Small private dining rooms in London: The best cosy spots for intimate dinners

Looking for a private room? Whatever occasion you’re celebrating, be it a birthday, working lunch or celebration dinner, we’ve got the private dining room to suit your needs. For groups big and small, from tucked-away private rooms to mezzanine levels offering you the buzz of the restaurant below, let us curate a unique private dining experience for your special occasion with our list of the best private dining rooms in London.

Updated on 29 March 2018

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Seven Park Place by William Drabble

1. Seven Park Place by William Drabble

St. James's Hotel & Club, 7-8 Park Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1LS

Embedded within the wedding-cake surrounds of the St James's Hotel, this freestanding restaurant drips sobriety and good manners. Restraint is the watchword – even if your eyes have to cope with a mishmash of patterned carpets, patterned banquettes and dramatic patterned wallpaper in the petite, nine-table dining room. William Drabble delivers “the most incredible, genuine French food”, sourcing from the UK, but applying several coats of contemporary Gallic lacquer to his Michelin-starred food: scallops are marinated in blood-orange vinegar and served with Dorset crab and blood-orange mayo; saddle of Lune Valley lamb arrives with onions, turnips and thyme; roast veal sweetbreads are studded with truffle and partnered by crispy chicken wings, salt-baked celeriac and roasted chicken emulsion. To finish, try coffee-soaked savarin with coffee cream and caramelised hazelnuts. “Professional, dedicated staff” provide the icing on the cake.

French
Max Dining 35
Corrigan

2. Corrigan's Mayfair

28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH

It’s hard to imagine Richard Corrigan seated in the restaurant that bears his name – at first glance, the blue-toned dining room and polished expanses seem too elegant to contain him. But there’s something of the chef’s robustness in a heartily seasonal menu, the odd visual pun and a chef’s trolley which might proffer shoulder of suckling pig or Dover sole meunière. Corrigan’s puts nature’s larder on the table in a way that suits “occasions when you want to be spoilt”. Influences are wide-ranging, so you might find chicken congee with scallop or roasted boneless quail with red curry and prawn toast ahead of perfectly timed Cornish cod with stuffed baby squid or one of the justly renowned game specialities: if you’re going to have hare in Mayfair, have it here, or try roast wild duck with pumpkin, celery and walnut. Presentation is appealing, but a fair distance from fussy – and the same can be said of a wine list grouped loosely by style.

British
Max Dining 30
The Gilbert Scott

3. The Gilbert Scott

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

Matching the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s awe-inspiring grandeur would be a tall order for any restaurant, but on current form, Marcus Wareing’s team can compete with the architectural splendour of this fabulous dining room. We swooned over plates of cooked-pink duck hearts and perky chanterelles on smoked bone marrow, before chomping on red mullet and roasted prawns perched on creamy brandade, and a dish of silky hake with pickled egg purée, summer vegetables and black pudding. As for pud, we’d advise saving room for the gorgeous praline tart with caramel ice cream. Lunchtime set deals such as mackerel with gooseberries and runner beans followed by lamb shoulder with glistening pea broth are worth it just to gawp at the room’s vast architraves, glorious art and gold lamé pillars, while suited service hits an informed (but informal) sweet spot. Linger over the chunky wine list or indulge in a swift flute of something English before the train. 

British
Max Dining 18
Benares

4. Benares

12a Berkeley Square House, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BS

A beacon for Asian fine dining since 2003, Michelin-starred Benares brings French-inspired refinement to spice-based cooking “without depleting the authenticity of Indian flavour”. The kitchen delivers “awesome food” and “real creativity” across the board, although tasting menus are the undoubted showcase for the kitchen's talents – from pan-seared scallops with broccoli couscous and pine-nut podi (dry powder) to a crisp, puffy chicken tikka pie or tandoori lamb cutlets with rich, rogan-inspired jus and creamy black dhal makhani. Inventive set lunches might include piri-piri quail with smoked beetroot or prawn curry with Bengali-spiced kimchi, while a dessert of tarte Tatin infused with anise and fennel typifies the crossover approach. Kindly, engaging staff deliver “spotless service” in the slick, smart, white-on-black dining room, while street food and quirky cocktails are the main business in the lounge bar. Wine picks tackle the spicing admirably. “Pricey, but perfect for special occasions”, says a fan.

