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“A great central location” – a former banking hall “right in the heart of the City” – is key to the success of Soren Jessen’s well-known expense-accounter favourite. The jaundiced view is that it’s “a boring place” for “City types who can’t think of anywhere else”: a more upbeat take is that while it’s “overpriced”, it’s “decent and trusty”.
“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!”
1 Lombard Street Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Lovely dining room with reliable food"
1 Lombard St, London, EC3V 9AA
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Lunch and Dinner - 11:30am - 10pm
Last orders: 10 pm