Prism - Harvey Nichols City Brasserie
147 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4QTIn the strikingly elegant and historical former site of Bank of New York in the City of London, Prism Restaurant promises stylish surroundings along with quality Modern British food and service. Restored by architects Lifschutz Davidson back to its former glory with all its original 1920s architectural features carefully replaced, the airy banking hall provides a distinctive 10,000 square-foot space on three levels - lower ground, ground and mezzanine - which have been transformed into a bar, 120 cover restaurant with conservatory and private dining rooms. The 120 cover dining area is split into two spaces; the main restaurant with its classical columns and towering windows and a light-filled conservatory dining room.
In the strikingly elegant and historical former site of Bank of New York in the City of London, Prism Restaurant promises stylish surroundings along with quality Modern British food and service. Restored by architects Lifschutz Davidson back to its former glory with all its original 1920s architectural features carefully replaced, the airy banking hall provides a distinctive 10,000 square-foot space on three levels - lower ground, ground and mezzanine - which have been transformed into a bar, 120 cover restaurant with conservatory and private dining rooms.
The 120 cover dining area is split into two spaces; the main restaurant with its classical columns and towering windows and a light-filled conservatory dining room. Furniture and fittings reflect Harvey Nichols's chic image with classic Mies van Rohe 1930 'Brno' chairs in brilliant red leather and American walnut waiter stations and exclusively designed serving trolleys and wine coolers.
Located in the City, Prism attracts a largely business crowd at lunch tempted by the good food, discreetly spaced tables and slick service. The menu is Modern British with an extensive menu featuring the best of British produce. Divided into sections such as "Small Picks", "Something Potted", "Salads and Starters", "Grills and Main Courses" there is the option to have a full blown meal, or graze on lighter dishes. There is a fantastic selection of meat, sourced from the wonderful Ginger Pig, with the speciaility being two types of steak that have been aged for 50 days. The Head Chef, Dan Sherlock is a passionate gardener, bringing in produce from his own allotment, and also growing tomatoes on the roof of the restaurant in the Summer.
In the evenings, there are frequent special menus, with great deals to be had by booking on-line. There is live music on Thurdays and Fridays, and upcoming weekly cabaret events.
Champagne Breakfast receptions can be arranged to start off a special day on the right note.
Prism Bar: The bar is situated below ground where once stood the bank vaults. Here Harvey Nichols has created a contemporary space with an accent on luxury with polished, reclaimed Maninga floors, Kavasinga panelling and leather bar linings.
Once again the furniture has been carefully chosen to inspire an elegant atmosphere. The 'Single' bar stools are by French designer Christophe Pillet and the oyster coloured leather rolled banquette designed by Lifschutz Davidson is flanked by serried ranks of low 'Bob' stools. A lunch time menu showcases simple and classic options where you might face a dilemma in choosing between a homemade short crust chicken and mushroom pie with mashed potatoes, Cornish pollock with chips, peas and tartare sauce or a Thai prawn curry with jasmine rice. The bar can be hired exclusively, accommodating a maximum of 80 guests for a drinks reception.
Private Dining Rooms: Prism has two private dining rooms; the Mezzanine seating up to 55 guests and the Library seating up to 24 guests. The Mezzanine is located on the first floor of Prism and is perfect for private dining, meetings or as a reception venue. It is a dual aspect room with an amazing view of both the Main Restaurant and Leadenhall Market.
The Library is situated on the ground, at the rear of the restaurant. It is perfect for small intimate lunches/dinners and meetings. Its style is reminiscent of a small gentleman's club, retaining many of its original features including the ornate ceiling and fireplace.
Prism also has a wedding licence, and is available for private hire at weekends.
For further information, please visit the Harvey Nichols Website.
: 11:30 - 15:00 18:00 - 22:00
: 11:00 - 22:00
020 7256 3888
147 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4QT [Map]
(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)
REVIEWS OF Prism - Harvey Nichols City Brasserie
Karen Hughes (27 September 2006)
I was recently invited for lunch at Prism to celebrate my birthday and I have to say it's by far the best restaurant in the area. The food is simply divine (try the wild sea trout!). The service was fantastic too. When I left, I was even given a Harvey Nichols goodie bag as they had found out it was my birthday. Prism is a little gem!
James Winter (24 April 2006)
After being a regular diner I was unfortunately disappointed when I went for another of their outstanding bar menu lunches tucked away in their underground bar. The food as per usual was outstanding, however, the day I was there the service was slow and seemed to be very unfriendly. Run by some frantic blondes, who impress with looks, but no standard of service or customer understanding. Less formal than compared to when I've been there in the past.
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More Info for Prism - Harvey Nichols City Brasserie
- Children welcome
- Air condition
- Groups allowed
- Outside seating
- Cover charge
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