Indian
Halal
Max Dining 36
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental

5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA

With Heston Blumenthal’s name attached and a menu of eye-catching dishes that play with our perceptions of British cookery, Dinner was always going to be a hit with London’s gastro-tourists, and there are plenty of reasons for them to leave feeling satisfied – not least the beautiful daytime view of Hyde Park, the fun of the nitro-fuelled ice cream cart and the switched-on staff.“Attention to detail is second to none”, observes a fan. Even if you don’t buy into the restaurant’s date-stamped reinterpretation of historical recipes, there’s a formidable cornucopia of gastronomic delights to relish – from the ‘meat fruit’ (c.1500) disguised as a mandarin with subtle citrus notes to the soft, juicy ‘tipsy cake’ (c.1810) with spit-roast pineapple. Also brace yourself for other extraordinary conceits ranging from ‘sherried’ scallop tartare with mushroom broth to chicken ‘oysters’ invigorated with horseradish cream and pickled walnuts. Sides are not to be sniffed at either – the mash is among the creamiest we’ve tasted. Obviously, such a “luxurious experience” doesn’t come cheap (especially if you commit to the wine flights), although set lunches offer a more accommodating prospect. Either way, prepare to be astonished.

British
Max Dining 100
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

6. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

53 Park Lane, London, W1K 1QA

The combination of a superstar name and three Michelin stars means that expectations are always sky-high at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester; in return, diners are treated to “an exercise in superlative service and presentation”, with hushed tones barely disturbing the reverential calm in the classic creamy-toned dining room – an “oasis of serenity” away from the bluster of Park Lane. Head chef Jean-Phillipe Blondet is his master’s voice, delivering a measured parade of profound and deeply flavoured dishes hinting at the “culinary genius” behind the scenes – just consider the “heavenly” sauté gourmand of lobster accompanied by homemade pasta and truffled chicken quenelles or the signature ‘contemporary’ vacherin with a coconut boule, pomegranate seeds and exotic fruits. In between, the ever-fabulous rib and saddle of venison with coffee sauce and a peanut-stuffed parsnip vies with fish classics such as fillet of turbot with beetroot and clams marinière or line-caught sea bass with braised chicory. Prices, as you’d expect of somewhere called Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, take no prisoners, and the platinum wine list promises a galaxy of French stars with hefty mark-ups – although fans still think that dining here is “time exceptionally well spent”.  

French
Max Dining 30
Mere

7. Mere

74 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QH

Great food by Monica Galletti and a beautifully crafted wine list by husband David makes the experience in this jewel of a pdr one of the most special in the Charlotte Street neighbourhood.

Modern European
Max Dining 10
The Pie Room

8. The Pie Room

252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

London pie shops might have an august history but it’s not every day you get to dine in one. And it’s a strangely unique mix of relaxed fun and privileged exclusivity.

 

British
Max Dining 10
Kaspar

9. Kaspar's at The Savoy

Strand, London, WC2R 0EZ

There’s a thrill to dining in the Savoy with all its hospitality history, but Kaspar’s gives you the best of all worlds: intimate dining and a choice of an a la carte or bespoke menu.

 

Fish
Max Dining 14
Avenue

10. Avenue

7-9 St James's Street, St. James's, London, SW1A 1EE

The bright, contemporary blank canvas space of Avenue with its New York gallery vibe continues in the private dining room. Clean and utilitarian. Uplifting too.

International
Max Dining 18
12 Hay Hill

11. 12 Hay Hill

12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London, W1J 8NR

Impressive Berkeley Square location and multiple private dining and reception spaces are just two of the reasons why 12 Hay Hill gets plenty of repeat visits.

British
Max Dining 30
STK London

12. STK London

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

Nothing if not versatile, STK London can do everything from dark and moody hen parties to high tech corporate lunches. It’s a classy space that stands out in the neighbourhood.

North American
Steak
Max Dining 30
Cinnamon Kitchen City

13. Cinnamon Kitchen City

9 Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 4YL

The 16-seat private dining room at classy Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square features a large glass window into the kitchen. A plasma tv screen and other audio-visual equipment adds further oomph.

 

Indian
Max Dining 12

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