THREE OTHER RESTAURANTS NEAR THE ROYAL EXCHANGE

 
Timothy Barber
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RELAIS DE VENISE L’ENTRECOTE
The formula that’s made the Relais de Venise restauarants a French institution could have been made for the City – salad starter followed by a large, perfectly-cooked steak and delicious frites. Accordingly, L’Entrecote has become a Square Mile institution in no time. 5 Throgmorton Street, EC2N 2AD. www.relaisdevenise.com

GREENS RESTAURANT AND OYSTER BAR
In the one-time HQ of Lloyds Bank on Cornhill, Greens was opened by Simon Parker Bowles a year ago and has brought back a sense of the Square Mile old school. The Runner Bar – all neo-classical columns and luxurious crustacean bar – is ineffably grand, and the restaurant’s booths overlook the Bank of England itself. 14 Cornhill, EC3V 3ND. www.greens.org.uk,

IMPERIAL CITY
Arguably the Square Mile’s leading Chinese dining room, Imperial City sits beneath the Royal Exchange occupying its brick-vaulted cellars. A dramatically atmospheric place to visit, its restaurant includes influences from Japan and Malaysia as well as well-made, classy Chinese staples. 1a Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL www.orientalrestaurantgroup.co.uk