Can anyone suggest a venue where one could have a meeting from about 11.30am followed by lunch near waterloo? Perhaps a place that has a meeting room that can be hired or an informal restaurant where they wouldnt mind us spreading and having a meeting first.
If it is a nice day, you could go to Somerset House...there are a few communal places there where you could take over a couple of tables and have a meeting indoors or out...then there are 2 restaurants to choose from - either the Terrace, if it's sunny or the Admiralty which is beautiful...you should go and do a reccy...
It all rather depends on how many people will be at the meeting and how formal it is likely to be. For instance, I have had a meeting at the Anchor and Hope, but it was small-scale and pretty laid-back.
The restaurants around the Royal Festival Hall are good but may be a bit crowded for you. The Festival Cafe used to be perfect for this as you could take a large table and stay for ages. It's now being turned into a Canteen like the one in Smithfields but its not open yet.
Still, if you want to be in Waterloo I'd look at RFH first.