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|Address:||110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY|
|Tel:||020 3640 7310|
|Price: £58.00||Wine: £35.00||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 24 hours|
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As a Londoner, I have a very low opinion of all-night places. Stinky toilets and sticky carpets. And when I heard the Duck and Waffle was in the City on the 40th floor and we were going on a Saturday morning, I just thought of all of all the City youths that had spent the best part of the night before throwing whatever liquids they had around the place.
Things didn't bode well when I phoned up to book Brunch at 10 in the morning the same day4 and was told the next table wasn't available until ‘after midnight’. But if we wanted to walk-up, we were welcome to. So we took the chance.
In fact, when we did present ourselves we were really surprised. Not only was it nothing like any of my fears: it was modern and spotlessly clean, including the toilets, but the lift whisked us up to the 40th and we were shown into seats about 15 minutes later.
I expected the food to be ridiculously expensive, reflecting the hear-stopping views. But Full English Breakfast (available until 4pm) was only £13.00, which is a sub-hotel price. And they serve croissants and yoghurt and waffles (and Duck, of course, ino rder to comply with the name of the restaurant). I didn't think my stomach would tolerate a Whole Roasted Chicken before midday, nor for that matter Spicy Ox Cheek Doughnuts, which I note you can have with added Apricot Jam. But we did try the Columbian Eggs, which you can have served with Chorizo and Avocado Sides. It was all delicious, freshly cooked with friendly service. A staircase linked the restaurant with Sushisamba
The crowd was – strangely enough – mostly three-generational families, with a sprinkling of foreign diplomats. But as the glass-sided lift whisked us down again to street level, there, on the pavement outside, propped up against the glass, was a City Boy, trying to work out where he was.