The Phoenix, Bank
It's a good while since we've been been to the Phoenix, in fact, so long that changes in legislation mean that the pub's original USP is no longer unique. It used to be one of the few no-smoking pubs, if not the only no-smoking pub, in the City. Now of course that's all changed and the Phoenix has had to find other ways of appealing to punters. It's a large pub and it's very near to the old Stock Exchange, so there's usually a ready supply of willing drinkers close at hand to fill it and fill it they do, lunchtimes and early evenings especially towards the end of the week - it's in a good spot so does not have to try too hard. There are four hand pumps offering Greene King ales, with cider, an average wine list and a standard, but pretty extensive food menu. It's the sort of place you can find in almost any city centre in the UK, clean, bright and pretty neutral - some might say bland - and the only real difference you'll find here are the City of London prices. A safe bet then, if you're looking for little sustenance, but if you're looking for a bit more excitement you will probably need to try elsewhere.
26 Throgmorton Street, Bank, London, EC2N 2AN
020 7588 7289
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How to find the The Phoenix pub
Leave Bank tube and head up Threadneedle Street past the Bank of England, take the left hand fork into Old Broad Street, past the Stock Exchange and as soon as you get past the Bank, you'll see the place on your left.