|Monday - Friday||12:00 - 22:30|
|Saturday - Sunday||Closed|
|Budget||Splash The Cash (£40+)|
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Takes bookings, Walk-ins welcome, Good for groups or parties and Table service, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Situated in the heart of The City, Hawksmoor Guildhall provides ‘the best power breakfast’ (GQ) to London’s financial capital. Perfect for meetings and entertaining clients, it has a cocktail bar manned by some of the best bartenders London has to offer and a wine room that is big enough to conduct tastings of the extensive list of wines and ports that are available by the glass.The restaurant is a stone’s throw from what may well have been the world’s first steakhouse, which went by the unlikely name of Dolly’s. If the story that it was given by Queen Anne to her favourite cook, Dorothy, is to be believed, she would have first stoked up the grill between 1702 and 1714. It was frequented by Fielding, Defoe, Swift, Dryden, Boswell and Pope and received the following tribute in 1846: “a more celebrated tavern does not exist within the precincts of London”. How shall we number the great and celebrated men who have many a time and often visited the venerable gridiron at Dolly’s. And a rare gridiron it is! For upwards of a century that gridiron has never cooled; by night and day from luncheon-bearing morn, through dinner-inviting mid-day, till suppery eve, perpetually are its bars simmering and simpering forth their greaseful admiration of the tender steaks which lie upon them. We hope that Hawksmoor Guildhall will one day be worthy of the same kind of praise.
Loosen your tie and settle down for arguably the best steak in town. Think classically cool, casually corporate and escape the hustle and bustle of all the other busy bankers. Alternatively, set yourself up for the day with a dangerously delicious breakfast of short-rib bubble and squeak or smoked bacon chop. Since doors open at 7, we can’t think of a better pre-office pastime and if you fancy spicing the day up you could even venture to Bloody Mary territory (shh, we didn’t just promote drinking before 12..)! Being borderline meat maniacs here at TTF, we can’t get enough of the beef tasting menu which is available for parties of 8 to 10, although at £700 for the table that might be one to save up for.