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Imperial City Chinese Restaurant and Bar

1 Royal Exchange | Cornhill, London EC3V 3LL, England
+44 20 7626 3437
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  • Very good36%
  • Average30%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible9%
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1 Royal Exchange | Cornhill, London EC3V 3LL, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked online with open table. It was fancy city style Chinese restaurant - quite different from the Chinatown style I'm used to. They had all the typical Cantonese Chinese dishes I had been dreaming about and everything was very good. We had a quarter duck,...More

Thank An_Expat_Wife
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food is OK to good, but pricey e.g. £6.75 for a small bowl of chicken and sweetcorn coup, £6.75 for 3 spring rolls, £4.10 for a bottle of mineral water. Also noticed that an 'optional' 12.5% service charge was slipped onto the bill. I prefer...More

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked away underground but what a delight. Great food, freshly prepared and cooked, with great service. Very busy but they don't rush you.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent Chinese with vaulted ceilings in the historic Royal Exchange basement. Wonderful staff and tasty menu. Set menu option here are really good, and it's great for business lunches.

Thank Jane5194
Reviewed 31 August 2017

From a restaurant in an iconic setting in the heart of the City, one has certain expectations. These were not met. The food is not authentic - it has more in common with the sort of stuff one used to get in cheap Chinese restaurants...More

Thank CWRnNorfolk
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Booked private dining room for 12 people. We choose the set menu £45 p.p. (a bit lumpy) to avoid confusion. Plenty of food but I wouldn't say mind blowing with flavour. I realise that 12 people in private room is difficult to wait on but...More

1  Thank Readern
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

We had business lunch here Well managed in the classic settings Good choice of Chinese food We had mix of fish and lamb with Chinese side dishes

Thank Mehmoodmewat
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

This Chinese Restaurant is excellent for a business lunch/dinner. It's well located, has a fabulous environment, the food is excellent and the staff attentive. I would recommend the platter for two as a starter.

Thank KP11347
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We had a large party of business people dining for lunch. We ordered off the fixed price menu and had really great food for the shared courses. The pulled duck was a universal hit. Service was great.

Thank Rich D
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

The staff are tired and bored and the food is not far behind ! Service is non existence - not a word from the waitress who just took the order , and even then forgot the drinks (bar the water). Food is very average and...More

1  Thank BonViveurLondon
City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to
its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile
in the world, the financial district known simply as
“The City” is one of London's most historic and
fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office
towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with
Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually
every era in between, including Christopher Wren's
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$33 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Royal Exchange | Cornhill, London EC3V 3LL, England
  • Public Transportation: Tube: Bank, Monument, Liverpool Street, Mansion House
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
  • Neighbourhood: City of London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7626 3437
  • E-mail
Tucked into the vaulted cellars of the 400 year old Royal Exchange, the beautifully decorated Imperial City is full of happy bankers and city suits sampling the very high quality Chinese menu. Celebrity chef Ken Hom has created the imaginative menu and all the food is beautifully presented. Favourite dishes include spicy chilli prawns and crispy aromatic duck. Three set menus encourage sampling, or the a la carte allows you to choose favourites. Vegetarians will be happy too.
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