The Lampery

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£26 to £40
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The Lampery is a new all-day dining spot providing good, honest cooking in the heart of historic London. Inspired by a passion for authentic British cuisine and locally-sourced produce, the restaurant and cocktail bar is located within Apex City of London Hotel on Seething Lane and serves a ‘Best of British’ menu that celebrates the diverse and eclectic mix that is British cuisine today.

"Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody"
S. Pepy's diary 1665

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What 87 People Are Saying
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4.1
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SB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were professional, courteous and friendly and we were greeted as soon as we entered the restaurant. Food was delicious and we did not have to wait long for our meal. Our every need was anticipated and the New Year’s Eve 2019 experience was one we shall remember with pleasure. Thank you.

The Lampery
Responded on 6 January 2020

Dear SalmaB Happy New Year! Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted that we were able to make your New Years Eve so memorable. We hope to be able to welcome you back to The Lampery again soon. Warm Regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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M
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fine presentational quality rather than of quantity, as you would expect at a high quality restaurant. Full of flavour, excellent service where staff fully attentive to customer requirements

The Lampery
Responded on 6 January 2020

Dear Mick Thank you for your recent visit to The Lampery and for your excellent review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food and service during your visit. Wishing you all the best for 2020! Kind regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Very strange: nobody there to start with. And then the waiter didn’t realise some of the menu wasn’t available (unsure how, there was no one there). Just didn’t match the look of the place. It’s a beautiful restaurant-maybe the fact it was empty was down to it being at the weekend in the city

The Lampery
Responded on 18 December 2019

Dear JessicaW Thank you for visiting The Lampery and for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the surroundings during your visit. The bar and restaurant have been recently refurbished and it proves to be quite popular, however the weekends do tend to be quieter in the area. We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Fantastic ambience and setting. Quick service, staff were very attentive. Food was delicious and presented very well. Parking (on a Sunday) was super easy. Only major problem was I charged the wrong amount and took approx a week to get the difference back, so I would advise carefully checking the bill before paying. Would’ve been 5 stars across the board if it wasn’t for that

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service - good food - comfortable dining

The Lampery
Responded on 9 December 2019

Dear Guest Thank you for visiting The Lampery and for your review. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed the food and the ambience. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table for 4pm on Sunday via OpenTable.
After arriving, we were told the restaurant doesn’t serve food until 5pm, which is extremely disappointing that this was not clearly communicate via this website.
We ordered coffee, which was cold and tasteless.

The Lampery
Responded on 9 December 2019

Dear LukeJ Thank you for your recent visit to The Lampery and for your review. I am sorry that the service and communication were not up to standard on this occasion. I have reached out to you privately as I do hope that we can restore your faith in The Lampery and welcome you back soon. Warm regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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FT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very slow service
Food was good

HM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Chateau briand special, so tasty. Service was excellent.

The Lampery
Responded on 25 November 2019

Dear HeatherM Thank you for dining with us and for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the food and the service. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanks for the lovely stuff making this special event even better. Staff was friendly and helpful, they offer some special to my special birthday girl. We received warm and smile all the time.
Foods was tasty and in very good price. Restuarnt is bright, cosy and relax, we have alots of spaces to put our gift. Strongly recommended and will love to come back again .

The Lampery
Responded on 20 November 2019

Dear lovetoeat Thank you so much for you recent visit to The Lampery we are delighted that you had an enjoyable experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warm regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Hi!My name is Mihaela Atomei and I was at The Lampery on Sunday and I have to say it was quite dissapointing. I was there before a few weeks back and had a lovely time: the food was great, the wine selection and the service too so I went and told my friends all about it and some of them were keen on trying it too. Therefore made another booking for last Sunday but it wasn't worth it and felt truly bad as my friend took a special trip to London for this.
The service was ever so slow especially with the restaurant hardly having any other customers in at that time. We had to wait around 40' to get the Afternoon Tea which came without the clotted cream/ preserve and had to wait another 10' and ask for it twice. Which takes me to the quality of the service that was dissapointing too and the Afternoon Tea on its own was different on Sunday than the one I had on my previous visit.
Then we ordered brunch too which took forever to come. I did mention about it and they did try to improve the service but at that stage it didn't really make much of a difference.
I will not be a returning customer anytime soon, which is a shame as you do have a lovely location and set up but it takes more than that to have happy customers.

Regards,
Mihaela Atomei

The Lampery
Responded on 21 November 2019

Dear Mihaela, Thank you for your recent visit to The Lampery and for your review. I am sorry that the service did not meet your expectations, this is not our usual standard. We strive to deliver an exceptional service to all of our guests and on this occasion we have clearly let you down. I have reached out to you privately as I do hope that we can restore your faith in The Lampery and welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience, excellent service! Excelent food!

