Entertaining and Networking in London

Building great relationships is key to business success, but often entails offsite meetings, entertaining and networking; with so many venue choices in London, it can be hard to know where to choose. Amy Foreman, Executive Assistant to Matrix CEO, Charlie Bradshaw, is no stranger to finding the best London venues and has pulled together her top recommendations…

Best Meeting Room

Wallacespace Covent Garden is the perfect venue for an offsite meeting be it strategy day, creative thinking time or staff training. They offer a range of meeting room sizes, break out spaces for refreshments, and seasonal, well-balanced menus for breakfast and lunch which provide healthy ‘brain food’ to prevent that 3 pm slump. With 4 locations across London, each building has a slightly different feel and theme, catering to all needs. Just make sure you book up early, as availability can be limited.

Best Hotel

Kettner’s Townhouse: Soho House members will be familiar with this hotel, situated in a beautiful Georgian building in the heart of Soho with each room individually designed offering vintage luxury. With a restaurant and champagne bar, Kettner’s is a fantastic choice for mid-week accommodation, offering a choice of room sizes from tiny to big, rates start at £225 for non-members. There is even the chance to while away an evening in the lounge, drinking traditional cocktails and listening to a live pianist. Having completed an extensive two-year refit in February, the hotel’s French boutique interior is looking better than ever.

Best Restaurant

Portland: having won a Michelin star in 2016 Portland is a Marylebone favourite for quality modern British cuisine. With a regularly changing a la carte menu, ensuring seasonal ingredients, many of the dishes are suitable for sharing which makes Portland an excellent lunch choice. For a more formal business dinner, there is also a private dining room with a capacity of 16 people. The versatile wine list is reasonably priced and there is also a rare ‘single bottle list’ for those big occasions. The service is exceptional and offering recommendations based on your tastes.

Networking Events  

Supper Club is an exclusive membership community for Founders and CEOs of high growth businesses. Rather than the usual networking events, where many people attend with the intention to sell, Supper Club facilitates a network of like-minded individuals who can share their experiences in business. Made up of over 450 entrepreneurs and with offices in 56 countries, Supper Club covers topics from company culture to business structure, personal development and economic challenges. The networking lunches and dinners are invaluable, giving members the opportunity to sit next to someone who works in their sector. Not all events are members only, so there is also the chance to pay for other colleagues to attend on a one-off basis.