London is among the best cities in the world to conduct business.
Almost all of the globe’s corporate powerhouses have a base in the English capital. Everyone from HSBC to Microsoft to Google to British Airways has an office in the heart of London. It is one of the most happening places on the planet and companies want to have a presence here, making it a great place to do business.
Whether you are a large multinational or a smaller organisation, you will no doubt be conducting business meetings in London on a regular basis. Once the presentations, seminars and discussions are over for the working day, it is time to unwind and the capital has an endless amount of swanky bars and restaurants to wine and dine clients.
But where to choose in this cavalcade of wonderment? It needs to be somewhere where your clients, who may take many London city breaks, will bestow you as the guru of good times but also a classy establishment to still maintain that business edge.
After having a day filled with meetings, clients may be sick of the sight of the City and venturing further out could be a great decision. Here are our pick of the best bars and restaurants for entertaining clients.
L’Anima – Spitalfields
Shoreditch is one of the most up and coming areas in London. Attracting the hippest hipsters around, it is a major departure from the corporate environment that many clients are used to seeing day in day out. Tucked away in this corner of the capital is Italian restaurant L’Anima.
Owned by designer Claudio Silvestrin, this hidden secret of Shoreditch is a must for those debriefings after work hours. Time Out recommends the beef tagliata on a marrow bone pillar while for the vegetarian there is the tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and truffles. These exquisite dishes are complemented by a fine array of wine and why not finish or with a nice aperitif?
The best thing about Shoreditch is that there are plenty of places around to explore once L’Anima closes its doors.
Callooh Callay – Old Street
If you’re looking for something much more laid back from your post-work wind down then Shoreditch is your destination once again. In the Old Street area you will find Callooh Callay, a real chilled venue with a penchant for excellent cocktails.
This bar boasts a Lewis Carroll/Victoriana theme and a range of cocktails that can not be beaten. Despite some pretty suspect names such as ‘Storm in a Thai Cup’ and ‘Swizzle Dee, Sizzle Dum’ they really are delicious and a nice change from the usual beer or wine fare.
There is a range of bar snacks such as sliders and mini sandwiches so if you’re feeling a bit peckish, all bases are covered.
Be at One Guildhall – Gresham Street
Staying in the City there is Be at One Guildhall on Gresham Street. Just a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral this a haven for anyone that enjoys a cocktail. The bar has a huge menu of 160 different mixes and has become a big hit with workers who like to have a relaxing drink after a long day in the office.
Whether your tipple be a Side Car, Screaming Orgasm, Diablo, Brazilian Monk or Breakfast Monk there will definitely be something that hits all the right notes when it touches the back of your throat.
Grand Union Chancery Lane – Chancery Lane
A short walk from the famous Fleet Street, Grand Union Chancery Lane is yet another one of London’s hidden gems for cocktails. Popular for staff parties, the bar is within easy reach of Chancery Lane Underground station making it the perfect destination for a few cool-down drinks after a long day of meetings.
Whether it is for food or just a few casual drinks, Grand Union Chancery Lane has everything covered. Even better is that between 4pm and 8pm every day, cocktails are just £5 – what is there not to like?
Those feeling peckish can pick from the various burgers, pizzas, ribs and snacks the bar offers.
The Attic at Pan Peninsula – Canary Wharf
If you’re looking to really impress your clients then The Attic at Pan Peninsula is the place for you. This champagne and cocktail bar sits in the heart of Canary Wharf and provides 360-degree views of the city’s skyline. This lavish bar has a range of cocktails which you can enjoy in a totally unique surroundings.
Fancy something to eat? Well, The Attic has you covered with a selection of platters you can share between a group. They include options such as fish, pizza, vegetarian and meat, or there are a range of bar snacks that will perfectly compliment that glass of champagne or cocktail you are supping while looking out on to the rest of London.