Lunchtime Bites: Aldgate
Posted in: i2 Office Area Guides by i2Office on 31st August 2017
Located amongst the throng of one of the liveliest parts of London, Aldgate is at the heart of the UK’s finance sector and hosts a whole host of businesses ranging from fledgling startups to international corporations.
In keeping with the eclectic mix of people and businesses that work in the City, the cuisine on offer is equally diverse. We’ve found four of the most acclaimed restaurants in the area, all of which are just a short stroll from our Aldgate offices in Beaufort House.
Le Relais de Venise
This French restaurant, just a stone’s throw from the Bank of England, is easily missed. However, for high-rollers working in the City, this little place enjoys legendary status.
The high-profile clientele of Le Relais de Venise may look out of place in a venue with stripped-back decor and a simple menu that consists solely of steak-frites and salad. But don’t let the restaurant’s understated facade fool you. This steak is good, and we mean really good. Simply choose ‘blue’, ‘rare’, ‘medium’ or ‘well done’ and enjoy the best steak on offer in the City.
Walk: 13 mins
Google Maps: Le Relais de Venise
A short walk away from our Aldgate offices is Tower 42, the eighth tallest skyscraper in London. On its 24th floor you’ll find City Social, a bar-come-restaurant that lives up to its name, attracting workers who flock to this trendy spot to socialise and network after work or during their lunch hour.
As well as offering truly spectacular views of some of London’s most iconic buildings, City Social offers modern British fare in an art-deco setting. The brainchild of chef Jason Atherton, and part of the wider restaurant group, City Social also includes locations in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Highlights of the menu include Prawn & Orkney scallop tortellini and the Frenchman Creek oyster which includes dashi, melon and yuzu.
Walk: 11 mins
Google Maps: City Social
One third of a London-based mini chain, Lupita East, located a short walk away on Commercial Street, offers up the finest and most authentic Mexican food in East London.
Lupita serves up a varied selection of the usual suspects – expect tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, enchiladas and burritos, all of which can be washed down with a mezcal margarita or an ice cold cerveza.
Walk: 7 mins
Google Maps: Lupita East
St John Bread & Wine
St. John Bread & Wine is located across the road from Spitalfields Market and is the smaller sister of the restaurant of the same name at Smithfield. The decor in this little deli/bakery is stripped back and basic, resembling an old fashioned canteen or soup kitchen, rather than a place offering some of the finest English ingredients.
Not only is the location smaller than the Smithfield restaurant, the dishes are too. St. John Bread & Wine offer up delicious tapas style dishes with their own baked-bread. And there’s further good news, they are also open in the mornings for “Breakfast Time Bites”, serving up a mean bacon sandwich.
Walk: 10 mins
Google Maps: St. John Bread & Wine