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CITYMATTERS.LONDON 07 April - 11 May 2021 | Page 13 subscribe to our newsletter at Live music and DJs make a night up here even more unforgettable. But folks dress up to come here - bring your best frock! •One New Change EC4M 9AF Dion Bar and Restaurant With its unbeatable location slap-bang next to St Paul’s Cathedral, this angular modernist Champagne bar is every inch as sharp-suited as its banking and broker clientele. Inside, the leather stools, tiled floors and dark wood may be as sober as a PowerPoint presentation, but Dion can get distinctly boisterous at peak times. If bubbles are required, you can fizz modestly or push the boat out with a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 (at £375 a pop). Alternatively, there’s some surprisingly affordable drinking on the French-led wine list, plus a decent slate of classic cocktails. At lunchtime, boost your energy levels with black peppered calamari, chicken Caesar salad, salmon and crab fishcakes or a hearty plate of cottage pie; in the evening, there are global nibbles, antipasti, burgers and mezzestyle sharing platters for the drinkers. And don’t miss out on the live bands on Wednesday nights. God we can’t wait to watch some live music again! •65 St. Paul’s Churchyard EC4M 8AB Smithfield Madison Smiths of Smithfield Smithfield Market traders may be getting kicked out soon so that the Museum of London can set up their new digs inside the historical building, but Smiths of Smithfield isn’t going anywhere. The three-story space has been rejigged so that people can get their drink on at the Drink + Victory Bar and dine at both the Grill restaurant and third floor terrace. We are particularly big fans of their bottomless Sunday roast experiences – book ahead & hope for good weather on the terrace. • 67-77 Charterhouse Street EC1M 6HJ Bird of Smithfield At first glance, a five-storey Georgian townhouse might not meet our height requirements, but the roof of Bird of Smithfield is actually perfectly positioned to take in the historic market buildings for which the area is famous. Watch the sun set with an Aperol Spritz in hand then head downstairs for bang-up modern British dining in the restaurant. • 26 Smithfield Street EC1A 9LB Le Bar Attached to the one and only Club Gascon (The French Michelin-starred food institution in the City), this chic bar is all about celebrating French wine and bistro dining. Head here for a more intimate affair. Book a table out on the street and escape to south west of France. Or at least as close as you can get to it these days. Tuck into small plates of mussels, duck heart persillade and snails with crushed potatoes all the while sipping on expertly made cocktails and carefully selected wines. This is where you begin your City date night. It’s pure luxury and elegance. But we guess it doesn’t have to be romantic - you can easily have a small work gathering here celebrate being back in the office in style. • 59 West Smithfield EC1A 9DS St Katharine Docks KERB KERB’s sixth and biggest lunch market to date, launched at St. Katharine Docks not too long ago. And they are set to reopen very soon. Every Friday, KERB has a wicked line-up of 18 traders, rotating each week and serving up some of KERB’s all-time favourite dishes with everything from African fusion jollof boxes to Caribbean jerk fried chicken. But it doesn’t end there. get around Filipino backyard BBQ, Taiwanese lunch boxes, Japanese soboro bowls, fresh Vietnamese vegan banh mi and so much more, for locals and tourists alike. We can’t wait for them to bring this back to St Kats. Grab some street food from one of the traders, find a seat by the dock, and find a little peace for lunch. • St Katharine Docks E1W 1LA Zizzi Give us all the pizza outside by the water, while soaking up some sun and drinking all the beers. God, we miss that summer life. And we are pumped to experience it all at Zizzi at St Katharine Docks. But you don’t have to go for pizza – if you’re trying to stay away from carbs post lockdown. They have stacks of healthy Italian grub too. Although, we are all about their pizza, pasta and risottos. We have lost all our self-control over the past year. Just know that this isn’t your hipster sourdough pizza joint. It’s fairly basic stuff. But still, it’s pizza. It’s hard to mess up! • 12 Ivory Street E1W 1AT White Mulberries Who else misses a proper brunch? We’ve had an entire year to perfect the poached egg and we still can’t do it like these guys. But the team over at White Mulberries do so much more than that. Expect homemade waffles, breakfast bowls (including the beloved acai), and the holy avocado on toast. Plus, these guys take their coffee seriously. Which can be so hard to find in London. Find the perfect flat white here. It won’t be overly milky. It won’t be burnt. It’s what caffeine dreams are made of. We head here to sit by the water, read a book, and slowly munch on breakfast goodies for as long as we can. It’s just outside the City limits but feels like your miles away from everything – that’s the beauty of St Katharine Docks. • D3 Ivory house E1W 1AT White Mulberries RELOCATING / Andina Back in the summer, our much loved Peruvian restaurant Andina (from the same people behind Ceviche) ended up in the position of having to find a new location. They were kicked out by their landlords even though they were great tenants – ain’t gentrification grand though? But this has fortunately led to greater things. When life gives you limes, make pisco sours! Thankfully, their new location is massive. The two-floored restaurant will seat about 80 people – with their basement bar being perfect for margaritas, caipirinhas, daiquiris and (of course) pisco sours. We can’t wait to dine indoors again! •60-62 Commercial Street E1 6LT BBQ MEAL KITS/ Galvin At Home BBQ season just got that much better guys! The team behind the Michelin-starred French restaurant, Galvin La Chapelle, are sending out stacks of BBQ meal boxes. Expect top quality pork sausages, beef burger patties, pork ribs, citrus marinated chicken legs, potato Salad, couscous salad, red cabbage coleslaw and a whole assortment of condiments and pickles. It will easily fill up four people for £80. And you can add an epic 1.1kg cote de boeuf steak for an extra £20. For us, this is an essential edition. And it’s such a good price. You get some incredibly high quality produce that’s been prepared by world-class chefs. •

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