I love it when a building has a wonderful historical past, and 1 Lombard Street, a contemporary Brasserie with classic touches now in its 20th year, is an elegant dining space in the city housed within a grade II listed building used to be a bank in the 1700s, in an area considered the Wall Street of its times. It was actually a banker, Soren Jessen, who transformed the building in 1998 to what we are able to enjoy today.
Particularly interesting for me as my career was in banking, and I loved visualising what it might have looked like in its hey day. It’s location is perfect for those working in the city for a pre-work breakfast, or client meetings, fabulous lunch or after work dinner. It’s architecture and interiors are stunning so definitely a place that would impress!
It has so much character, charm and magnificence and I was so pleased to be having breakfast there, in the light and airy, spacious room. It almost felt so serene inside having walked past the hustle and bustle of city workers heading to their offices. A nice little tranquil escape.
The menu was really impressive, and while we made our choices, we ordered coffees and fresh carrot, apple and ginger juices to kickstart the day. The juice was delicious, with just the right amount of ginger to give it that fiery and tangy taste. Coffees were really good too, and I really enjoyed my cup. We were even offered fresh coffees when we finished our individual ones, which was a lovely touch.
For my breakfast, I chose Avocado on rye bread garnished with drizzles of lime and chilli and served with a perfectly poached egg. It was absolutely delicious and lime on the avocado is an absolute game changer, which I will be adopting to my own homemade versions in future! The rye bread was really soft and sublime. I had been worried I wouldn’t enjoy it but combined it all tasted wonderful.
My dining partner opted for a Veggie crepe filled with spinach, mushrooms, cheese, and a smoked garlic and tomato chutney. I had a little bite of it and it really tasted lovely with the chutney. I adore smoked garlic – it makes such a huge difference to the flavour of a dish, so if you ever see it in the supermarkets, snap it up!
He also had a beautifully presented plate of fresh Pink Grapefruit on the side, which he devoured.
They also have all the classic options available on the menu too such as a Full English, Eggs cooked several ways, and lots of healthy options too.
All in all we had a lovely breakfast, in a gorgeous setting, and the service was fabulous too. If you are looking for a breakfast venue in the heart of the city, then 1 Lombard Street ticks all the boxes, especially it’s close proximity to Bank station, making it super convenient as a meeting spot. They also do lunch and dinner as well as have their gorgeous Dome Bar in the centre of the room, perfect for drinks.
For more information visit their website here.
Disclaimer: We were guests of 1 Lombard Street but all views and photos are my own.