Looking for a date night spot, decadent dinner destination, or place for a client lunch near Bank station? Formerly a weekend ghost town, these days the City of London is bursting with restaurants. From historic venues like The Royal Exchange and The Ned, to restaurants with a view like Wagtail and Searcys at The Gherkin, historic London meets modern-day style in the Square Mile.
Here are our favourite restaurants near Bank station, in the heart of the capital.
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If you only at one restaurant near Bank station, make it Cecconi’s. A modern-day classic Italian restaurant, Cecconi’s is located inside The Ned, and is one the chicest spots in the city to while away an evening.
Set inside a former banking hall – alongside more of The Ned’s restaurant hotspots like Millie’s Lounge, Lutyens Grill and Kaia – the restaurant has been meticulously designed, with a stunning counter-dining bar, plush booths, original marble-clad pillars and large arched windows.
The menu is filled with elevated, classic Italian fare – think cicchetti to share, elegant main dishes, and Italian classics including Italian sausage and wild chicory pizza; crab ravioli with tomato and basil; and risotto with porcini and black truffle. Head down on a weekday and enjoy an Aperitivo and two cicchetti for £16 per person between 3-5pm. Set to the soundtrack of a live band in the centre of the banking hall, it’s the ideal environment drinks and light bites in the heart of Bank.
One of our favourite restaurants near Bank station for the interiors alone, the cavernous building The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant is set in dates back to Elizabethan times. It occupies the ground floor in the Royal Exchange’s spectacular central courtyard (and spills outside when the weather allows) serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.
With a seasonal and contemporary menu, the neo-classical surroundings are an iconic Victorian creation, giving you plenty to gaze upon as you dig into your meal, and making it quite the instagrammable spot. The perfect setting for small but stunning gatherings over champagne.
Where: The Courtyard, The, Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR
From stunning interiors and 360-degree views of the city, to impressive dining, beautiful cocktails and bottomless weekend brunch, London’s newest rooftop bar and restaurant Wagtail is effortlessly chic and utterly delicious.
Just south of Bank station ( closer to the Monument station entrance), enter the site of the old House Of Fraser building, ascend the lift to the ninth floor and you’ll find yourself in the restaurant, where stylish interiors greet you and an outdoor terrace awaits. Still somewhat of a hidden gem for such a prime city location, it’s a glorious find for those in the know – especially once you catch a glimpse of those views, with sightlines of The Shard, Tower Bridge, and the Monument.
Where: 68 King William St, London EC4N 7HR
Set in the immense vaults beneath The Royal Exchange, The Libertine is the new home of indulgence in the heart of the city. Sitting on the same site where the very first royal alcohol licence in Britain was granted, this space is steeped in hedonism – where merchants and rogues from across the city took part in boisterous ‘tippling’.
A modern revival of those mischievous times, the brand new venue is made up of a large destination bar, lively drinking and dining corners, main restaurant and two private dining rooms with a secret whiskey vault. The menu focuses on wholesome seasonal fare served from lunch till late – think seafood dishes, dry-aged steaks and snacks for sharing. And we can’t forget about the drinks menu, created in partnership with some of the city’s best distilleries, breweries and wine merchants.
If you’re looking for food near Bank, you can’t go far wrong with M Threadneedle Street. Just a short walk from Bank station, the restaurant serves up an array of ethically sourced steak as well as sushi and tacos from a playful menu designed to take you on a sensory journey.
From breakfast through to coffee catch ups, celebratory dinners and boozy brunches, they really do have something for everyone, with a roster of monthly ‘M Experiences’ to keep things interesting – including bottomless brunch and a menu dedicated to wagyu.
Housed in a spectacular grade-II listed building – the former home of the British Linen Bank – is Piazza Italiana, the breathtakingly beautiful Italian restaurant, bar and event space. With an exquisite menu made up of classic dishes from all over Italy, a chic bar serving up wine and inventive cocktails, and three striking event spaces for the most elegant celebrations, it’s the place to see and be seen in the heart of the City of London.
The menu is made up of antipasti, sharing plates, pasta, meat and fish dishes, driven by a young restaurant team offering a modern culinary touch, including their signature Tagliolini Al Tartufo – tagliolini with truffle sauce spun in a pecorino wheel at the table. The ultimate insta-worthy dish.
