City Social

British, Modern European·
££££
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Gold Award
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SquareMeal Review of City Social

Gold Award

This elevated grill and restaurant from Jason Atherton may not be the tallest dining destination in London but the food here still reaches lofty heights. Occupying the 24th floor of Tower 42, Michelin-starred City Social is unusual among London’s high-rise dining rooms in that it sits among London’s skyscrapers, rather than looming over them – you can even spy who’s doing overtime in the office blocks opposite.

Comprising a separate bar and dining room, City Social is an attractive proposition, even if the dark-wood interiors do feel a little dated these days. While it’s mostly favoured by City workers, the low lighting and glittering skyline also make this a viable date-night option, while cosy furnishings and seating on different levels (which ensures everyone gets a good view of the dramatic skyline) are nice touches.

Classically trained chef Tom Lidakevicius (who has previously worked at Galvin at Windows and Corrigan’s) transforms familiar seasonal ingredients with confidence and finesse. To begin, decadent squid ink tortellini parcels are filled with sweet shredded lobster and cloaked in warming lobster bisque, while thick slices of tender duck breast are served alongside a subtly sharp medley of salsify and radish. Of course, you could always order from the grill too, with the accommodating and knowledgeable staff recommending the côte de bœuf to share.

When it comes to dessert, the pastry chef shows off with puddings such as a delicately assembled and refreshing pear tart that resembles a flower in bloom, with shards of meringue acting as the petals. There are afters to tempt the savoury toothed too, though, with one fan confessing they’d 'go just for the cheeseboard'. If you prefer liquid desserts, City Social’s impressive leather-bound drinks list is a veritable bible of booze, with enough options to keep the even the choosiest of oenophiles happy, while cocktails are shaken up in the adjoining bar.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British, Modern European
Ambience
Dark and moody, Fine dining, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views
Special Features
Chef’s table, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About City Social

Found on the 24th floor of Tower 42, right in the heart of London, Michelin-starred City Social boasts jaw-dropping, panoramic views of the London skyline and a classy modern British menu to match.

City Social is a particularly bright star in Jason Atherton's impressive Social Company restaurant group. As of 2019, Tomas Lidakevicius has taken over executive chef duties here, and he brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked at the likes of Galvin at Windows, Corrigan’s Mayfair and Texture. 

The menu at City Social is typical of Atherton's restaurants - elegant, modern British food that celebrates the best produce the country has to offer, and elevates it with a dash of international panache. Dishes include the likes of Devon crab with bitter leaf salad, nashi pear and brown crab toast on starters, braised short rib with watercress, alliums and olive oil mash for mains, as well as a pasta course and Hereford beef steaks from the josper grill. Naturally there's a choice of caviar options for those who are ready to push the boat out. City Social also caters well for vegetarians and vegans, offering dedicated vegetarian and vegan set menus as well as the vegetarian options on the a la carte. Don't forget to leave room for desserts like chocolate délice, miso caramel and black sesame ice-cream.

Within the same venue as City Social, you will find Social 24, a more casual bar that features equally stupendous views of London. As well as a terrific cocktail menu, the bar also includes a selection of beers, spirits, wines and Champagnes, along with a bar menu ideal for a relaxed bite with friends or a business lunch.


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City Social has one Michelin star.

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Location

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

020 7877 7703

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:30
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed

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37 Reviews 
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Anon

29 July 2019  
The views are impressive & the staff here are incredibly knowledgeable. I love the food and ambience!

Wendy R

26 July 2019  
Fabulous venue, stunning view, attentive but friendly service. Food always excellent. Wine by the glass has real thought.

Paul W

26 July 2019  
Food is sublime, great location and always feel welcome.

Evelyn B

08 July 2019  
Innovative food Amazing views Great service.

LUKE H

02 July 2019  
First class all round.

Karen W

06 August 2018  
The food is always as sensational as the views, particularly the tarte tartin, which is to die for. The view rivals the food as the star of the show. Expensive but the location and the food justify the price.

Liz R

31 July 2018  
Fave place for a special occasion. Spot on food and service is excellent. Amazing views which always make the night extra special.

Rochelle S

09 July 2018  
Gorgeous food and the cheese board is to die for! I'd go there just for this!

Petrina S

27 June 2018  
Great views.

Anon

27 June 2018  
High up in Tower 42 another Michelin starred restaurant with great food and atmosphere. Even provides a footstool for a lady's handbag! Often views don't come with good food but this is an exception.
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