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The Best London Restaurants to Impress Your Colleagues

If you need to impress one (or 10) of your colleagues with a snazzy dinner, then consider yourself lucky to be living in London. The capital offers a multitude of options that cater to even the most discerning tastes. Want fine dining, authentic street food, pub grub or a specific cuisine? London has you covered.

There is just about every culinary delight under the sun available in the Big Smoke, set in restaurants that convey a traditional setting to down-right whacky. Enjoy lunch on the canal, get the best views in the city as you chow down or dine in a ball pit. Everything is possible.

And so we have put together restaurants that will impress your colleagues, whether you’re organising the office party, looking for chilled after-work spot, or want to impress clients.

Restaurants to Impress.. With a View

Duck and Waffle

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If you’re after some of the best views of London while chowing down, you can’t go wrong with Duck and Waffle. Just make sure that you book your work meal about three months in advance, as it’s always busy. The menu includes duck and, erm, waffle, amongst a few other dishes, but take it from us; the food is delish.

Address: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

Hutong at The Shard

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

Has the boss given you a big budget for the team shindig? Or perhaps you are the boss and want impress the team? Either way, the lavish Hutong restaurant might be your preferred option. They serve Northern Chinese food and just so happen to be located in The Shard, which means the views of the skyline are so good that you might even forget to eat.

Address: 33: The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY

OXO Tower Restaurant

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

The iconic OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie (to give it its full name) first opened in 1996 and has been a favourite with Londoners ever since. There is a 250-foot terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows that make sure you won’t miss the spectacular views across the Thames, no matter where you are sitting.

Address: Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

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Frenchie Covent Garden

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

Did someone say “delish”? Frenchie Covent Garden is described as a modern French brasserie by its very own creator, Greg Marchand. There is an a la carte dinner menu, as well as a tasting menu for those who want to sample a little bit of everything.

Address: 16 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH

Zuma

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

Head to Knightsbridge for some of the finest Japanese cuisine in London. The menu is a twist on the traditional Japanese Izakaya style of informal eating and drinking with an authentic take. Dishes can either be shared or enjoyed individually.  

Address: 5 Raphael St, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DL

Escocesa

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

Scottish seafood, on its way to Spain, via Stoke Newington. And that is Escocesa in a nutshell, a Spanish restaurant that serves scrumptious seafood in traditional settings. There is also a fine cocktail menu, because what work-do doesn’t end up with an alcoholic beverage or two?

Address: 67 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AR

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Westerns Laundry

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

Westerns Laundry has daily menus, which they display quite magnificently on their Instagram page. Oh, and there’s some fantastic wine on the menu too. In fact, this gem in Highbury does a great job of offering small, light sharing plates with natural wines. A win-win.

Address: 34 Drayton Park, Highbury East, London N5 1PB

Humble Grape

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

From the minute you walk inside of Humble Grape, you’re very aware of the fact that this is indeed a place to drink wine, with the food almost coming secondary. The name does give it away. There are over 400 artisan wines, and it also happens to be dog friendly, so bring along the office pup.

Address: 11-13 Theberton St, London N1 0QY

Red Lion and Sun

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

Not only is Red Lion and Sun known for serving delicious dishes; it’s also won an award for the exceptionally high quality of its wine. Features include two beer gardens, wood burning fire, lots of whisky, a changing daily menu and, of course, a great wine list.

Address: 25 North Rd, Highgate, London N6 4BE

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Made in Brasil

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

Brazil may be a 14-hour flight, but that shouldn’t bother you - especially as you can enjoy authentic samba vibes in Camden, North West London. The colourful restaurant is equally adept at catering for large parties or one-on-one dinners.  Visit during lunch and enjoy a reduced set menu, or head there on a Friday evening for a live DJ and as many Caipirinhas as you can manage.

Address: 12 Inverness St, Camden Town, London NW1 7HJ

Comedor Grill and Bar

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

From Brazil to Argentina, and Camden to Islington, Comedor Grill and Bar serves some of the finest South American steak cuts in London. Take your colleagues on a Monday night, where the menu is half price. The restaurant has been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

Address: 176 Upper St, London N1 1RG

Ariana II

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

The menu includes kebabs, curries, and many original specials at this delightful Afgan restaurant in Kilburn. With only two main courses that cost more than £10, taking your colleagues here will mean that budgets are still well intact. Trouser buttons may not be, however.

Address: 241 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 7JN

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The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

A ball pit cocktail bar with one million balls, you say? Retro sweets and bottomless pizzas, too? What type of sorcery is this? Fear not, as there is no wizardry involved - just one of London’s most fun and funky bars that acts as the perfect tonic for a fun-filled night out with your colleagues.

Address: 97-113 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3BS

The Blues Kitchen

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

Live DJs and bands every night, a fine selection of whisky and other drinks and great food make Blues Kitchen the perfect spot for enjoying a lively night out with your colleagues. They even have private party spaces, which will do wonders for burilding up that team bonding.

Address: 111-113 Camden High St, Camden, London, NW1 7JN

Sketch

The Best Restaurants in London to Impress Your Colleagues

The East Bar and Pods at Sketch is the place to be to have a seriously fun night out with your colleagues. With a venue housed in an 18th-century townhouse in Mayfair, unique decorations, and lively vibes, you really can’t go wrong. It’s almost worth going for the Pod toilets alone.

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

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So, there you have it - some of the capital’s best places to grab a bit with your colleagues. Which ones excite you the most, and have we left any off the list that you can recommend? Let us know in the comments below. 

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