Business Meetings: 20 best cafes in London

Business meetings don’t always need to take place in an office, and some clients may prefer a more social business meeting venue, such as a cafe.  

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We understand it can be hard deciding on the right cafe in London for a business meeting, so we’ve listed some great options for you. All you need to worry about is deciding which one!

Timberyard, Seven Dials

Timberyard prides itself on being a welcoming, creative space for professionals to work in an inspiring environment. It’s been around since 2012 and has a loyal following in the local business community.

Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone

Conveniently located, Chiltern Firehouse is perfect for business meetings when you want a great business lunch in central London with impressive surroundings. The kitchen here receives exceptional reviews, and the glamorous decor is well suited to more formal meetings.

Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

Dalloway Terrace is in the heart of Bloomsbury, within easy reach of several major tube stations. A favourite with many of the companies located in the immediate area, this is a great setting for a social business lunch meeting. The flower walls are popular with Instagrammers and social media influencers, but don’t let this put you off. With its delicious menu, including menu options for vegetarians, and quiet dining areas, this is the perfect spot for business talk. 

The Book Club, Shoreditch

If you’re looking for something a little different and with a contemporary edge, The Book Club offers great food at reasonable prices. Here you’ll find art displays and continually changing exhibits, perfect for a talking point at any time before or after your meeting.

The Royal Exchange, Bank

Located in the heart of the City, The Royal Exchange can get fairly busy…but that is part of its charm. With excellent dining options and sleek, shiny decor, this is a safe option for any business meeting. 

Antipode, Hammersmith

This classic coffee shop is a top spot for lunch in West London. Antipode serves great modern food options and is ideal for a more casual business meeting setting.

Association Coffee, City of London

Serving speciality coffee from London’s top roasters, this is a great option for coffee-loving clients. Located in the east of the City, the menu includes more than just coffee, serving elegant teas, freshly squeezed juices and tasty pastries and cakes. 

The Ned, City of London

Despite its English-sounding name, this is a Parisian style cafe with elegant, airy spaces and an excellent lunch menu. This grand building is home to nine elegant restaurants, so you can be sure to find a meeting space to suit your needs. For the more exclusive business client meeting, The Ned hosts the private terraces and six Grade I-listed meeting rooms.

Craft London, North Greenwich

The area surrounding the O2 has come a long way. In recent years it has been transformed into a stylish destination, including a wealth of high-end bars and restaurants. Craft London is the perfect spot for a low-key business meeting. 

Grind, Farringdon

In the heart of the vibrant Exmouth Market area, Grind delivers excellent coffee, as its name implies. It’s also a top spot for a casual business lunch or meeting.

House of Morocco, Kings Cross

Perfectly located for King Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations, House of Morocco is a vibrant cafe with a delicious Middle Eastern-inspired menu. With a funky playlist to match the striking decor, this is the perfect setting for business meetings for small groups. 

Granger & Co

Granger & Co has several branches across London,  all of which are ideal for business meetings. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Granger & Co is an excellent option if you want to dine exceptionally well during client meetings. 

The New Black Coffee, East London

With three conveniently placed branches in East London, The New Black Coffee serves excellent coffee and light meals throughout the day, perfect for brief business meetings. 

Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel

The famous gallery’s refectory serves up simple meals and snacks at unbeatable prices, meaning you’ll save on entertainment expenses. Plus, when your meeting is over, you’ll be able to explore the gallery exhibits before heading back to the office. The cafe is open all day Tuesday to Sunday. 

Flotsam and Jetsam, Wandsworth

Located further south than most of the cafes in this list, Flotsam and Jetsam cafe is well worth a visit if you’re in the SW17 area. The cafe doesn’t take reservations so you might have to wait at busy times, meaning it’s better suited to smaller group meetings.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia

With two branches located in W1, this is the place to head if you or your business associates are passionate about coffee. Look out for the guest coffees for something a little different. 

Lantana Cafe, City of London

You can trust the Aussies to make excellent coffee, and Lantana is no exception. There are three branches of this Australian cafe in central London and all make great spots for daytime business meetings or lunches. 

Candella Tea Room, Kensington

The most formal and traditional venue on our list, Candella is located in the heart of Kensington and serves elegant lunches and afternoon teas. Perfect for those business clients who prefer a more luxurious business meeting location.

While this is a fantastic venue, it is more suitable for companies with a prepaid or business credit card with a high limit.

Fait Maison, Kensington

This colourful chain has branches scattered throughout Kensington and West London. The menu offers a fusion of Palestinian, Middle Easernt and Mediterranean food – who could aks for a better mix of culinary influences?!

Harris and Hoole

With various branches around London, Harris and Hoole serves excellent coffee, light meals and snacks. The atmosphere of the Harris and Hoole cafes is pretty relaxed, suitable for the more informal business meeting.

Business meetings, whether with business partners, potential clients, or staff, are an essential part of growing a company. For smaller organisations, business meetings can become quite costly, take a look at our complete guide on how to best manage your company’s entertainment expenses here.

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