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Headhunters’ hangouts: 5 of our favourite restaurants

Posted: Dec 2021
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As executive search consultants we have years of experience finding the top talent for our clients. Many of the briefs we take on are confidential and require discussion outside of the office, so we’ve also acquired extensive experience of the many restaurants across London. We’re quite picky; it’s essential that the perfect restaurant for a client lunch is easy to get to and has a great atmosphere but must not be too crowded or too loud. We like simple, delicious food and super-slick service but a quick and easy lunch doesn’t need to be bland!

If you’re considering where to go for your next business lunch, here are 5 of our favourite London restaurants, including how far to walk from the nearest station, that we think perfectly fit the bill - before you’ve even paid the bill.

The Delaunay, Aldwych, WC2

  • Average price £50-79
  • Walk from nearest stations: 7 mins (Holborn), 10 mins (Temple)

Square Meal says:
"No wonder The Delaunay has become a perennial favourite on all counts: the welcome is "always friendly" and the David Collins interior "impresses straightaway" with its glossy dark wood, gleaming brass and polished stone floors."

La Goccia, Covent Garden, WC2E

  • Average price £30-49
  • Walk from nearest stations: 2 mins (Leicester Square), 3 mins (Covent Garden), 4 mins (Charing Cross)

Square Meal says:
“La Goccia is a relaxed, all-dayer offering an extensive menu of Italian small plates, otherwise known as cicchetti. Named after the Italian interiors shop owned by co-founder Francesco Boglione’s mother, the nature-inspired space features an open grill and wood-burning oven, with food prepared in front of guests.”

The Mercer, The City, EC2R

  • Average price £50-79
  • Walk from nearest stations: 3 mins (Bank), 6 mins (Monument), 7 mins (Liverpool Street)

Square Meal says:
"Built for business, The Mercer’s black-and-white dining room has all the comforts required to sustain a working lunch or dinner, without the pretence of a leisure destination. It’s a balance that works for regulars who value straightforward British cooking and smartly paced service over gentle design and oodles of innovation."

Mercer Roof Terrace, near Cannon Street, EC4V

  • Average price £30-49
  • Walk from nearest stations: 1 min (Mansion House), 4 mins (Cannon Street), 5 mins (Bank)

Square Meal says:
“There is something undeniably sophisticated and attractive about a rooftop restaurant, so it is hard not to be charmed by the good looks of Mercer Roof Terrace, which takes in awesome views of London’s skyline in one sweep, including the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard and a handful of other landmarks and skyscrapers. The design ethos here is very much focused on bringing the outside in.”

Art Yard Bar & Kitchen, near Blackfriars, SE1

  • Average price £30-49
  • Walk from nearest stations: 5 mins (Southwark), 6 mins (Blackfriars), 10 mins (Waterloo East)

Square Meal says:
“The Bankside Hotel’s chic new all-dayer comprises a wraparound main dining room and a standalone bar, all hung with plenty of contemporary art (hence the name). The bright space features wooden furniture and patterned tiles, while the menu takes guests through from breakfast until dinner.”

Restaurant comments sourced from independent restaurant commentator

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