As a PA you will always have to book restaurants on behalf of your boss for client lunches, drinks or breakfast meetings. Whether this be five times a week or twice a month, it’s always good to have a selection of places to suggest and as back-ups, which is where we come in! We’ve compiled a list of our favourite restaurants in and around Mayfair that we hope will give you some inspiration. We’ve chosen 5 formal places to really impress top clients, and 5 less formal for something a little more relaxed.
Cecconi’s – Burlington Gardens
Part of the Soho House group, this stylish Italian restaurant and bar has a buzzing atmosphere and modern, chic décor that makes it the perfect spot for a relaxed but impressive lunch. In the summer try and secure a table outside where your boss and his client can enjoy their meal in the sunshine whilst admiring the Ferraris and fashionistas.
The Wolseley – Piccadilly
My favourite! Situated next to The Ritz, this is one of London’s trendiest restaurants. Having closed down for a major revamp for its tenth anniversary, the big black doors have reopened and invited us back in to the grand dining room which remains as fashionable and popular as ever. This is an all-round great restaurant with something to suit all tastes, and not only for lunch, they also do a delicious breakfast and a quintessentially British afternoon tea.
Nobu – Berkeley Street
If your boss really wants to impress then book them a table at Nobu where they can enjoy Japanese-Peruvian creations such as the signature black cod and mouthwatering Wagyu beef. Dining here is a very exciting and indulgent experience which is enjoyed by businessman and celebrities alike. There’s a very cool bar downstairs where they can move to after lunch if they don’t feel like heading straight back to the office.
Boulestin – St James’s
The original Boulestin was one of the most expensive restaurants in London when it opened, but this isn’t what the luxury French bistro wanted to recreate. With its high ceilings, crisp white tablecloths and rich French food, it’s ideal for business lunches and client entertaining. There’s a private dining room which can cater for networking events, corporate lunches and working breakfasts, and Café Marcel, a smaller brasserie which offers lighter dishes and a more informal atmosphere.
Pollen St. Social – Pollen Street
‘A contemporary bistro offering deformalised fine dining’ is what this restaurant claims to be, with its smart interior that’s welcoming rather than pretentious and an intriguing menu offering inventive combinations of flavours and textures inspired a lot by chef Jason Atherton’s travels. As well as the dining room there’s also a tapas bar and a dessert counter. They offer a great value set lunch menu as well.
Aubaine – Heddon Street
This is a team Tiger favourite! Perfectly positioned away from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street and with its cosy atmosphere and friendly staff, this is a great location for a morning coffee or more casual lunch, especially in the summer when you can soak up the rays sitting in the square outside. We would highly recommend the calamari, it’s fantastic!
Automat – Dover Street
Clare’s favourite! If it’s American comfort food your boss is after then this all-day New York style diner is a definite go-to with classics for breakfast and lunch such as buttermilk pancakes, burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese. You can choose an intimate booth or there’s a lovely bright and airy conservatory at the back, it’s a great fun place for a larger group, and make sure everyone goes hungry as the portions are enormous!
Goodmans – Maddox Street
This New York inspired steakhouse is a step up from Gaucho and a real men’s lunch place. The staff are welcoming and friendly which together with the comfortable leather booths and dark interior make it a very inviting and satisfying place to enjoy a long lunch, not forgetting the perfectly cooked steaks and a top dessert menu. It’s a great place for dinner too with a good wine list.
Franco’s – Jermyn Street
David’s favourite! This is a favourite with the locals around St James’s, you’ll see the regulars sitting outside religiously for their morning coffee or post-lunch drink and cigar with various clients and contemporaries. The staff are very friendly and always know who you are if you go frequently so make sure you mention your boss’s name when reserving a table as they’ll often keep some aside. It’s in a great location as well (right next to the Tiger offices!) making it a convenient stop off on the way to or way home from work and meeting point for an easy, friendly lunch.
Central & Co – Great Marlborough Street
This is an excellent location if you’re looking for somewhere with a casual but stylish vibe in the midst of bustling Soho. The modern décor has a classic twist with marble tables, brass chandeliers, large mirrors and large double front doors that make the space light and refreshing. Even more refreshing is the cocktail list in the bar downstairs which is a great spot for after work drinks, they do a good selection of small plates as well if you’re looking for something very casual. They also have a good breakfast menu and the coffee is fantastic, and some good classics on the main menu for lunch or dinner. The atmosphere, location and style of Central & Co is definitely one of the highlights and it will be a popular choice for more informal business lunches, especially for the media types working in the area.
If there’s anywhere you think really should be on this list then please let us know and we’ll add it on, it can become the top go-to restaurant guide for London’s top PAs!
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