A quarter of a century ago, the City was a very different place. Back then men in suits – and they were still mostly men – would commute in early, spend a few hours at their desk before taking a long, usually boozy lunch. After work, they would either decant to the West End or simply go home. A handful of pubs in the Square Mile would stay open until 8pm but there was nowhere to speak of that served dinner.

Two restaurants helped to change that – and they both celebrate their 25th anniversary this month.
One is 1 Lombard Street and the other is Coq d’Argent, two fine dining destinations that were founded within a week of each other in 1998.

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