Bringing a baby into the world is a truly special moment. From first scans, to the first time you notice a bump, to the first time you feel the baby move, right up until the moment you give birth; for most, pregnancy is a beautiful journey of milestones, excitement and magic that is more than worthy of a celebration.
Baby showers are the perfect way to help expectant mothers prepare for the arrival of the new baby, by showering them in gifts, love and good wishes. Usually planned by a close friend or family member of the mum-to-be, there can be a lot of pressure on making the baby shower a memorable event. There's lots of planning involved: you need a day that isn’t too close to the due date when life gets more hectic, but also one that is far enough through the pregnancy for the mum-to-be to get the most out of the shower and enjoy some much-needed fun and comfort. Choosing a theme is also difficult - do you go for a colour scheme related to the gender? A simple teddy bear pattern? Baby shower afternoon tea? Or something more glamorous?
Perhaps most important, though, is the location. Private dining rooms are your best bet for an intimate spot that is stress-free, elegant and easily decorated with balloons, flowers and the like. We’ve rounded up all the private dining rooms that would make the perfect spot for a baby shower in London. Whether you’re planning a meal and need suggestions for restaurants with a private room for a baby shower, or you’re thinking of spoiling the mum-to-be with a spot of afternoon tea, we reckon these chic private dining rooms will see you right.
Zoom East Kitchen & Bar, Aldgate
What: Housed in the Hyatt Place London City East Hotel, Zoom East is a modern Sicilian kitchen and bar by head chef Vittorio Meli (previously of Polpo). The Orangery room makes for a beautiful private dining room for a baby shower in London. Adorned with velvet drapes at one end, there is also a feature wall of green botanicals - a fantastic backdrop for photos or a present table. With organic daylight complimented by the adjoining inner courtyard outdoor space, The Orangery seats up to 20 guests in a bright, glamourous but relaxed setting.
Where: Black Lion House, 45 Whitechapel Road, Aldgate, E1 1DU
Book now: Zoom East Kitchen & Bar
Brown's Hotel, Mayfair
What: The streets of Mayfair put up stiff competition when it comes to private dining but Brown's Hotel holds it own thanks to its flagship restaurant Charlie's. Adam Byatt serves up quintessential British dishes in private rooms with the decor to match. With four rooms available, each features period details and British decadence that is perfect for a baby shower in London. Opt for classic plates or get in touch with the events team to discuss menus; the hotel offers an elegant afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, pastries and scones that would make for a perfect baby shower afternoon tea theme.
Where: 33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP
Book now: Brown's Hotel
Pan Pacific, Liverpool Street
What: Looking for restaurants with a private room for a baby shower near Liverpool Street? Look no further, because Straits Kitchen - Pan Pacific's flagship restaurant - combines a menu of Asian delicacies and far-flung flavours with a pair of lux private rooms for hire. Called Newton and Katong, Straits Kitchen's private dining rooms are cosy, intimate and perfect for a special occasion. Outstanding service rounds off the experience, making sure that this is a celebration that'll live long in the memory.
Where: 80 Houndsditch, Liverpool Street, EC3A 7AB
Book now: Pan Pacific
German Gymnasium, Kings Cross
What: Set inside a Grade II-listed building, German Gymnasium is ideal if you're planning a baby shower with a spot of grandeur. You have a choice of spots - a semi-private dining room with a view over the restaurant, a private dining room in the main restaurant, as well as an expansive covered outdoor terrace. The menu, meanwhile, is typical German fare - think schnitzel, dumplings, sausages and sauerkraut - but the in-house events team are on hand to talk through menu options.
Where: 1 King’s Boulevard, King’s Cross, N1C 4BU
Book now: German Gymnasium
The Arber Garden, Fitzrovia
What: The private dining rooms at The Arber Garden, as you might expect, are beautiful, organic and verdant - perfect for a relaxed baby shower among friends and family. There are four different spaces that host a varying number of guests, including both the Garden Room and Garden Terrac, which provide bright, private spaces with plenty of greenery; perfect for a themed picnic. On the set events menu, you’ll find British favourites like burgers, fish and chips, and a delicate Eton mess to finish.
Where: 1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia, W1W 7EY
Book now: The Arber Garden
Shangri-La at The Shard, London Bridge
What: Located on Level 34 of the towering Shard, a baby shower at Shangri-La is the simplest way to have the expectant mother feeling on cloud nine. With three private dining rooms, you’ll have to decide on a guest list to pick the most suitable space for a baby shower in London. Ren holds 100, Li has space for 30, and the smallest, Yi, can accommodate 12, and the views from the Shangri-La will certainly add an impressive flourish to a decadent baby shower afternoon tea.
