Best restaurants for groups London: Where to go for your next group dining event

Gather the squad and make some memories at these London restaurants that are perfect for groups!

Updated on 22 July 2022 • Written By Lawrence Calman-Grimsdale

Best restaurants for groups London: Where to go for your next group dining event

The Beatles famously once sang about getting by with a little help from their friends. Well, considering the rise of sharing-style menus in London over the last decade, it would seem that The Fab Four clearly had a crystal ball. Although we are reluctant to admit it (we have no problem polishing off a meal on our own most of the time), it is true that sometimes the food burden is too great for one or two people to bear alone.

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If you find yourself perusing a restaurant’s menu online and realise that it is time to call in some gastronomic reinforcements, a night of group dining is the perfect solution. Although heading out with friends doesn’t have to mean opting for a family-style meal, there are considerable perks to dining out in a group - namely that you can try quite a lot of the menu between you. In London, the best restaurants for groups range from venues that have large dining rooms complete with comfy booth seating or long banquettes, through to actual private dining spaces where you can enjoy a meal with friends or loved ones in total privacy

To help you find the best group dining restaurants for you, we have divided up our list into key London neighbourhoods. If you are flexible on location, scroll through our best London restaurants for groups list, or if you have a particular area in mind, use the quick links below to skip straight to your preferred section. We have also included a mixture of restaurants ideal for small group outings and those occasions for which a private room is required, so there’s really something for everyone.

There's also a nice range of cuisines and price brackets, from fancy sushi to more relaxed pizza joints. That way you'll be able to match the restaurant to what you're in the mood for (and how near payday is).

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Best restaurants for groups in North London

Towards the north of London, you'll find a little more breathing room. Expect spacious restaurants with a buzzy atmosphere.

Radici, Islington

Nestled in Islington, Radici is a relaxed Italian eatery and favourite among locals. There are two private rooms to choose from, able to host 10 and 16 guests respectively. The smaller of the two, the wine room, features rustic wooden wine shelves and soothing lighting, while the larger room has stylish green walls and a kitchen window. 
Where: 30 Almeida Street, N1 1AD
Book now: Radici

Rotunda, King's Cross

This bar, restaurant and private dining room in the heart of King's Cross is an ideal spot for groups. Sip cocktails on the terrace, before tucking into the delicious British fare on offer, along with an extensive wine list to peruse. The private room seats up to 30, so there's plenty of space for you and your group. 
Where: 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9AG
Book now: Rotunda

German Gymnasium, King's Cross

Before you ask, yes, this really did use to be a gym. Built in 1865 for the German Gymnastics Society, this airy space is now home to a double-height restaurant and bar with private rooms. The space is filled with natural light and large group tables perfect for feasting on currywurst, schnitzel and the like. Be sure to wash everything down with plenty of German beer or cocktails. 
Where: 1 King’s Boulevard, N1C 4BU
Book now: German Gymnasium

Best restaurants for groups in East London

Heading east to the busy offices of the City of London and laid-back edginess of Shoreditch, you'll find plenty of great spots for groups.

Zoom East Kitchen and Bar, Aldgate

What: You can find this bright and colourful private dining room hidden inside Zoom East, a Sicilian restaurant which is incidentally tucked inside Hyatt Place London City East Hotel. It's called The Orangery and boasts velvet drapes, tons of natural light and a botanical wall. It's impossible not to feel uplifted in here, especially when feasting on dishes such as blue cheese arancini, burrata with caramelised figs and wild boar pappardelle.
Where: 45 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DU
Book it: Zoom East Kitchen and Bar

SUSHISAMBA City, City of London

What: From the most impressive views of the city skyline to the exquisite menu, SUSHISAMBA City offers the perfect space for group dining. Sit within the bustling restaurant or for a more intimate group dinner, hire the private dining room that sits on a mezzanine on the 39th floor. Overlooking the restaurant means you keep all the atmosphere with the added privacy of your own dining space.
Where: 110 Bishops Gate, EC2N 4AY
Book it: SUSHISAMBA City

