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|Address:||The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR|
|Tel:||020 3589 2653|
|Wine: £18.50||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 8am-11am 12N-10pm|
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I work in the West End and regularly need to meet people who work in the City or Canary Wharf. The Royal Exchange cafe is my meeting place of choice as the breakfast is excellent, lunch is yummy, afternoon tea is alright and it's pretty well priced (seafood platter with oysters, crab, langoustines and prawns for £21 per person). It's very handy for meetings as it's always buzzy and noisy so no-one can overhear you, and it's quite smart. It's also always bright, even on a dark day.
However, the service varies from lazy to awful. It's not unknown to wait 10 minutes for a menu, and today I had to ask for my drink three times. They then brought me (and tried to charge me for) someone else's drink. When our food arrived it was delicious as usual, however everything we ordered was cold (seafood platter, tomato salad, mixed leaf salad) so I don't know how it took half an hour to arrive.
If the service was sorted out, this place would be a perfect tasty, smart but informal place for meetings or lunches with friends.