The Folly

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23 reviews

41 Gracechurch Street , London, EC3V 0BT


020 7283 1880

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SquareMeal Review of The Folly

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‘It’s chic and very now’ says one reader of this capacious, typically theatrical Drake & Morgan bar, laid out on two levels close to the north end of London Bridge. The decor has a garden theme, with lots of greenery, a resident florist and some pretty furniture with hints of Scandinavian modern and 50s ‘stil nuovo’; there are even some pop-up shopping opportunities too. Cocktails include classics-with-a-twist, low-cal ‘skinnies’ and punch bowls for sharing, while food is served from breakfast onwards, with a menu that rounds up everything from fondues to flatbreads, Thai green curry and club sandwiches. If looks and inventiveness were everything, The Folly would be an unqualified success, but quibbles over food and service suggest it’s sometimes a case of ‘style over substance’.

Wine List Of The Year

This bustling bar/restaurant in the heart of the City demands a list that lets customers make an informed decision quickly, and the team at Justerini & Brooks have worked closely with The Folly to do that quite beautifully. Compact and easy-to-follow, the list covers a lot of bases very quickly – and the inclusion of the dragonfly logo (‘The Folly Recommends’) is a neat touch.

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The Folly Location

41 Gracechurch Street , London EC3V 0BT


020 7283 1880

Opening times

Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm (Thurs-Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 9am-12M (Sun -7pm)

Private Dining

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The private dining room on the lower ground floor, decked out in attractive floral wallpaper and hidden alcoves filled with candles, seats up to 30 people, but this is not the only option. The raised private vaults, decorated with free-hand botanical ‘graffiti’, holds 25 to 30 people standing and 12 seated.

Private Vaults Capacity: 12
Private dining room Capacity: 30

The Folly's Reviews


Food & Drink: 5.8


Service: 5.4


Atmosphere: 7.7


Value: 5.8


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

28 November 2016

Fantastic all round experience can't wait to go again)


Food + drink: 1

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 1

03 September 2015

Was told restaurant doesn't get notifications of bookings through Square Meal so had to scramble around for a table. Wish we hadn't bothered. Very loud music in restaurant area, no need for it, can't hear each other speak. Food was awful. Thai curry had no sauce and full of carrots - in a Thai curry?? Chicken was literally just chucked on top as an added extra and cold. Fish pie was basically salmon, peas and mash, no other fish and steaming hot like it had been microwaved. Same cldnt be said for broccoli which was cold. Never go again or recommend. Stick to being a bar with music as it was packed out with city people on a Thursday night. Real shame.


Food + drink: 4

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

13 June 2014

I really enjoyed my dinner at the Folly – the service was excellent, very quick and also very attentive. The food was good, we had the set menu and the portions were slightly small, but very tasty. The place itself is lovely and on the whole it was a very enjoyable evening!

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