City Social, City of London

What: From 24 storeys up, the knockout views of London spread before you like a carpet. Stoke your appetite for Jason Atherton’s multi-layered cooking from the confines of the handsome art-deco dining room. Elsewhere, City Social’s various booths are perfect for groups of friends, or double dates, too.
Where: 24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ
Book it: City Social

Duck & Waffle, City of London

What: By hosting your group dinner at Duck & Waffle, you have the opportunity to eat in the highest private dining room in the country. Floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrored walls ensure you can enjoy all of the great views on offer. Group-dining sharing menus for brunch, lunch or dinner are available - created by Executive Chef Daniel Barbosa.
Where: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Book it: Duck & Waffle

14 Hills, City of London

What: It's no secret that 14 Hills is a pretty glamorous spot, but the private dining room really is something else. Boasting state-of-the-art AV, mood lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows, an extensive wine list and excellent British food with a touch of French mixed in. The room seats up to 22 guests, or can host 25 for a standing reception.
Where: 120 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 5BA
Book it:
14 Hills

New Street Grill, City of London

What: With its glamorous Old Bengal Bar for drinks before dinner, New Street Grill is a great spot for private dining. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even wine tastings, it's up to you how and when you visit. Regardless of your choice, you'll be extremely well taken care of at this buzzy restaurant and bar. 
Where: 
16A New Street, EC2M 4TR
Book it:
New Street Grill

Best restaurants for groups in West London

Moving to the west, everything gets rather boujie. Expect lavish spreads and stunning interiors galore.

Quaglino's, St James

What: Sir Terrence Conran’s vision of ostentatious theatre lives on in the main dining room at Quaglino's where small groups are welcome, but it is the private dining rooms which have forged a particular reputation for excellence in recent years.
Where: 16 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AJ
Book it: Quaglino's

The Stafford London, St James’s

What: With a couple of options for restaurants and a host of private dining options, The Stafford London makes for a good spot for all kinds of celebrations. For something casual and fun, The American Bar offers a luxe take on Stateside cocktails and snacks, while The Game Bird is home to a traditional British menu.
Where: 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ
Book it: The Stafford

The Pem, St James’s

What: A fine dining restaurant that is headed up by SquareMeal’s 2021 Female Chef of the Year Sally Abe, The Pem is one of the last few years' most notable new restaurant openings. Plush velvet seating and a menu packed full of classic dishes with a contemporary twist make this restaurant an elegant yet fun setting for your next group dinner, with restaurant dining and private spaces available.
Where: Conrad London St James, SW1H 0BH
Book it: The Pem

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair

What: If you are searching for a luxury location for your next group dinner in London, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will have the setting and the menu to impress. With three Michelin stars to its name, you can feel sure you will have an unforgettable experience.
Where: 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA
Book it: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

IT London, Mayfair

What: To experience Gennaro Esposito's incredible cooking fully, we recommend getting a group together and booking a private room at IT London. Choose from a range of set menus, including a lavish six-course dinner. Don't miss the yellowtail sashimi or asparagus with caviar, they are both absolute showstoppers.
Where: 28-29 Dover Street, W1S 4LX
Book it:
IT London

Bagatelle, Mayfair

What: For a taste of St Tropez, look no further than Bagatelle. This decadent restaurant has multiple private rooms to choose from, with capacities ranging from 10 to 70. You and your guests will then tuck in to the likes of whole truffled chicken, grilled lobster or stone-baked pizza.
Where: 
34 Dover Street, W1S 4NG
Book it:
Bagatelle

Stork Restaurant, Mayfair

What: Stork is a fine dining pan-African restaurant with a private room that seats up to eight. Choose from the various set menus, featuring dishes like lamb croquettes with harissa aioli, spatchcock jerk chicken and a dark chocolate dome with chocolate soil and vanilla ice cream. There is also an entirely vegan set menu available for plant based eaters.
Where: 
13-14 Cork Street, W1S 3NS
Book it:
Stork Restaurant

