Business and Pleasure: London


Brexit or no Brexit, London is still a global city; investors from South Korea and Hong Kong have recently bought Goldman Sachs’ and UBS’s headquarters respectively, while major corporations such Chanel have chosen to set up a global office in the capital. A raft of international hotel chains including The Westin London City, The Standard London and Hard Rock Hotel plan to open new branches in the capital in 2019, too-proving business is booming. It’s no wonder then that Forbes recently rated the UK as number one (out of 161 countries) for the second year running as the best country for business, based on factors such as innovation, taxes, infrastructure and investor protection.


If your day begins before 9 am, then head to the Riding House Café in Fitzrovia. Alone and need to be quick? Why not grab a smoothie and sit on a velvet stool at the counter? Or, if you have a morning business meeting, you can linger over smoked salmon royale, shakshuka or buttermilk pancakes. Well-spaced tables and opaque windows provide privacy. The Delaunay’s marble floor, brass fittings and high ceilings give it a sense of occasion at anytime of the day. Dining alone? Then you might want to sit at the counter and use its free Wi-Fi, while you set yourself up for the day with eggs cooked in any style you fancy. There’s lots of space between each table to give you privacy for business calls, but if you want to be sure you wont be heard, book the private dining room. Madison London is located in the centre of the city , with views of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Its rooftop terrace has secluded booths which are ideal for private discussions, and there is Wi-Fi too . The venue also has three private rooms, or counter seating at the bar if you are alone.