Best Restaurants For A Business Lunch In London

Important numbers to mill over? Client pitching in a casual enviroment? The business lunch has yet to die down, and we're bringing you the best spots to get one going. From must-try burger spots in Shoreditch for the keeping it cool to luxury Mayfair restaurants with private rooms, check out our recommendations for the best places to have a business lunch in London. 

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Last updated on 21st May 2024

Devonshire Terrace

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.

Tank & Paddle Bishopsgate, London

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Based just a stone's throw away from its original sister venue, Tank and Paddle Bishopsgate hopes to draw in the city's many busy workers with its comfort food offering, fun games and home brewed pints of beer. While the kitchen staff roll out freshly made stone-baked pizzas, the bar is busy serving home brewed pints of craft beer and real ale, all created in the giant tanks that stand behind the bar. Perfect for after work drinks or even a working lunch, this charming spot caters for whatever mood you might be in.

The Betjeman Arms

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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.

Kenza Restaurant and Lounge

2 for £16.00 Cocktails and 1 other offer

Kenza Restaurant and Lounge can be found on Devonshire Square, right in the heart of the city, which makes it the perfect meeting spot for a business lunch. You can enjoy Middle Eastern dishes like charcoal-grilled chicken or lamb kofta, as well as a selection of hot and cold mezze plates, with plenty of private rooms and alcoves available for something a little more exclusive.

Best Iberica Restaurants in London

Nestled in beautiful buildings across the city, these stylish Spanish restaurants are perfect for everything from client meetings to working lunches. Expect Spanish tapas, delicious Mediterranean drinks and charming surroundings from Iberica.

May Fair Bar

Set Menu 2 dishes £25

The May Fair Bar and its adjoining restaurant are situated just a stone's throw from Green Park station, in a prime location for business lunches. This stylish space blends Japanese and Italian cuisines to create a menu of Venetian beef carpaccio, wasabi salsa scallops, crispy aubergine with ginger and much more. Pair your dishes with one of the sophisticated cocktails on offer, from a pomegranate fizz to the raspberry and cherry blossom sour.

The Refinery CityPoint

Based in the heart of the City of London, the Refinery is an all-day restaurant and bar that promises to cater to whatever need you might have. With a variety of classic and signature cocktails to enjoy courtesy of the bar, it's the all-day food menu that's really got us excited. Perfect for a business lunch in London, this jack-of-all-trades will definitely cater for all your needs.                                           

Arros QD

Looking to really impress a client? ArrosQD is the place to head. Here, you can treat them to multiple different tasting menus, or tuck into a range of a la carte bowls. Combining open fire cooking techniques with swish interiors, this swanky Spanish fine dining restaurant will surely wow.  

Whitcomb’s At The Londoner

2/3 course pre-theatre set menu £34/£39 -Lunch and 11 other offers

With an extensive menu inspired by the French Mediterranean, Whitcomb's At The Londoner is a sophisticated spot to enjoy a business lunch in, located in the heart of Covent Garden. Expect stylish leather sofas, pretty plants and abstract artwork lining the ceiling, with plenty of refreshing cocktails and Champagne to choose from. As for the food? You can enjoy everything from tuna tartare to marinated baby chicken or wild mushroom risotto here.

Scoff & Banter - Various Sites

It's not just gorgeous interiors at Scoff & Banter's London restaurants, the spot is also a great place to grab an easy lunch, with fine British dining taking precedent, including steaks, fish pie and a vegan menu.

Steak & Lobster - Various Sites

From the glitzy interiors, including marble pillars and velvet chairs, through to the massive plates of delicious food, Steak & Lobster is a crowd-pleasing option for a business lunch in London.

The Folly

Mixology Classes and 2 other offers

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.

The Britannia

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. 

1 Lombard Street

If you're looking for somewhere to have a business lunch in the City, then 1 Lombard Street should be your number one choice. Not only is it housed in a stunning Grade II-listed building, featuring bespoke architecture and curated artworks, but it also sports a menu to die for. Behind British-inspired dishes is executive chef James Holden who looks to award-winning producers for his ingredients. Tuck into the likes of asparagus and chalk stream trout, lamb Barnsley chop and beef ragu pappardelle.

Smollensky's Canary Wharf Restaurant

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.