Corrigan’s, Mayfair

What: Richard Corrigan's flagship restaurant has four private dining rooms to choose from, each with its own vibe. The Kitchen Library seats just six for a super-intimate meal, while The Poet and Chef's Table both seat 10 (with the latter offering views of the action). The Lindsay Room is the largest, able to seat up to 30 for a lavish banquet.
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7EH
Book it: Corrigan's Mayfair

Park Chinois, Mayfair

What: We would argue that the interiors at Park Chinois could be the best in London. This is not, however, a case of style over substance. Expect dim sum platters, duck de Chine and stir-fried Chilean wagyu ribeye to be gracing you and your guests' plates, accompanied by excellent wine and creative house cocktails.
Where: 
17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA
Book it: 
Park Chinois

Hans’ Bar & Grill, Chelsea

What: Found in well-heeled Chelsea, this west London spot is the perfect place to bring together friends, family or colleagues around a smart and sophisticated table. Hans’ Bar & Grill has two separate rooms which can host up to 22 people, and guests will be treated to a menu of seasonal, local fare. To make things extra special there’s the option to add wine or cocktail pairings, ideal for celebratory gatherings.
Where: 164 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0AW
Book it: Hans’ Bar & Grill

The Italian Greyhound, Marylebone

What: Formerly Bernardi’s, The Italian Greyhound - in the heart of Marylebone - is a perfect destination for a casual dinner with friends, with a mix of small sharing plates and larger dishes on the menu. As well as seating for small groups in the main restaurant, you also have a choice of private dining spaces for larger groups.
Where: 62 Seymour Street, W1H 5BN
Book it: The Italian Greyhound

28-50 by Night, Marylebone

What: Ideally located between Bond Street and Marylebone, 28-50 by Night boasts multiple private dining areas, perfect for intimate dinners with some live jazz for good measure. The exclusive VIP Square is right next to the bar and stage, seating six to eight diners. Going larger, The Stage can seat up to 40, allowing another 17 with the additional hire of the private bar. The Upper Circle is great for receptions, while the whole venue can be hired for full-on blow-outs. 
Where: 76 Jason Court, W1U 2SJ
Book it: 28-50 by Night

The Cinnamon Club, Westminster

What: Big is often beautiful, and grand-scale Cinnamon Club certainly complies, with its striking main dining room, plus a variety of private spaces for more large-scale events. Fashionable, flavourful and stylish, with a top front-of-house team too - this place has it all.
Where: The Old Westminster Library, SW1P 3BU
Book it: Cinnamon Club

Bluebird, Chelsea

What: Bluebird looks fresher than ever. Its red steel frames are softened by trees and climbing herbs, while dim lighting casts an atmospheric glow. The kitchen brings small plates (the queen scallops are delightful) to the front of the agenda, accompanied by larger dishes of charred mackerel, calves’ livers and everything in between. We like the clever semi-private dining setup at the back for more informal gatherings.
Where: 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU
Book it: Bluebird

Best restaurants for groups in Central London

In Central London, you'll find plenty of weird and wonderful restaurants to visit in group. 

Aqua Nueva, Soho

What: A stone’s throw from the chaos of Regent Street’s shopping-mad throng is elegant Aqua Nueva, offering a pair of sleek private dining rooms and a dreamy rooftop terrace. Enjoy sharing plates of tapas and a whole section of the menu just dedicated to croquetas, with plenty of pina coladas to wash it all down with. 
Where: Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
Book it: Aqua Nueva

Park Row, Soho

What: There aren't many restaurants as unique as Park Row. This venue is inspired by DC Comics, with five spaces each based on a different element of the Batman story. Pennyworth's is a buzzy bar named after Bruce Wayne's butler, The Iceberg Lounge is based on The Penguin, and the Rogues Gallery features all of Catwoman Selena Kyle's greatest stolen prizes. 
Where: 77 Brewer Street, W1F 9ZN
Book it:
Park Row

