We all know during the working week it’s hard enough to have a moment to think, let alone consider downing tools to leave the office and go somewhere nice for lunch. Infact in recent years lunch has become almost extinct - according to recent research only 1 in 5 people take a full lunch break.
But it's good to have some time out and that if you do, you feel the benefits for the rest of the day. Even if you can't that regularly, it’s worth giving yourself that little prod every now and then and forcing yourself to leave your desk.
And if you still fall squarely in the Lunch-Is-For-Wimps Camp, then consider this: all that time you don’t take for lunch, amounts to an extra 16 full days at work. Now that's food for thought.
Souli, on George Street in London’s Marylebone, is one of those new lovely little lunch havens in London that people want to keep to themselves. And we can understand that. After all, while enjoying one of Souli’s deliciously soothing creamy flat whites, who wants to have to lock eyes with the company accountant you’ve been locking horns with in the boardroom all morning?
Choices include Walnut and Poached Pear Salad with Roquefort dressing and Quinoi Salad with Crushed Cashew and Cranberries. Bread is freshly-baked by artisan French bakers – which basically means sandwiches are a slice above your usual café fare (think Wild Rocket and Fig Chutney or Roast Grass-fed Beef with Watercress and Fresh Horseradish cream) – and the coffee comes from Sant’Eustachio coffee in Rome where they’ve been roasting the finest beans (Fair Trade, of course) over wood since the 1930s.
Given that lunch al desko has become almost accepted practice now, we welcome the rise of gourmet lunch stops like Souli currently springing up in the capital and bringing back the lunch. All we need to now is to get back into the habit…
17 George Street, Marylebone, W1U 3QL
Open from 7am – 5pm, Monday – Friday