May 12, 2015

8 places to wine, dine & talk business in London

Being the massive and diverse city London is you’d think it would be pretty easy to find a place to sit down and get things done! But sometimes the wide array of options and the city chaos just make it all the harder to choose from. So, we’ve decided to lighten up the burden for you, and treat you with a list of places you can have your meetings at, whilst enjoying a nice beverage and snack.

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Central
The Riding House Cafe
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street then be sure to slip into this gem of a cafe. If you’ve moved beyond the stage of coffee and cakes, then this is the place to be as they serve up a range of ciders, beers, and cocktails, all whilst making you feel utterly chic as you’re placed in a retro furnished/ski lodge style ambiance.

The Social
By day this is a workspace with great wifi, printing, food and drinks, and you can even get IT assistance! By night this turns into a music performance/party venue. So by all means start off with business and seal the deal with an evening boogie.

East
The Love Shake
This small shake shack lies just on the outskirts of Shoreditch. A short walk up Shoreditch High Street and you’ll indulge in proper thick ice cream shakes and hot dogs! Entering Love Shake feels a little bit like entering a hybrid of your grandmother’s living room and an American diner. If you’re looking for something a bit more quiet where you’re able to have a more down to business meeting then this is perfect. Oh, and did we forget? You get unlimited coffee refills!

The Hackney Pearl
If you’re looking to surround yourself by artists and the musically alert then you’re in luck. The Hackney Pearl is away from the chaotic city life, but home to a range of party promoters and creatives. This place knows how to whack up a tasty sandwich, and a decent coffee! It has a warm school classroom sort of set up. If you fancy moving onto a more buzzing environment with DJs and drinks on the canal side then walk a few steps down the road to Number 90 Bar & Kitchen.

West
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
Got an early start? Hop on over to Paradise where you’ll find a great breakfast menu and comfortable seats. If you’re looking for some evening entertainment, sit back, relax and come evening there’ll be some live gigs!

The Doodle Bar 
The Doodle Bar welcomes a range of creative workshops, so is definitely a place that will leave you feeling inspired. If you want to take a break from all the chit chat you can smash a few balls in a game of ping pong. End business with a smash!

South
Peckham Refreshment Rooms
Don’t let the hipsters scare you away, as this place more than makes up for them with its espresso martinis, negronis and tapas. Looks like a cafe from the outside, but is a whirlpool of imagination behind doors.

Seven at Brixton
If you want to take your minds off business and have some friendly banter, Seven has many board games to satisfy that itch. This little bar is placed within Brixton market, which means you get access to the freshest of drinks and food too!

Emma Brincat