London's best private dining rooms for 30 people

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

Take a look at SquareMeal’s list of the best private dining rooms for 30 people or more. Every one of the restaurants featured in SquareMeal’s list of the best private dining rooms for 30 people or more 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.

The Folly

The Folly

41 Gracechurch Street, City of London, London, EC3V 0BT

‘It’s chic and very now’ says one reader of this capacious, typically theatrical Drake & Morgan bar, laid out on two levels close to the north end of London Bridge. The decor has a garden theme, with lots of greenery, a resident florist and some pretty furniture with hints of Scandinavian modern and 50s ‘stil nuovo’; there are even some pop-up shopping opportunities too. Cocktails include classics-with-a-twist, low-cal ‘skinnies’ and punch bowls for sharing, while food is served from breakfast onwards, with a menu that rounds up everything from fondues to flatbreads, Thai green curry and club sandwiches. 

Bars
Max Dining 30
Rosewood London

Rosewood London

252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

A multitude of private rooms with everything from walnut furniture to modish good looks, and even a room with a show kitchen, are on offer at the beautifully renovated Rosewood in High Holborn.

British
Max Dining 30
Skylon

Skylon

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8XX

Separate though not private, the joy of The River View reception area is not only the cityscape Thames view but also the sheer theatre of this ambient large-scale room.

British
Max Dining 33
No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne

50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LR

Host your own party in this handsome Chelsea townhouse, where the upstairs private room does a great job in providing home-from-home comfort, with classy brasserie food to match, and impressive wines.

French
Max Dining 30
Indian Accent

Indian Accent

16 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4HW

The sleek lower-ground floor comfortably accommodates 30 seated guests for Chef Manish Mehrotra's beautiful and sure-footed updating of classic Indian cooking. Polished gold decorative details and plush green velvet seating adds to the opulence.

Indian
Max Dining 30
Jamies Tudor Street

Jamies Tudor Street

36 Tudor Street, Blackfriars, London, EC4Y 0BH

Informal get-togethers on a low-to-medium budget are the stock in trade at Jamies Blackfriars, be it for a private dinner or an informal drinks party.

International
Max Dining 30
Quaglino

Quaglino's

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

Once a stunner, always a stunner. With its “all-encompassing” ambience and a shape that evokes a cruise ship’s lavish ballroom (an effect emphasised by the stage at one end), revamped Quag’s carries its glamorous past with it. Aware that the bleeding edge of London’s restaurant scene is now far off in the distance, owners D&D London concentrate on easy-to-like food with a satisfying element of flash. There are oysters, caviar and a pile-it-high lobster and langoustine cocktail, plus braised veal breast with truffled Comté mac ’n’ cheese, and big beefy grills. “Very attentive” service gives the experience some soul, and a striking central bar, topped with glowing marble, is a source of pleasant bustle, particularly at night. After 10pm, DJs, house bands and guest artists hit the stage, which may be a reason to arrive or leave; if it’s the former, a late-night menu on Fridays and Saturdays keeps things kicking into the wee hours.

Modern European
Max Dining 38
City Social

City Social

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

Master-of-the-universe views across the metropolis add considerably to the magic of dining in these handsome art-deco rooms, 24 stories up. The food, in Jason Atherton’s mould, doesn’t half help either.

Modern European
Max Dining 30
Seven Park Place by William Drabble

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
The Stafford London

The Stafford London

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

The 17th century Stafford Wine Cellar is just one of the many spaces for private dining here, which can be combined with a cobbled courtyard for a spectacular event. This interplay of rooms certainly adds edge.

British
Max Dining 44
Clarette

Clarette

44 Blandford Street, London, London, W1U 7HS

Away from the restaurant, the Salon Privé and the second floor Dining Room are tailormade for cool, comfortable dinners or small receptions. A classy and very natural sense of epicurean informality.

Modern European
Bars
Max Dining 30
Volta Do Mar

Volta Do Mar

13-15 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7PS

If you’re looking for cosy middle-ground private dining with a touch of Covent Garden stardust, you can’t do much better than Volto da Mar, with its variety of rooms and easy-going savoir faire.

Portuguese
Modern European
Mediterranean
Vegetarian
Vegan
West African
Brazilian
Wine Bars
Bluebird

Bluebird

350 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU

With a plum Chelsea location and plenty of space on the street-level terrace and first-floor restaurant, Bluebird keeps it simple to woo the King’s Road set with a please-all menu of globe-spanning flavours, lighter bites at the adjacent Bluebird Café and a large horseshoe bar. Following a refurbishment in autumn 2016, the sprawling dining room is a mishmash of styles – patterned fabrics and blue and brown leather – beneath rusty-red girders and a large skylight.

International
Max Dining 120
The LaLit London

The LaLit London

The LaLit London, Southwark, London, SE1 2JR

The Headmaster’s Room provides the most ornate offering for receptions and bigger sit-down dinners, complementing further private rooms which are both slick and fit for purpose.

