Stylish Business Lunch Restaurants
London offers an endless variety of options and diversity in culture, making it an international hub for all business needs. With its vast restaurant landscape offering an endless choice, and as regulars on the business lunch scene, we share our refined list of the best restaurants for a business lunch.
1. Holborn Dining Room
Located at the ultra lux Rosewood Hotel on High Holborn and only a stones throw from our offices, Holborn Dining Room is filled with a business lunchtime buzz. Offering brilliantly elevated classic British comfort food, the restaurant's executive chef and self-professed pastry deviant has made a name for himself. Calum Franklin’s Insta-famous pies are all the talk on social media, preparing pastries and en croûtes you’d be more than happy to take home to your parents. Pies aren’t the only thing Franklin has perfected; his eclectic menu includes a ridiculously runny scotch egg, juicy rib-eyes cut from a slow roasted joint and of course, the classic fish and chips. Finish the day in the Dining Room’s gin bar, stocked with more than 500 gins and 30 tonics; that’s over 15,000 combinations, if you’re wondering. Try the Finnish gin Kyro Napue combined with Scandi botanicals such as sea buckthorn and birch for a wow factor.
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
2. Isabel, Mayfair
Sitting just behind Bond Street, at the top of Albemarle Street, lays the sophisticated, two-floor offshoot of Notting Hill’s Casa Cruz, Isabel. Priding himself on exclusivity and individuality, ex-financier turned restaurateur, Juan Santa Cruz, perfectly delivers a fashionable dining experience using waiters wearing ruffled jumpsuits made by Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz. The menu consists of small plates with something for everybody and given the location, it won’t bite into your budget (pun intended). Sit back and share an Nduja and tomato pizzette or thinly sliced veal topped with a tuna sauce that would make Nonna proud. The ideal location entwined with tasty food and professional staff; perfect for a stylish business catch-up.
26 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4HY
The original Aquavit opened in 1987 in America’s Big Apple. Not only being the pioneer of Nordic food, the restaurant was the first of its kind to split itself into two rooms; one formal and one casual. The restaurant now holds two Michelin stars with their newest development opened in St James’s Market. While its marble floor, shiny chrome fittings and low-hanging chandeliers have a luxurious feel, there is a relaxed bistro-like atmosphere, perfect for a client meeting over a fragrant glass of red whilst sharing classic Nordic dishes. Executive chef, Emma Bengtsson, also resides at the New York site, so the sought after diner is often led by head chef and fellow Swede Henrik Ritzen, pervious chef of The Arts Club in Mayfair and Lutyens in the City. The Swedish meatballs with mash and lingonberry jam are to die for.
St James's Market, 1 Cartlon Street, London SW1Y 4QQ
4. Corrigan’s Mayfair
If you’re looking for a timeless dining experience to truly wow your guest(s), then look no further than Corrigan’s Mayfair. Located in the heart of London, the restaurant is as grand as its location and posses a number of private dining rooms; ideal if you’re looking to host a larger and more confidential luncheon. Home to the celebrity chef Richard Corrigan, the menu boasts classic British and Irish cuisine that will impress all in attendance. If you’re really looking to impress, then try Corrigan’s Kitchen Library, the exceptional experience could be a dealmaker.
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7EH
5. 45 Jermyn Street
Located on the lower ground floor of Fortnum & Mason, this luxurious dining room in the heart of London’s famous tailoring strip feels like it has been lifted straight out of an ocean liner. Salmon red leather banquettes and lacquered tables make up an undisputed room fit for nothing less than ball-gowns and tuxes. An incredible atmosphere, attention to detail and elegance are the hallmarks for this great restaurant. Offering a menu reflecting modern London cuisine, 45 Jermyn St opens for breakfast too; if a morning meeting is more your cup of tea..
45 Jermyn Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6JD