Where: 38 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8AY
A stone’s throw from what may well have been the world’s first steakhouse, named Dolly’s, Hawksmoor’s Guildhall restaurant is the perfect steak stop-off in the heart of the city. Recently ranked the best steak in the world, Hawksmoor is the standard by which every other steak in London will be judged. And rightly so. Hawksmoor’s formula – of sourcing only the very best British beef, and recruiting the best steak chefs to prepare it – is a real success. With knowledgeable waiting staff to help you pick the right steak, you really can’t go wrong.
From T-bone and Chateaubriand, to prime rib and porterhouse, Hawksmoor’s got it all. And you would be nuts not order the creamed spinach, triple-cooked chips and macaroni cheese on the side – all to be gobbled up and washed down with their signature Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew.
Showcasing a melting pot of cuisines from Singapore’s many cultures, Straits Kitchen is located inside the Pan Pacific hotel, with a menu led by Executive Head Chef Fabrice Lasnon who brings authentic Asian flavours to the table.
For a dinner with an Asian twist, head down on a Sunday to enjoy their Winter Sunday Roast buffet for £50 featuring starters, a selection of Asian roasting meats, accompanying sides, and a grazing table of desserts and bubbles. Indulge in traditional favourites straight from their live carving station including crispy pork belly, roasted duck and barbeque pork.
Only a 5-minute walk from Bank station, discover two dining destinations at The Westin London City.
Hithe + Seek is a riverside wine bar and kitchen that invites you to discover old and new world wines and dishes while taking in the panoramic river view; and Mosaic is an all-day dining restaurant, offering an extensive choice of nourishing dishes with a focus on their Eat Well philosophy.
Where: 60 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3AD
Led by Executive Chef Gary Foulkes, the ever-changing menu at Michelin-starred Angler features only seasonal and carefully sourced produce, to create picture-perfect plates. Using passion and precision, each dish is meticulously curated to celebrate the taste and textures of the ingredients, using a variety of techniques, flavouring, and seasoning.
Whilst known for its sensational seafood, vegetarians and carnivores are also well catered for with the best seasonal and local produce. They also have an extensive bottled wine list, led by the best sommeliers, to wash it all down with.
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF
Take to the skies at Searcys at the Gherkin, located a short walk from Bank station in the heart of the city.
Open for lunch and dinner, indulge in seasonal menus of contemporary British classics, while afternoons play host to a sky-high afternoon tea with optional limitless fizz as you take in views if the city below.
Where: The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF
Just a ten minute walk from Bank station, anyone with quality Japanese food on their mind will be enticed by authentic restaurant Miyako. The sought-after dining experience takes you on a sophisticated culinary journey to Japan, led by Head Chef Kosei Sakamoto.
The intimate restaurant invites guests to immerse themselves in an expertly crafted traditional menu of hand-made sushi and rolls, sashimi and teriyaki, alongside authentic drinks such as Japan’s favourite wine, sake.
Miyako is also big on bento boxes, one of which they’ll be serving for a special price throughout January only. Visit the restaurant any time of day for 20% off their dish of the month, the Salmon Teriyaki Bento Box.
Where: Andaz London, 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN
Located in the heart of the city, The Folly makes the perfect all-day bar and restaurant near Bank station for lunch, dinner and cocktails.
Always a buzzing evening spot, their early opening hours also means you can grab a relaxing sit-down breakfast to fuel your day. Start January as you mean to go on with their refreshing smoothie menu, including the sweet Berry Smooth (blackberry, raspberry, banana and yoghurt) topped with crunchy granola. Or for a heartier dish, feast on their decadent Breakfast Burger – a toasted English muffin filled with a juicy beef patty, smashed avocado, fried eggs, bacon, and smoky tomato salsa.
a seven minute walk from Bank Station, in a stylish underground speakeasy, Proud City offers spectacular conceptual shows, fusing modern circus, cabaret, award winning drag artists and classic burlesque – and when the cabaret performances end, top DJ’s take over the dance floor to entertain guests until the early hours.
Whilst you’re feasting your senses on world-class entertainment, indulge your appetite with superbly executed dishes, fine wines, and carefully crafted cocktails whilst circus, cabaret and music acts put on a jaw dropping show that has to be seen to be believed.
Where: 1 Mark Lane Opposite Fenchurch St Station, 1 Mark Ln, London EC3R 7AH
A classically British restaurant near bank station, the menus at South Place Chop House are dedicated to the seasons with carefully sourced cuts of meat and freshly caught fish. On weekends. the restaurant becomes a social spot for bottomless brunch with a menu that includes classic favourites, from steak and chips to American style pancakes.
Dishes are complemented by a selection of curated craft beers and a short-but-sharp list of wines, making it the perfect destination to catch up with friends over some steak and vino.