Max Dining 30
Fox & Anchor

Fox & Anchor

115 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6AA

Same same but different. Every inch the trad City pub on the one hand, with the added gloss and veneer of a co-habiting boutique hotel. Private dining takes place in The Vestry, accommodating 30 seated.

Gastropub
Max Dining 40
Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

157a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ

Spitalfields is where it all started for Hawksmoor founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott in 2006 and while their newer restaurants became ever-more glamorous, this blueprint was still recognisably a City steakhouse. A recent refurb has brought it into line with its glossy siblings with acres of green leather and an all-round sheen, but what still sets Hawksmoor apart from the competition it spawned is the hubbub of happy diners anticipating some of the best steak in London, smoky from the chargrill and imbued with more character than the cast list of Game of Thrones. Non-carnivores should investigate such fresh-tasting treats as a mound of white crab meat piled on to thin crumpets, or three breadcrumb-scattered scallops served in the shell with a white port and garlic sauce. There’s no denying that Hawksmoor is expensive, but portions are so big that a steak and a couple of sides (treacle-sweet bacon, squeaky spring greens) should hit the spot for most appetites – though who could resist the lure of peanut butter shortbread topped with a smooth scoop of salted-caramel ice cream and concealing a well of syrupy sauce?

Steak
British
Max Dining 55
The Cinnamon Club

The Cinnamon Club

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

Despite expanding his ‘Cinnamon’ brand and his portfolio, Indian celeb chef Vivek Singh hasn’t taken his eye off the ball here in Westminster. Cinnamon Club remains the mothership and still hums with an influential hotchpotch of politicians, lobbyists, hacks and opinion formers.A recent refurb improved the interiors while still referencing the grand old library premises, and Singh’s authentic but contemporary cooking remains consistently delicious.

Indian
Max Dining 60
Adam Handling Chelsea at Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Adam Handling Chelsea at Belmond Cadogan Hotel

75 Sloane St, Chelsea, London, SW1X 9SG

The luxury confines of the Belmond Cadogan married with the cotemporary cooking of Adam Handling provides a rarefied beacon for folk in search of swish private dining.

Modern European
British
Afternoon tea
Max Dining 50
12 Hay Hill

12 Hay Hill

12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London, W1J 8NR

The particular polish that comes with a Berkeley Square location and a rich variety of rooms for dining and stand-up receptions gets 12 Hay Hill an entry in many a PDR black book.

British
Max Dining 30
Searcys at the Gherkin

Searcys at the Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

Norman Foster-designed skyscraper, epic views across the capital and culinary wizardry from a top team conspire to pack a knock-out punch. All in your own private dining room.

Max Dining 50
Savoy Grill at The Savoy

Savoy Grill at The Savoy

The Savoy, London, WC2R 0EU

The legendary Savoy Grill has hosted a long list of famous diners since it opened in 1889, including Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra. You'll feel like an A-lister too, seated in the plush dining room beneath glittering chandeliers: "I love the experience whenever I go here," declares one devotee. Now a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, the menu pays its dues to the Savoy's culinary heritage, featuring omelette Arnold Bennett and peach Melba (both created here), as well as French staples that would be familiar to the hotel's first chef, Escoffier. But the main event is the "wonderful meat": generous grills and chops, with classic sauces such as marrowbone and shallot, feature alongside braises, roasts and pies, plus daily treats from the trolley – Wednesday is our favourite day for lunch, when beef Wellington is the star of the show.

Modern European
Max Dining 40
Aqua Nueva

Aqua Nueva

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

We love the stunning pair of adjoining private dining rooms at Aqua Nueva partly because they are beautiful and partly for their versatility. Add in a rooftop terrace to complete the dreamy setting.

Tapas
Spanish
Max Dining 30
The Goring

The Goring

15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, London, SW1W 0JW

A quintessentially British restaurant for a top-class family-owned British hotel, the Goring Dining Room is a real experience. Decked out in cream and gold, it manages to stay the right side of pompous thanks to whimsical cherry-tree chandeliers and keen-as-mustard service – a mood of “unrushed efficiency” prevails. Grilled Dover sole and beef Wellington are still there for the old guard, but elsewhere more on-trend dishes delight such as confit egg yolk with chicken wings and prosciutto (“a winner”), and delicate, cured sea trout tartare with myriad specialist tomatoes and seaweed vinaigrette. Roast chicken with truffled potato salad has also “pleased greatly” and we’ve been blown away by the perfectly timed cod with razor clams and shrimps. As you might expect from a Michelin-starred kitchen, it’s all very sophisticated and pretty, although “flavours and textures are a highlight”. The “incredible” cheese trolley gets rave reviews, and the wine list has everything you would expect of such a grand establishment.

British
Max Dining 44

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