Restaurant recommendations needed in city of London, EC3 area
I am so out of touch with great places to eat in the city of London, EC3 area, any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I will be there for business during the the 1st week of Dec. and am looking for restaurants for 2 dinners and 2 lunches, each for a group of around 10 people. All are foodie, discriminating palate types. Type of cuisine and price are not an issue, at least one in the party is vegetarian, although I believe almost all restaurants offer vegetarian choices. Thanks in advance for any help you have to offer.
I know you say that cuisine etc. does not matter, but some factors, like whether your pals or visitors or Londoners, would influence any advice as to type of venue. Also, you say EC3, but I'm assuming that EC1, 2, or 4 (where I work), or other nearby districts, would be fine.
Anyway, anyone should happily accept a suggestion of any of these places:
Swithins: http://www.london-eating.co.uk/2295.htm Great fish on the ground floor. Plainer Italian and a more casual wine bar both in the basement.
Refettorio: http://www.london-eating.co.uk/3891.htm In a hotel, but no worse for that.
Goodman: http://www.london-eating.co.uk/37153.htm For carnivores.
Thai Square: http://www.london-eating.co.uk/5723.htm Part of a chain, and mixed reviews, but I like it. Lovely Bass with chili and herbs.
For City newbies Sweetings (fish) and Simpsons or The George & Vulture (both meaty) are glimpses of Ye Olde London Towne.
19 New Bridge Road, London EC4V 6DB, GB
Smithfield Market/ St John's St is your friend.
Club Gascon (not great for veggies), Hix, St John's (private room) Vinoteca (private room in basement), Portal (have seen private areas in use there), would all be good for business meals.