Opposite the iconic Bank of England, 1 Lombard Street is a City institution. Ex-banker Soren Jessen’s restaurant and bar serves up elegant European food alongside an extensive wine and cocktail list. Its main space has a soaring glass-dome ceiling and houses the Bar and Brasserie, which can be combined to host seated diners or standing receptions. It also takes table bookings for up to 10 guests throughout the day, so breakfast meetings are an option too. For a quiet working lunch try the adjacent 1776 restaurant, while the newly refreshed Botanical Room, resplendent in floral prints and vintage details, is the spot for private dining.