvestrin. The open and inviting space boasts clean-cut, modern furnishing - a design that reflects the understated sophistication and quality of our seasonally-changing menu.
Our Southern-influenced cuisine reinterprets dishes from Sardinia, Puglia and Sicily. Meanwhile, our award winning wines champion environmentally friendly producers from less well-known regions of Calabria, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna.

Restaurant details

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Highchair,
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11 pm, Sat 11.30 pm

Private dining

We warmly invite you to host your next corporate lunch, intimate dinner or wine themed event in one of our private dining areas. We have a variety of options to suit all occasions and our dedicated in-house team has a wealth of experience in the co-ordination of corporate and private events including weddings, product launches and charity events. 


L’Anima is an inspirational and versatile destination. Suitable for events ranging from an intimate media breakfast for your product launch to a grand, corporate or trade event, our event spaces, each with their own character, are all designed to a high specification and benefit from beautiful natural light.

1 Snowden St, London, EC2A 2DQ
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Opening hours

Lunch - 11.45am - 3pm Dinner - 5.30pm - 11pm
Last orders: 11 pm, Sat 11.30 pm

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