You can bank on great eating in London’s financial district. St Paul’s and Bank are fast-paced, sophisticated and historical, and boast restaurants to match, along with a concentration of excellent pubs. If you’re looking for a restaurant near St Paul’s, you’ll be sure of finding something truly gourmet within earshot of ‘Great Tom,’ the 300-year-old bell in St Paul’s Cathedral that chimes every hour.
Amongst the best in Bank restaurants is Grand Café, which provides all-day bistro-style British cuisine in breathtaking courtyard surroundings. You can eat breakfast in style here, with dishes like eggs royale, or smoked salmon & scrambled eggs on toast. Grand Café serves food all day until 11pm, and on the a la carte dinner menu, yummy desserts like chocolate and hazelnut swiss roll with cherry purée follow mains such as roast haunch of venison.
For French food, the appropriately named Coq d’Argent at 1 Poultry offers treats like handpicked Devon crab with avocado and wasabi purée or pink peppercorn poached apricots with lavender yoghurt. There’s even a ‘caviar list’ from which to pick your sturgeon roe of choice. Coq d’Argent’s location is as splendid as its menu, boasting a roof garden with panoramic views over the city.