The Pizza Express in Fenchurch Place is right next to the rather picturesque exterior of Fenchurch Street Station and in a building designed by Richard Rogers.
As a result, the exterior is decorated in a style reminiscent of the Rogers signature touch of putting services on the outside of buildings, and the inside is a modern, colourful and blocky space which matches the building’s architect.
The place is very quiet on weekday evenings, even with the whole upper floor closed off, which is no bad thing for anyone wishing to venture upstairs to inspect the toilet signage, for the route to the toilets involves some delicate slaloming around vertical metal poles as if to say ‘no obese people in our toilets please’. The signage itself is mostly disappointingly straight-forward, featuring people with limbs of standard proportions. Only the downstairs toilet sign with its brave attempt to make the trip to the toilets look like a computer platform game of old shows a little of the classic Pizza Express variation.
The other classic variation is, however, alive and well in the Fenchurch Place branch. That’s the recipe used for the Chocolate Glory desserts. Here it was heavy on the chocolate but light on the volume, sitting so low in the glass beaker that no ingredients even peaked out timorously above the rim. Boo.
So that is 44 down, 94 (or thereabouts) to go.