City Social

Modern European·
Gold Award

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
Modern European
Dark and moody, Fine dining, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views
Special Features
Chef’s table, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

COVID-19 Update for City Social

Updated on 04 Sep 2020


City Social is committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

We have strict policies and procedures in place to help safeguard our team members and guests to ensure everyone is safe from COVID-19.

Hygiene, health, safety and well-being remains our number one priority for our guests and team members.

We are constantly reviewing all our procedures and policies to ensure that our restaurants are safe and secure. We will continue to review our approach based on government guidelines.

1.Team members numbers on site have been minimised to comply with social distancing guidelines set by the government. All team members must complete a health screening questionnaire and confirm they are all in good health prior to reporting to the restaurant. All team members are subject to a daily wellness including temperature checks. Team members will be prohibited from working if they, or anyone in the household, is unwell following Public Health England Self-Isolation Guidance. All team members have been trained to sanitise and wash their hands regularly.

2.Authorisation checks to ensure suppliers and contractors have risk assessed COVID-19 hazards in their operation. Adjusting service approaches to minimise contact between kitchen and front of house team members, delivery drivers, suppliers and guests. Table service will be in place and guests are discouraged from remaining at the bar. Waiting tables will be available for guests on arrival.

3.The layout of the restaurant has been reviewed to ensure spaces between tables to allow for social distancing.

4.Guests will be asked to be mindful of social distancing guidelines when visiting our restaurants (including restrooms).

5.We will provide face masks and gloves to all our team members for their safety as well as yours.

6.Contactless payments will be encouraged where possible.

7.Enhanced cleaning and sanitising of touch points, work areas and all tables are to be disinfected at the beginning and end of the shift regularly throughout with COVID-19 effective chemicals. Frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly will be strictly adhered to.

About City Social

Found on the 24th floor of Tower 42, right in the heart of London, City Social boasts incredible views across the city, paired with a beautiful modern British menu.

City Social is one of 18 impressive restaurants run by chef-patron Jason Atherton. Atherton started his career working alongside some great chefs, including Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis, Pierre Koffman and Ferran Adria, before joining Gordon Ramsay Holdings in 2001 and first opening Maze in London, before launching five further sites globally. In 2011, Atherton opened his first solo restaurant, Pollen Street Social, and now has an international restaurant portfolio.

Within the same venue as City Social, you will find Social 24, the dedicated bar space that is inspired by the famous London landmarks that surround it. 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.

Guests can choose from a selection of City Social’s menus, the à la carte, the tasting menu – which is also available as a vegetarian option – and the vegan menu. Open for lunch and dinner, read our review for a closer look at what we thought of this central London eatery.


Does City Social have a Michelin star?

City Social has one Michelin star.

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Location for City Social

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

020 7877 7703


Opening Times

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
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

Reviews of City Social

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37 Reviews 


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.


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.


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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