You’d expect the City to feature rather bland watering holes designed to fit into its surroundings but Forge is a little off the wall bringing sexy back within a stone’s throw from Bank.

It’s all stripped back inside with the ‘industrial-chic’ look in full force. Huge clunking tables with leather banquettes are the perfect place to rush to from a busy day in the office and set upon their bar snacks (soft-shell crab, chicken and chorizo skewers, spit-roasted cider belly pork with sides of apple & fennel slaw). We’re not sure how much the beautiful people who reside here actually eat but it certainly looks good.

And the drinks? Seriously good simply presented by numbers (we’d like to hope it’s a drinking by numbers kind of game but we’re not sure). No. 44 is Beckham’s Haig whisky with Angostura bitters and sugar syrup, No. 52 is Sipsmith vodka with coconut syrup and chocolate bitters. They’re simple but use only the very best ingredients.


24 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND

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