When it comes to planning Christmas parties, whether it be a long-awaited catch-up with friends or the annual office do, choosing the right venue for you and your party is of the utmost importance. As this is a special occasion, you may want to plump for a private dining room and we don’t blame you - a private room can help your event feel more exclusive and upscale, and often has the added benefit of a dedicated bar, outdoor area or even live entertainment to make your Christmas party extra special.
When it comes to the best private dining rooms for Christmas in London, there is some serious competition. Across the capital, there are Christmas party venues offering everything from traditional three-course festive lunches to entirely casual cocktail and canape affairs, so it is important for you to establish exactly what type of Christmas party you want to host. Once you have that figured out, it will be much easier to source a London Christmas party venue that is just right for you.
To help you with your decision making, we have put together some of the best private dining rooms for Christmas London has to offer, ranging from low-key, casual spots to venues that take pride in their all-out opulence. All of the private dining rooms featured in our list also offer special Christmas party packages, which include the likes of seasonal menus, bespoke Christmas decorations and add-ons such as live music or drinks tastings. Read all about our top picks below and click on the name of each venue to learn more or send an event enquiry. If you want to save yourself some of the hassle, remember that SquareMeal also offers a free concierge venue-finding service - we’d be happy to help you find the Christmas party venue of your dreams.
Cinnamon Club, Westminster
What: With four separate options for private dining, The Cinnamon Club has spaces for all kinds of gatherings this Christmas. The Gallery is the most intimate, and decorated in calming blue tones with a capacity for 30 seated guests. Elsewhere you’ll find the cosy Cinnamon Club Bar downstairs and the elegant Reading Room on the first floor, which can both accommodate up to seventy guests. For large-scale gatherings the entire restaurant can be hired and makes for an impressive celebratory venue for festive feasts. Each event is approached on a bespoke basis, so you can tweak menus to your preference, but this year the talented kitchen team will be serving up warming dishes like clove roast goose breast with sesame tamarind sauce, pickled root vegetables and biryani rice or crab risotto with truffle cappuccino.
Where: The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
SAMA Bankside, Southwark
What: SAMA Bankside’s industrial-chic private dining room features an arched ceiling, exposed brickwork and full-height glass doors which overlook the main restaurant. Expect a special festive menu which is an extension of SAMA’s ‘British with a Caribbean twist’ philosophy and might include the likes of Jamaican-style salmon and a traditional Christmas pudding.
Capacity: 22 seated
Where: 3 Robinson Road, SE1 8BU
Richmond Harbour Hotel, Richmond
What: Found in the main house, the Richmond Room is Richmond Harbour Hotel’s stylishly appointed (and recently refurbished) events space that’s ideal for the annual office knees-up. This year’s Christmas party package includes a glass of fizz on arrival, followed by a three-course meal and half a bottle of wine. Groups of 50 or more can also enjoy music from the hotel’s resident DJ and yes, we’re expecting ‘All I want for Christmas…’ to make an appearance.
Capacity: 50 seated
Where: Richmond Hill, TW10 6RP
What: Long-standing Mayfair restaurant Sartoria is an elegant choice for Christmas dinners. For office celebrations, choose between the restaurant’s two private dining rooms or combine the two for larger parties. Each space is connected to the main restaurant by large oak-panelled doors and feature chic fabric walls, a gorgeous backdrop for a night of festive feasting. Planning a smaller team outing? The Wine Room seats six and sees guests surrounded by Italy’s finest wines.
Capacity: Wine Room 6 seated, private dining rooms 25 seated
Where: 20 Savile Row, W1S 3PR
What: Although the menu here is strictly Italian, Sette’s impossibly chic dining room still has a hint of New York City energy about it - after all, it is a sister restaurant to the Big Apple’s famous Scarpetta restaurant. Ideal for intimate Christmas gatherings, Sette has the added benefit of on-site accommodation if you need it, as the restaurant is housed inside the luxurious Bulgari hotel.
Capacity: 18 seated
Where: 4 Knightsbridge Green, SW1X 7QA
What: Tired of the traditional turkey dinner? Switch things up this year at fine-dining Indian restaurant Kanisha, which will be serving up a seriously drool-worthy range of festive menus. Dishes to try include Tandoori king prawns and a mixed grill of chicken tikka and lamb seekh. Kanishka’s private dining space, The Garden Room, also comes complete with foliage covering the ceiling, so you can fool yourself into thinking you’ve escaped to somewhere tropical for the winter.
