Have you ever wanted to hold a meeting in London, but didn’t know where? This used to be a constant struggle for me. My meetings are usually very informal; I didn’t ever want to meet prospective clients in office board meeting rooms. I felt it gave off the wrong impression, and first impressions are everything!
I would like to share with you my top London meeting spots, where hopefully you can hold your meetings in future. You never know, we may even bump into each other one day in the same spot!
You’ll find this super quiet place in the heart of London. If you’re looking for great architecture and of course comfortable seats, this is the place to go! Another bonus is the building itself makes a great conversation starter, just because of how cool it looks, so meeting someone for the first time here would be less nerve-wracking! If you want to find out about all the people who have contributed to the Opera House refurbishment, their names can be seen on the way up the escalator.
Dress code: Smart
Opening hours: Ask on request of which cafe/restaurant (72 hours booking required)
Telephone: 020 7240 1200
Address: Bow St, London WC2E 9DD
If you’re looking to hold your meeting late afternoon into evening, the Hoxton Hotel is a great location. It has a cool and edgy vibe, where beards, blazers and the odd bow tie can be expected! Not only is the atmosphere fantastic but the drinks menu also goes down a treat, with the list of drinks as long as my arm!
Dress code: Casual (bow ties welcomed!)
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am – 2am (Restaurant/Bar)
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 550 1000
Address: 81 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3HU
A friend introduced me to City Social earlier this year before then I had never heard of the place! However, I am really glad I have found out about the venue. If you like The Shard, you’ll love City Social. I have been to The Shard, while the views are great, the reality is that the food is average. City Social has a restaurant at the top of the Natwest Tower, the views of the city are incredible, and the food is equally as good! My favourite part of the venue is the men’s urinals; I won’t ruin the surprise, but it is very impressive!
Dress code: Smart
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 12 pm – late, weekends: 4 pm – late (check the website for further details)
Telephone: 020 7877 7703
Address: 24th Floor, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ
If you’re not making a profit, you might want to avoid this place! However, if you’re celebrating, I would definitely recommend this bar! Not only is it a great venue, but on the left-hand side there is a small museum to check out, it would make a great talking point! The museum has artifacts from the hotel, including check-in cards from famous guests like Marilyn Monroe!
Dress code: Smart casual, no sportswear
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Telephone: 020 7836 4343
Address: The Savoy Hotel, 100 Strand, London WC2R 0EZ
If the London hustle and bustle isn’t your thing, this is a fantastic spot just to sit and relax in peace and quiet. You will literally feel as if you have been transported to a tropical oasis. Definitely a venue to visit if you’re into plants and a more natural side of things!
Dress code: Smart
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 4.00pm to 2.00am (last orders for non-residents 1.00am) Sunday from 12.00pm to 2.00am (last orders for non-residents 11.30pm) – For Mirror Bar, contact hotel for more information
Telephone: +44 20 7631 8000
Address: 222 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 6JQ