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Where To Have Your Next Team Dinner

16 spots for a celebratory meal with people you see every, single, day.

16 Spots
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16 Spots
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Updated December 2nd, 2021

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. And you probably can’t choose your colleagues either. Unless you’re the boss. In which case, be a good boss and take your employees out to dinner every once in a while.

Even if you’re not in charge, you may find yourself in charge of planning a team dinner outing from time to time. And whether you see a team meal as a fun activity, or simply a chance to figure out which person you’ll need to destroy to get ahead, you should pick a solid restaurant for the occasion. These restaurants are fun, suitable for groups, mostly work-appropriate, and serve food you’ll enjoy.

Here’s where to book your next team dinner.

THE SPOTS

Circolo Popolare

££££
££££ 40 - 41 Rathbone Place

Circolo Popolare is a great place to get excessively merry with your work wife / husband / codependent hot mess. A high-energy Italian restaurant that’s a total no-brainer for any kind of celebration, you’re definitely going to want to get involved in the carbonara that’s served out of a giant wheel of cheese and the XXL desserts. Chuck in a few of the fun Big Mamma cocktails and your team dinner is totally sorted.

Holborn Dining Room

££££
British  in  Holborn
££££ 252 High Holborn

If we learnt anything from Sweeney Todd it’s that even the biggest dickheads can get on board with pie. And that guy’s only marginally worse than your boss. Take the team for dinner at all-day British spot Holborn Dining Room inside The Rosewood Hotel. This place serves everything from steak tartare to half pints of Atlantic prawns, but all you really want to get involved in is the pies. This place can be expensive so it’s probably best to keep it reserved for bonus season or when the company card is due a workout.

Pearl Liang

££££
££££ 8 Sheldon Sq

Look, if you’re going to have to spend the next two hours pretending you care about your colleague’s loft conversion then you might as well as reap the rewards of rolling with a group. And what is the ultimate benefit of group dining? A heavy-duty dim sum order, of course. Pearl Liang in Paddington has a big glassy exterior that gives the illusion of business, with a vast menu of daytime and evening dim sum deals that mean you can use this meal as an excuse to try everything from the cheung fun in XO sauce to the spicy prawn wontons. Also, they have plenty of big round tables so no one on the team is going to have to awkwardly sit at the end and pretend they’re not insulted. Be sure to also check out their group set menus once you’ve satisfied that dim sum craving.

The Clarence Tavern

££££ 102 Stoke Newington Church St

Behold! The gastropub! Friend to overtly tipsy colleagues and gratin dauphinois fans everywhere. A great shout for any team that’s a glorious mix of people who want to get hammered and those who want to politely eat some slow-cooked lamb and be on their merry way, The Clarence Tavern is a pub that will cater for all. From the team behind Anchor and Hope and Canton Arms, this Stoke Newington spot may be a pub but the orange wine, burrata, and whole-fish dishes will ensure that your team dinner feels a whole lot more special than all those 5pm Friday post-work pints at Spoons. Just be sure to book ahead.

Ciao Bella

££££
PizzaPastaItalian  in  Bloomsbury
££££ 86-90 Lamb's Conduit St

Work is all about friendship born of mutual suffering. Maybe it’s having to buddy up to convince a Miranda Priestly wannabe that they really can’t return those socks without a receipt. Or maybe it’s figuring out how to get the printer to connect to your laptop. Or maybe it’s having the sheer anxiety of booking this team meal. Whatever the reason, if you weren’t able to laugh through your daily work grievances together, you probably would have quit by now—and there are few restaurants better for having a laugh in than Ciao Bella. This old school Italian in Bloomsbury doesn’t have the best Italian food in London but the portions are big, the prices are super affordable, and their outside terrace is one of the single greatest group dining spots in London.

Hoppers

££££
££££ 4 Pancras Square

Unlike all of those Zoom meetings where you just spend the entire time checking your mic isn’t on, Hoppers is never, ever boring. The £35 tasting menu includes mutton rolls, hot butter, bone marrow varuval, hoppers, and crab kari, or devilled paneer and plantain cutlets if you order the vegetarian version. Basically, it’s the kind of meal that laughs in the face of your lunchtime tuna sarnie Pret habit. The coconut spritz vacation feel and foliage really won’t hurt either.

Casa do Frango

££££
££££ 32 Southwark St

Honestly, most of your CV could loosely be defined as creative writing. You have absolutely no idea about the field you’re currently working in, so you’re looking to book somewhere that isn’t going to send the old Imposter Syndrome into overdrive. Introducing Casa Do Frango, which for all intents and purposes is a classy take on Nando’s with caipirinhas and much better chorizo and plantain packed rice. A straightforward and roomy restaurant in London Bridge, they also have a decent number of vegetarian dishes considering they specialise in piri-piri chicken, plus a meal here is unlikely to set you back more than 35 quid.

