As one of the culinary capitals of the world, London is awash with luxurious restaurants as well as many fine gastropubs. But for those seeking something in the middle — a premium-quality but unfussy restaurant in a good location, ideal for a power lunch — there are also plenty of options. Here are our three favorite business lunch spots in the British capital.
This Covent Garden restaurant is always a popular place for a power lunch. The subterranean steakhouse is famed for its melt-in-your-mouth sirloin, T-bone, rib-eye and porterhouse cuts, along with other traditional meat treats, such as bone marrow with onions, potted beef and bacon, and beef-dripping potatoes. Hawksmoor Seven Dials also serves good seafood, including roasted scallops with white port, native lobster with garlic butter and sea bream with chili. A main course will usually set you back between $25 and $70, and an express lunch menu offers three courses for about $45. Beware: This eatery is also renowned for its tempting cocktails (like the Dandy, cognac with maraschino and Benedictine, topped with champagne), so if you have a serious, sober business meeting to conduct, you may want to select somewhere else.
Located within Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star One Aldwych, Indigo offers a calm yet chic escape in the heart of Covent Garden. There is a multi-course tasting menu available for lunch, as well as the standard à la carte menu. But business lunch visitors should opt for the former. Available noon to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, it includes a choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts, with a price of about $33 for two courses or approximately $42 for three courses. We recommend beginning with a terrine of corn-fed chicken, followed by the roasted tenderloin of Suffolk pork and concluding with coconut parfait.
A slice of central London with the flavor of southwest France, Club Gascon is a fine restaurant without any great pretensions. The pleasant and quiet interior is an ideal spot to hold a business meeting over delicious food, and there are different lunchtime options, depending on the time you have available. For those with a whole afternoon to spare, order the Le Marché menu, which changes every two to three months. It offers sublime seasonal fare — think seared wild pigeon with swede and carrot fondant, and spicy port sauce — in five courses for about $109. Alternatively, those with less than an hour to eat can choose the lunchtime special, which is two courses from the above menu for about $44.