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Group Dinner in London - Need Help

Need a dinner place in London for a group of 10. It's a business dinner but with a fun group - and one that knows food and wine well. Several of us are USA based and several UK based. We want reasonably high end, but not stuffy. I have spent some time on the boards and could use some further help. Our office is in the City but we can travel a bit for the dinner (1/2 hour?). Here are some of the possibles I have - a mixed bag I know. Are these good options? What others might be suitable? Thanks

Texture
Bocca di Lupo
Brawn
Sketch
Pollen St Social
St John
Zucca

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  1. I quite like Magdalen on Tooley Street for this kind of dinner. A lot of great British ingredients, fine cooking and a really well-chosen wine list. Close to the City, but out of the way enough that it is usually easy to get a reservation for 10 people.

    Service is unobtrusive and very flexible. On one occasion I had to change the number of diners and the arrival time several times and the service was still perfect. Not recommending you do that of course, as they try to stagger the large parties to keep the kitchen working smoothly.

    1. I'd say you have an excellent short list there- I have been to all of those apart from texture and would rate all highly. It really depends what kind of place you want, you mention it's business but not formal. Brawn is probably my favourite on your list but it is definitely on the casual side (there wouldn't be many suits) and its also a little out the way (with a ten minute or so walk through some of londons less salubrious areas likely). Bocca is another favourite of mine and could be a good option as its a nice balance between buzzy and formal - always some interesting stuff on the menu. St John is obviously legendary but whether it is suitable would depend on whether you group would enjoy a very stark environment and quite uncompromising food. Zucca is also great - you cant really go wrong with any of those that you list so I would just go for whatever fits your location and budget! Hope you enjoy wherever you go.

      1. Have you considered Les Trois Garcons?.
        It's very handy for the city and they have the chefs table which is a private room for 10.

        http://wordpress.lestroisgarcons.com/...

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        1. re: Paprikaboy

          Have had an exceptional business group meal at Bocca.

        2. I've had my eye on Duck & Waffle for a while. Based in the City and sounds gloriously trashy (in a good way). Defo sounds more fun that straight laced (foie gras all day breakfast... what's not to like?)

          J

          1. Les Deux Salons in Covent Garden has a table at the back of the restaurant which I have had a few business lunches/dinners at - you still get the buzz but have the space for a large group.

            Brawn is currently by far my favourite restaurant but not sure it would be right for a group of 10 for a business dinner (I'm sure you will be well behaved but a group of 10 city workers aren't necessarily the most welcome group at the minute :) - not to stereotype you or anything!).

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            1. re: pj26

              Sorry, forgot, also Hix on Brewer Street. You could get a table in the downstairs bar before and then decamp to the private room. They do various 'feast menus' from £50/head including a suckling pig, an oyster and chop one, a seafood feast, veal, game...

              Have just organised someone's 40th there so we are yet to do it and therefore can't comment on how it actually is...but the service so far has been fab. And have drunk/eaten/mostly drunk ;) there before and it's a bit of a crowd pleaser, which is what you want for these kinds of occasions.

            2. thanks for the input so far - but slight change of plans. there is a guest of honor of sorts, and he has asked that we go French. I have heard good things about Otto's Restaurant - any feedback on that, or other ideas if we are going french?

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              1. re: vchipp

                Sketch is French and you have had two good French recommendations already upthread (the clue is in their names).

                1. re: vchipp

                  Obviously in a big city like London you won't be short of French options.

                  But City ways in particular try Morgan M or Cafe du Marche nr smith fields mkt.

                  Morgan M flies under the radar but does very good haute French with excellent veggie options a bonus. CdM is a bit more casual and a City classic, but again as French as a garlic snail baguette with foie gras on top.

                  Also consider bistro Bruno in the zetter. Really really executed turbo charged bistro classics.

                  All the best

                  J

                  1. re: Jon Tseng

                    Early a.m. - read that as 'really executed turbot.' Which, come to think of it, is what I ate there, and it was turbo charged. :-) I love that place.

                    1. re: zuriga1

                      lol. reminds me of my turbot execution story. went and got a live turbot from the Seewoo greenwich fish tanks. stuck it in the bag assuming it would be expired by the time I got home. get back - need to cook birthday dinner for mum. turbot still flapping. presumably one is supposed to whack it or something - easier said then done when its covered in this, knife resistant slimy skin! :-x

                      1. re: Jon Tseng

                        I'm glad I read this after finishing my dinner.