From secret chef’s counters to big-name haute cuisine and West End-style restaurants in the City, here's our pick of alternative private dining
Private dining 10, 16, 16
The new City restaurant from the Sethi siblings of Gymkhana
fame features two traditional private rooms as well as a pool room which, in addition to the namesake pool table, has whisky and beer on tap.
Semi-private dining 7
Alain Ducasse’s Table Lumière is encased by a curtain of shimmering lights. Tasting menus include a vegetarian option and you can even choose your own Hermès china.
Private dining 4, 4 
’s pair of cosy private rooms can be joined together to sit eight. The feasting menu features favourites from the main offering and, once you’ve finished eating, the tables flip over for a game of mahjong.
Private dining 48
The Coral Reef Room is inspired by the sea both in its decor and its menu. Kitted out with a custom-built, marble-top bar and two gigantic live coral reef tanks, it mirrors the glamour of the rest of the restaurant. Pan-Asian dishes are as fashionably presented as the clientele.
Private dining 14
This year, the Italian restaurant launched its ‘secret’ Canaletto Room
in its basement. It’s got a seductive, The Godfather
-like vibe, with a portrait of Canaletto himself also acting as a window into the kitchen for guests to watch the action. Italian sharing-style plates will make it a hit for Christmas parties.