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Sweetings

#2,966 of 17,567 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
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39 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4SF, England
+44 20 7248 3062
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cozy, and hopping at lunch hour. Food and service exceptional. Must try the sticky toffee pudding! Had the traditional fish and chips, and it was amazing. Great people watching for an American! Because this was truly a British local destination ....

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went there on a Friday lunchtime (this restaurant is only open at lunchtimes on Monday to Friday). There is no booking system, so we arrived, had a drink and waited a short time for a space on the stools. The service is personal and attentive. We had the lobster bisque, I had grilled skate with butter and caper sauce... More 

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Thank CheekyLondon
Royston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you hanker for fish for lunch, served fresh and in a place that us still a City institution, this is the place to come. I had lobster bisque and then grilled sea bass with buttered spinach. It was well presented, tasted delicious and prompt. I enjoy this place. Try it for yourself. It might be viewed by some as... More 

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Thank David R
Greater London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted to have lunch in one of the oldest restaurants in London so were immediately disappointed by the very modern, airy, white interior which resembled an ice-cream parlour with its tall stools beside white narrow raised "tables". We ventured further to the back and were ushered into a more atmospheric table area with seating reminiscent of school dinners, thoroughly... More 

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Thank Maria1481943
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Proper city lunch spot. Best for pretending the credit crunch never happened and long boozy lunches are still a thing. Check out the city gents (using the word 'gent' loosely) Oysters are amazing, wine is well matched, service is v English and understated. Fish pie is great, as is the smoked haddock. The sides are unremarkable but you didn't come... More 

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Thank Peasty
West Midlands, United Kingdom
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600 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Situated in the city, v old restaurant serving lunches, unusual layout inside were you can either sit at counters or tables, v friendly meet and greet, super waiter who gave lots of advice, limited menu but ate Cornish Brill, halibut, potted shrimps and crab bisque with side orders of creamed spinach and samphire - all v tasty, well presented and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

In the heart of the City, close to The Bank of England, its lunchtimes are always discreetly noisy and crowded . . . and no pre-booking! Amazing seafood . . . fresh, nutritious, attractively presented. Interesting selection of fine wines to pair with the dishes. Service is efficient, friendly, unobtrusive. A distinctively different culinary experience.

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Thank borrum
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Don't let anyone tell you this place is expensive. The fish here is as fresh as you will find anywhere. The service is continual, fun and professional. The wine list isexcellent and the ambience sand patrol. This is the real deal. You will stare out at Bloomberg but the values of Sweetings are rooted in the early years of the... More 

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Thank Henry T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

One of my favorites. An old school seafood restaurant that has been around since the Nineteenth Century. They are not cheap. However if you really want to treat yourself check them out. Best oysters (Mersea) and Dover Sole so fresh it was probably swimming that morning. Filleted table side of course. Only open for lunch M-F. Just off the Mansion... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Great seafood in a cramped but enjoyable place. Lunch is full of bankers but don't let that put you off.The menu is all seafood with some very expensive options. I followed the suggestions of my host and had the individual fish pie which was super and a decent size. Highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, British
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 15:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4SF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
  • Neighbourhood: City of London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7248 3062

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