The Daytime Eating Guide to: The City of London

The Daytime Eating Guide to: The City of London


Amongst the narrow alleyways, medieval churches and modern skyscrapers that make up London’s financial district, there exists a wealth of foodie establishments especially in the area around Bank station.  Whether you commute into the square mile every day or are just planning a short business trip, here are a few refreshment stops to provide sustenance between meetings.

Where to eat breakfast

Hawksmoor Guildhall, 10-12 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ
If you like a meaty breakfast and have time for a decadent morning meal, this is the spot for you.  Options include steak and eggs and a full English breakfast that has both black pudding and grilled bone marrow.  If you prefer something lighter you can choose pancakes or mushrooms on toast.  Fresh juices and velvety smooth coffee make this one of the best brunch spots in London.

Nusa Kitchen, 2 Adams Court, off Old Broad Street, EC2N 1DW
For a light (and quick) breakfast choice seek out Nusa Kitchen.  Here you can find an inventive breakfast menu including chilli cheese toastie as well as organic porridge and muesli.

Taylor St Baristas, 125 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1AR
If all you require to power you through to lunch is a good shot of caffeine then head to this spacious café for a well-crafted coffee. Even the decaffeinated beverages slip down easily with lingering liquorice notes leaving you longing for a second cup.

Where to eat lunch

Nusa Kitchen, 2 Adams Court, off Old Broad Street, EC2N 1DW
If you only have time for a spot of soup at your desk then head here for a range of nutritious soups that change on a weekly basis. Most soups have an Asian twist such as Goan chickpea and spinach. Arrive before midday if you want to avoid the lengthy queues outside the


Le Relais de Venise, 5 Throgmorton Street, EC2N 2AD
For a lunch with (omnivorous) colleagues this bistro offers only one option on the menu – steak and chips. It’s little piece of brusque Paris with tender steak, crisp chips and a secret buttery, green sauce.

Where to go for a mid afternoon snack

Paul A Young, 20 Royal Exchange, Threadneedle Street, EC3V 3LP
To beat that mid-afternoon drop in sugar levels try a salted caramel (or two) from one of the UK’s finest chocolatiers.  This tiny shop sells mouth-watering seasonal creations such as passion fruit and vanilla ganache as well as hot chocolate that bubbles away in a soup kettle in the corner.

by Reena Pastakia  blog: twiiter: @Coconutraita


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