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10 Best Restaurants in London for Business Lunches

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The City of London’s Square Mile is one of the busiest and most influential business districts on Earth. Nearly all the world’s major banks, law firms, insurance companies and accounting agencies have residence in the City of London and with so much resting on their shoulders, the business executives of London need time to relax, unwind, and do business in comfortable surroundings. Rather than risk your client meeting with dodgy pub grub, it’s wise to book ahead at a restaurant in the City that will provide great service, inventive cuisine, an excellent wine list, and opulence that corporate lunches thrive off. Below is a guide to the best restaurants in Liverpool Street, Farringdon, Spitalfields, Holborn, Bank and St Paul’s. Use it wisely, book the right restaurants, and that promotion you’ve been dreaming of might just come to fruition.

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aqua kyoto
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

With entertaining budgets rather leaner and schedules rather stricter than they used to be, it can be hard to find places to entertain that will impress a client without costing the earth or taking too long. Aqua kyoto, has a number of lunch solutions which fit the bill perfectly. The time-poor will love the Express Lunch ? two courses served in just 45 minutes, guaranteed ? while those with more time but needing to keep an eye on cost will enjoy the bento boxes, complete meals (including miso soup, salad, sushi, tempura and a meat or fish centerpiece) for a fixed price, so no need to worry about sides and extras adding up. Contact aqua kyoto directly

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1901
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British

Liverpool Street - Get ready to pamper your senses at lunchtime. This lavish bar and restaurant is one of London's most magnificent restaurants and indulges your taste buds without stuffy service. The dramatic, well-spaced interior can seat a healthy number of quick City lunches, and the location next to the station means your desk is only a few minutes walk away. To book a table for lunch, follow this link Contact 1901 directly

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Aqua Shard
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British

Square Mile and minutes in a cab from Moorgate, Liverpool Street and St Paul's, aqua shard is perfect for carrying out business dealings over fantastic contemporary British cuisine. Open for lunch from 12-3 and offering discreet, polished service - not to mention stunning views from Level 31 of The Shard - aqua shard impresses without being overtly grand. Mindful that many expense accounts are not what they once were, an affordable Market Lunch menu at £24 for 2 courses or £28 for 3, offered from Monday-Friday, allows business diners to entertain in great style without causing raised eyebrows in accounts. Contact Aqua Shard directly

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Mint Leaf Lounge
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian

Bank - Serving modern Indian cuisine, this City restaurant is a must for all those who enjoy fine food and service at lunchtime. The menu focuses on healthy Indian dishes and signature dishes include lobster tails seared with Goan spice, jumbo prawns marinated with roast garlic and chili yogurt, and baby rack of lamb marinated with saffron and vetivier root. To book a table for lunch, follow this link Contact Mint Leaf Lounge directly

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Hutong
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chinese

On the very doorstep of the Square Mile and in the heart of the ever-growing More London business district, Hutong is ideally located for business dining when a real 'wow' factor is required. A fantastic Dim Sum menu at lunch offers a healthy alternative for city types entertaining frequently! Stunning décor (resembling the hutongs or alleyways of old Beijing), first-rate northern Chinese food and discreet, professional service make Hutong the perfect place for impressing clients; for larger parties there are two private dining rooms with river views. Contact Hutong directly

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Marco Pierre White Steak & Alehouse
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House

Liverpool Street - Marco Pierre White's traditional Steak & Alehouse in the Square Mile serves a mouth-watering choice of steak cuts and a range of timeless English dishes. As well as fine steaks, the menu features grilled and roast meats, fish and classic English puddings. During the week it is perfect for client entertaining. To book a table for lunch, follow this link Contact Marco Pierre White Steak & Alehouse directly

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Cinnamon Kitchen
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian

Liverpool Street - Vivek Singh's innovative Indian cuisine is mere minutes from your office, just near Liverpool Street station, right? This unique, informal restaurant is the antithesis to same-old pub grub business lunches. Not every City restaurant has its own covered courtyard and this restaurant boasts a variety of modern concepts (including the menu). To book a table for lunch, follow this link Contact Cinnamon Kitchen directly

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Sauterelle Restaurant
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: French

Bank - This restaurant in the grand Royal Exchange is a thoroughly Gallic affair. Classic French dishes expertly prepared with rich and robust flavours. This means your corporate lunch might include lobster bisque and braised rabbit with tarragon alongside desserts like lemon tart and chocolate fondant, in addition to an extensive list of new and vintage wines. To book a table for lunch, follow this link Contact Sauterelle Restaurant directly

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Vivat Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Cellar
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: European

Farringdon - A South African-leaning restaurant with a very apparent passion for wine. That's why it was voted one of the Top 5 UK restaurants for service by Harpers & Queen/Moët & Chandon. Customers are guided to their wine choice by visiting the restaurants' cellars, plus some of London's most knowledgeable sommeliers are on hand to offer recommendations. To book a table for lunch, follow this link Contact Vivat Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Cellar directly

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Comptoir Gascon
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: French

Farringdon - Awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin, this superb French bistro specialises in fine produce from South West France. The wine list features a good range of classy French bottles which complement the fine regional French cuisine. The grilled veal onglet with red cabbage stew and mulled wine is particularly satisfying for lunch meetings. To book a table for lunch, follow this link Contact Comptoir Gascon directly

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