If I'm lunching a senior client or important prospect, there's no question as to venue... it's Cecconi's.
A five-minute walk from our Beak Street offices, Cecconi's serves classic Italian food in an environment which combines rich green velour with clean modern decor.
Always busy and fantastic for people-watching, Cecconi's has a wonderfully mixed clientele: ladies who lunch, trendy media types, discerning corporate customers - and an impressive selection of high-fashion Italian business people.
Restaurant manager Giacomo keeps a watchful eye, extending a discreet welcome and ensuring attentive - but never intrusive - service.
With starters ranging from £4 to £15 and main courses from £14 to £23, there is literally something to suit every budget.
Cecconi's prides itself on quality ingredients and simple, classic dishes, and is the only restaurant in London to serve cichetti (Italian tapas).
In winter, it's a warm, welcoming Italian food-fest and in the summer, they throw open the sliding glass doors and the Cecconi's experience spills out on to the street. At any time of year, it's the best place in London to enjoy a discreet gastronomic treat with a special client.
Where: 5a Burlington Gardens, W1S 3EP
Contact: 020 7434 1500
How much: Average £45 a head