The Lampery
Responded on 20 November 2019

Dear Guest Thank you for you recent visit to The Lampery and for taking the time to review. We are happy to hear that you had a very good experience with us and hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

After a great starter the Caesar salad was disgusting. I would have complained had I not been with a client.

HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Business lunch . Rather awkward seating arrangements being a sofa and v wide chairs . Food was good but slow getting to the table . My cod was shy of being cooked through but time was getting on . Service was fine . Would recommend.

The Lampery
Responded on 17 October 2019

Dear HughGrid Thank you for your recent visit to The Lampery and for your review. I will be sure to share your feedback with my team as we are always looking for ways in which we can improve. We will also update your seating preference on our system as we have some more comfortable options for business lunches. I hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the future. Kind regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really tasty food, and great service - our waitress was super-friendly. An excellent place to go after the Sky Garden!

The Lampery
Responded on 16 October 2019

Dear Guest Thank you for your recent visit to The Lampery and for your great review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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g
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We walked in, and I told the server I had a reservation for 2:30pm. He pointed to the closest table and told us to sit down. The tables surrounding us hadn’t been cleared. There was a gentleman sat outside the front of the restaurant smoking, and it was all you could smell inside. Our table hasn’t been set properly, we had cutlery missing. After a few minutes we actually decided to leave and dine elsewhere as the prices at The Lampery are pretty premium. The atmosphere and service did not match up to the cost to dine there. Extremely disappointed!

The Lampery
Responded on 16 October 2019

Dear gah123 Thank you for your recent visit to The Lampery and for your review. I am sorry that the service did not meet your expectations, this is not our usual standard. I have reached out to you privately as I do hope that we can restore your faith in The Lampery and welcome you back soon. Warm regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch at the Lampery, however service was very slow, not a problem if you have time to spare however we needed to get back to the office. Over all a good atmosphere and good food, just slow service.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and impressive food presentation! The location is lovely and with a pleasant atmosphere. It's my fourth time there and I'll be back for sure soon. Superb!

The Lampery
Responded on 30 September 2019

Dear Caterina Thank you for your recent visit to The Lampery and for your review. We are very proud of our food offering as we have a very passionate team and I will be sure to share your wonderful feedback with them. We hope to see you again soon. Warm Regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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R
London
24 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice menu and wine-list, with well-executed dishes and good presentation. I was impressed with everything, from the correct number of olives in the martini (always an odd number, never even), to the attentive and cordial service, to the comfort and setting of the tables, and the food of course: scallops perfectly seared but plump and moist on the inside, and the cuisson of the steaks exactly as requested. I'd say this is a no-brainer for many a return visit!

The Lampery
Responded on 24 September 2019

Dear Richard, Thank you for your recent visit to The Lampery and for your review. I am sorry that the service did not meet your expectations, this is not our usual standard. I have reached out to you privately as I do hope that we can restore your faith in The Lampery and welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Really like this restaurant and the food but the service has been poor on both of my visits. This time, I literally had to go and find a waiter to get a drink before ordering.

The Lampery
Responded on 24 September 2019

Dear Ganders, Thank you for choosing The Lampery and for your review. We appreciate all our guest comments. I have reached out to your privately. I do hope that we can restore your faith in The Lampery and welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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NP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

If booking for midweek, this review doesn't apply, and I suspect that the midweek experience is very good, but this is purely for a Sunday experience (which was when I went). On Sunday lunchtime there is are only a very limited brunch menu on offer. When we arrived I felt there was a lack of attentiveness, tables were left uncleared around us, and there didn't seem to be anyone around. I went for the full English breakfast, and in all honesty wasn't impressed by the quality of it, especially the wilted rocket and greasy bacon. The impression it left me with is that it is a restaurant whose primary business comes from midweek hotel and business guests, and I suspect midweek dining is outstanding, but on a Sunday are only there to run a skeleton service as they have to open be for there hotel guests. It would be really good to update the menu listings, on the brunch menu it's stated that it is a Sunday offering, but there is no mention on the A La Carte menu about the lack of availability on weekends.

ME
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and lovely food. Would recommend and defiantly visit again.

MW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food itself was good, but our evening was unfortunately let down by the inattentive service. It took a long time and had to catch the eye of several people to take our order. Also, despite asking for the bill when we ordered dessert it didn't arrive. We asked again, and it didn't come. Finally, after about 30 minutes, we were presented the bill.

