Picking a suitable venue for your meeting can be vital. You may have put the hours in on your presentation, but you want to be sure to find an environment which puts both you and anyone you meet at ease.
Choosing a venue is far more difficult than simply finding the nearest breakfast bar. Not only does your venue have to be clean and comfortable, but you may require Wi-Fi facilities and a relatively quiet space, not to mention an exceptional cup of coffee.
After disembarking from the Caledonian Sleeper at Euston, it is a short walk to The Booking Office, found in what was originally the ticket hall at St Pancras station. The Victorian grandeur of the building is mirrored by a vast breakfast menu, which ranges from pancakes and mueslis to an a la carte champagne breakfast. The contemporary takes on British classics are equally worthy of your attention.
Should you wish to hold a larger event, there is scope for private functions between 10-80 people, or the option to take over the entire space. Those of a certain vintage may also recognise the opulent surroundings as the venue for The Spice Girls’ debut video, Wannabe.
Just ten minutes’ walk from the Caledonian Sleeper at Euston is Hotel Russell, one of London’s best-preserved Victorian hotels. Conference facilities are available for groups between 2-90 people strong, with suites capable of hosting even greater numbers, should you so require. An elegant and expansive breakfast is served from 7am, with exceptional coffee.
If you are looking for something a little left-field after your journey on the Caledonian Sleeper, the breakfast options at Dishoom are well worth further exploration. With a restaurant 20 minutes’ walk from Euston, the restaurant draws influence from across the Middle-East and Asia, producing fascinating takes on the cooked breakfast. From Sausage or Bacon Naan, to Bombay omelettes, to never-ending Iranian porridge, there are few more interesting options in the city.
The Riding House Cafe may well be the trendiest breakfast eatery in London’s West End, regularly hosting a mix of the brightest and best, and just a short hop from Goodge Street Tube Station. The early morning food options offer an exceptional take on the classics, with the eggs benedict and pork and beans particular highlights. For those who require a natural energy boost to start their day, there are also a number of zesty smoothies on offer. The Racer (chocolate, espresso and banana) comes particularly highly recommended.
While the main café is the perfect space for a breakfast meeting, there is also the option of seating up to 14 in The Stables, a private dining space.
Just north of Bank Tube station is Hawksmoor Guildhall, the venue called “the best power breakfast in London” by GQ magazine. Breakfast options range from grains and yoghurts to a breakfast platter for two, the bigger brother of the full English. If you’ve got a particularly hearty appetite you can tuck into an artisan mix of specialist sausages, chops, beans and vegetables, not to mention unlimited toast. Hawksmoor Guildhall also run an excellent Twitter page, mixed with recipes, competitions and some lively life lessons, which is well worth your attention.
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