The Best Restaurants Near St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s: the centre of the original City of London. Home to the eponymous cathedral, history-steeped livery companies, its own governing body and a financial district responsible for £2.7 trillion in transactions per day… and a host of good restaurants to sate them, of course.

If you’re looking for restaurants near St. Paul’s Cathedral itself, you’ll be met mostly with speedy lunch spots and chains to feed the area’s workers. But head a little further east, and you’ll find a wealth of highly commendable eateries…

Bread Street Kitchen | 2 minutes’ walk

Bread Street St Paul's restaurants

Bread Street Kitchen is Gordon Ramsay’s everyman restaurant.

Hence the space pod (with room for six diners on request).

The vast, open, industrial(ish), warehouse(ish) space is said to be inspired by its east London(ish) location. Reclaimed furniture, vintage armchairs and leather banquettes litter the room, leading up to a big open kitchen at the back where the theatre happens. The energy here parallels that of a buzzy New York brasserie.

This is echoed in the menu, which is available from breakfast ‘til late. Expect plates with serious wallop, including wagyu meatballs and spicy tuna tartare to start; followed up by beef wellington for two to share; and a selection of rare breed steaks available in 100g increments that are scorched on a Josper grill.

Details: 10 Bread Street, One New Change, The City, EC4M 9AJ | Book here

Brigadiers | 7 minutes’ walk

brigadiers st pauls restaurants

Brigadiers ranks pretty highly amongst the restaurants in St. Paul’s.

Owned by the formidable JKS group (Trishna, Gymkhana, Bao), Brigadiers is inspired by the Indian mess halls where the military would go to socialise, or in this case, wolf down all things Indian BBQ.

Expect a decadent ruby-red and tobacco brown dining room, offset by huge chunks of animal that have been grilled, roasted and smoked in the restaurant’s tandoors, charcoal grills and classic Indian smokers. Dry tandoori masala ribeye; smoked Nepali bhutwa lamb belly ribs; and wood roasted Goan suckling pig are all on the menu.

A tap room boasting craft ale collaborations and hand pump cocktails; and a pool room with a whisky vending machine also feature in this hedonistic adult crèche.

Details: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR | Book here

The Trading House | 8 minutes’ walk

Trading House St. Paul's restaurants

Formerly the Bank of New Zealand, this restaurant/bar serves comfort food and cocktails in an impressive setting.

The classic, grand old wood panelling, intricate carved features and parquet flooring have been offset with taxidermied birds of paradise and exotic palm leaves as a homage to the land of the long white cloud, giving it a feeling of the fantastical – like Gringotts, but with live music and not so many goblins.

So if you’re looking for St. Paul’s restaurants that can provide an array of rotisserie meats, club sandwiches, grill classics and pies off the food menu, as well as an eclectic cocktail list inspired by far-off lands, such as Legends of Sakura (Jinzu gin, Umeshu plum sake, rose syrup, egg white, lychee juice, and Morello cherry purée), made to be sipped at the long 360-degree bar in the centre of the restaurant… this is really the only place.

Details: 89-91 Gresham Street, EC2V 7NQ | Book here

Hawksmoor Guildhall | 9 minutes’ walk

Hawksmoor Guildhall

The Guildhall branch of this multi award-winning steak house/restaurant/cocktail bar/everything-else-you-can-win-an-award-for-place… is good. It’s also just a teeny tiny bit fancier-feeling than its siblings, thanks to glossy wood-panelled walls; firm, oxblood leather chairs; parquet floors and opalescent lighting that makes you feel like you’re in some sort of 1940s NYC steak house. And in a way, you are, because it’s here that you can get exceptional, half-kilo cuts of hand-reared steak, lavished with Hawksmoor’s famous bone marrow gravy.

Details: 10-12 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ | Book here

Koya City | 9 minutes’ walk

Koya City St. Paul's restaurants

This is the second branch of the authentic Japanese noodle bar that originated in Soho.

A much bigger space than its sibling, it still has all the minimalist Japanese charm with in-and-out countertop dining in front of the busy, steamy kitchen, traditional noren curtains, and plain wooden features and tiling throughout.

The menu is made up of their hand-stretched udon noodles in hot and cold varieties, with the new addition being a Full English Breakfast udon, with egg, bacon and shiitake mushrooms. A daily blackboard of specials like clams, broad beans, capers and dashi butter is on hand to persuade you away from the classics.

Details: 10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR | Book here

The Ned | 10 minutes’ walk

the ned st pauls restaurants

The Ned is the jewel in the Soho House crown.

Spanning a massive 320,000 square feet, this grade I listed former Midland Bank building keeps six (yep, six) of the best restaurants in St Paul’s to itself (how greedy…), plus two bars, and all the other mod cons of a Soho-House-owned-super-hotel-in-the-City.

Come here and pick from Millie’s Lounge, an Anglo-American bar serving classics from both sides of the pond, like fish & chips and BBQ ribs; Cecconi’s – the Italian-inspired restaurant where you can get your hands on the likes of veal Milanese and wood oven pizzas; Malibu Kitchen, which serves all things Californian for the health conscious, such as superfood brunches and a host of vegan dishes; Lutyens Grill, an upmarket grill serving super high quality steak; Electric Bar & Diner (based on their Portobello original); and Kaia, an Asian-Pacific style joint that does poke bowls, sushi and robata-grilled mains.

Details: 27 The Poultry, EC2R 8AJ | Book here


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