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“Such a classic City venue” – former banker, Soren Jessen’s smooth operation in a converted banking hall near Bank station has traded off Square Mile expense accounts for 20 years. In the last survey, nobody thrillled to the cuisine, nor did they tend to have very harsh words for it – “whenever I’m looking for dinner with a nice wine, I head to 1 Lombard Street where I won’t be disappointed”. In July 2020, well-known chef, Mark Hix joined the business as the new Director of Food and Drink, working alongside Executive Chef Robin Freeman to develop the menu and the dining room has also acquired some Hix-inspired artworks.
“Such a classic City venue” – former banker, Soren Jessen’s smooth operation in a converted banking hall near Bank station has traded off Square Mile expense accounts for 20 years. If nobody thrills to the cuisine, nor do they tend to have very harsh words for it – “whenever I’m looking for dinner with a nice wine, I head to 1 Lombard Street where I won’t be disappointed”. There’s a “great atmosphere at breakfast time”, too.
“With its large domed roof”, “good buzz and business-like feel”, Soren Jessen’s converted banking hall near Bank has changed little over the years. It’s “perfectly located” for Square Mile expense-accounters (who seem to make up about 99.9% of its custom), “the food is fine but nothing special”, “it’s spacious enough on the larger tables for confidential conversations” and does a good breakfast.
“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”.
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|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
1 Lombard St, London, EC3V 9AA
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||7:30 am‑12 am|
|Tuesday||7:30 am‑12 am|
|Wednesday||7:30 am‑12 am|
|Thursday||7:30 am‑12 am|
|Friday||7:30 am‑12 am|
|Saturday||11:30 am‑12 am|