Lunchtime Bites: Bishopsgate
Posted in: i2 Office Area Guides by i2Office on 12th May 2017
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch near ourBishopsgate serviced offices. The area’s culinary scene is as vibrant as its community of businesses and financial institutions. Take a very short walk in any direction and you’ll stumble upon swanky restaurants, pop-up street food stalls, cosy cafes and fast-food outlets to suit any taste and budget.
With so many dining options to choose from, we’ve picked our top four that are unique to the local area, so dig in!
Duck & Waffle
Located on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate, the third tallest building in London and just a short walk from our serviced offices, the Duck & Waffle has gained a reputation for unrivalled panoramic views and excellent meals since its opening in 2011.
The food isn’t cheap—their namesake dish, Duck and Waffle, comes in at £17—but it is well worth the pricetag. The restaurant’s spectacular setting offers the perfect opportunity to entertain clients over lunch. And, on the rare occasion when you have to pull an all-nighter to meet your deadlines, the restaurant is open 24/7.
Walk: 2 mins
Google Map Link: Duck & Waffle
Spitalfields Market dates back to around 1666, when traders started to operate beyond the city gates. Today, this iconic marketplace is a bustling hub of traders, bargain hunters, tourists and hungry workers on the lookout for a tasty lunch.
The food on offer at Spitalfields Market ranges from Michelin-Starred haute cuisine to family-friendly eateries to international dishes served from mobile food trucks. Mainstays you should make a priority on your next lunchtime include The Duck Truck, Toasties and Bleecker Burger.
Walk: 9 mins
Google Map Link: Spitalfields Market
Dirty Dicks is a local institution, a London landmark and a regular haunt for city workers looking for a spot of lunch or an after-work pint. This lively boozer has held its current moniker since the early 19th century, when the landlord decided to rename the pub, which until then was called The Old Jerusalem, after an infamous resident who had owned a warehouse around the corner.
The real Dirty Dick was an 18th century celebrity known for his unhygienic habits, particularly his steadfast refusal to clean his house, his warehouse or himself. Apparently, Dick became so well known that letters intended for him would be addressed to 'The Dirty Warehouse, London'.
For some reason, the landlord felt this would be a good name for his public house, and the name, much like the smell from old Dirty Dick, has lingered. Fortunately, the pub is now a clean and enjoyable place to enjoy reasonably priced pub grub.
Walk: 5 mins
Google Map Link: Dirty Dicks
Our final lunchtime bite brings us to 176 Bishopsgate and to Polo Bar, which serves ‘traditional British cafe fare, for hungry modern Londoners’. Like Duck & Waffle, Polo Bar is open 24 hours a day, but that’s where the similarities end. Prices here are fit for anyone's budget, with most meals less than £10.
Dating back to 1953, the no frills grub at Polo Bar has been sorting out “builders and bobbies, bankers and bloggers” lunchtime needs since “before rock n’ roll was even cool.”
Walk: 4 mins
Google Map Link: Polo Bar