The silver and black suits of Fleet Street’s upper echelons blend seamlessly with the art-deco, monochrome interior of this swish bar – an appendage to Sir Terence Conran’s Lutyens restaurant. Housed in the former Reuters building, the feel is 1930s’ Paris – with 21st-century London prices and a big-city vibe. Power breakfasts start the day, but serious tippling is reserved for later on; around 40 fine wines are served in flights and four different measures (including the highly civilised ‘pot lyonnais’), while cocktails run from the classics to sharing punch bowls – check out the version named after former local Samuel Pepys (Hendrick’s gin, Somerset cider brandy, raspberry, elderflower, cucumber and ginger ale). At lunchtime you can graze on charcuterie, terrines, pâtés and ‘petits plateaux’ of grilled squid, venison carpaccio, steak tartare etc; otherwise, order something from the main Lutyens kitchen.
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