British, Traditional Restaurants in City
1. Boisdale of Bishopsgate Scottish restaurant in City Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate - EC2
Down a narrow alley near Liverpool Street, this City-outpost of the Victoria original has a ground floor bar, and below it a very red, almost gothic-themed banquette-style dining room. Most often tipped as a business venue: even those who felt the bill was rather high, say the food was generally good, and steak excellent.
2. Simpson’s Tavern British, Traditional restaurant in City 38 1/2 Ball Ct, Cornhill - EC3
This old-school inn and chophouse in a Dickensian City alleyway has a history that stretches back to 1757, and still serves up top-notch grub at very sensible prices. Fantastic staff add to the appeal, and its brilliant for a breakfast meeting.
3. George & Vulture British, Traditional restaurant in City 3 Castle Ct - EC3
2016 Review: This truly Dickensian chop house (Charles was a regular), is a treasured timeless period piece, serving traditional City fare; lads business lunches aside though, its a disgrace that this wonderful venue has such poor food, and the wine choice isnt so hot either Would you like red or white? just doesnt cut it anymore!
4. Sweetings Fish & seafood restaurant in City 39 Queen Victoria St - EC4
Untrammelled by fads and fashion this quirky old restaurant, with its cramped tables and bar seating has been an unchanging staple of City life since Victorian times. Fun but fearsomely expensive, you get great fish done the old-fashioned way (ie nothing is overly mucked around with) and alongside wines and champagnes, Black Velvet in tankards is another tradition. Arrive early if you want a seat.
5. The Oyster Shed British, Traditional restaurant in City 1 Angel Ln, Ground Floor - EC4
2014 Review: River views, and a lovely and light (if Identikit) interior, justify a trip to this large Thames-side Geronimo Inn, which in particular is a worthy, post-work, destination; its fish and seafood can be great, but simple things can let it down.
6. Paternoster Chop House British, Traditional restaurant in City 1 Warwick Court - EC4
With a location like this they should try harder, but D&D Londons steakhouse with its al fresco tables and magnificent pavement-side views of St Pauls is too busy making money from its captive be-suited market: its overpriced and the foods not that good.
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