A grand location for planning your next big deal; that's what everyone around you is doing in any case. You'd best be suited and booted if you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb, and it's not the place for a cheap coffee. All that said, if you are correctly camoflaged, and wish to soak up some of the hubris, this is a pretty good spot to people watch. Staff are friendly and efficient too.
Apparently you do not need to be near a sea-side town to enjoy great fish and chips!
Having passed the Royal Exchange a trillion times, I thought it was only for 'business men'. I was recommended by a colleague to take a friend who was visiting London. Had the best fish and chips I've had in the whole of the UK (and that is saying a lot). I now come regularly to meet friends after work either to eat, for cocktails (which are delicious) and drinks or just a coffee after work.
Its a grand building, open space with high ceilings, a piece of London history.
Prices are very reasonable. Would absolutely recommend.
a classy place indeed, right opposite the bank of london and just as grand. The cafe on the ground floor is a great meeting place during work, and the place feels amazingly light and airy considering it's bank in the middle of the city. Coffee, breakfast and light lunches look like the staples here, and there are some high-end fashion stores around the edges of the main lobby. Worth a visit if just for a quick coffee to soak up the atmosphere.