Mortons is one of my favourite places to have lunch with clients, meet journalists or simply enjoy a relaxing meal. It's a private members' club, but the fees are very reasonable.
Built as an elegant townhouse in 1823, it's been a private club for more than 75 years. It was recently bought by the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation, and reopened in May 2004 after extensive refurbishment.
The club's restaurant is a comfortable, informal space with large leather seats and a mix of natural colours. Three doors to a balcony that overlooks Berkeley Square ensure it is well lit, and the walls boast four aquatints by Matisse.
The tables are well laid out, so you can have a private meal but still feel quite cosy, and the staff are extremely friendly. The beautifully presented food is overseen by the charming Yvonnik Lalle, a graduate of L'Ecole Hotelliere de Troyes.
For wine lovers, Mortons is a paradise. Up to 17,000 bottles are stored in the cellars - some wine list. A chat with sommelier Nicolas Tacquard is an unmissable experience.
Mortons has a great mix of members from all walks of life, and the chic bar and relaxing restaurant are great places to meet friends or colleagues. On a summer day, lunch is a must.
Where: 28 Berkeley Square, London W1
Contact: 020 7499 0363l
How much: £30 for two courses