What could be nicer, on a lovely summer's day, than to have lunch overlooking a swift-flowing Thames bathed in sparkling sunlight?
The Blueprint Cafe is situated above the Design Museum in Shad Thames. In my line of work, showing how design can have an impact on the way audiences respond is par for the course and the Design Museum does just this. So taking a swift stroll around the exhibits and then up to the bright and airy restaurant is a thought-provoking way to kick off a meeting.
It is a lovely open space, gleaming white with scrubbed floorboards and hints of blue and yellow with fabulous views of the City, just down from Tower Bridge - even more impressive if you are not a jaded local.
The food is seasonal, British and quirky. For example, you can choose a starter of smoked eel sandwich or razor clams and a main of rabbit pie or Lowestoft kippers.
The wine list is fairly short and focuses mainly on France, but is well thought out. We had a fine and reasonably priced Australian Pinot Noir.
The whole space is available to hire and can accommodate 110 for a sit-down meal or 150 for a reception, and there is also a summer terrace that accommodates up to 30 people for canapes and barbeque receptions.
Where: Design Museum, SE1 2YD
Contact: 020 7378 7031
How much: £50 for 3 courses with wine