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£86
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

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£78
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

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£71
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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

“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”.

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Restaurant details

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Portions
45
45 in Restaurant, 130 in brass

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£16.00 £28.00 £4.50 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £4.00
Service 12.50%
1 Lombard St, London, EC3V 9AA
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Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑3 pm, 2 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday11:30 am‑3 pm, 2 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑3 pm, 2 pm‑10 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑3 pm, 2 pm‑10 pm
Friday11:30 am‑3 pm, 2 pm‑10 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

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