02/10/2012 09:55 BST | Updated 01/12/2012 05:12 GMT

LetsLunch Finally Puts the UK on its Plate

LetsLunch globally expands its vision of 'professional networking through lunches' with a private launch in the United Kingdom. Two Saturdays ago, Christopher Pruijsen, UK country manager, and Syed Shuttari, CEO revealed version 3.0 of the service to an intimate group of early adopters at the Adam Street Private Members Club.

Signing up to LetsLunch simply entails creating a social profile, entering your interests, and identifying when you'd like to have networking lunches. Based on that, the site matches you up with other users, and you'll get an email asking you to confirm the meal and choose the restaurant before confirming your lunch date. You can of course, browse other users in your area and invite them to lunch as well.

Version 3.0 includes new group functions (think LinkedIn groups with a local element), smart widgets for recruiters and the opportunity to become a 'featured luncher', where you pay to be featured on the upper right corner in the hopes of getting more lunch invitations.

My only concern with the site that it doesn't let you schedule coffees, dinners or any other event apart from lunches at the moment, but they do say that these features are coming soon. So, if you've got some time for lunch and want to meet people, you can sign up here and get lunching.

Got some questions? Feel free to reach out to letslunch UK by tweeting @letslunchuk and @cpruijsen, or by contacting or