Our favourite restaurants for group dining in London

Have the ultimate party for your pals with one of these fantastic group dining spaces.

Updated on 29 March 2018

Looking for a London restaurant that will cater for your group or party? SquareMeal’s carefully selected list of the best restaurants for group dining in London provides an excellent guide to London’s top restaurants for group dining. Eating out with a group of friends, family or work colleagues is always good fun, but it’s often rather a task to find the right restaurant for everyone. SquareMeal’s list of the top restaurants for group dining in London aims to make your group booking in one of London’s restaurants a whole lot easier. Choose from the very best restaurants in London catering for group dining, some providing special group menus, private dining spaces for your group or bespoke services catered to your needs. Every one of the group dining restaurants featured in SquareMeal’s list of London’s top group dining restaurants have been tried and tested by food critics and our own customers so check out the reviews and book a table online with SquareMeal today.

1 Lombard Street Brasserie

1. 1 Lombard Street Brasserie

1 Lombard Street, City of London, London, EC3V 9AA

Next door to the Lord Mayor’s residence, 1 Lombard Street is firmly established in City diaries – although that’s not all down to the prime location or the handsome proportions of the Grade II-listed former banking hall. The Brasserie is both a habit and a pleasure for the local business community, who enjoy professional-grade people-watching under its high ceilings and Pietro Agostini cupola. Although 1776 (the fine-dining option) is well regarded, there’s nothing like a table in this buzzy all-day space for highly visible celebrations. The food might not steal the show, but standards are more than solid when it comes to crowd-pleasing iterations of Thai beef salad, grilled octopus with romanesco broccoli, veal milanese, no-nonsense steaks and curried fishcakes with lime yoghurt dip. Puddings are traditional standards, tidied up from the nursery and big on British fruit.

Modern European
Max Dining 40
Bleeding Heart

2. Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart Yard, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8S

Quirky and colourful, this classically styled French bistro could almost be a set from the hit movie Amélie. Inside, vintage posters line the ochre walls, table settings show off the tricolore palette and there are wine bottles everywhere; the outside area is a delight in summer, when lobster and rosé are the top shouts at tables on the cobbles. The offer may be a little corny but it "always delivers". Of course, the food is straight out of the bourgeois French repertoire, so expect the likes of moules marinière or asparagus with hollandaise sauce ahead of omelette aux fines herbes, lapin à la moutarde or salade niçoise. Retro also rules when it comes to desserts such as petit pot au chocolat with whipped cream. Wine lovers can take advantage of the full cellars at the Bleeding Heart restaurant across the way. "Top service" too.

Max Dining 150
Blueprint Café

3. Blueprint Café

28 Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YD

On the button… I really rate this place!” enthuses one fan of the Blueprint Café – a bright, airy eatery floating above the Thames. A row of tables along one wall offers “fabulous” river views, although the main draw is top-notch cooking at prices that “don’t even break the bank”. The seasonal carte kicks off with crowd-pleasers such as potted duck with piccalilli or beetroot and goats’ curd salad, while mains have a sturdy patriotic feel – think chicken and leek pie, whole plaice with chips or Colne Valley lamb rump with cockles and samphire. There are “fabulously creamy” risottos too, while desserts offer yoghurt pannacotta and lemon cheesecake alongside lemon posset and Eton mess. The overall feel is sleek, efficient and a tad corporate (as you might expect from a D&D London outlet), although there’s no strain on the wallet: “go for their lunch menu!” recommends one price-conscious fan.

Max Dining 25


110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

Blockbuster views across London are just the start of this high-ceilinged, hi-spec experience in the heart of the City where Latin American vibes are mixed with Japanese sophistication to produce one of the most seductive pdr experiences in the UK.

South American
Max Dining 40

5. Franco's

61 Jermyn Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 6LX

A versatile range of rooms hits all the right notes on account of the decor, slick service and accomplished, technically adept Italian grub. Swanky Mayfair setting an added plus.

Max Dining 50
City Social

6. City Social

24th Floor, Tower 42, City of London, London, EC2N 1HQ

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 these handsome art-deco rooms. It’s an experience to remember.

Modern European
Max Dining 30
The Cinnamon Club

7. The Cinnamon Club

The Old Westminster Library, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BU

Big is often beautiful, and grand-scale Cinnamon Club certainly complies, with its striking variety of rooms and opportunities for private events. Fashionable, flavourful and stylish, and a top front of house team too.

Max Dining 60

8. Mere

74 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QH

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 in Charlotte Street. 

Modern European
Max Dining 10
Hush Mayfair

9. Hush Mayfair

8 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, London, W1S 1EY

No flashy meteor, Hush is a piece of hidden treasure just off Bond Street which never ceases to seduce with its understated but high impact entertaining. Its private rooms are packed with warmth and natural style.

Max Dining 66
The Stafford London

10. The Stafford London

The Stafford London , St. James's, London, SW1A 1NJ

From a 17th century wine cellar to the most civilised of Mayfair dining-rooms, the private event facilities at The Stafford are second to none. Bright, intensely flavoured dishes are an added plus.

Max Dining 44
Aqua Nueva

11. Aqua Nueva

Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), London, W1B 3BR

A stone’s throw from the chaos of Regent Street’s shopping-mad throng is this elegant eerie offering a pair of elegant private dining rooms and a dreamy rooftop terrace.

Max Dining 30
Rosewood London

12. Rosewood London

252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

There’s a metropolitan glamour about the private rooms at the Rosewood which proffer everything from traditional walnut furniture to something more modish and even a room with a show kitchen for something different. 

Max Dining 30
The Gilbert Scott

13. The Gilbert Scott

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, King's Cross, London, NW1 2AR

The golden age of railway travel is effortlessly conjured by St Pancras where delicious food and cheerfully solicitous service is added to the mind-blowing setting here at The Gilbert Scott.

Max Dining 18

14. Quaglino's

16 Bury Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6AJ

Sir Terrence Conran’s vision of ostentatious theatre lives on in the main dining-room at Quags, but it is the private dining rooms which have forged a particular reputation for excellence in recent years.  

Modern European
Max Dining 38
Private Dining at Claridge

15. Private Dining at Claridge's

Claridge's, 55 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR

This historic Grade II listed building with all manner of royal connections houses a range of private dining options and, as you’d expect, service is never short of stately, deferential and elegant.

Modern European
Afternoon tea
Max Dining 120
STK London

16. STK London

336-337 Strand, London, London, WC2R 1HA

There’s a lack of fuss and frills at this sleek chameleon on the private dining circuit which offers everything from louche live-it-up parties to slick corporate lunches.

North American
Max Dining 30

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