Smart, stylish, historic and high-end, The Royal Exchange is one of London’s most iconic buildings. Nowhere does luxury shopping quite like it – from Hermès and Tiffany, to Aspinal of London and Boodles, it’s a shopaholic’s heaven. But the main (and lesser-known) reason that keeps us coming back for more? The incredible food.
You could spend a full day at The Royal Exchange and the stellar food options would see you through morning coffee, breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and dessert. Not to mention drinks – from late-night cocktails to the finest selection of wines and whisky. Whether it’s a deliciously decadent handmade cinnamon bun, or a celebratory dinner over seafood and steak, here’s where and why you should be grabbing a bite at The Royal Exchange…
Food & Drink at The Royal Exchange
For Secret Underground Dining and Drinking…
You’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of this brand new drinking and dining spot on your socials recently – and if you haven’t, where have you been? Set in the immense vaults beneath The Royal Exchange, The Libertine is the new home of indulgence in the heart of the City.
The menu stands up to the spectacular location, serving everything from snacks and starters for the table, to seafood, steaks, traditional Sunday roasts and desserts. Afterwards, sip cocktails into the night – reminiscent of the London traders who used to take part in boisterous ‘tippling’ in the vaults under the exchange.
For Sipping Wine Alfresco…
Multi-award winning Oeno House is one of the finest wine merchants in London, specialising in sourcing a jaw-dropping selection of rare and fine wines from around the world.
Having opened its doors at The Royal Exchange in 2021, wine-lovers can enjoy exclusive private tasting experiences, as well as alfresco drinks and dining on the terrace – perfect for sipping rosé in the sun, or settling in with a glass of red and a fluffy throw once the chill sets in.
A jaw-dropping selection of rare and fine wines.
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For Mouth-Watering Croissant Buns
Deliciously decadent homemade buns have arrived on the scene at The Royal Exchange thanks to Buns From Home, a baking business born during lockdown in 2020. An instant hit, they’ve quickly grown from a local home delivery service into a thriving collection of standalone shops.
Drool-worthy flavours include dulce de leche, banana bread, almond, cardamom, cheesecake, chocolate custard and tiramisu. And if you fancy a quick lunch? They also have savoury options, including a spinach and feta bun. This is what pastry dreams are made of.
Deliciously decadent homemade croissant buns.
For Oysters & Elegant Afternoon Tea…
In the spectacular central courtyard of The Royal Exchange lies Fortnum’s Bar and Restaurant – and it’s a stunning spot for a midweek rendezvous. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner five days a week, with its own outdoor terrace during the summer months, it’s one of the most iconic and Instagrammable spots in the city.
Make a pilgrimage here for a seasonal and contemporary menu featuring the likes of lobster benedict for breakfast, steak tartare for lunch, and day boat fish and chips for dinner. We particularly like dropping in for champagne and oysters on the sprawling outdoor terrace during the summer months.
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For A Delicious Health Boost…
Without a doubt the best açaí outside of Brazil, Açaí Berry’s latest store has landed at The Royal Exchange to bring city-goers everyone’s favourite Amazonian superfood.
Priding themselves on offering the purest, highest grade of açaí currently available in the UK, it’s a must-visit for breakfast or a daytime pick me up – think açaí smoothies and açaí bowls topped with fruit, peanut butter, nuts and seeds.
The best açaí outside of Brazil.
For Whisky Tastings…
This high-end whisky shop provides its clients with some of the finest expressions to enjoy and collect. Exclusively available in store, budding whisky aficionados can share their love of luxury spirits in the formal Tasting Room at The Royal Exchange – perfect for a group of friends or colleagues to learn about everything whisky.
Want to take something away? Tomoka Fine & Rare also offers a service which allows customers to hand-fill their own bottle from an in-store cask filled with a rare whisky, rum or cognac – usually only seen at distilleries, now available in the beating heart of London.
For A Caffeine Hit…
Grind is the buzzy coffeehouse that’s captured the hearts of millennials all over London with its pale pink coffee cups and organic, sustainable at-home coffee pods.
Located on Threadneedle Street in the Grade-I listed building, The Royal Exchange Grind is one of the city’s most beautiful coffee shops. Whether it’s a morning caffeine hit or an iced latte on a sweltering city day, you’re guaranteed some seriously great coffee.
For Delicate Macarons & Pastries…
Ladurée aren’t wrong when they describe their macarons as “gourmet pleasure at your fingertips”. Their world-famous macarons set the bar high for cute confectionary that tastes as good as it looks – think smooth creamy lemon, caramel, pistachio or raspberry, placed delicately between almond macaron shells.
The Ladurée Boutique at The Royal Exchange is a picture-perfect choice for a take away coffee and sweet treat or, if you’re searching for the perfect gift, you can compose a box of your favourites to treat a loved one who deserves a moment of luxury.