“Head and Shoulders Above Most Places in the City” – City AM
Midway between The Bank of England and Cannon Street Station, in the very heart of the City of London lies a unique family of award-winning wine bars and Restaurants providing the City with great food and wine with warm, friendly service all on one truly historic, fabulously restored site – The Don Restaurant, Bistro and Private Dining Rooms.
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Private Dining & Events at The Don
The Don’s Private Dining Rooms, are The City of London’s most charming and characterful venues for private events be they: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Champagne and Canapé Parties, Business Meetings, Corporate Dinners or Private Celebrations. Find out more here.
“A spirit of hospitality since 1798″
20 St Swithins Lane has been the home of generosity and good cheer since the young Scot George Sandeman came down from Perthshire in 1798 to establish the Sandeman Port Company, a blender and bottler of Port wines from Portugal and Sherries from Spain which he exported to all corners of the globe.
Living above the cobbled courtyard at 20 St Swithins in what is to this day Sandeman House, George and his family were noted for fine food and splendid cellar, As one of his nephews wrote in 1814 “ I dined at my uncle’s in St Swithins Lane, where I reside, about six o’clock. Such late hours I dislike, otherwise, things were quite agreeable. The party consisted of six gentlemen, who seemed more or less connected with the French trade.
We had a variety of fine wines, claret and other kinds, whose names were quite new to me. I was tempted to take five or six glasses of Madeira, besides some others. Not being tempted to such liquors, I had some fever through the night, though my head was not affected at all.”
The Sandeman Port Company moved back to Oporto in 1968, but their sign still hangs outside The Don on St Swithins Lane and the spirit of hospitality remains.
Following Government guidelines, we have, regretfully, closed all of our venues until further notice, ensuring that all staff are in good health and ready to re-open just as soon as is possible and practicable. Our reservations team will be working remotely so please do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries, especially those relating to private dining.
We look forward to welcoming you back - hopefully in the near future.