Updated on 29 March 2019
The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas, City of London, London, EC4Y 1BQ
A pair of slick, contemporary private rooms encourages a sophisticated air as well as energetic quaffing at this Fleet Street haunt. The food is executed with a deft touch, too.
171-173 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3UW
Loyalty is a thing here, and it’s easy to understand why, with its vintage post-industrial fixtures and fittings, welcoming ambience, classy ingredients-led food and well-made cocktails. Nice variety of pdr spaces, too.
17 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4AB
Ski memorabilia dovetails with a swish parquet floor to give you the impression of a well-heeled Alpine retreat. Behind equally splendid Crittal doors, you can indulge the see-and-be-seen ambience to your heart’s content.
2b, Citypoint, City of London, London, EC2Y 9AW
Upholding the best traditions of the Square Mile, this City stalwart hits all the right notes with a contemporary spin on traditional Italian food and wine allied to first-rate old-school service.
Arch 758, Railway Arches, Battersea Power Station, London, SW8 5BN
And now for something completely different. The mezzanine ‘cage’ that literally hangs in the centre of this post-industrial arch is a space that’s both fun and unique. Food and cocktails are tasty, too.
6 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DE
Leave your prejudices behind as this pan-Asian tapas eatery has much to recommend it, from its tasty kitchen offerings and inventive cocktails to the zany lantern lighting and exposed brickwork. Fun.
Strand Palace, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0JJ
An art-deco room combined with versatile food and drink packages and professional service help make this private dining option a high quality experience, from inception to execution. Location, just south of Covent Garden, adds appeal.
13-15 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7PS
We love the intimate Behind the Curtain wine cellar hidden away in this Georgian restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden. Further options include the Mirror and Garden Rooms.
52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Three semi-private spaces, plus a terrace, are the options at this informal venue in the heart of Islington. Verdant decor, tiled and wooden floors, modern art and neon signs keep things relaxed.
63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 7LP
Conjuring the opulent spirit of the Regency era, this beautiful set of rooms has plenty to recommend them. Add in professional service and a location just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus. What’s not to like?
34-44 Barkston Gardens, London, London, SW5 0EW
Beloved of well-heeled locals and culture-sated refugees from South Kensington, this easy-going and inviting setting in the Hotel Indigo, has much going for it, including the food of TV maestro Theo Randall.
9a Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YN
Amidst opulent candelabra and utilitarian brown furniture you can trip the light fantastic at this Scottish retreat that conjures the spirit of the Highlands. A separate virtual shooting range does nothing to dispel the illusion.
Criterion Building, London, London, W1J 9HR
The European flagship beckons you to get creative in its various spaces, but it is the Legends Room with its music memorabilia, customised lighting and projector screen that really stands out.
20 – 21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia , London, W1T1PG
With its bright red lacqueur walls, this wild private dining room exudes a sense of louche glamour. Add in flat screen tv and good music options and you can lose yourself in isolated splendour.
62 Seymour Street, Marble Arch, London, W1H 5BN
A miracle of a modern lower ground floor turned covish haunt, with its own lounge and cocktail bar. Pretty perfect as a flexible and well-appointed space for fun private occasions.
8 Sir Simon Milton Square, London, SW1E 5DJ
On-trend restaurant with a choice of private or semi-private spaces, made fun with light wood panelling, quirky lamps and comfortable seating. Want to include or exclude restaurant buzz? The choice is yours.
45 Great Queen Street, London , WC2B 5AA
The basement Club Room, seating up to 32 guests in good comfort, oozes a sense of luxury not always associated with Covent Garden. Plush leather seating, marble floor and well-stocked bar are further pluses.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, King's Cross, London, NW1 2AR
If you can get to St Pancras you’ll be well rewarded by delicious food in beautiful surroundings and the joyfulness of an operation on top of its game. The Chef’s Table is a particular treat.