It’s scandalous how often we take luke-warm reviews seriously without trying a place out for ourselves. Although, if I’m honest, my reason for never having visited the Duck & Waffle in Bishopsgate had more to do with never successfully getting a weekend brunch booking than it did reviews. We finally got to visit Duck & Waffle for my bestie’s birthday on a cold January morning and it was worth it for the delicious food and fabulous views.
The views and surroundings might not be as good as the Sky Garden, my favourite place from which to get fabulous views of London, but they are fine nonetheless and make for a lovely dining experience.
I tried out the Duck Benedict - braised duck leg, waffle, hen’s egg & Sriracha. It was absolutely delicious. Duck & Waffle isn’t the cheapest restaurant but I was much happier paying £18 for this mouth-watering treat than being robbed of £18 for a full English breakfast at London City Airport recently.
Alas, our time at the Duck & Waffle was soon over. We were very pleasantly surprised that no matter how busy they were, we were made to feel relaxed and welcome, with great service and attention to the child in our group.
One of the best parts about Duck & Waffle is the location and I took everyone on a tour of my favourite sights in the City of London after our breakfast. Above is the Lloyds Building, with a conveniently placed husband for scale.
I’ve always loved the Willis Building, especially when you capture the reflection of the Lloyds Building in its curved facade. This shot is infinitely more lovely on a sunny day!
We walked through Leadenhall Market which dates back to the 14th century. Today it is more famous for its Harry Potter connection – Harry and Hagrid walk through the market and then enter the Leaky Cauldron.
Our final stop was the bombed-out church of St Dunstan-in-the-East. Destroyed in the Blitz, the site is now home to a garden surrounded by the original church walls. The garden is beautiful in summer – see Revisiting St Dunstan-in-the-East.
Duck & Waffle