Restaurants near Bank
On the lookout for the best places to eat near Bank? You’ve certainly come to the right place. We’ve been out on a tour of the Square Mile, noting down some of the best restaurants in the city and gathering together in this hand-picked guide. From vintage American burger joints to bold and adventurous Indian eateries, our guide to the best restaurants in the city of London won’t let you down.
Last updated on 3rd April 2017
A buzzing haunt known for its stripped back feel and industrial opulence, Forge is there for those looking for some dinner and drinks after a long slog at the office. Fronting a handpicked selectino of meats and seasonal specialties cooked from the open-plan furnace, Forge is any carnivore’s dream, and there’s a fine choice of beer, wine, champagne, spirits and cocktails to boot.
There’s no need to mince our words here, Cinnamon Kitchen is simply one of the best Indian restaurants in London. Fresh and seasonal ingredients take centre stage, as head chef Vivek Singh uses innovative methods to create a menu as visually appealing as it is downright delicious. Pick between an array of grilled good, tasting plates and vegetarian options, with drinks in the discerning Anise Lounge to look forward to afterwards.
The Botanist is a suave and trendy place for drinking and dining close to Bank. Featuring funky shapeless tables, taxidermy, cosy boothed seats and velvet armchairs, it’s a sophisticated spot that suits intimate occasions and comfy catch ups. Feast on the finest British and European cuisine here and leave some time to check out the Soda Room; a refined cocktail lounge lurking downstairs.
Under an icon of the London skyline, the Gherkin, is a restaurant that encapsulates all that England is about. Homely, delicious food with a British authenticity awaits you at The Sterling. Some light dishes such as the freshly prepared roasted stilton and walnut tart whet the appetite while main dishes such as the Harissa rubbed belly of pork sort out your food cravings.
Light, cosy and relaxed, The Anthologist is a simple yet stylish place to eat near Bank. The seasonal all-day menu offers something for all tastes and there’s an eye-catching collection of vintages from across the globe; look out for the private dining room complete with its own 1950s kitchen. Fresh British produce makes up the lighter bites and more indulgent dinners at this laidback city restaurant.
Delve into a multitude of intensely flavoursome tapas style dishes with plenty of tender meaty dishes as well as creamy cheeses and cured meats. The buzzing atmosphere alone is worth checking the place out as a cool and stylish crowd gather to while away an evening with excellent food and tasty drinks. Book a table now at Camino Monument.
Tottering around in Bank after a weary working day, and looking for a restaurant that can top that energy of yours up? Then it's time to indulge in Jamies London Wall. Not only boasting a delicious selection of international wines, there's seasonal burgers and large British plates to boot.
Chefs use innovative techniques and the finest ingredients to make Mint Leaf one of the best restaurants near Bank for dinner and drinks. Settle into a space rich with natural light and high ceilings; Mint Leaf’s upscale Indian fare is well suited to business lunches and dinner dates. Take a seat at the 16-metre long cocktail bar afterwards, where bartenders use 500 spirits to muddle up a refreshing after dinner tipple.
Balls Brothers Austin Friars offers exceptional value for money given its centre-of-the-city location. A place made for everything from business meetings to informal parties, after work drinks to a relaxed meal out with your friends, this is a place for those who appreciate the finer things. The team in the kitchen prepare seasonal dishes in an open plan kitchen and there’s an exciting and bold range of cocktails served up in the bar.
Just a few steps from Tower Hill sits the Trade Union, your next East London dinner destination. Styling themselves as more of a ‘lifestyle’ than just a bar, they encourage people to stay all day drinking their Vagabond Coffee and then stick around for the night, as the cocktails and sourdough pizzas come out to play.
There’s no doubt about it; the stresses and strains of the city can take their toll on anybody. The Folly is where to relax and recuperate. A botanically inspired "sanctuary of calm", stroll through the garden lounge for some much-needed respite after a long day at the office. The Folly has you covered from breakfast right through to dinner and opens late for drinks and dancing at the weekends.
Offering a dreamy trio of good food, punchy cocktails and a lively atmosphere, Core is an often overlooked option for eating out in the city. Arguably better known as a nightclub, grab a salt beef sandwich if you're looking for a quick bite or cancel your afternoon appointments and feast on a rib-eye steak lunch.
“We like to do things a little differently” say the guys at Silk & Grain, the experimental cocktail parlour and steak restaurant on Cornhill. Classic cocktails are age-barrelled in oak, metal, leather and glass to offer an experimental twist on the usual flavours in the bar, while everything from oysters to the finest dry-aged steak cuts and gourmet bar snacks are served in the restaurant area.
Find your way over to Chiswell Street to encounter one of the City’s leading restaurants and cocktail bars. With a collection of elegant, calming dining rooms as well as a chic leather-clad cocktail bar, it’s a venue for all occasions. Head chef Richard O’Connell delivers a masterclass in innovative British cuisine, with the signature cocktails, top-notch microbeers and library of wines capping things off.
Another oasis offering a breather from the city, The Drift showcases fresh and seasonal ingredients in a kooky location. Filled with collectables and mixology tables, select some sharing dishes and unwind in this open and airy restaurant right across the road from Liverpool Street.
Lost in the city and looking for somewhere to eat near Bank? Head to Tank and Paddle where their stylish, contemporary fitted interiors will welcome you in for a top selection of ice-cold, craft pints alongside some of the best pizzas in the business.