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.
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, namely the City, Soho, Mayfair and Covent Garden. 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.
Check out our pick of the best London restaurants for group dining below and book a table today.
Best restaurants for groups London
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
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. Small groups can be accommodated in the restaurant.
Where: 1 Carlton Street, SW1Y 4QQ
Book it: Aquavit
The Stafford London, St James’s
What: With a couple of options for restaurants and a host of private dining options. 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
Book it: The Stafford
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
The Pem, St James’s
What: A fine dining restaurant that is headed up by SquareMeal’s Female Chef of the Year Sally Abe, The Pem is one of 2021’s 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
The Coach at Clerkenwell, Farringdon
What: Found just around the corner from Farringdon station, The Coach at Clerkenwell is a neighborhood 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 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
Wild Honey St James, St James’s
What: A restaurant led by chef patron Anthony Demetre with a menu designed with Head Chef Simon Woodrow, Wild Honey combines classic French cooking techniques with carefully sourced seasonal British produce. Choose to dine in the stylish main restaurant or to one of the romantically lit private spaces.
Where: 8 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5NG
Book it: Wild Honey St James
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
What: If you are searching for a luxury location for your next group dinner in London, the 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
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, and a top front of house team too.
Where: The Old Westminster Library, SW1P 3BU
Book it: Cinnamon Club
What: Top classical cooking with South Pacific flourishes and a fabulous understanding of how it matches with wine is the great appeal of Monica Galletti’s fashionable and elegant bonne bouche Mere in Charlotte Street, plus plenty of tables for small groups available.
Where: 74 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QH
Book it: Mere
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 City of London and Shoreditch
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
What: From 24 storeys up the knockout views of London, spread before you like a carpet, stoke the appetite for Jason Atherton’s multi-layered cooking within the handsome art-deco dining room. 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
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
Book it: 14 Hills
New Street Grill
Book it: New Street Grill
Best restaurants for groups Covent Garden
Floral by Lima
Book it: Floral by Lima
Book it: Margot
Best restaurants for groups Mayfair
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
What: A stone’s throw from the chaos of Regent Street’s shopping-mad throng is elegant Aqua Nueva, offering a pair of elegant private dining rooms and a dreamy rooftop terrace.
Where: Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
Book it: Aqua Nueva
Book it: IT London
Book it: Bagatelle
Book it: Stork Restaurant
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental
Book it: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental
What: The largest private dining space at Corrigan’s Mayfair is the Lindsay Room. It’s also one of our favourites – the 42in LCD screen allows diners to keep an eye on the action in the kitchen while tucking in to food that celebrates Britain’s natural larder.
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7EH
Book it: Corrigan's Mayfair
Book it: Park Chinois
Buns & Buns
Book it: Buns & Buns
Best restaurants for groups Soho
Book it: Park Row
Hard Rock Cafe
Book it: Hard Rock Cafe
Bocca di Lupo
What: Busy, buzzy, noisy and fun, Bocca di Lupo is a Soho classic offering some of the very best Italian regional food in London. Although the idea is to share, there are full-size versions of nearly all dishes for diners who don’t like another person’s fork near their plate. Expect perfect grilled fish and slow-cooked specialities, washed down with terrific Italian wines.
Where: 12 Archer Street, W1D 7BB
If you are planning an exclusive event, browse our selection of private dining rooms in London.