A Sex and the City-style basement offering cut-price cocktails in the Square Mile, Pause has bargains galore. Martinis, swizzles and coolers such as City breeze (Eristoff vodka, lime, lychee, pineapple and guava juices with coconut cream) are two-for-one during extended weeknight happy hours (5-8pm), when a bucket of five beers costs £12. Reserve a party area and order punchbowls from £25 and global grazing platters to share. Otherwise, a lunchtime menu covers all bases, with anything from sausage baps to nasi goreng, veggie lasagne or salmon fillet wrapped in Parma ham with cabbage and new potatoes; there are also half a dozen £3 desserts for workers from the adjacent Lloyds Building who aren't counting calories. Ten wines come by the glass: £19.95 nets a bottle of Pinot Grigio on a list that also has Champagne from as little as £39.95.
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