There are loads of great places to eat in The City of London and depending on your needs, you’ll always find something to suit you. When it comes to wining and dining clients, however, it’s important to get the balance right. You want to impress them, as well as putting them at ease and ensure there are plenty of options for them to choose from.
Here is a selection of eateries in the Square Mile that perfectly fit the bill and will help you to achieve the desired outcome from your working lunch.
While Duck & Waffle may be the perfect place for an out-of-the-ordinary date night, Sushi Samba, which occupies the two floors below it is great for entertaining clients that you want to really impress. Situated within Heron Tower on the 38th and 39th storeys, this restaurant is sure to blow their socks off. Once they have finished ogling at the 360-degree views of The City, the mix of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian food will only add to the overall impression of this wonderful eatery.
If your eye is immediately drawn to the £1,000 wagyu steak on the menu, do not panic, there are plenty of other options that are just as tempting, but perhaps not as damaging to the expenses account. Sushi Samba really is somewhere to bring top-end clients, however, there’s no way to know what they might order!
Housed within a former bank building, 1 Lombard Street fits in well with the vibe of The City and has carved a niche for itself with those working within the Square Mile. In many ways, it’s the perfect destination for taking clients, as it’s three venues in one: Lombard Street Brasserie; 1776 Restaurant; and Dome Bar. This means you can allow your guests to choose their eatery based on their tastes and even continue discussing deals in the Dome Bar once you have finished your meal.
It’s almost impossible not to be charmed by the beautiful focal point of the bar – a domed glass skylight, which really enhances the Grade II listed building. The brasserie even includes an extensive breakfast menu, meaning meetings that must be conducted in the morning can easily be accommodated, if schedules dictate.
With all the cachet of being associated with Gordon Ramsay, but without too much pretension, Bread Street Kitchen is a fairly relaxed eatery that still impresses clients. Set within a warehouse-style building with an open kitchen, wood-burning oven and raw bar, it has a trendy vibe that is underpinned with good food and a wide selection if you’re not sure what your clients will want to eat.
The inspiration for the food comes from all over the world, but the ingredients are grown locally, so the menu changes with the seasons. Bread Street Kitchen also prides itself on its choice of wines, which can be seen in the mezzanine level above the restaurant. With no fewer than two bars, there’s also plenty of cocktail action going on to add to the vibe.
There are two branches of this trendy wine bar and restaurant within The City, meaning you can opt to take clients to the one on Bow Lane or the alternative close to Leadenhall Market. Both offer an extensive range of wines and food to accompany them, so it’s brilliant if you’re trying to impress an aficionado in this area. Wines can be bought by the bottle or glass, so there’s a chance to try lots of new things.
The stylish décor and inventive menu help to add to the sophisticated atmosphere. The dining options range from delicious sharing platters to a full a la carte menu, so there’s something to meet all your client needs.
Leadenhall Market’s branch of the sustainable seafood restaurant Loch Fyne underwent a refurbishment in November 2015, meaning it is bang-up-to-date in terms of design. It’s a great place to take clients if you know they are fans of fish, with much of the produce coming directly from the restaurant’s namesake loch. From oysters to smokes fish, there’s plenty to choose from and the a la carte and set menus offer different experiences depending on the occasion and size of your group.
While Loch Fyne is a chain, it’s sometimes nice to know exactly what you’re getting and it is one that is suitable for impressing clients. The Leadenhall Market is an exciting part of The City and the restaurant’s bar area is perfect for continuing business discussions once your meal is finished.