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Did you know that coffeehouses were networking hubs in the 1600’s? I just learned this via an interesting article in the New York Times titled “Social Networking in the 1600s“. According to the author, coffeehouses in Britain during this period provided a lively social and intellectual environment, which gave rise to a stream of innovations that shaped the modern world. 

It is no coincidence that coffee remains the traditional drink of collaboration and networking today.

These days, finding the right place to network can be challenging. The venue can be neither too loud (you want to be heard) nor too quiet (you don’t want to be overheard) and you want to make sure you find a spot to comfortably sit down. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a coffeehouse. Some bars have discreet and quiet areas that are ideal for evening meetings.

Seeing as these places are hard to identify in London, I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite places to network across the city. Enjoy, and let me know where you like to network in the comments section.

Hispania, London

Cuisine de Bar by Poilâne

Iberica, Canary Wharf