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9QU
Book now: Shangri-La at The Shard
Bluebird Chelsea, Chelsea
What: Looking for elegance and finery? There's a reason why Bluebird in Chelsea is such a celeb haunt. Four private and one semi-private space can be hired independently or grouped together for larger guest lists, and there's a range of private dining menus as well, all featuring Bluebird's typical relaxed modern European cooking. Choose between the art deco interiors of the Gallery Room, or the Beaufort and Bluebird rooms, which are both equipped with private bars. Bluebird Chelsea also offer afternoon tea so if you’re planning a baby shower afternoon tea this may be the spot for you!
Where: 250 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU
Book now: Bluebird Chelsea
Madison, City of London
What: Hailed as one of the most Instagrammed venues in London, this is one of the most stunning restaurants for a baby shower. Out on the terrace, this upmarket rooftop bar will provide breathtaking views of St Paul’s Cathedral, giving your baby shower event a special magic touch. With the restaurants dedicated event planning team, you can benefit from expertise guidance that will ensure the shower goes off without a hitch. Plus, the a la carte menu at Madison is a very versatile affair so it is suitable for even the pickiest of guests!
Where: One New Change, City of London, EC4M 9AF
Book now: Madison
What: Classy Fiume take inspiration from the passing river at Battersea, with the option to dine al fresco on the terrace and enjoy drinks in the sunshine. Chef patron Francesco Mazzei is one of the country's great Italian chefs, and Fiume delivers proper Italian classics, executed to perfection - who doesn't love Italian food? Plus, Fiume offers cooking masterclasses for private groups which could be a fun activity for a baby shower at which guests can bond over their new culinary skills and successes - or failures.
Where: Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, SW8 5BN
Book now: Fiume
The Italian Greyhound, Marylebone
What: From the crisp, refreshing white and olive colour scheme to the abundance of plants and natural lighting, The Italian Greyhound's Garden Room makes a pleasant, soothing location for any baby shower, regardless of gender-specific colour planning. The room also opens out into a charming basement garden so it is great for a summer baby shower in London; plus with it’s own private bar, guests can sip pre-dinner drinks while feasting on a canapé menu.
Where: 62 Seymour Street, Marylebone, W1H 5BN
Book now: The Italian Greyhound
What: Planning a baby shower in London? You will be completely spoilt for choice if you pick Pantechnicon as your venue. Spanning six floors, the events space is home to eight different rooms that range from intimate to large-scale hosting. The cuisine is a mixture of Nordic and Japanese restaurants across a range of sharing plates and larger mains. One of the most gorgeous spaces at Pantechnicon is the roof terrace - with sweeping views of London, the area has retractable doors as well as covered and heated options, making it perfect for a baby shower at any time of the year!
Where: 19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8LB
Book now: Pantechnicon
Rotunda, King's Cross
What: With large windows overlooking Regent's Canal, Rotunda offers private rooms for a riverside baby shower. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere with a simple room that is very flexible at adjusting to your specific needs. Out of the kitchen, you'll have the option of a range of menus including a sharing feast, placed in the centre of the table for guests to help themselves; or individual dining menus featuring starters, mains, and desserts of British cuisine. You'll also get exclusive use of the adjoining terrace, making it a great spot for a summer baby shower in London.
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, N1 9AG
Book now: Rotunda
The Delaunay, Holborn
What: Offering up luxury and glamour, The Delaunay is one of London's restaurants with a private room for a baby shower that will get your guest of honour feeling truly special. Raised above the restaurant, you'll get views across the main dining area so you can still enjoy the exciting atmosphere while revelling in your intimate celebrations. The menus incoporate fresh, British produce into fine examples of classic dishes and house favourites, while the table will be decorated with small bouquets of seasonal flowers to create an air of decadence. Host the best baby shower in London by making use of the the dedicated events team who will be on hand to assist with any personal, specific requests.
Where: 55 Aldwych, Holborn, WC2B 4BB
Book now: The Delaunay
China Tang at the Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair
What: One of London's more unique restaurants, China Tang's striking decor makes it a real luxury choice for a baby shower; its three private dining rooms, named Ping, Pang and Pong, are versatile and glamourous, lending well to a pull-out-all-the-stops celebration for your pal. Decorated in traditional designs with sliding lattice doors, mirror walls, and gold-painted Chinese characters, these rooms will transport you to a 1930s-style opulence, and China Tang offers a variety of menus, including vegetarian and soya-free menus, making sure that every guest is catered for.
Where: 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA
Book now: China Tang at the Dorchester Hotel
Instead of a private dining room, you may opt to splash out on one of the restaurants in London with a view. Check out our guide to 28 of the best rooftop restaurants in London and the views are use to get the mum-to-be feeling on top of the world! Or, check out a list of all the restaurants in Central London with outdoor seating.