Restaurant review - City Café

Considering just how central City Café is, you do have to give it its dues.

The place certainly makes it seem like you're somewhere other than a fume-ridden city populated by hostile commuters, street drinkers and thieves – oh, and a few million other people who actually behave themselves.

Unlike many upmarket eateries that offer a bit of al fresco dining in London, at this one you don't have to worry that someone is about to start an argument on the pavement in front of you, or that the massed contents of a busy bus could sweep the waiter away as they alight en-masse just inches from your face.

Located round the back of Tate Britain, a stone's throw from the river, you're only a short walk away from the heart of London, making this a great business destination if you're entertaining a contact from out of town, who might enjoy a bit of sightseeing.

Considering the City Café is part of a hotel, it would also serve as a good venue for overseas business visitors to hang their hats.

If you're simply looking for a spot of food, don't worry yourself that this place feels like part of a hotel though – it doesn't.

More importantly, pretty much everything you could want from a business lunch is available here. There's some excellent bits of beef to be had, lovely fish and an impressive selection for vegetarians.

More broadly speaking, there's a bit of privacy, plenty of space, room for paperwork and a good chef. Most importantly, there's a wide range of tasty food – from fine dining through to barbeque – and suitably stylish surroundings.

All things considered, the City Café ticks most boxes on the work-lunch front.

Review by Kevin Johns

30 John Islip Street, SW1 4DD Phone no: 020 7932 4600

Price £35 per head without wine

4/5

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