How to enjoy a working lunch in London
There was once a time when a working lunch meant bringing a plastic-wrapped sandwich and a polystyrene cup of coffee back to your desk and hoping you didn’t spill it all over your paperwork! But today, things are very different. You are likely to have everything you need on a laptop, so all that remains to do is find a place with free, fast Wi-Fi, and you can complete you work while waiting for a tasty lunch to be brought to your table.
What to look for in a café or restaurant:
- Plug sockets so that you can still get your work done if your laptop runs out of charge.
- Free, fast Wi-Fi.
- Loud music and lots of small children are not conducive to work!
- Quick service so that you can make it back to the office for that all-important meeting.
Five places to eat your working lunch:
- At Peyton & Byrne at the British Library, your fellow diners are likely to be academics enjoying their own working lunches. Try seasonal salad bowls and stir-fries, or treat yourself to tea and cake.
- Bean & Hop in Earlsfield has fast Wi-Fi and spacious tables for working as well as plenty of plug sockets. Gourmet pizzas and slow-cooked lamb are just some of the items on the menu.
- In the summer, many enjoy working outdoors at The Towpath Café in Hoxton. Overlooking the Union Canal, this eatery lets diners enjoy freshly cooked Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine.
- For those wanting a healthy lunch, look no further than Shoreditch’s Barber and Parlour. If you need to look extra smart for an afternoon meeting, you can also make use of the grooming parlours on the site.
- The Café @ Foyles in Charring Cross Road is situated on the fifth floor of a bookshop, which will hopefully inspire you to work! Enjoy a full meal, or if you are short of time, try one of their quiches or soups.