Business Lunch: Where to Go in West London
Business lunches are a great way to engage your network. Nurturing strong working relationships helps to ensure that your business is at the forefront of your client’s mind – and what better way to do it than over some food and maybe even a glass of wine!
Whilst business lunches are a staple on the menu of client services, the bills can add up. This can leave your employees covering the costs until they are reimbursed at the end of the month. With a prepaid business card, like Soldo, your employees can pay for their own business expenses, meaning that they’re not left out of pocket and the budget is put back into your control.
West London has a great reputation for showing clients the best of London’s cuisine. Here we list our favourites…
ULI, Notting Hill
Located in the fashionable Notting Hill Gate area, this light and airy restaurant offers a fresh and honest approach to Asian cuisine. The menu covers Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Singaporean dishes, so there is something for everyone.
The restaurant’s pastel colours and contemporary art create a relaxed and chic interior, whilst outside there is a perfect courtyard for the warmer months.
A perfect balance between small plates and main dishes, the ULI menu offers the best in fresh Asian cuisine. The bar serves traditional, as well as Asian wines, beers and cocktails, and there is a good selection of non-alcoholic drinks too.
No 17 Dickens Yard, Ealing
Based in vibrant Ealing, this self-styled sanctuary offers terraces and quiet corners to enjoy your business lunch. In the colder months, there are lovely fireplaces with comfortable chairs close by, providing a cosy atmosphere at No 17 Dickens Yard.
Food is cooked fresh with an emphasis on well-sourced ingredients. Whilst they are particularly fond of their Sunday roasts, you may want to keep your business lunch to a more conventional weekday. From mussels to charcuterie boards, the weekday menu is diverse, delicious and won’t break your business bank account. The brunch menu offers nearly everything you could want for breakfast, making those early morning meetings a little easier to get out of bed for.
Maggie Jones, Kensington
Maggie Jones has been a favourite with locals of Kensington for over 40 years, and with good reason. Memorable for its cosy and rustic interior, this little restaurant is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Kensington High Street.
Maggie Jones is the perfect place for a more informal business lunch, where the emphasis is on a high standard of food and friendly service. The restaurant also caters for group bookings and the classic british menu has enough variety to keep any client happy.
Min Jiang, Kensington
If you’re looking for a business lunch with a view then Min Jiang has to be top of your list in West London. Located in the Royal Garden Hotel on the 10th floor, this Chinese restaurant provides breathtaking views over Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Menu options include a wide range of Dim Sum, a variety of vegetarian options and a critically-acclaimed wood-fired Beijing Duck, in addition to an excellent array of soups and noodles. The bar offers signature cocktails as well as a range of Chinese teas and of course, a large variety of Sake.
Located in chic Brompton Cross and convenient for Chelsea, South Kensington and Fulham Road, Daphne’s offers classic Italian cuisine. The menu reflects the diversity of Italy’s regions and regularly changes according to the season.
It is a hot spot for celebrities and often plays host to events such as ‘Dog Friendly Dining’ in their stylish conservatory. If you’ve got a lot of cash to splash on your business expense card and you’re trying to impress clients with a taste for Italian food and style, Daphne’s is the place to go.
Remember to keep your receipts, because logging your staff entertainment VAT or client entertainment VAT shouldn’t get in the way of a good cocktail!
The list of London’s seafood restaurants is endless, but if you are looking for something different then Chelsea’s only Peruvian restaurant is a great option.
Chicama provides authentic menus inspired by the food found in Peru’s coastal regions. Diners can choose between vegetarian substitutes or a tasting menu for lunch whilst the kitchen offers everything you would expect of a top-class seafood restaurant. Together with Mezcal, Pisco, and Sake, the wide variety of food and drinks will be sure to get your clients talking and satisfy their appetites, just don’t forget your business credit card or prepaid card.
From the broad range of restaurants listed above, you’re sure to find a restaurant that suits your business’s entertainment expenses budget!