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Holly Acland finds a girl friendly evening watering place in the City

Any attempt to adopt a lounge bar culture in the City sounds as if it could be doomed to failure. The City is a non-stop, hard nosed, money-spinning mecca, while a lounge bar - by its very definition - is relaxed and civilised.

It would seem the two do not sit comfortably alongside each other yet City Bars and Restaurants is determined to transform its popular lunchtime venue Restaurant and Bar 10 in the hub of the City into an evening oasis.

'10' opened a year ago, just around the corner from Liverpool Station, and quickly established itself as a good quality restaurant with an expansive wine list, see Clifford Mould's review. While the lunchtime menu and format remains unchanged, the atmosphere in the evening has been transformed.

With a strong focus on catering for the many women who may not be drawn to the typically packed and noisy City drinking hole, the 10 Room concept picks up on the recent and successful earlier launch of The '10' Room Lounge Bar in Piccadilly.

The room is crowded with chairs, sofas and the occasional chaise longue in bright, primary colours. The curves of the central bar and two mirrored walls make the most of all the basement space available and a miniature grand piano sits resplendent on a raised platform.

Although there is plenty of standing space around the bar, the deep sofas beckoned enticingly and - as two work-weary women very typical of the anticipated customer profile - we were soon happily settled.

A bevy of staff ensured that are glasses were constantly topped up with Bucks Fizz and our appetites satisfied by a range of canap‚s as the live music veered from toe-tapping jazz to Abba.

This may not be the place to head for if you're after a hearty meal. But there are platters of canapés starting at around £5. Onion tartlets, chicken satay sticks and miniature shepherd's pies were all noteworthy, so much so that the waiter kindly left an entire tray of the aforementioned shepherd's pies on our table.

So if you find yourself in the city and you're partial to a cocktail which can be enjoyed while sitting down and not shouting over the voices of others, '10' could be the place for you.

Restaurant and Bar 10
Cutlers Gardens Arcade
Devonshire Square
London EC2M 4EY
Tel: 020 7283 7888
Fax: 020 7626 4859

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