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Imperial City Chinese Restaurant and Bar

) #10,105 of 17,887 Restaurants in London $$ - $$$ Chinese, Asian
1 Royal Exchange | Cornhill, London EC3V 3LL, England
+44 20 7626 3437
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  • Very good36%
  • Average29%
  • Poor9%
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Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
1 Royal Exchange | Cornhill, London EC3V 3LL, England
Neighbourhood: City of London
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was recommended Imperial City as a good venue to take oversea's guests for an authentic taste of China,for a lunch in the city. To our disbelief after finally ordering our drinks, when we asked for a half of Duck to start or meal we...More

Thank charlesr0ss
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice place, food good, service excellent. Missed a trick on the Peking Duck. Overall a reliable place but many do it better.

Thank njo-nz O
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten in this place many times over the years and went last night with 3 other people. Can only describe it as average when it used to be excellent. Service and food were average compared to other places in the City. One person specifically...More

Thank crisbaxter
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited last evening and was very disappointed the service was ok The food was appalling duck and chicken both came out cold the prawn toast was soggy and the egg fried rice had every thing in it accept rice . Very poor and will certainly...More

Thank hende1
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We shared the Spring set menu for 2 (GBP45 per head). Sharing platter of salmon and beef skewers, smoked chicken goujons (unusual and rather tasty) and fried and steamed dumplings all of which was fairly tasty and not overwhelming in terms of portion size (a...More

Thank BaronvonBiveur
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This restaurant had a great atmosphere. You walk down a black spiral staircase, into the underground restaurant with brick walls etc. The staff were friendly and attentive. I had pork dumplings and crispy duck along with tea. About 6 hours later I couldn't stop throwing...More

Thank Vince G
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

I have often lunched at Imperial City over the years and I am glad it can constantly maintain the high standard of food and service I have always experienced. A great restaurant in the centre of the City.

Thank 616simon
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Love this place, hidden underneath the Royal Exchange, it offers an extensive menu of freshly cooked Chinese cuisine. Service great. Decor kitsch but all the better for it!

Thank Stephen A
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Enjoyed a set menu lunch here recently when visiting friends in London. Service and food were good but it lacked atmosphere and was very very quiet which was surprising for the City on a week day. Wine was cold, food was hot, can't say anything...More

Thank Ninboo
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

I dined here yesterday with a work associate. I live in Bermuda, an island which has limited Asian cuisine. I was craving this style of food. I was not let down. From starters to "check please" everything was wonderful. Really wonderful. Do yourself a favour...More

Thank Galen B
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$32 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only
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.