Located in the heart of London's financial district at 34 Threadneedle Street, the Mercer has a good, serious buzz set off by a sober, almost monochrome decor and a short but assuredly versatile menu.
The ambience is unmistakably 'City', as British as a Bulldog and you can expect snappy delivery of food and a happy set of wine options. The room has a vaguely pre-war Manhattan feel, with high ceilings, glossy black columns, big mirrors and hanging globe lights.
The tables are well spaced, the seating comfortable and the formally dressed waiters are friendly and knowledgeable – especially regarding the use of carefully sourced seasonal British produce. The Mercer was launched three years ago amidst the gathering clouds of the economic downturn but has gone from strength to strength by dint of getting the basics and their customer's requirements spot on.