27th October 2020

Business Meeting? Travel Safely

Under the recently introduced Tier 2 restrictions, there are a range of rules for Londoners to try and keep people safe this winter. In the latest blog from our ‘London Is Our LocAL’ series, we’re sharing some suggestions around a permitted pleasure – a business meeting in a restaurant.

Under the rules, you can break away from the desk or your dining room table to meet face-to-(masked) face with teammates, clients and business partners over a meal.

While of course these need to be conducted in a socially-distanced way, there’s a lot to be said for a meeting over a meal in one of the capital’s many fine restaurants. After the events of 2020, we know that social interaction is good for us.  Conversation and dining – sensibly done – lubricate many a business relationship. And supporting London’s eateries is good for the capital’s economy.

So, with responsibility uppermost in our minds, we’ve put together a list of our favourite London restaurants for a business meeting. And what better way to get there safely than in an Addison Lee?

Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone

The initial hype around Chiltern Firehouse may have died down, but it won’t disappoint. The building is still as impressive, the interiors will still charm, and the service should always be excellent and even interesting – apparently the waiters are picked for their personality! Chiltern Firehouse is a great option for an early morning breakfast meeting, as well as a working lunch.

Dishoom

With five locations across London, you’re never too far from a Dishoom. No matter which one you end up in, you can trust that it will have delicious, home-style Indian cooking and glamourous interiors. With a menu built with small plates, the food is designed to be shared (carefully) and the staff will always guide you through the menu, offering up their favourite dishes for you to try.

Sweetings, EC4

We wouldn’t want to speculate how many important decisions have been taken in Sweetings – a city institution providing the freshest fish and best bubbles to the square mile for over 100 years. Get a socially-distanced seat at one of the counters and enjoy the Guinness from a pewter tankard with oysters and discuss those critical calls with your colleagues in one of London’s most atmospheric settings.

Rochelle Canteen, Shoreditch

Rochelle Canteen may not sound like the ideal place for a working lunch or business meeting – it’s in the converted bike shed of an old school. But you’ll need to trust us on this one. Located in Shoreditch, Rochelle Canteen has the ability to make you forget that you’re in London, with its quaint setting. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu changes daily so you’re always guaranteed a fresh experience.

Mildred’s, Soho

Mildred’s is located on Lexington Street in Soho and the menu is 100% meat free. The setting is the perfect mix of smart and casual and the food is homely and comforting.

Many of us have been working from home for what seems like a lifetime now, but it’s hard to forget the benefits of a face-to-face meeting. If you do decide to book a business lunch, please remember to travel safely and wear a mask. Addison Lee can get you to and from meeting in a COVID secure environment. Book your next online or through the app

Find out about our Safer Journey Initiative here.

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