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Top 10 Best Restaurants for Hosting a Business Lunch

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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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West End
Bar / Restaurant
Afternoon Tea

This cosy oak-panelled snug at St Martins Lane hotel is the perfect place for meetings and business lunches because it is a calming sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of London's West End. Visit for an indulgent afternoon tea of savouries and fine French patisserie, and take advantage of the all-day menu including a classic Caesar salad, vegetarian wraps, and even a meze or charcuterie selection. Quiet time in Central London with a hint of refined luxury; the business!

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London Bridge & Bermondsey
Bar / Restaurant
Portuguese

Situated in Snowfield's, a two minute walk from London Bridge station, Londrino offers the perfect venue to wine and dine clients and colleagues alike. Captained by Chef Leandro Carriera, Londrino's a la carte menu gives a nod to the flavours of Portugal with an emphasis on the sea. Boasting an industrial interior, Londrino offers a relaxed and spacious restaurant with open views to the kitchen. Londrino offers two separate spaces which make the perfect backdrop for breakfast meetings or corporate lunches, with floor to ceiling windows opening up for al fresco dining in the summer.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
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.

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London Bridge & Bermondsey
Bar / Restaurant
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.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
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.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
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).

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City of London
Restaurant
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.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
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.

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City of London
Restaurant
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.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
British

113 Restaurant & Bar is a hidden gem inside the iconic Law Society building on Chancery Lane. Headed up by award-winning Chef Ranjit Salian, the seasonal menu features British classics cooked with a contemporary twist. Exclusively open for lunch, dishes such as slow cooked ox cheeks can be found on the menu, as well as honey roasted pork belly. 113 Restaurant & Bar also host a number of events including the popular Dawat evening. The traditional menu is based on Ranjit?s family recipes, as well as other regional dishes from India.

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