City gyms reopening

Nicola Sheppey

Heading back to the office and keen to squeeze in a workout? Check out our guide to City gyms that have reopened or are scheduled to reopen later this month. Most gyms are enforcing social distancing measures and require pre-booking, so be sure to check each studio’s respective website for more information. Not quite ready to come back? Many gyms and studios are still offering online classes.

Victus Soul – open

HIIT + Run / HIIT + Boxing class-based studio. Find it: Mansell Street (Aldgate)

Digme Fitness – opening 17 August

Spin, gym and HIIT classes in the City. Both City studios are opening on 17 Aug: Moor Place (Moorgate) and NEW venue on Coleman Street (Bank).

Barry’s Bootcamp – open

World-famous studios specialising in HIIT. Both City studios open: Worship Street (Old Street) and Gutter Lane (St Paul’s).

Equinox – open

The CEO of high-end gyms. Find it: Clerk’s Place (Bishopsgate)

City Athletic – open

The premier training performance centre: Find it: Trump Street (Bank)

Gymbox – open

Unique fitness made trendy and friendly. All three City studios open: Lombard Street (Bank), Cannon Street (Monument) and Leather Lane (Farringdon).

WIT – open

The home of CrossFit in the Square Mile. Find it: One New Change (St Paul’s)

PureGym – open

Wallet-friendly, 24-hour gyms across London. At various locations in the City: click here to find your closest

Anytime Fitness – open

High-tech, well-stocked gym in the City. Both City studios open: Priory Court (St Paul’s) and Alie Street (Aldgate).

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Eat Out to Help Out in the City

Nicola Sheppey

See some of our favourite City restaurants participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, running 3-31 August 2020 and offering 50% off food & non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to £10 discount per diner). Be sure to check each venue’s website to check social distancing measures and to book in advance.

Chancery Lane & Holborn

Brasserie Blanc (Chancery Lane)

Gaucho (Chancery Lane)

Kintan (High Holborn)

The White Swan (Fetter Lane)

Farringdon & Barbican

Ibérica (Turnmill Street)

Firebrand (Rosebery Ave)

The Jugged Hare (Chiswell Street)

Barbie Green (London Wall)

Wood Street Bar & Restaurant (Fore Street)

The Winemakers Club (Farringdon Street)

Fleet Street & St Paul’s

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Fleet Street)

Punch Tavern (Fleet Street)

Bread Street Kitchen (Bread Street)

Street Pizza (Bread Street)

Madison (One New Change)

Paternoster Chop House (Paternoster Square)

Bank & Monument

Coq d’Argent (1 Poultry)

Fortnum & Mason (Royal Exchange)

M Threadneedle St (Threadneedle Street)

1 Lombard Street (Lombard Street)

Hawksmoor (Basinghall Street)

Cabotte (Gresham Street)

Bloomberg Arcade

Vinoteca City



Koya City

Ekte Nordic Kitchen


Moorgate & Liverpool Street

Bangers (Wilson Street)

Yauatcha (Broadgate Circle)

Duck & Waffle (Bishopsgate)

Sushisamba (Bishopsgate)

Angler (South Place)

South Place Chop House (South Place)

Mac & Wild (Devonshire Square)

Fish Market (New Street)

New Street Grill (New Street)

Fenchurch Street / Leadenhall

14 Hills (120 Fenchurch Street)

Cheese at Leadenhall (Leadenhall Market)

Darwin Brasserie (Sky Garden)

Aldgate & Tower Hill

Emilia’s Pasta (Alie Street)

Coppa Club (Three Quays Walk)

The Craft Beer Co (St Mary Axe)

Rocoto (Aldgate High Street)

Benk + Bo (Spitalfields)

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Pub Reopenings in the City

Nicola Sheppey

Our favourite pubs reopening in the City, organised by area. Updated as new pubs reopen. Be sure to check each venue’s website to check social distancing measures and find out if you need to book in advance.

Chancery Lane & Holborn

The Knight’s Templar (Carey Street)

The Seven Stars (Carey Street)

Cittie of York (High Holborn)

Penderel’s Oak (High Holborn)

The Yorkshire Grey (Theobalds Road)


The Blackfriar (Queen Victoria Street)

Farringdon & Barbican

The Sir John Oldcastle (Farringdon Road)

The Slaughtered Lamb (Great Sutton Street)

The Shakespeare (Goswell Road)

The Old Red Cow (Long Lane)

The Two Brewers (Whitecross Street)

Fleet Street & St Paul’s

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Fleet Street)

Punch Tavern (Fleet Street)

Hack & Hop (Whitefriars Street)

The Old Change Bar & Kitchen (Old Change Court)

Three Cranes (Garlick Hill)

Bank & Monument

The Sugar Loaf (Cannon Street)

The Candlemaker (Cannon Street)

The Walrus and the Carpenter (Monument Street)

Golden Fleece (Queen Street)

Lamb Tavern (Leadenhall Market)

The Crosse Keys (Gracechurch Street)

New Moon (Gracechurch Street)

