Paola Paolillo on her favourite spots in the City of London

Words by
Sphere Life

19th June 2018

Paola Paolillo, the Club Cigar Lounge manager at Ten Trinity Square Club at the Four Seasons hotel, shares her favourite spots around the City of London

Paolo Paolillo
Paolo Paolino in the cigar lounge of the Ten Trinity Square Club, photographed by Gemma Day

Paolo Paolino in the cigar lounge of the Ten Trinity Square Club, photographed by Gemma Day

HABIT Friary Court, 65 Crutched Friars, EC3N 2AE

This traditional wine bar with wooden barrel tables serves great-value Nebbiolo wines, which are perfect when paired with its 28-day-aged rib-eye and peppercorn sauce. davy.co.uk/wine-bar/habit

LIBRERIA BOOKSHOP 65 Hanbury Street, E1 5JP

With its no-phone policy, I come here to escape. The bookstore is beautifully designed and it has a great cultural programme. libreria.io

L’ANIMA 1 Snowden Street, EC2A 2DQ

The service at this excellent Italian restaurant is impeccable and the fresh fettuccine with girolles is to die for. lanima.co.uk

VINOTECA CITY WINE BAR 21 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR

Vinoteca’s stunning new site in the Bloomberg Arcade could be my new favourite in the Square Mile with its great selection of wine by the glass and charcuterie platters. vinoteca.co.uk/locations/city

CITY OF LONDON DISTILLERY 22-24 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8DT

Taste the delicious gin-based cocktails in its speakeasy-style bar. Ask for a Martinez cocktail 
with Old Tom gin. cityoflondondistillery.com

LEADENHALL MARKET Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LT

The architecture of this covered market is just beautiful. There is also a Diptyque shop there that 
I am drawn to like a magnet every time I visit. leadenhallmarket.co.uk

THE SKYLOUNGE 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF

On a sunny day, you can’t beat the view of the London skyline from the terrace of the SkyLounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London hotel. doubletree3.hilton.com

GOOD AND PROPER TEA CO 96 Leather Lane, EC1N 7TX    

For many, it’s all about the coffee in the morning; for me, it’s green tea. The Dragonwell tea here is brewed to perfection. goodandpropertea.com

CABOTTE WINE BAR & RESTAURANT 48 Gresham Street, EC2V 7AY

What a find! Its beautifully presented French menu is paired with a unique and extensive list focused 
on Burgundy wine. cabotte.co.uk