Business Lunch: Where to go in East London

With so much choice and some of the world’s finest food on your doorstep, eating out in London is a treat. However, finding the perfect restaurant to impress business clients takes a little more research. 

While business lunches may be a necessity, they can be costly for employees, especially when having to wait until the end of the month to be reimbursed for expenses. With a Soldo prepaid company card, business owners can load funds and set budgets for when these occasions arise. Employees are left worry-free about submitting expense claims and businesses have more control over company spending

The only tricky part now is choosing a restaurant from the incredible list that we’ve compiled for you!

Roka, Canary Wharf

Roka is a contemporary Japanese restaurant right in the heart of Canary Wharf. Serving delicious robatayaki cuisine for a taste of modern Japan, this restaurant is sure to impress your clients or colleagues. Book a table overlooking Canada Square, perfect for talking business in a stylish setting over lunch.

The Folly, Bank

A unique mix of quirky cocktails, seasonal food and botanical-inspired décor, The Folly is an ideal place to entertain your business guests in London. Ideally situated near Monument, Bank and Cannon Street underground stations, it’s easy to get to, and with the warm welcome, the staff will make your lunch a breeze.

Duck & Waffle, Bishopsgate

There are few restaurants with a better view than the Duck & Waffle! High above the financial district, the Duck & Waffle is a sociable place day or night, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or even a late-night snack. Forty floors up in the Heron Tower, you are guaranteed a spectacular view of the world beneath, to impress clients and staff alike.

Don’t forget to keep a record of your receipts, because logging your staff entertainment VAT or client entertainment VAT shouldn’t get in the way of a good lunch!

Bright, Hackney

Bright in Hackney is a much-talked-about current venue, very much of the moment. Effortlessly cool, it attracts a contemporary crowd. The décor is stripped right back, allowing for a modern setting for your business lunch needs. 

Lahpet, Shoreditch

If you’re keen to give your clients a taste of something new and different, book a table at Lahpet. One of just a handful of restaurants in the Capital specialising in Burmese cuisine, this food may be new to your guests’ palette. Since opening its doors in 2018, Laphet has welcomed diners to its relaxed yet classy interior, serving tasty Myanmar menus.

The Hoxton Grill, Hoxton

For a taste of Chicago in the middle of East London, visit the Hoxton Grill. Tuck into all-American favourites in this uncomplicated venue that opens late. This no-nonsense menu and no-pretention atmosphere will help your party relax and unwind with a choice of classic drinks and recipes that combine tradition with modern style.

St John’s Restaurant, Barbican

For something a little special, bring your prepaid or business credit card and book a table at St John’s. Crisp white linen and Scandi-inspired décor allow the focus to remain on the Michelin-starred menu where guests can indulge in sophisticated surroundings. Born of a passion for food and wine from its founders, St John’s combines expertise and knowledge with a desire to share. 

If you’re wondering how to get the best out of entertaining clients and would like to have a better understanding as to why it should be an essential part of your business, you can check out our entertainment expenses guide here.

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