We’re busy. Really busy. So busy we need to create more business, talk with more clients, and sign off more deals. Oh, yes, we should eat too. Thankfully there are plenty of places in London to do all of this at the same time — and cram it all into your lunch break. Marie Teather tries out the five best power lunch restaurants.
1 The Wolseley
Legions of business meeting regulars, from 7am until midnight, will vouch that The Wolseley is an all-day brasserie par excellence.
Situated on what has been described as London’s most famous boulevards, Piccadilly, this glamorous, quadruple-height, former car showroom can be found inside an impressive Grade II Listed building.
A cafe-restaurant in grand European tradition, expect a monumental dining area — marble-topped tables, imposing black pillars, polished brass rails and huge chandeliers. Celebrities, fashion, media types and retail workers can all be found tucking into a pre-work meeting over coffee and the legendary breakfast, lobster salads at lunch, and steak filet at dinner.
2 Scotts Restaurant
With tables that look on to the elegant oyster and Champagne bar and a full a la carte menu served throughout the day from noon, Mayfair’s business elites meet at Scott’s over lunch, tea, and dinner.
Serving the finest oysters, fish and crustaceans as well as seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes, all tastes are catered for. Hugh Grant, Jemima Khan, David Furnish and Gary Kemp have all been spotted there.
It’s probably no surprise that Americans in town on business love holding their lunch and dinner meetings at Automat. It is described as, "the cultural exchange between the world's two greatest cities."
Automat, in the heart of Mayfair, makes business happen. Automat is an American Brasserie that draws on New York and London’s dining influences to create a venue for relaxed, stylish dining.
4 The Dorchester
Over in prestigious Mayfair, The Dorchester hotel has been attracting celebrities, world leaders, and the well connected of British society to do business over lunch or dinner since the 1930s.
There are a number of options to invite your clients from the three Michelin Stars, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester to China Tang, and a menu of afternoon teas. London’s original private chef’s room, The Krug Room, offers a more discrete way to entertain your clients while The Dorchester Bar offers a great selection of martinis in opulent surroundings.
5 1 Lombard Street Brasserie
Very much a city staple, 1 Lombard Street Brasserie is open from 7:30 a.m. and the perfect venue for business meetings throughout the day.
Set in the former banking hall of a Grade II listed building this neo classical dining space is flooded with the morning light through its impressive central dome and large windows running the length of the room. The updated Edwardian trappings provide a smartly theatrical backdrop for business breakfasts.
Should your meeting be en-route to the office choose from kippers or the full English breakfast, or anything from Angus beef to sucking pig or Thai aubergine artichoke morel risotto for lunch or dinner.