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Central London - any good ideas for meeting my new cofounders for an hour or two?

I've assembled a small team to do a pilot project with, to determine how well we work together and so forth. Founder dating philophy - the people are what matter, the ideas can change.

For our first meetup before we start our project, we'd like to meet somewhere that serves lunch and snacks in a relaxed/casual environment (possibly lounges or casual chairs, coffee tables or non-formal largish lunch tables, that sort of thing) that's not too noisy, and preferably not overly expensive, where we can sit for a couple of hours, have a bit of lunch, pull out a laptop if needs be and generally talk amongst ourselves.

Needs to be easily accessible via the tube. Any suggestions?

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Jason Velody
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You could talk to the guys at centralworking http://www.centralworking.com Jason Sent from my iPhone
Nathan Ridley
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Nathan Ridley Entrepreneur
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Thanks Jason, their spaces look pretty good... I guess we were kind of looking for somewhere we could have a bite to eat as well though.
Craig Walmsley
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Craig Walmsley Entrepreneur
MD @ Progenit. Founder @ rtobjects. Locke Scholar.
Caravan Kings Cross is v. good food and coffee in a great location - there is a large table in back if you get there in good time, or I am sure you could put something together.


Might be a bit loud, but worth it.

At the other end of the spectrum, you could try Dryland South Kensington - the cafe is open to the public (though generally quiet and pleasingly calm), but you could book a room if you wanted.



Carolyn Branco
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Here are the meeting spaces I've used for founders/braintrust meetings:

In Silicon Roundabout (Old St)
Campus London http://www.campuslondon.com/ - 4-5 Bonhill St - 5 mins from Old st Tube. The basement has a huge cafe where startups and techie meet. Plenty of plugs, coffee etc. They let out the place to Central Working, but it's free. And there's a cafe with pretty decent food. Otherwise people visit the sandwich places nearby and bring the food to talk there. (Benugo is quite good, by Exit 5 at Old St Tube). Obviously free wifi and all that.

In Piccadilly Area:
YumChaa (http://www.yumchaa.com/tresc/soho/13/) 45 Berwick St. About a 5-7 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus tube. Serves tea, sandwiches and has great wifi. Get there early, but there's seating downstairs.

Nordic Bakery -http://www.nordicbakery.com/ It's in Golden Square (3-5 minutes from Piccadilly Circus. It's quiet. The food is really only good if you want coffee and cakes.. but then again I wasn't there at lunch. Not sure if there wifi. Its main selling point is good coffee and its quiet. I had all my braintrust meetings there.

There are Central Workings everywhere and the have food (cafes built in), but they charge you for a meeting room. They aim to fit the gap of Cafe + Optimized Office Space.. but they are expensive (if you don't go to the one in Google Campus).


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I think its the Radisson hotel in leicester square that has a cafe which its pretty large and has been quiet every time ive been. Reasonable coffee and sandwiches and free wifi. I used to have meetings there all the time when I was a freelancer.

Ive never done it, but if you register you can work for free in the google campus for a day.
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