6 restaurants for something different this Christmas

6 restaurants for something different this Christmas

Updated on 18 October 2018 • Written By Ben McCormack

6 restaurants for something different this Christmas
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

Aqua Kyoto - venue hire

Exclusive use 250
Private dining 10, 14, 14 [28]

With one half of this top-floor restaurant given over to Japanese dining and the other half to new-wave Spanish, Aqua comes with two appealing dining options and a range of party spaces. 

Bao Fitzrovia - venue hire

Exclusive use 46
Semi-private dining 20 

Taiwanese bun specialist Bao is famous for its queues, but you can avoid the hassle by hiring out the downstairs space at its Fitzrovia branch. There are feasting menus and a fun drinks list too.

Bubbledogs interior

Exclusive use 32

Hotdogs and champagne probably come top of many people’s list of favourite things. Bubbledogs specialises in both. Choose from 17 types of hotdog, washed down with fizz from small producers.

Min Jiang venue hire

Private dining 20

This classy Chinese is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018. Mirrored walls allow guests to enjoy the famous view over Kensington Gardens, while the spectacular house speciality of peking duck, served in two courses, is perfect for groups to share. 

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Exclusive use 240
Private dining 8, 10, 14, 15, 20, 24, 40, 43, 76, 120

It may have opened last year but it’s still causing a stir in east London. Its omakase feasting menu features the likes of salmon sashimi, creamy rock shrimp and assorted sushi rolls. The star of the show however is the famous miso-marinated black cod.


Exclusive use 100
Private dining 30

The latest offering from Cinnamon Group sits in the arches of Battersea Power Station. There’s a dramatic semi-private dining space on the mezzanine and menus include the expected North Indian fare the group is known for – think kentish lamb rogan josh, and stir-fried cauliflower and broccoli with yoghurt sauce.

Not feeling adventurous this year? Have a look at our list of 2018's best new openings