Look forward to lunchtime meetings
Hidden in an unbranded carrier bag lies a remarkably unremarkable sandwich. The ham is so thin it appears almost ghostly, resting translucent on slabs of plain white bread. The cheese is just a little too yellow and the salad, well, the less said about that the better. Unfortunately, this is not the only meal of its kind. Up and down the country, millions of people every day dig into similar sandwiches, wraps, cold pasta pots, the list goes on. Sat in front of their work screens, they dream of something better.
Fortunately, times are changing. Workplaces can now make use of London’s many corporate caterers, ready at a moments notice to deliver exceptional meals direct to the office. We know picking the best from the rest can be a difficult endeavour. And that’s why we’ve done the work for you! All you need to decide is whether you’d prefer French or Mexican tomorrow.
One of the best things about London is the sheer variety of food on offer. From burgers to sushi, Scandinavian to South African, the world is your oyster. City Pantry makes the most of this, offering a service that liaises with local restaurants, cafés and pop-ups to deliver fresh food to suit any number of employees. The process is simple: all you need to do is enter your postcode and budget on the City Pantry website, where you’ll be shown a whole range of vendors just waiting to refuel your workforce.
A menu can be arranged for up to a month in advance, with the rather handy meal-planner tool enabling monthly dinners, weekly wraps or daily treats to be delivered fresh from the kitchen to the office. And it doesn’t stop there. City Pantry also helps set up and run pop-up events for companies, including interactive sushi bars and ice cream parlours – perfect for impressing guests. As an additional bonus, they also provide an autopilot tool, factoring in the likes and dislikes of your workforce to create a random menu that is guaranteed to delight without the bother of planning. Truly indispensable stuff!
Healthy bodies feed back to healthy minds. Ordering corporate lunches from Peardrop also leads to satisfied stomachs. Using only the highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients, the menus assembled by their chefs are exceptionally well balanced, incredibly photogenic, and not as expensive as one might imagine. The minimum order is for ten people, and two-days notice is normally required. However, they are more than happy to accommodate requests, and their range of gluten-free and vegan dishes are genuinely exceptional. They also provide event catering and, should the need ever arise, weddings too.
The modern office is an ecologically minded one, with recycling baskets, natural lighting and plenty of bike storage outside. Keep this good karma going with the help of East London grub gurus Karma Cans, a company that creates an ever-changing array of delicious healthy meals served from reusable tiffin tins. The menu is reworked every 8 weeks, meaning there’s always something new to try. Regardless of the time of year, one thing is for sure – flavour. Whether it’s chipotle-smoked chicken or their “banging” potato and roasted aubergine salad, only the best, seasonal ingredients are used. Coming in perfect portion sizes and instagram friendly arrangements, the menu is clean for both body and mind.
As a slightly smaller company, Karma Cans has a limit on the amount of food it can deliver, with the maximum being teams of up to twenty people. However, it also means that they are supremely flexible, taking orders up until 11AM on the same day – as well as being able to tailor each meal to reflect tastes and dietary requirements. That said, it’s worth booking earlier to guarantee prompt lunchtime delivery.
Prepared by top chefs and ready for same day delivery, the business menu from Eatfirst is vibrant, customisable and is available with a range of wines for a more continental working lunch. An account manager is always on hand should you need help designing a meal plan or simply navigating dietary needs of your team. The sharing options are worth a mention. The salad boxes designed to serve four to six people and the sandwich selections, priced at £5 a person, mean that workplace catering really doesn’t have to break the bank.
Salad Days delivers a beautiful array of salads (the clue is in the name), wraps, platters and smoothies to offices in central and West London, seven days a week. Able to deliver corporate lunches to teams of 10 or more, Salad Days is truly the ultimate choice when it comes to keeping workplace health at the forefront of thinking. Orders can be made up to 16:00 the day before, with delivery available throughout the day and event catering also available. At the risk of name-dropping, previous clients include Innocent, Uber and the BBC – just in case you needed an extra vote of confidence.
The importance of good food
When it comes to workplace wellbeing, the role of a good lunch cannot be overstated. Not only does it provide fuel for the rest of the day, it also acts as an opportunity for teams to get together and discuss the day so far, inspiring people to overcome problems and share new ideas. When combined with the collaborative environment fostered in Uncommon’s coworking spaces – with locations all throughout London – the true benefits of a shared salad truly become apparent. If you’d like to find out more please get in touch! We’d love to show you around, who knows, maybe we can get a bite to eat afterwards?
Uncommon takes pride in helping businesses thrive. Our workspaces are designed with your wellbeing in mind. Every single detail helps create an environment in which you can feel good about where and how you work. Visit our locations in Borough, Highbury & Islington, Fulham, and Liverpool Street to experience our unique vision of working life across London.