The Best Restaurants for a Business Lunch in London

Looking for the best restaurants for a business lunch in London? Read on for our guide to the best London has to offer for an important business lunch or meeting.

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L’Anima, Liverpool Street

L’Anima offers contemporary Italian cuisine in elegant surroundings close to The City.

L'Anima Restaurant

With floor to ceiling glass windows and the white décor, the restaurant is dazzlingly bright and the food is superb – click here to read our review of L’Anima.

Corrigan’s Mayfair

Corrigan’s Mayfair has a well-made dining room built to last and a menu as timeless as they come, in stylish and glamorous surroundings. With a number of private dining rooms, Corrigan’s is an excellent spot in Mayfair for a business lunch, whether in the main dining room or in greater privacy in one of the separate rooms.

Corrigan's Mayfair Bar

Coq d’Argent, The City

Situated in the heart of the Square Mile, Coq d’Argent’s restaurant serves modern French cuisine while the brasserie and terrace serve a lighter menu with more of a modern European hint.

Coq d'Argent

Coq d’Argent has an outdoor terrace and a large and rather beautiful garden terrace, with great views of some of London’s most well known landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral. With its location Coq d’Argent is a perfect spot for a business lunch in The City, and a contender for one of the best restaurants for a business lunch in London.

Avenue Restaurant, St James’s

In a prime position on St James’s Street, Avenue was, until recently, a big, table-clothed, classic, fine dining style of restaurant.

Avenue Restuarant in St James's

Cut to 2014 where Avenue has been reborn with a glamorous look and an American influenced menu of steaks, clam chowder and lobster mac. There is a large selection of American wines on the wine list as well.

The Wolseley, Mayfair

The Wolseley has maintained its place as one of London’s chicest destination, which remains popular with businessmen and fashionistas alike. The grand dining room is an impressive space and the location is ideal for those wanting something buzzier in the Mayfair area.

Sushisamba, The City

With a prime location on Bishopsgate in The City and a stunning view of London as a backdrop, Sushisamba London is a popular destination for a business lunch in The City, focusing on the fusion cuisine of Japan and Peru.

Sushisamba, a Japanese and Peruvian Resturant in London

Sharing the building with the ever popular Duck and Waffle (excellent as a brunch option), Heron Tower offers 2 excellent restaurant choices for City workers.

Galvin La Chapelle, Shoreditch

Galvin_La_Chapelle

Galvin La Chapelle is the Galvin brothers’ venture in St Botolph’s Hall, a beautiful 19th century building close to Spitalfield Market.

The fine dining restaurant is dark and romantic, but during the day makes a good spot for lunch in beautiful surroundings. The Galvin brothers also have a more casual all-day cafe with outdoor seating.

Cafe Murano, St James’s

Cafe Murano on St James’s Street offers a more casual version of Angela Hartnett’s Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair, Murano.

Cafe Murano St James's

The menu offers has a Northern Italian foucs, including a fantastic fettuccini with wild boar and gnocchi with sautéed ceps.

Bam-Bou, Fitzrovia

Bam-Bou has a prime position on the corner of Percy Street and Charlotte Street, spread over four floors of a Georgian townhouse – ideal for the creatives of Fitzrovia and Soho.

Bam-Bou Restaurant

The menu is a mix of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese, and the top-floor Red Bar has an excellent cocktail list and a susbtantial Japanese whisky menu.

Lutyens, Fleet Street

Located in the former Reuters building on Fleet Street, Lutyens is unmistakably Conran and a good addition to an area without many good dining options for a business lunch or dinner. The restaurant includes a large bar with a charcuterie counter, a 130 seat restaurant and 4 private dining and meeting rooms.

 

Portal, Clerkenwell

Portal is a modern Portuguese restaurant and bar in the foodie haven of St John Street. Architecturally, the dining room is stunning: a glass conservatory set in amongst a listed brick courtyard with atmospheric and beautiful up-lighting creating a dramatic backdrop.

Food is mainly Iberian-inspired and although not inexpensive, the quality of ingredients remains high throughout the menu and worth the price.

Portal-restaurant

Green’s Restaurants, The City

Green’s Restaurant is quiet and suits the crowd – think bankers, but an older crowd. This is a sophisticated restaurant, and the menu doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, and all your most comforting British favourites are there.

This is a well-polished restaurant and perfect for the crowd it continues to attract every day. Not one for a youngster, but it’s a relief to book into a restaurant with no surprises, no queues and simple, excellent quality produce and service.

The Grill at The Dorchester, Mayfair

The Grill at the Dorchester at the glamorous Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane has an illustrious culinary history and the menu places an emphasis on procuring high quality British ingredients, with classic British dishes such as grilled Dover sole holding court.

The Grill at The Dorchester manages to retain its sense of duty to its past whilst adapting to compete with an ever-changing and increasingly demanding London palate.

The Delaunay, Aldwych

The Delaunay sits on the corner of Drury Lane and Aldwych, and the restaurant is open seven days a week serving breakfast, afternoon tea, and à la carte lunch and dinner menus ‘inspired by the grand cafés of Europe’.

The Delaunay Restaurant

While dinner is a glamorous affair, it’s a great spot for an unstuffy lunch that has the threat of lingering long into the afternoon.

Hutong, London Bridge

Towering 33 floors above London Bridge in The Shard, Hutong offers Northern Chinese delicacies in a restaurant with a traditional design of dark woods and red Chinese lanterns.

Hutong Restaurant in The Shard

The food is excellent and the intimate nature of the restaurant provides an excellent setting for a business lunch in London.

Dean Street Townhouse, Soho

The Dean Street Townhouse is a boutique hotel and dining room from the Soho House Group.

The restaurant service classic British cuisine from first thing in the morning until the early hours and it’s a great place for a business breakfast or lunch in Soho, but make sure you clear your calendar for the rest of the afternoon, as lunch often merges into dinner here.

Dean Street Townhouse

Benares Restaurant, Mayfair

London has many excellent Indian restaurants, and one of the best is Benares on Berkeley Square in Mayfair. Benares is famous for matching wines with Indian food to bring out the flavours and spices.

If you have a group of people, book the Chef’s Table where you can watch the chefs cook in the kitchen in front of you. Wash it all down with one of their signature passion fruit martinis – you’ll never want to leave.

Rowley’s Restaurant, St James’s

Based in London’s St James’s area housed in the original Walls Butcher, Rowley’s oozes history and the traditional design further compounds the sense of history.

Rowley's Steak Restaurant in St James's

Don’t be fooled though, as this is not a stuffy Mayfair restaurant – Rowley’s is great fun and offers excellent steak with unlimited fries!

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Emyr is the founder of Bon Vivant's concierge service and one of the main contributors to the luxury lifestyle and travel blog. Emyr has always had a passion for travel, dining out and trying new places, and you can be sure that if there’s a new restaurant or hotel opening, he’s there at the bar with a glass of champagne.

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