Re: French company
I used to work at the NIMR in Mill Hill before it moved to central London and became The Crick Institute. It had an onsite bar which opened at 5pm weekdays. The seminar room was just beyond it and seminars where on Friday afternoons so you repaired to the bar just outside to continue matters if matters needed continuing.
I first made the acquaintance of Czech Bud there, they did bottles before most places did.