Hard Rock Cafe, Picadilly Circus

What: Arguably one of the most famous franchises in the world, Hard Rock Cafe is a great place for lively dinners and bespoke events. The entire venue can seat up to 650, while the smaller Legends Room seats up to 40. The latter features music memorabilia, customised lighting and a projector screen. 
Where: 
Criterion Building 225-229 Piccadilly, W1J 9HR
Book it:
Hard Rock Cafe

Margot, Covent Garden

What: Head to the lower ground floor of Margot and you'll find The Club Room, which seats up to 32 guests. Sip on house cocktails at the private bar before heading in for dinner. Choose from an extensive 350-bin wine list to sip on while you tuck into classic Italian dishes like vitello tonnato, ossobuco with saffron and tiramisu. 
Where: 45 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA
Book it: 
Margot

Floral by Lima, Covent Garden

What: There are three different spaces you can hire at Floral by Lima: a private dining room, the Lost Alpaca Bar and the whole restaurant. There are set and sharing menus to choose from, featuring dishes like yuca fries, ceviche, slow-braised pork belly and desserts like passion fruit panna cotta or chocolate mousse with lucuma and ginger cream. 
Where: 
14 Garrick Street, WC2E 9BJ
Book it:
Floral by Lima

Aquavit, Piccadilly Circus

What: Found in St James’s market, Aquavit offers a relaxed and stylish dining destination with a Nordic-inspired menu. Two dedicated private dining rooms offer space for a more intimate dinner setting in rooms decorated with quirky wallpaper. Smaller groups can be accommodated in the restaurant.
Where: 1 Carlton Street, SW1Y 4QQ
Book it: Aquavit

Buns & Buns, Covent Garden

What: Offering a more relaxed setting than some of the boujier options on this list, Buns & Buns calls the Covent Garden Piazza home. The space is airy and ornate, and able to host up to 65 seated guests for a bread-based feast. Expect everything from bao buns fresh from the steamer to fluffy Roman pizzas. Sharing and canape menus are available, which well-suited for larger groups.
Where: 5C The Piazza, WC2E 8RA 
Book it: 
Buns & Buns

Mere, Fitzrovia

What: Top classical cooking with South Pacific flourishes and a fabulous understanding of how it matches with wine is the great appeal of Monica Galetti’s fashionable and elegant bonne bouche Mere in Charlotte Street. Hire the whole restaurant or plump for one of the pretty downstairs tables for smaller groups. 
Where: 74 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QH
Book it: Mere

The Coach at Clerkenwell, Farringdon

What: Found just around the corner from Farringdon station, The Coach at Clerkenwell is a neighbourhood gastropub, restaurant and hotel that offers bistro-style food with both French and British influences. With a couple of private dining options along with the possibility of hiring the main restaurant, you and your group will have plenty of spaces to choose from.
Where: 26-28 Ray Street, EC1R 3DJ
Book it: The Coach at Clerkenwell

Best restaurants for groups in South London

In South London, things are a bit more relaxed. You'll find buzzy bars and trendy eateries aplenty.

Pizarro, Bermondsey

What: For a group dinner in a picture-perfect setting, head to Pizarro in Bermondsey, a stylish restaurant with a Spanish menu. Groups of up to six can enjoy the a la carte menu in the main restaurant. Larger groups can be seated in the beautiful semi-private dining space with chic wooden panels and blue and white ceramic tiling.
Where: 194 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
Book it: Pizarro

Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa, Richmond

What: Private dining at Richmond Harbour Hotel is extremely flexible. The team will tailor the meal to your exact requirements, serving up delicious dishes like burrata with heritage tomatoes, grilled scallops with pea and bacon, or seabass with grilled fennel and orange. There are four different rooms to choose from, ranging from a capacity of 30 to 60. 
Where: Richmond Hill, TW10 6RP
Book it: Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa

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