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The Don - Central London

The Courtyard 20 St Swithins Lane, Central London, EC4N 8AD

Venue Introduction

The Don Restaurant and Bistro, in the very heart of The City of London, provides an unrivalled combination of history and modernity, plus some of the City’s best food and wine and service.

In 1342 the premises were purchased by The Worshipful Company of Drapers to use as their Livery Hall.

In 1798, the young Scottish entrepreneur George Sandeman took them as the headquarters for his newly established Sandeman Port and Sherry Company. For almost 200 years Sandeman shipped their barrels of fortified wine from Oporto and Jerez to blend and bottle them in the cellars below St Swithins Lane.

In 2000, the premises were converted by Robert and Robyn Wilson, owners of The Bleeding Heart Restaurant, to become its City sibling, The Don Restaurant and Bistro, with George Sandeman supplying many of the Ports on the award-winning wine list.


Additional Notes:

The ground floor Restaurant features two light, airy and elegant dining rooms and a separate Wine Study featuring artworks from one of Britain’s leading abstract painters, the late John Hoyland, RA.

Downstairs, the atmospheric Bistro and bar and Sandeman Private Dining Room are on the site of the original blending room where the eponymous ports and sherries began life all those years ago.

Room Information

Room NameSeat CapReception Cap
Sandeman Room16-2430
Hoyland Room24-4460
The White Room45-5570
The Wine Study16
The Bistro30-3550


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