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This event is the ultimate start to your weekend and you're certain to meet a lot of people.The champagne selection lacks imagination but the mark-ups are not unreasonable. Unless the ’85, ‘96 or, on a summery day, that great picnic vintage ’90 are available) shelling out £225 is fair enough.At the other end of the spectrum, there’s an array of wines under £30 with several available by the glass.Wine bars in the City should know what they are about: plenty of hardwood veneer on the furniture, glass and gleaming chrome for the verticals; mildly braying punters, full of swagger and snorted energy; a random selection of aggressively-chilled bottled beers from far-off parts where deflation is rampant or emerging markets funds are showing c.36% CAGR; handsomely marked-up grande marque champagnes in a variety of formats, reflecting Old Testament royal families; hi-mounted TVs screening the sporting season; and, of course, some after-thought grub (underdone chips, wet lettuce salads, bought-in sushi, wrinkled pinky sausages & oversweet mustard sauce) to soak up the booze. Whilst it covers the design requirements with ease and the committed-working/committed-drinking clientele cram the place in the evenings (right up to 2am in the latter half of the week), Dion – eccentrically – really cares about the food it serves.And with the two-course fixed menu at only £12.50, represents exceptional value too.The vodka-based Strawberry Mint Chill is already popular and it’s going to get more so whenever the sun is out.And Dion has a point of view on beer viz “best of Europe” (so nothing Greek in this section for the financial literate City types, obviously.) Pity it’s only in bottles. (Our recommendation: BYO Krug paraphernalia.) “The live band at dion on Wednesday nights really makes this bar a regular night out in my diary - I'm a huge music lover and this is some of the best I have heard on any stage! This is probably London's busiest weekly speed dating event.You'll meet up to 22 people for 'dates' lasting four minutes each at this smart venue next to St Pauls.The Chablis 2008 from Simonnet-Ferbvre and Malbec 2008 from Alamos made serviceable companions for what we ate.There is much pride in the cocktail list with the barman frequently refreshing the offer.