Inko Nito

££££
JapaneseKorean  in  Soho
££££ 55 Broadwick Street

If you don’t like the sound of getting drunk on on-tap nori old fashioneds, sharing kimchi rice with your work wife, witnessing that person from HR sharing all the company secrets over the sound of a huge open kitchen, licking panko chicken from your fingers, ordering a second round of kimchi rice, your boss demanding sake as soon as it’s dark, and seeing that tipsy intern declaring ‘we’re in a beautiful Japanese spaceship’ between bites of charred coconut soft serve—then you definitely shouldn’t book a table at Soho’s Inko Nito.

Dishoom King's Cross

££££
££££ 5 Stable St

You’ve been to Dishoom. Most of your team have been to Dishoom. And yes, even your dad who just discovered Snow Patrol has been to Dishoom. But there’s a reason why this modern-Indian mini-chain of restaurants is so popular. Each of their locations across London have vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free menus, as well as all of go-to dishes like prawn koliwada, curries, and lamb chops. Their King’s Cross spot is in a huge warehouse, and although you’ll pretty much always find queues at Dishoom, you can book for groups of six or more.

St. John Bread and Wine

££££
££££ 94-96 Commercial St

Turns out your team are great, you’re all doing brilliantly, and you’re going out for dinner this Thursday because, why not? Who knew work could work out so well. St John Bread and Wine is the perfect choice, so it’s a good thing you’re booked to go there and… oh and they’ve only gone and ordered the whole suckling pig. Don’t worry—there are amazing vegetarian options as well and you don’t have to get the pig if you don’t want to but, you know, it’s a team thing.

Temper Soho

££££
BBQTacos  in  Soho
££££ 25 Broadwick Street

That colleague that really loves to blast a bit of The Prodigy first thing on a Monday morning is finally leaving to torture another set of politely silent colleagues. Thank god. Book an aptly named last meal at Temper City as an ode to that poor vein on your forehead and finally being free of speaker-hogging rage. This modern barbecue restaurant in Soho is all about big, leather booths, an upbeat 90s soundtrack, and creative takes on your classic smoked meat fare, like their excellent cheeseburger tacos. There’s also a huge, six metre central fire pit. Go ahead and scream “you’re a firestarter, twisted firestarter” in your ex colleagues face, we dare ya.

Flour & Grape

££££
Pasta  in  Bermondsey
££££ 214 Bermondsey St

Your office mum is about to become a real mum for the first time. You need to make sure she gets the sendoff she deserves. After all, she’s always been much nicer about hangovers than your actual mum is. You wish she was your actual mum. Somewhere classy, carefree and comforting will fit the bill, and Flour and Grape is the place for that. The handmade pasta and simple Italian dishes will make everyone happy.

Shikumen

££££
££££ Dorsett Hotel, 58 Shepherd’s Bush Green

You just found out that not-great boss who has treated your team to one dinner in the last five years (and it was at Chicken Cottage) has been re-located to Redditch. As an added bonus, Rachel (we love Rachel) has been promoted. Time for a proper celebration and a proper team dinner at Shikumen. This large-format Chinese restaurant is a celebration-worthy spot, and one of our favourites for a group. Order the roast duck to share, a whole lot of dim sum, and plenty of drinks. This is what teamwork looks like.

Moro

££££
££££ 34-36 Exmouth Market

If your team is brimming with worldly, highly cultured, and generally overachieving individuals, consider booking your next team dinner at Moro. This restaurant was inspired by the chef’s travels around Spain and North Africa, and you can think of it as a grown up restaurant for grown up people, but without being stuffy in the slightest. It’s an excellent setting for discussing why every other department is worse than yours.

The Rail House Cafe

££££
British  in  Victoria
££££ 8 Sir Simon Milton Sq

You and your colleagues have been stuck in all-day meetings for a week straight, and you’re all in need of a stiff drink and a plate of delicious cheesecake. The Rail House Cafe in Victoria is an excellent go-to for everyone to let off a bit of steam—there’s a shiny bar and loads of sofas for your work crew to sprawl with a few cocktails, and the easy brasserie food is exactly the kind of no-fuss stuff you want after a long day.

Laughing Gravy

££££
££££ 154 Blackfriars Rd.

If you and your work crew are the type to spend every Thursday night down the local drinking the week away, it might be time to shake up your routine a bit. Head to The Laughing Gravy. The gastropub vibes mean you can trick even the most jobsworth members of your team into the building and get them to even try one or two twists on traditional dishes like a scallop and crayfish scotch egg, or something from their wildly creative dessert menu. Everyone’s stomachs will well-lined, so your team might actually be productive on a Friday for once. We said might.

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