The City may be on the quiet side at the weekends, but there are some cracking restaurants there. All of these places will be at their buzziest during the week - and that's the best time to visit them.
1 Lombard Street is now something of a City institution, in what used to be a former banking hall. Known for its highly impressive domed bar, it has a modern European menu and the large restaurant can seat up to 200. Expect it to be busy with City folk during the week.
14 Hills is from the D&D Group and it's quite, quite beautiful. With views over the City across to the Shard and Tower Bridge it's spectacular at night. Inside there are full grown trees, huge pot plants everywhere and every inch of the ceiling is dripping with foliage. As for the food, that's "modern British cooking with a touch of French flair".
D&D London, are behind this restaurant which is part of the South Place Hotel in the City. This restaurant sits on the top of the hotel and, as you can imagine from the title, does have a focus on fish. Expect a fine fining experience which has gained the restaurant a Michelin star.
On the edge of Finsbury Square, this has a view overlooking the square - albeit mainly from the terrace and bar at the front of the hotel - with some excellent views from the private terraces one floor down, which are highly covetable. In winter, there are bookable igloos too while the menu is a modern European affair with a very strong weekend lunch.
Blacklock's City location has all the chops that they're known for, including the must-have "all-in" option plus steaks and lots more. Here they're a particularly good lunch option too, with pork belly buns and steak sarnies on the menu. They're also open on Sunday for a great Sunday lunch in the City.
Charred, smoked and grilled is the name of the game at Brigadiers, which is cooking up all manner of kebabs, chops, tikka and feasting options for hungry City sorts at the Bloomberg Arcade, with a huge selection of beer to wash it all down. It comes from the same people behind Trishna, Hoppers and Gymkhana - so it's easily one of the best Indian restaurants in the City (with a good bar too).
Cabotte is a restaurant founded by two Master Sommeliers. So while the menu is classic French, really the key thing here is the wine list that accompanies it. A good wine for bringing any really keen wine drinkers.
Canto Corvino comes from people behind the popular Manicomio restaurants. This modern Italian restaurant boasts an extensive Italian wine list, weekend brunches and more.
The City base for Vivek Singh's Cinnamon group of restaurants has been a staple of Devonshire Square for over a decade. They're serving up modern Indian cooking and there's a decent sized bar here too.
City Social is Jason Atherton's City restaurant high up in the high-rise Tower 42. There's a fancy design by Russell Sage, a more high-end experience some of his other ventures and a huge bar space. Oh, and there's a fantastic view too.
Run by chef Pascal Aussignac, this Smithfield restaurant has been around for a couple of decades - an impressive feat in London - and has held a Michelin star for many of those years. So it's very much a London institution. The menu focuses on Gascon cuisine, so yes there is foie gras.
Coq D'Argent is a restaurant by D&D serving up classic French cuisine. It's a classic City restaurant, over 20 years old, with a prime place at the top of 1 Poultry and with an impressive outside rooftop bar space too.
Part of the Angel Court development, COYA's City branch features a Latin American bar and a restaurant serving contemporary Peruvian dishes. Head to the Pisco Bar for their own bespoke Pisco cocktails and look out for their popular weekend brunch.
Dom's Subs in Hackney captured Londoners' hearts with their A-grade sarnies and this sees them bringing them to hungry City workers. Expect some of the best sandwiches in town in their improbably stuffed house-baked semolina rolls, with sandwiches including a Philly sub with Italian roast pork and lots of gravy.
Duck and Waffle has a well-earned reputation as being one of the best restaurants with a view in London - and what a view. It's almost worth a visit for the elevator ride alone. The restaurant has much to recommend besides the view, including the signature Duck and Waffle itself. It's also a near 24 hour operation, so handy pretty much any time of the day.
The idea of opening a massive new palace of Italian food by Liverpool Street station originally seemed faintly ridiculous. Eataly proved them quite wrong - the place has done a storming business ever since it threw open its doors. Go to marvel at the huge grocery section, and then recover with a glass of Chianti and bowl of pasta in one of its many restaurants.
This Nordic restaurant comes from Soren Jessen, who's also the man behind 1 Lombard Street. Here, it's all about all-day Nordic cooking - expect plenty of hot smoked salmon, open-faced sandwiches (smørrebrød), Swedish dumplings and more - as well as top Scandinavian pastries.
Think of this Spitalfields spot as an elevated wine bar, serving not only a cracking list of Italian wines, but a range of traditional Tuscan dishes using top-notch produce. Their slow cooked regional stews are particularly worth seeking out.
This is the City outpost for he Galvin Brothers and it's one of their best-looking restaurants, set in the frankly stunning St Botolph's Hall. The restaurant earned them a Michelin star for the fine, French food in historic surroundings.
Goodman was one of the restaurants leading the charge to transform London steakhouses into restaurants that could rival their American counterparts. Expect a damned good steak and much more at this City outpost.
This is the original Gunpowder which has since expanded to more locations across London, It's run by Harneet Baweja, who was an Indian entrepreneur who wanted to bring something different to the scene. The Indian small plates on their menu are inspired by those that the team grew up with and the Kashmiri lamb chops are a must.
Everything that Hawksmoor does turns to restaurant gold and this restaurant is no exception. Things kick off with a proper breakfast for City folk and the whole thing is housed in an incredible looking basement room. You'll find their usual great steaks, cocktails and more.
If location is all, then this river-facing restaurant has won the lottery. Making the most of its river frontage, High Timber is a high-end steak restaurant for city boys with a serious wine list, courtesy of owners Gary and Kathy Jordan who own the Jordan vineyard in Stellenbosch.
This is the third restaurant from Jose Pizarro (and his first outside Bermondsey) one of London's top Spanish chefs. Here, they serve up all manner of classic and inventive Spanish dishes with a big focus on grilled meats like presa.
Koya has been a Soho institution and this was its first expansion outside that area, with a larger location and with the same udon noodles and more that made the original such a big hit.
The main restaurant at the Four Seasons has French chef Anne-Sophie Pic in charge, and she's won two Michelin stars for this restaurant too. It's very much a modern French fine dining affair set in very luxe surroundings.
Whether you're looking for Peking Duck or sushi, this restaurant (one of two at the Four Seasons Trinity Square) has what you're after - covering traditional Japanese and Chinese dishes with what they say is a 'modern approach'. Tables are well spaced too making it good for confidential convos.
Sweetings has been a London institution for over 100 years. It's certainly one of the city's oldest seafood restaurants and is only open during the week at lunchtimes. It's a City of London favourite and decidedly old school to boot.
Temper City is one of the group of restaurants that specialises in barbecue, complete with a huge central firepit. On the menu you'll find steak, fish, tacos and more - as well as plenty of mezcal and gin concoctions to wash it all down with.
The Ned is both an impressive City hotel as well as a collection of restaurants. Soho House took over an impressive (and huge) old banking site and stuffed it with places to eat. There are ten restaurants to choose from and while some City restaurants get quiet at the weekends - this is buzzy at all times.
Yauatcha City is the second outpost in London for the high-end Chinese restaurant - also famed for its excellent dim sum menu. As well as the restaurant, there's also its own standalone Yauatcha Patisserie, mixing Chinese and European influences. And some damned fine macarons.
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