Business Lunch in London
Discover the best places for a business lunch in London with this hand-picked guide. Whether you’re heading out to impress a client, catching up with your boss or throwing a leaving lunch for one of your colleagues, we hear you. Have a browse of our recommended tips for business lunch restaurants in London and you’ll have somewhere sorted in next to no time.
Last updated on 27th September 2016
Positioned just a minute’s walk from Blackfriars station, Camino is ideal if you’re looking to drop in for some delicious tapas for a quick meet before heading back to the office. There’s a great range of authentic sharing plates, some lovely wines and a hidden gem of a basement cava bar to discover when it’s time for some after-work drinks.
A classy Canary Wharf eatery and City slicker spot, Smollenksy's is a corporate munch mecca and thanks to its comprehensive A La Carte menu of patties and salads to steaks and seafood, there'll no doubt be a sumptuous snack to satisfy every hungry palate. Study those stats with a chilled beer in one hand as you fork up the flame-grilled salmon fillet or piri-piri roast chicken - business bites indeed.
Need a restaurant for a business meeting in the Old Street area? The Jones Family Project's slick interiors, divine menu and impressive choice of wine makes it another of our favourite spots for a business lunch in London. Easily accessible from the tube station, this is a haven for great food and drinks with a friendly atmosphere that won't fail to impress.
Offering fantastic value for money given its location right at the heart of the city, The Gallery brings a touch of relaxed industrial elegance to Austin Friars. Chefs prepare a seasonal menu from an open plan kitchen, service is friendly but not intrusive and there’s an excellent selection of cocktails, wines and beers to cap things off.
Complete with a garden lounge and a flower shop, don’t stress if you forget you’re in the city - it’s easily done. Aiming to be your “botanically-inspired haven”, The Folly would suit a super casual meet with a trusted client or a light bite with some colleagues; there’s a good choice of food and drinks served throughout the day.
For a Thames-side business bite to eat, Northbank Restaurant has your name all over it. With stunning views of the Southbank and the Millennium Bridge, your client cannot fail to be impressed by the style and substance of the menu. There's great drinks to match, so be sure to consider this one if you're meeting close to Mansion House.
Occupying a prized location on the edge of the Canary Wharf riverfront, 28 West is a cool and convenient restaurant for a business lunch. Pull up a seat in their relaxed dining area where classic American grilled goods, craft beers and experimental cocktails ensure there’s something here for everyone.
The views at Gillray's Steakhouse are something special. Sitting pretty opposite Big Ben, a stunning backdrop to your meeting is assured if you head here. The steak-focused menu is delicious and there's a sophisticated ambience to soak in just a short walk away from Waterloo. Relax into nine-metre Chesterfield sofas and get down to work.
Patch is one impressively striking haven for office workers close to Blackfriars and St. Paul's. It's a winner in terms of comfort and convenience for corporate get-togethers, with varied cuisine and plenty of drinks to consider. Don't be surprised to find yourself back for some more at the end of the working day.
WE ARE BAR is a relaxed spot just a short cry from Liverpool Street station. Boasting a huge informal restaurant space as well as a dedicated bar area and a lovely outdoor terrace, come and enjoy a business meeting over a lunch of smaller sharing plates, platters, sandwiches or burgers.
Just moments away from Blackfriars, Jamie's is a wine bar tucked away from the masses on Tudor Street. Get comfy at their large restaurant space or book somewhere a little quieter downstairs, where a menu of sandwiches and hot main courses are served up to those in for a business meet. There's sharing platters and an extensive choice of over 20 wines by the glass to boot.
Head over for a business lunch inside this Grade I listed building to really impress your guest. The high-ceiling dining room, terraces, meeting and drinking spots create an airy and bright ambience which create a sense of stylish grandeur. Take advantage of the contemporary conference facilities for that important meeting.
Perched in the shadow of St. Paul's is the Paternoster Square branch of Corney & Barrow, another perfect spot for a business lunch. Lots of city workers are enticed in by the venue's plentiful outdoor terrace seating, especially when combined with the laidback, friendly atmosphere created inside. C&B offers a peaceful retreat from the stresses of the city so you can come in and talk business in a relaxed setting.
With a whole pack to devour around catering to business lunches, The Britannia makes for the perfect corporate haven where you can settle into their cosy, comforting surrounds and relaxed atmosphere. Whether you're having a meeting or casual get together, The Britannia has private spaces and tables available for your needs.
Sitting nicely just a few paces away from St Paul's Cathedral, the Vinyl Bar offers Central London's work-weary crowds a lively spot to blow off steam after a long day at work. Versatile by nature with both all the best live sport and live musical performances from the city's most promising up-and-coming artists, the menu of comfort food makes it a great place for a laid-back business meeting. To help keep things moving, a generous Happy Hour intoxicates the entire bar between 5-8 PM everyday.
Located directly off the famous Thames Path, and inside the historic Hays Wharf, Hay’s Galleria is an excellent choice of a business lunch close to London Bridge. The venue’s petanque pitch and outdoor terrace might grab the headlines, but this place also showcases a regularly changing menu of the freshest seafood, seasonal veg and responsibly sourced ingredients. The wine list is a winner too; offering top quality bottles at accessible rates.
With floor-to-ceiling windows that frame London’s most famous landmark, The Happenstance by St. Paul’s Cathedral is an unmistakable favourite for business lunch meetings. Boasting a sophisticated design, this all-day restaurant and bar delivers the goods when it comes to seasonal food and an extensive wine list.
Ideally located within a stones throw of the city and boasting an effortlessly sophisticated ambience, the Devonshire Terrace is a stand out candidate for a business lunch in the capital. The decor is clean-cut and slick, and with an outdoor terrace littered with places to sit and discuss terms, this Liverpool Street hangout is sure to leave a lasting impression on your client.
Naturally a big hit in the city thanks to its convenient location and inviting atmosphere, Jamies on Creechurch Lane offers a comfortable venue for meeting with clients. Close to all the city’s train stations, the venue serves traditional British fare with a twist, with an eye-catching wine list and friendly service to round things off.
Looking for somewhere where you can celebrate both old and new? Found in the heart of London’s bustling financial centre, Roma winds the clock back 2000 years to celebrate the culinary traditions of Ancient Rome. This is a stunning and unique spot to enjoy a bite to eat, with locally sourced produce prepared using ancient techniques (like cooking with hay) and a drinks menu featuring both bespoke cocktails and wines traced back to the same vineyards the Romans themselves would have drunk from.