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Bank's breezy, light-filled conservatory helps ease the weighty affairs of Westminster's army of suits and, on sunny days, a feel-good mood seems to descend on the entire dining area.
Discussion-filled lunches take place over plates of accessible British and international food ranging from lobster and chips, steaks and smoked-haddock risotto to crispy duck and Chinese greens
with honey and sesame – familiar, user-friendly stuff for politicos and their cohorts. To finish, clas sy dessert cocktails such as chocolate Sazerac (rum, chocolate liqueur and bitters in an
absinthe-rinsed glass) help sweeten any fine-tuned business deals and political diplomacy. Make sure to ask the smartly dressed waiters for the best seats in the house: tables next to the
floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow for a smooth transition to the leafy courtyard – if celebratory drinks are required.
We went to Bank in St James’s for lunch. Although a hotel restaurant it does not have this feel as it has its own entrance and is only connected to the hotel via the terrace at the back. As you walk in there is a small bar at the side of the wall. The hall way past this leads to the restaurant which is split on two levels.The restaurant on the ground level is light and airy as the end wall is glass which looks onto the hotel courtyard. The terrace is one of its selling point as there is a huge fountain with tables and chairs out in the summer (a lovely place for after work drinks if you are feeling fancy too). The hotel surrounds the courtyard into a square and is made of a lovely red brick which has white sandstone etchings on the four walls facing the restaurant...
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