Whether it’s a mad dash to the canteen, a quick scoff at your desk in between emails or skipped altogether, we think its high time lunch got the attention it deserves and where better to stop the clock and tuck into a midday bite than Westminster? Here are our top five places to indulge.

Dishing up everything from a £10 set menu for those of you short on time to a decadent Sunday Roast with all the trimmings, the Blue Boar Restaurant at Conrad London St James has your midday munch covered. Their seasonal menu includes 3 courses for £22.50, with the option to take your dessert back to the office. Working lunches are available Monday-Friday, 12:00-2:30pm. The restaurant is also available for private dining with two dedicated rooms and a private drinking room for more intimate gatherings.

Want a working lunch venue with a difference? The talented chefs at House of Commons are always developing exciting new dishes and their brand new autumn and winter menus are available from Monday 12 October. They include wonderful winter warmers like flaked Gloucester old spot pork with sticky apple and crackling and Earl Grey tea jelly and butternut squash veloute with pumpkin seed tuille, perfect to keep you toasty on a crisp winter afternoon.

Located in the heart of Westminster, Bistro is the primary dining offering at St. James’ Court, on Buckingham Gate, just a few steps from Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park. Contemporary European restaurant Bistro impresses with unique presentations and flavours, local sourcing of fresh produce and Executive Chef David Tilly’s careful selection of ingredients. Lunch offers include two courses for just £19.50 and three courses for £23.50.

RIBA Venues, just a short walk from Oxford Street, offers lunch with a twist with their sandwich-free ‘brain food in a box’. The three-course lunch boxes contain a mixture of oily fish, low-fat meats, whole-grain products, fruits and vegetables to keep delegates alert throughout the day. The range of dishes include fresh salmon or chicken, whole-grain pasta and vegetables cooked with herbs grown in the venue’s own herb garden all designed to keep you on track and focused throughout the afternoon.

At City Café at the DoubleTree by Hilton London– Westminster private luncheons can be enjoyed for up to 150 guests. The cuisine is modern European and the chef’s unique afternoon tiffin stand matches the contemporary design. For private lunches you can work with a member of their team to decide on menu choices and be ensured your experience at the venue will be taken care so you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon at this SW1 London restaurant.

So there you have it. There can be no excuse now for a skipped, rushed or wasted lunch. But don’t just take our word for it. Take back your lunch hour and see what Westminster has to offer!