Raymond Blanc’s brasserie at Threadneedle Street is a sophisticated addition to the City’s financial district offering authentic French cooking and an excellent wine list. Diners can enjoy a regularly changing menu created by Raymond Blanc, using fresh seasonal ingredients, which is complemented by friendly, knowledgeable service.
The mezzanine at Threadneedle Street overlooks the bustle of the brasserie and is an intimate space that is warm and inviting. It is opulently decorated in contrast to the more traditional brasserie below. Discrete enough for business meetings it can also be used for banqueting or more informal events.
I have never quite understood the 'city within a city' that is the City of London. I thought us French could come up with strange quirks but the City of London outdoes most. So here we are in the City of London in the old Stock Exchange building, not the original one which I think burned down many moons ago. The building, which was originally not quite a carbuncle but was no beauty contest winner either, has been redesigned with some style. Though not an old building we have managed to make the brasserie really quite warm, and feeling a bit bored I went for a decidedly louche look for the mezzanine floor. We had enough room for a lovely bar and having recently truly understood the wonders of real ale (serving a good pint takes quite the same skill as cooking) so I've put the small cellar on view. All of this is lovely but still leaves me confused; do I now have a Brasserie in London, the City of London or maybe the just the City? No answers on a postcard please.
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