Royal Exchange Grand Café

The Royal Exchange , London, EC3V 3LR

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Royal Exchange Grand Café closed permanently in April 2018

Its footprint has shrunk of late, but the Grand Café still lends democratic buzz to the Royal Exchange with an oval bar and tall floral arrangements providing the focus for an 
ever-changing cast throughout the day. 
With opportunity to people-watch and go jewellery shopping it feels elegant as well as unstuffy, and service follows suit – "grand" for special occasions, "prompt" for quick lunches. Lightness and simplicity are the watchwords when it comes to the food (think sandwiches and salads, Scottish lobster with mayonnaise, Thai beef with lemongrass and coriander), but for the most part it's well executed – although our chips were disappointing. There's affordable drinking by the glass or carafe on the short, snappy wine list, and if you can't stretch to pudding, the cakes offer a very acceptable alternative. Breakfast aside, the Exchange floor takes walk-ins only, but you can book upstairs in the Gallery.


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Royal Exchange Grand Café Location

The Royal Exchange , London EC3V 3LR

Opening times

Mon-Fri 8am-11pm

Private Dining

Royal Exchange Grand Cafe private dining room
Royal Exchange Grand Cafe colourful dish
Royal Exchange Grand Cafe bartenders mixing cocktails
Royal Exchange Grand Cafe dessert

Inspired by the building itself, this private room is designed with space and glamour in mind. The space is suited for events of up to 50 guests, such as corporate meetings, celebratory dinners, or product launches.

Room for 26 Capacity: 26

Royal Exchange Grand Café's Reviews


Food & Drink: 7.8


Service: 6.2


Atmosphere: 8.1


Value: 6.5


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Bronze Reviewer
12 February 2018

I regularly book Grand Café for my CEO and Chairman to host their meetings with external clients, it's a great location to grab a coffee, or if they are peckish a good spot of lunch. Recommend booking in advance in order to grab a table (note that you would like a quiet area!)


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 2

01 December 2016

The food was great (had the oriental beef salad) and we were served very quickly as we requested. Perfect atmosphere for a casual business lunch!


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

29 October 2016

This was a wonderful lunch, with wonderful service and within a wonderful, highly professional environment. Excellent location of course. My client was overjoyed to be treated there and I will definitely return.