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Imperial City Chinese Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$
City of London
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1 Royal Exchange | Cornhill, London EC3V 3LL, England
+44 20 7626 3437
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 bad about it, just didn't have any wow factor.

Thank Ninboo
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85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 and dine here.

Thank Galen B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I have been here a few times and the food is very good especially the Peking duck . My only complaint is that every time I go here the staff look like someone has died . Quite bizarre but the food is worth it

Thank Havanna000
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Was here after drinks at a nearby Bar, it was part of my birthday party, and some of my friends wanted to try... I have been before, many times, and can say Its easily one of the best Oriental restaurants I've ever been to. Service is outstanding, restaurant is perfect, clean and has a great atmosphere. Highly recommend this place.

Thank Andrew W
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Tucked under the Royal Exchange its a good fun place for a meal. A cut above the average Chinese and the location is lovely. Had the festive menu which was excellent value.

Thank sjp1406_london
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Tucked away under Royal Exchange, you could walk past here 100 times and miss it. I was first taken here for a great business lunch, and came back again for a family occasion. Food very good, nice service, well worth a visit.

Thank AccringtonStanley010
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Had dinner with friends here a couple of weeks ago. The food is lovely and the service is very friendly. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank EM110772
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

I don't know why, but I haven't eaten here for years. Bit of a crime because in the City this place is a legend. A 2 minute walk from Bank station up Cornhill, you could easily miss it as it is basically a door with a staircase that takes you downstairs. And then like a magical cave the restaurant opens... More 

Thank Duncan F
Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We had dinner here and enjoy our evening. The crispy duck was good but then, it is difficult to get that wrong. The rib-eye with black pepper was nice, although drier than I expected. The chicken with mushrooms was very good. All in all it was good but not great. The aircon was also blasting out making it a bit... More 

Thank AnanB

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 31
Chinese, Asian
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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