The restaurant wasn't full by any means, and we just couldn't understand why there was such a long time lag between everything: ordering the food, getting a drink, getting the bill.

To be clear, the waiters were friendly and helpful when we got their attention, but it was really difficult to actually get someone to our table.

CT
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal on Friday evening of August Bank Holiday. Lively atmosphere but not too noisy. Open to the terrace so sat inside but felt as if outside (outside was the smoking area!) Choice of starters was limited; I enjoyed the Buratta but the Swordfish Carpaccio in mango was an acquired taste and not to our liking. The mains were excellent; two steaks both cooked perfectly, one steak and eggs (delicious) and a plate of gnocchi which was declared delicious by our 11 year old grandson and wolfed down. Excellent lemon tart for afters and he had a chocolate pyramid which was also devoured. The others had the cheese selection which was also good. Service was excellent; attentive and friendly without being overpowering. Overall, an excellent meal in a venue close to Tower of London. Highly recommended.

DL
Shropshire
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

on arrival we were taken to our table in the glass walled dinning area which was light and airy.
The staff were friendly and attentive and offered advice on the menu.
we had a great meal, food was well presented and tasty.

g
London
34 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All our selections were well prepared, and the Lampery Pie proved very popular. The portion sizes were quite large, so we only had one course and some very good olives for nibbles. Service was good.

HG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Business lunch on hot busy day . Service was fine for a busy day . It would have been nice if our table had been wiped down since the breakfast sitting . Food was fine albeit overall a bit pricey . Will return

L
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Goood Food, very good service and beautiful location.

c
London
109 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best post gym brunch’s ever. Food was tasty ! Highly recommend .

The Lampery
Responded on 29 October 2019

Dear Chazz Thank you for your recent visit to The Lampery and for your fantastic review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards Mark Walsh Food & Beverage Manager

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Y
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Quite good cooking (scallop, pie, rhubarb dessert...).
Friendly servive
Was noisy because there was a lot of people for a company event.

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Saturday night the place was totally empty (7:30pm). Some staff were lovely but unfortunately some were also rude to/about other members of staff in front of our table. Food and cocktails were fair considering it’s london but the total lack of atmosphere was the biggest pitfall.

KM
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was really nice but it seems that their service should be improved. The last food, dessert was very slow to arrive. One of staff said to us they upset our desserts. It can't be help but we had to be waiting for over a hour. In addition, they made a mistake again as for our bill. Some drinks and foods were charged twice. These things made us disappointed although ambience and foods were brilliant. Hope it could be getting better for future customers.

GW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My daughter & I chose the Lampery for lunch as we were celebrating her birthday with a visit first to the Sky Garden. The food was exceptional & I would definitely recommend to others. The service was friendly & helpful.

W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined here earlier this year when visiting London. Hotel restaurants don't always get the credit they deserve and are often overlooked as a place to eat. Staff were absolutely lovely, friendly, efficient and took the time to talk. The food was first class and we would highly recommend. When we visit London again, even if we don't stay at the Apex, but we probably will, I would definitely eat in The Lampery. Thank you.

B
London
30 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice restaurant, good choice of food and spacious for a group dinner. Staff were service focus and friendly, food was tasty and portion sizes were ok. One observation to the management is to slow down the refill of glasses, it doesn't make sense to refill glasses that just have been refilled and not even touched. This made is feel that there was too much focus on drinks volume instead of customer needs.

h
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very disappointing experience
As a regular Open table user I find reviews an accurate indicator of the venue
Unfortunately my experience did not validate the previous ratings
Staff that ignored requests happened on three occasions by 3 separate staff
Descriptors of food was not accurate
Old produce was prevalent
Overall I would not choose to frequent this venue again

Z
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We went to the Lampery for set menu and free flowing prosecco at £42 for my friends birthday. There were 6 of us. The burger was delicious and desert was nice also. The ambience is chilled and romantic, right next to the four seasons hotel in Tower Hill so beautiful location. However, there was no free flowing prosecco. For what we spent all 6 of us, we probably ended up having 3 glasses of wine each in 90 minutes which was not as good as other places I have been to. The place was not busy so it was a bit of a shock to us as to why we had very limited prosecco.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very good menu which suits a wide range of tastes and excellent service. A great place for a business lunch.

A
London
127 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food - nice atmosphere, especially in the window area. Service is pretty average.

GT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was superb. I had the lunch time steak and eggs and it was one of the best I’ve had.

Wine list isn’t hugely exciting.

R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first time and very good for a business lunch and would recommend.