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Imperial City Chinese Restaurant and Bar

1 Royal Exchange | Cornhill, London EC3V 3LL, England
+44 20 7626 3437
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  • Excellent14%
  • Very good40%
  • Average28%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm Hours
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1 Royal Exchange | Cornhill, London EC3V 3LL, England
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

This restaurant is quite hard to find; its entrance is in a narrow shopfront outside the Royal Exchange. Service was very friendly but quite slow, not enough staff for the quantity of diners. Food was good.

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 15 December 2017

Lovely underground space with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick, gives a surprisingly soft sound in this cavernous hall FULL of be-suited city-types knocking back the noodles and sparkling water. Service was old-school Chinese, they come come when they come and certainly not just because you...More

Thank The-omnivore-cometh
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

IC is still a very good Chinese restaurant which I find hard to encounter, even in london Choice and quality of dishes is great but was underwhelmed by the duck, both the preparation and the quality Also , service was quite mechanical that evening, and...More

Thank Florian S
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Never heard of this place before but a lovely hidden gem under the exchange Food was Fantastic, there was no rush and great atmosphere. Will be going back soon

Thank JVW74
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

A smart Chinese restaurant with several gluten-free options. Good service. They are prepared for gluten-free, as soon as you mention your requirements they propose options based on modifications of the menu card. Even better if they also had gluten-free beer!

Thank Miquel F
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Decent mid to high end Chinese with good menu and nice atmosphere. Good place to come with a group. Good busy lunch spot as well, as it stay busy past 2pm

Thank Hungryhorse12333
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Booked online with open table. It was fancy city style Chinese restaurant - quite different from the Chinatown style I'm used to. They had all the typical Cantonese Chinese dishes I had been dreaming about and everything was very good. We had a quarter duck,...More

Thank An_Expat_Wife
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Food is OK to good, but pricey e.g. £6.75 for a small bowl of chicken and sweetcorn coup, £6.75 for 3 spring rolls, £4.10 for a bottle of mineral water. Also noticed that an 'optional' 12.5% service charge was slipped onto the bill. I prefer...More

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Tucked away underground but what a delight. Great food, freshly prepared and cooked, with great service. Very busy but they don't rush you.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent Chinese with vaulted ceilings in the historic Royal Exchange basement. Wonderful staff and tasty menu. Set menu option here are really good, and it's great for business lunches.

Thank Jane5194
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
USD 35 - USD 35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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.
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