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Dark, earthy tones, soft lighting and the maître d’s natty tweeds lend a sophisticated air to Jason Atherton’s Tower 42 eyrie. With all eyes on the “amazing” view from the 24th floor, it’s easy to overlook the restaurant’s signed Warhol print. A succession of “well-conceived” dishes, from quail with pancetta and sauce diable to boned, rolled Lincolnshire rabbit saddle and exquisite, herby rabbit sausage – the latter dish marred only by the accompanying over-salted trompettes de la mort. Inventive desserts might pair aromatic basil with white-peach parfait, or toasted almond ice cream with delicate apricot soufflé. Portions are hearty, presentation and service impeccable and the vibe is relatively youthful. The “excellent” wine list bristles with prestigious Bordeaux and Burgundy, but there’s interest at more modest prices. A stunning City newcomer with an appeal that stretches far beyond the Square Mile.

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  1. Published : Saturday, 3 May 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: City Social

    Last Thursday saw the opening of City Social, high up on the 24th floor of 42nd Tower in the financial heart of London. Just one day after opening I find myself in Jason Athertons newest restaurant which wraps around the centre line of the tower, offering 360 degree views across London. Dining in a restaurant so soon after opening is risky business indeed, making yourself vulnerable to teething problems. In hindsight, it should have been obvious – if anyone knows how to open a successful restaurant it is Jason Atherton.

    Meeting our executive chef after eating his food (Pollen Street Social, Little Social,...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 3 May 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: City Social, Tower 42

    Based in Tower 42, City Social is the latest restaurant from serial restaurateur Jason Atherton (he also owns Michelin starred Pollen Street Social and Social Eating House, along with Berners Tavern and Little Social). It replaces the old Gary Rhodes restaurant but the place is totally unrecognisable – thank God!

    To start, I opted for the pig’s trotter and ham hock with crispy Mrs Brown’s black pudding, apple and Madeira (£12) which was really enjoyable. The trotter and ham had a crisp breadcrumbed exterior with a succulent meaty centre which went perfectly with the sliced and puréed apple. I don’t know who...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 5 July 2014

    SamTheFoodFan :: City Social

    Very dear friends were visiting from Dublin last weekend and I wanted to take them somewhere special for dinner. Somewhere with a good view and where you're guaranteed good food - a perfect opportunity to try City Social. The seventh London restaurant by Jason Atherton, this one is an absolute stunner. Located on the 24th floor of Tower 42 in the City of London and having been to the previous restaurant that was in the same location, I was keen to see how different the space would be. City Social takes up the entire 24th floor and the 360 degree views of London are just incredible. I have also just loved every single...
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  1. One great thing about being based at Google Campus is the fact that it is located squarely between Old Street and the City.

    There’s an interesting dichotomy at play here. Old Street, affectionately known as Silicon Roundabout, is perfectly positioned to leverage the edgy and frankly eccentric hotspots of Shoreditch (mini-golf, anyone?). The tie-touting City could not be a starker contrast, propelling Michelin-starred restaurants and sky-high cocktail bars to a discerning crowd.

    City Social, the latest in Jason Atherton’s gastronomic empire, falls firmly in the latter category.

    Having conquered...
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  1. City Social is a restaurant that I have wanted to go to for the longest of times, but was put on hold for a special occasion. When Michael’s and my 3-year anniversary rolled around, City Social seemed the perfect place to celebrate. With a 4.5 rating on tripadvisor from over 200 reviews, we thought it would be a solid bet for an overall great evening. Unfortunately for us, the food didn’t quite hit the mark we had hoped for...
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  1. One great thing about being based at Google Campus is the fact that it is located squarely between Old Street and the City.

    There’s an interesting dichotomy at play here. Old Street, affectionately known as Silicon Roundabout, is perfectly positioned to leverage the edgy and frankly eccentric hotspots of Shoreditch (mini-golf, anyone?). The tie-touting City could not be a starker contrast, propelling Michelin-starred restaurants and sky-high cocktail bars to a discerning crowd.

    City Social, the latest in Jason Atherton’s gastronomic empire, falls firmly in the latter category...
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  1. City Social is a Jason Atherton restaurant and modern British food is served in glamorous art deco-style surroundings. Located on the 24th floor of Tower 42 in the City of London the views are quite amazing. We arrived with the whole of London glittering before us. The lovely lady at Merchants Tavern had passed on that it was Ds birthday and we were seated at one of the best tables in the restaurant – a booth placed by the window opposite the Gherkin...
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  1. Published : Friday, 20 February 2015

    ytTastes :: City Social Restaurant |ytTastes | Yvanne Teo

    So it has been a while… well this “dinner date” at City Social Restaurant has been on the cards since September 2014; unfortunately our other social commitments kept moving the date.

    Despite the early dining, 18:15 we arrived early for a drink at the bar before being shown to our table on the other side of the 24th floor of Tower 42 – my cocktail, Piscopalean – Barsol Quebranta Pisco, Maraschino, ‘um bongo’ cordial, lime juice, egg white, bitters logo, did not disappoint. One of my dinner companions ordered a classic vodka martini and my mind wandered to how it compared to the one I tried at the Pollen Street...
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Jason Atherton

A Gordon Ramsay protégé and the first Brit to complete a stage at el Bulli, Skegness boy Jason Atherton is now one of the UK’s most prolific chefs. Since leaving Maze in 2010, he’s worked tirelessly, opening a raft of style-conscious ‘Social’ restaurants including Pollen Street Social, City Social et al. He also helped to launch Berners Tavern and the Typing Room, and has overseas interests in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and now New York.

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