Looking to make the next step in your marketing career? Looking to shake on some new business?
There are times when the impression you create is as important as what you say.
‘The business lunch’ is never simply about business. It’s as much about where you eat – and where you’re seen.
Get it right and you could be climbing up the marketing ladder. Get it wrong and you could be left eating humble pie.
Here’s a guide to the top venues in London where to impress a client, from Managing Director of Resonate PR, Michael Frolich.
Hush, 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, W1S 1EY
“There are three different areas in this venue which allow you to pick the mood or environment you need.”
J Sheekey, 28-32 St Martin's Court, WC2N 4AL
“In my opinion, it’s the best restaurant in London. It’s private and intimate and you always get good celeb spotting.”
Soho House, 40 Greek Street, London W1D 4EB
“This is members only unfortunately but its great central location makes it an easy option and it does have a certain cache especially for out of towners.”
Smiths of Smithfield, 67-77 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ
“It’s similar to Hush, with a number of different areas, but the other side of town.”
Cipriani, 23-25 Davies Street, W1K 3DE
“Old style glamour at this Italian makes it a winner if you want to totally impress”
Momo, 25 Heddon Street, W1B 4BH
“This North African favourite with its colourful cocktails and interesting wine list is a great place to get very drunk.”
Notting Hill Brasserie, 92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN
“An accomplished modern eclectic menu and civilised clientele makes this a great place for lunch - understated and personal.”
Crazy Bear 26-28 Whitfield Street, W1T 2RG
“The Thai food is excellent, but where this really scores is with its quirky bar with for after dinner – with its polished brass counter and pony-skin bar stools.”
Hakkasan, 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD
“With a reputation as the capital’s chicest Chinese eatery the food is excellent and vibe noisy and busy. It’s a great place to show off.”
Fountain Restaurant at Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1
“The refurbished Fountain Restaurant is good for a quick great lunch in splendid surroundings. The menu featured established favourites, including Fortnum’s Welsh Rarebit!”
The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB
“This café-restaurant is in the grand European tradition and continues to be a celebrity favourite. An extensive menu ranging from pastries to ‘The English’, as well as its central location makes it excellent for breakfast meetings.”
Kettners, 29 Romilly Street, W1V 6HP
“Kettners restaurant and champagne bar has served both royalty and playwrights and it’s international menu remains as popular as ever today. If you’re entertaining someone really special, there are great private rooms upstairs.”
Occo, 58 Crawford Street, London W1
“It’s a really stylish Moroccan bar and restaurant with a great vibe and amazing décor, brilliant service and incredible food. Their cocktails are also to die for.”
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