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“Location, location and location” help explain the ongoing appeal to dealmakers of Soren Jessen’s “City stalwart” in the heart of the Square Mile (“don’t go for a secret meeting, as you’re bound to bump into someone you know!”). The formula of this large ex-banking hall “doesn’t move on” – the food’s “accomplished but not an event” and “nowhere near as good as it should be for the price”.
“The buzz is returning to pre-crash heights” at this Square Mile linchpin; OK, the food is only “satisfactory” and the ex-banking-hall interior is a “bit cavernous and plain”, but tables are “well-spaced”, and its “capable” style and central location make it “a perfect setting for the City”.
This heart-of-the-City “stalwart”, in a former banking hall, is still often hailed as “a good place to impress clients” (or for breakfast); too often of late, however, it has struck reporters as “bland” or “soulless” – “you probably wouldn’t go if you weren’t on expenses!”
This “airy” and “impressive” former banking hall, opposite the Royal Exchange, remains a key City rendezvous – “an excellent all-round breakfast or lunch option, even if prices do reflect the location”; for gravitas to the max, head for the ‘fine-dining’ room at the rear.
1 Lombard St, London, EC3V 9AA
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Lunch and Dinner - 11:30am - 10pm
Last orders: 10 pm