Moorgate & Liverpool Street

The Globe (Moorgate)

Kings Arms (Wormwood Street)

The Ten Bells (Commercial Street)

Duke of Wellington (Spitalfields)

Aldgate & Tower Hill

The Liberty Bounds (Trinity Square)

The Minories (Minories)

Tank & Paddle (Mincing Lane)

Duke of Somerset (Little Somerset Street)

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Our Favourite Breakfasts & Brunches Reopening in the City

Nicola Sheppey

As venues are given the greenlight to carefully reopen, we’re thrilled that some of our favourite restaurants are opening their doors for the most important meal of the day. Below, see five of our favourites plating up both innovative and classic breakfast and brunch classics. Be sure to check each restaurant’s respective website to see regulations regarding social distancing, and be aware most are not taking walk-ins at this time, so book in advance and get something special in the diary.

14 Hills

Make a Sunday get-together extra special at the garden in the sky, 14 Hills. Feast on classic dishes including Eggs Royale with soft poached egg, smoked salmon and hollandaise on an English muffin, French Toast with grilled tenderstem brocolli, fried egg, pumpkin seeds and apple syrup, and much, much more – all accompanied by cocktails and relaxed beats from the venue’s resident DJs. Click here to book.

Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen‘s weekday breakfast menu includes all your favourites to kick your day off in reliable style. Tuck into poached eggs, pastries or a full English, with vegetarian and vegan options available, at this airy, relaxed eatery in One New Change. Click here to book.

Duck & Waffle

The famous sky-high eatery might have shut its overnight hours for now, but you can still head up there from 7am seven days a week for a breakfast to remember. Don’t overlook the waffle selection (including, of course, the Duck & Waffle), or enjoy one of their classics including Colombian Eggs or a Full English. Click here to book.

M Threadneedle Street

Fans of the morning meal are well catered to at M Threadneedle Street, with both a healthy weekday breakfast and a more naughty weekend bottomless brunch to choose from. The latter offers a wide selection of dishes inspired by the dishes of South Africa, America, Australia, Argentina, Japan, France, and more, all with a fantastic cocktail selection. Click here to book.

Coq d’Argent: Rosé on the Roof

If you can’t make it to the Riviera this year, don’t worry; Coq d’Argent have teamed up with M de Minuty to bring a taste of the South of France to the City. Until the end of August you can enjoy classics like Thon Rouge with yellowfin tuna or the trademark coq au vin, all beautifully paired with M de Minuty Rosé, at a fantastic set price, too. Click here to book.

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Top 5 Bars and Restaurants reopening in the City from 4th July

Mandy Kaylin

As London eases out of lockdown, the much anticipated reopening of restaurants and bars across the City is set to kick-off on the weekend of July 4th. With a range of new social distancing and safety measures set in place across venues, we’ve compiled a list of the top City bars and eateries welcoming guests back for the first time since lockdown. You can find what measures each business is taking to comply with safety regulations via their respective websites. Here’s to a rousing (and safe) reopening weekend ahead.

Jin Bo Law

Boasting some of the best views of the City from its outdoor terrace, Jin Bo Law Skybar is gearing up for a lofty reopening celebration from the 4th of July with a daily line-up of live DJ sets to kick start reopening week on a major upbeat note. You can get your drink on in (socially distant) style with the unveiling of a new cocktail menu, featuring concoctions by the likes of the Butterfly Punch, Pickled Tink and Rougui Bjor. Be advised that booking in advance is recommended to accommodate set limits on entry numbers.

Barbie Green

Eating out near the Barbican got a lot better with the recent addition of Barbie Green to the City’s foodie scene. It’s the bright new outpost of the Daisy Green restaurants at London Wall Place, popular for their fresh and healthy Aussie inspired menus. Bookings for their epic brunches – with free flowing prosecco and plenty of avo on toast to go around – are now live for their grand reopening scheduled for 6th  July.


Perched atop One New Change (which reopened to shoppers on 15th June) City hot spot Madison is gearing up for the return of brunchers and lunchers on 4th July with a reservation system going live from the 1st. All the better so that you can focus on enjoying the amazing grub and scenic views without having to wait in pesky queues. With limited opening hours and new seating charts that accommodate social distancing rules, you can rest assured that the team here are taking the safe approach whilst welcoming returning guests.


While they kept us supplied with a superb selection of reds, whites and roses thanks to their Wine Shop delivery service during lockdown – Vinoteca is set to reopen all of their London locations including their spacious restaurant at the Bloomberg Arcade from the 6th of July. Expect a warm welcome back as you tuck into their signature scrummy nibbles paired with a choice from over 200 bottles of wine, sourced from around the world.


When you have a craving for authentic (and wallet friendly) Asian to-go food, Waka, the Japanese Peruvian fusion foodie spot is a winning choice for some of the best Donburi and Maki you’ll taste this side of the City. Located just a few steps from The Gherkin, and conveniently open for takeaway only, it’s the perfect spot for lunch to-go on a sunny day out.