Where can I take a business client who doesn’t drink in London?
Entertaining clients and drinking alcoholic beverages usually go hand in hand, but what about clients who don’t drink? There are many other ways to entertain clients and build strong business relationships.
London offers a host of great opportunities for entertaining business clients. When entertaining clients, one of the best ways to manage company expenses is with a prepaid business card, such as Soldo.
Soldo prepaid company cards allow staff to have the flexibility of entertaining clients without having to use their personal funds or worry about exceeding company entertainment expenses.
Check out the following entertainment ideas for a perfect alcohol-free, day or evening with clients.
London Shuffle offers shuffleboard, Shoreditch style. This is a game of strategy and skill, with a tasty handmade pizza on the side. Opt for floor or table versions of the game (the floor version is like a mashup between curling and ten pin bowling) and enjoy the Shuffle Brunch while you play.
Go to a concert at the Barbican
The Barbican is one of the jewels in London’s cultural crown. With an exciting programme of film, art and music, you can take in a classical lunchtime concert with the London Symphony Orchestra or enjoy an Italian afternoon tea at the highly-rated Osteria restaurant.
Experience immersive cinema
Backyard Cinema transports viewers to another world, focused on their favourite movies. Enjoy a genuinely scary fright night, go on a mission to Mars or indulge in a Greatest Showman sing-along screening. Whatever your taste in cinema, this immersive experience brings it alive.
Sip on London’s best mocktails at Redemption Bar
London is full of exclusive bars, but why should client hospitality always be at the expense of your health? At the Redemption Bar, you can indulge in delicious plant-based food that is vegan, sugar-free and wheat-free, while enjoying the best booze-free bar in the Capital. It’s a perfect opportunity for you and your clients to indulge guilt-free!
Treat your client to a West End show
London’s theatreland is the envy of the world. The West End is alive with glittering hit shows that everyone wants to see; none more so than the incredible Lion King. The live hit musical based upon the much-loved Disney movie is a riot of colour, spectacle and those brilliant Elton John songs. A great way to treat your client to an unforgettable evening.
Enjoy some laughter therapy
London has some of the best comedy clubs in the business, so why not enjoy some laughter therapy at the Covent Garden Comedy Club. There’s always a star-studded line-up plus surprise guests and a great atmosphere.
Don’t forget to keep your receipts, because logging your staff entertainment VAT or client entertainment VAT shouldn’t get in the way of a good laugh!
Experience a burlesque show
Burlesque is a smart, sophisticated and sexy way to entertain your clients. The House of Burlesque offers everything from a Burlesque Brunch to an evening of stockings, feathers and femme Fatales in venues all over London including the iconic Cafe de Paris.
Indulge in afternoon tea
If you’re entertaining international clients, there’s nothing more British than taking them out for afternoon tea. Head for one of London’s luxury hotels or indulge in the Harrods Tea Rooms. Under a stunning glass skylight, you’ll enjoy indulgent cakes and pastries, delicious sandwiches and teas blended by Harrods own Tea Tailor.
Explore the Tate at night
Tate’s galleries are some of the most famous art galleries in the world. However, a nighttime visit to Tate Britain’s collection of British art or Tate Modern’s incredible Turbine Hall is an experience not to be missed. With an ever-changing programme of music, discussions and events, these iconic galleries offer visitors a new perspective when the sun goes down.
Take a boat ride to remember
Why take a leisurely cruise up the Thames when you can enjoy the ultimate boat experience at 740 hp? This fleet of RIB boats delivers an adrenaline-packed experience, either with or without commentary, that will give your clients a whole new perspective on the capital city. Just remember to hold on tight!
Treat your client at the chocolate restaurant
Rabot 1745 brings cocoa centric dining to London with a range of inventive dishes that use the roasted cocoa bean as a delicious and subtle spice. Indulge in salted caramel hot chocolate or cocoa shell and mint infusion while feasting on dishes from the Caribbean, West Indies and Britain and enjoy the full bean to bar experience. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options too, so you can be sure there’ll be something to suit any client who loves chocolate.
Play a game of extreme darts
Flight Club brings you darts reinvented for the 21st century. With interactive games for up to 20 players, social darts is a great way to play. Enjoy a No-jito as you step up to the oche for a game, or order a delicious sharing plate without missing a throw thanks to the digital ordering system.
Experience the cat cafe
If you know your client is crazy about cats, why not visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe. Rated excellent by over a thousand satisfied visitors, this is the ultimate experience for your ailurophile clients. Enjoy a drink, a cake, or a full high tea in the Alice In Wonderland themed tea rooms surrounded by a host of beautiful felines that you’re welcome to stroke.
Enjoy a game of ping pong
Your US clients will feel right at home at Bounce, London’s best ping pong cafe. Opt to play a few games of traditional table tennis or try the new Wonderball table that transforms ping pong into a giant computer game.
Spoil your client at London’s best spas
For the ultimate client pampering experience, ESPA Life at Corinthia London is the next generation of luxury set in a beautiful and iconic space. ESPA life uses a holistic approach to wellbeing, bringing together treatments and expert practitioners for the ultimate spa experience. Just make sure your business expense card is loaded with enough funds to cover the costs of this luxurious experience!
The above are just some of the many places London has on offer for entertaining clients, and whether they drink or not, you’re sure to have a great time. However, entertaining clients can become quite costly if they are not closely monitored. For some helpful advice, take a look at our complete guide on how to best manage your company’s entertainment expenses here.