Capacity: 39 seated
Where: 17-19 Maddox Street, W1S 2QH
Frenchie, Covent Garden
What: There is no dedicated private dining room at Frenchie, but the restaurant can be hired as a whole. Former Jamie Oliver protege Greg Marchand oversees an excellent menu of classical French cooking which is occasionally given contemporary updates, while the effortlessly chic interiors (bare brick walls, low-hanging light bulbs, marble counters) make it perfect for sophisticated festive affairs.
Capacity: 60 seated
Where: 16 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
What: Christmas calls for indulgence and there are few meals more indulgent than steak. Basque steakhouse Sagardi is located in the popular (and easily accessible) East London neighbourhood of Shoreditch, serving up a special festive menu alongside its usual offering of steaks and other Basque favourites. If your friends or colleagues aren’t fans of cliche Christmas settings, Sagardi’s use of industrial steel, huge wooden tables and bare concrete floors will give you extra cool points.
Capacity: 40 seated
Where: 95 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
What: The original London location of SUSHISAMBA is found 39 floors up at Heron Tower and is famed for its epic views of the capital. The fusion menu of Brazilian, Peruvian and Japanese influence is sure to thrill your guests, while you can also bring some extra festive fun to your evening with adds on such as samba dancers, sake tastings or sushi-making classes.
Capacity: 40 seated
Where: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
SUSHISAMBA, Covent Garden
What: The private dining room at SUSHISAMBA’s Covent Garden outpost is a real stunner, featuring a handmade circular dining table and hand-painted wallpaper. It also comes complete with a private balcony overlooking the Piazza (always beautifully decorated around Christmastime), while SUSHISAMBA’s Peruvian, Japanese and Brazilian fusion menu offers something different for the festive season.
Capacity: 16 seated
Where: 35 The Market Building, WC2E 8RF
Willd Honey at Sofitel London St James
What: Wild Honey, the flagship restaurant at the Sofitel London St James, is a smart choice for festive gatherings. The wood-panelled room benefits from warm lighting and is dotted with striking artworks, with guests sitting around one long table flanked by blue velvet tub chairs. Food-wise, expect a menu of dishes cooked with classic French technique, but underpinned by quality British produce.
Capacity: 16 seated
Where: 6 Waterloo Place, SW1Y 4AN
14 Hills, City
What: Looking for a venue that’s primed for photo opportunities? 14 Hills is hard to beat. The main dining room looks like a jungle paradise, while a dedicated private dining room benefits from large windows and pops of colour. During the Yuletide season, you can expect chic Christmas decor and seasonal menus showcasing British produce with a touch of French flair.
Capacity: 22 seated
Where: 14th floor, 120 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 5BA
100 Wardour Street, Soho
What: 100 Wardour Street is known for being something of a party palace and it doesn’t disappoint at Christmas either. There are two private dining spaces to choose from: The Room is located right next to the stage and bar in the main restaurant, so it’s great if you’re planning on a night of dancing, while The Play Room features its own bespoke billiards table which transforms into a dining table - now, that’s sure to get the conversation started.
Capacity: The Playroom 12 seated, The 100 Room 20 seated
Where: 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN
Bubba Oasis, Islington
What: We know what you’re thinking - have we lost our minds recommending a rooftop for a London Christmas party? Well fear not, as the beachy roof terrace at Bubba Oasis is entirely weather-proof. There’s no dedicated private dining room here, but the terrace is available for hire - so why not take a casual approach to this year’s office Christmas party, perhaps with a beach theme to match Bubba’s casual menu of stuffed wraps and house cocktails.
Capacity: 50 seated
Where: 57-58 Upper Street, N10NY
Hard Rock Cafe, Piccadilly
What: Centrally located and with excellent transport links, Hard Rock Cafe is a great shout for a themed Christmas celebration with a bit of rock ‘n’ roll edge. Parties of up to 50 people can rent out the Legends Room, which comes with a fab light installation and a projector screen should you wish to play a Christmas film. Food-wise, expect classic American comfort food that is as indulgent as the occasion calls for.
Capacity: 50 seated
Where: 225-229 Piccadilly, W1J 9HR
German Gymnasium, King’s Cross
What: Perennially popular German Gymnasium is a striking space just a stone’s throw from King’s Cross station, making it ideal for Christmas parties. The semi-private dining space is found on the mezzanine level and benefits from plenty of natural light if you’re planning a Christmas lunch. Evening events work too though, thanks to warm lighting and the buzz from the main restaurant below.
Capacity: 32 seated
Where: 1 King’s Boulevard, N1C 4BU
Planning a low-key team lunch alongside the whole office Christmas party? Check out our pick of the best London restaurants for groups.