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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
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Sun 11:00 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 not be returning .i can say this is the worst Chinese I have ever had... More 

Thank hende1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 good thing). Aromatic crispy duck pancakes were good and three pancakes each was about right... More 

Thank BaronvonBiveur
Belwood, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 up and had waves of crazy stomach pain. Lovely atmosphere, not lovely after effects! Perhaps... More 

Thank Vince G
London, United Kingdom
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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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
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 bad about it, just didn't have any wow factor.

Thank Ninboo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 2 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 381 helpful votes
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
Reviewed 15 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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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
US$32 - US$32
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
Groups, Business meetings
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
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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