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Hall of FameSquaremeal London Hot 100 2016It may share the signature low-key glamour of Jason Atherton’s other Social restaurants, but the “most incredible views” from Tower 42 elevate City Social to statement status. With the fitting air of a 1920s boardroom, this dining room is custom-built for “business entertaining” – although it has a surprising intimacy given the scale of the setting. Minor grumbles, including music that’s “too loud” in the bar, are dwarfed by readers’ enthusiasm for executive chef Paul Walsh’s oh-so-pretty plates of Michelin-starred food – from cured Scottish salmon with watermelon, saké, cucumber carpaccio, soy and wasabi to tarte Tatin with caramel sauce for sharing. In between, he brings considerable experience to bear on interest-piquing main courses such as saddle of Lincolnshire rabbit with Parma ham, trompette mushrooms, spelt, lovage emulsion and black garlic, line-caught halibut with fondant potato, turnips, crispy prawns and tenderstem broccoli or heritage potato and caramelised onion terrine with Jerusalem artichoke and walnuts. Cocktails are classy, and the wine list is designed to accommodate high rollers – without putting everybody else off.

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City Social

24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street ,London EC2N 1HQ

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Very slow service

by   bronze reviewer (9)

Jan 2017

For a lunch venue the service was very slow. They took 20 minutes after requesting the bill to bring it, as well as taking a longer than usual time to take our order and bring the food.

Sarah B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street ,London EC2N 1HQ

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Amazing

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Sep 2016

I love this bar and restaurant. The views are fabulous, the atmosphere is relaxed despite being a formal restaurant. The staff are welcoming and friendly and the food is superb. No complaints and definitely will return

Catherine D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street ,London EC2N 1HQ

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Best food of all of the high rise restaurants in town

by   bronze reviewer (6)

Nov 2015

I’ve wanted to try City Social some time now and wasn’t let down. The food was about the best I’ve had all year and service spot on, there were eight of us and they all agreed. I’ve been to all of the other ‘high rise’ restaurants and expected not to be impressed with the view, but nestled in-between all the other city skyscrapers, there is an intimate feel. When I try a restaurant for the first time, the acid test t always has to be ‘do I want to go back?’, and in the case of City Social,...

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Bill P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street ,London EC2N 1HQ

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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

by   gold reviewer (31)

Nov 2015

I love the buzz, the views, service, design and that we didn't get turfed off our table after 2 hours but that's where my love ends. For starters, the drinks, hmmmm, not that great...they tasted like those Refresher sweets. I like a nice long elegant cocktail, not a gimmicky, neon blue concoction. Starter of quail and popped rice was ok, not the best quail dish I have ever had, in fact, probably the worst but inoffensive I suppose. No-one raved about their starters. The waiter had been waxing...

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Tanya D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 8

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24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street ,London EC2N 1HQ

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Intimate Dining

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Feb 2015

Discrete attentive staff combined with great imaginative dishes. Both individual and combined flavors for each dish was well presented. Options to select smaller plates allowed for four courses to be taken on this night - two starters, a main and dessert. There were familiar presentations of the dishes to that of Pollen Street Social I like the intimate dining/private dining feel even though the restaurant was at full capacity. The tables were far enough from each other to give you this feeling....

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Yvanne T.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street ,London EC2N 1HQ

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Intimate Dining

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Feb 2015

Discrete attentive staff combined with great imaginative dishes. Both individual and combined flavors for each dish was well presented. Options to select smaller plates allowed for four courses to be taken on this night - two starters, a main and dessert. There were familiar presentations of the dishes to that of Pollen Street Social I like the intimate dining/private dining feel even though the restaurant was at full capacity. The tables were far enough from each other to give you this feeling....

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street ,London EC2N 1HQ

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Whose name on the door?

by   platinum reviewer (122)

Dec 2014

My fifth or so experience at Jason Atherton’s restaurants was the least impressive and rather a mixed bag. We opted for starters of quail with pearl barley and sweetcorn and very welcome crisp pancetta rashers, smartly presented, deftly done and very good to eat. My partner ordered an intermediate cep risotto which was little short of heavenly, pervaded by deep, wintry, earthy flavours yummed up by a mini creamy quenelle, scented with black truffle; a dish that I’d want to order again and again....

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street ,London EC2N 1HQ

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Whose name on the door?

by   platinum reviewer (122)

Dec 2014

My fifth or so experience at Jason Atherton’s restaurants was the least impressive and rather a mixed bag. We opted for starters of quail with pearl barley and sweetcorn and very welcome crisp pancetta rashers, smartly presented, deftly done and very good to eat. My partner ordered an intermediate cep risotto which was little short of heavenly, pervaded by deep, wintry, earthy flavours yummed up by a mini creamy quenelle, scented with black truffle; a dish that I’d want to order again and again....

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street ,London EC2N 1HQ

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DISGUSTING BEHAVIOUR BUT AMAZING FOOD/VIEWS - please read to the end you'll be shocked

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Nov 2014

On the 7th November 2014 13 of us traveled into London to have dinner and drinks to celebrate my 21ST BIRTHDAY. The 13 people (aged 18-22) consisted of my closest friends, my younger sister who had just turned 18 and my boyfriend. Some of my friends had even traveled from as far as Leeds and Sheffield Universities for the occasion. We had all saved up a lot of money from part time jobs/apprenticeships to celebrate my birthday in style in the city of London restaurant. The night started out amazingly,...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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    Curious London :: Truffled tipples at City Social, Tower 42 | Curious London

    The last time I visited Tower 42 was five years ago. Then, I rode the lift all the way to the top to Vertigo 42, a charmless champagne bar with not much more going for it than a spectacular view. These days, the view is even better, with the addition of such spectacular silhouettes as the Cheesegrater, the Shard and the Walkie-Talkie, and there’s another option: Jason Atherton’s City Social. Sitting on the 24th floor, it may not be as high, but the view still packs some serious wow factor. And, more importantly, the drinks are very, very good.
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    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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    Ramblings of a Food Addict :: City Social - A Birthday in the Clouds | Ramblings of a Food Addict

    If any of you know me, you know that I like to harp on about my birthday. It usually starts from May and the words ‘It’s nearly my birthday…’ tend to come out; much to the despair of others around me. When I then mention it’s in July and still months away people tend to give me a certain ‘you’re crazy’ look. Maybe it is to some, but birthday celebrations need to be booked months in advance in London.

    To kick off the celebrations and one of my main priorities was hiring out a roof terrace to organise a large group of friends to let the drinking commence in the evening. However for the duration of the day,...
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    Review of City Social, EC2 - Shakira's space :: Review of City Social, EC2

    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.

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    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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    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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