Private dining rooms in London: The best spaces for your event

These days, dining out in London is an everyday occurrence, rather than a special occasion treat. The fact that a casual dinner in a restaurant no longer feels that special anymore means that when it comes to marking special occasions such as a milestone birthday or an engagement dinner, it makes sense to go that one step further and hire a private dining room.

Updated on 30 March 2020

London’s private dining scene is vast and there are restaurants with private rooms everywhere from the glamorous haunts of Mayfair to the hipster-lite eateries in Shoreditch. Private dining rooms aren’t just for people celebrating though, as they’re often also used to host corporate functions such as product launches and business meetings – lunch at a restaurant certainly beats discussing the yearly budget over shop-bought croissants in the office.  

Whatever your reason for searching for a private dining room in London, you’ll be glad to know that the capital has options to suit every style, function and budget. To help you get to the bottom of all of the London restaurants with private rooms, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite private dining spots, dividing them up by area to keep things simple.

With a great venue and delicious food sorted, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is the seating plan, but unfortunately, we can’t help you with that one.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

10-50 Willow Street, Old Street, London, EC2A 4BH

Nobu may be famous in the US for Kardashian sightings and being namechecked in Drake songs, but at the Shoreditch outpost, it’s the private dining options that we find most exciting. Here, you can book two different semi-private spaces and in the warmer months, the outdoor terrace is also available to hire. While you’re dining here, you can expect to chow down on the likes of pimped-up tacos with fillings such as avocado and caviar or lobster wasabi sour cream, as well as miso black cod and a variety of sushi rolls.

Japanese
Max Dining 40
City Social

City Social

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

Unlike some sky-high restaurants, City Social sits among the area’s skyscrapers at 24 floors high, rather than looming high above them. We’d argue that this is part of its charm, as you can actually make out the buildings and people on the streets below. On the menu, you can expect quality best-of-British dishes, such as ribeye steak with duck fat chips, béarnaise and peppercorn sauce. The space also boasts its own lobby, which is ideal for pre-dinner drinks before you sit down to feast.

Modern European
Max Dining 30
Cinnamon Kitchen City

Cinnamon Kitchen City

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

A more casual spin-off of chef Vivek Singh’s high-end flagship the Cinnamon Club, popular Cinnamon Kitchen benefits from an al fresco terrace, as well as industrial-chic interiors. The 16-seat private dining room features striking patterned wallpaper and a large glass panel which acts as a window into the goings on of the kitchen. If you’re looking to book out the room for a corporate function, the team can include a plasma screen television and other audio-visual elements to help bring your event to life.

Indian
Max Dining 12
Percy & Founders

Percy & Founders

1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 7EY

Percy & Founders was formerly the Middlesex Hospital, but there’s no fear of stumbling across medical equipment in this sleek and expansive spot. There are a few private dining options to choose from here, with Percy’s Den being the most attractive for business meetings – high speed Wi-Fi, a 60” HD TV, an Apple TV, Mac mini and a Bose surround sound system all make it a handy spot for corporate gigs. For more casual events, opt for the semi-private Reading Room, which can host dinners or drinks and canapé receptions.

Modern European
Max Dining 80
Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle

110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

Taking the title of the highest private dining room in the country (just one floor above SUSHISAMBA’s), Duck & Waffle serves a slice of awe-inspiring views alongside sharing menus which champion some of the restaurant’s most loved dishes like its eponymous signature and the ox cheek doughnut. Daytime meetings are easily accommodated for thanks to an in-house audio-visual system, while evening soirées could mean a standing cocktail reception or a sit-down meal, all while drinking in those unforgettable views.

International
Max Dining 18
Fenchurch Restaurant

Fenchurch Restaurant

Fenchurch Restaurant, Level 37, Sky Garden, City of London, London, EC3M 8AF

37 floors above the Square Mile, Fenchurch offers the kind of private dining experience that will stay with you forever. Aside from its near panoramic views of the capital, you can also enjoy the verdant greenery of Sky Garden below, which makes for a prime Instagram opportunity. Food wise, expect a dedicated private dining menu of modern European dishes, such as Herdwick lamb with trombetta, charred aubergine, fregola and yoghurt, followed by a dessert of spiced mango with sheep’s yoghurt.

Modern European
British
Max Dining 16
27 Restaurant & Bar

27 Restaurant & Bar

27 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7TJ

Plush Mayfair private members’ clubs may be notoriously difficult to gain access too, but one way to get behind the golden gates as it were is to hire one of their restaurants with private rooms for a special occasion. At high-end 27, you’ll find a few rooms to choose from, each with luxuriously appointed interiors. The restaurant’s menu is an international affair, serving up crowd-pleasing signature dishes from the likes of India, China, Europe, Japan and the Middle East – it’s the perfect compromise for when you’re hosting a group with diverse tastes.

Modern European
Middle Eastern
Sushi
Japanese
Chinese
International
Indian
Max Dining 16
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

53 Park Lane, London, W1K 1QA

For sheer romance, it doesn’t get much better than Table Lumiere at Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, housed inside the grand dame of London hotels. The space is partially cut off from the buzz of the main restaurant via a luminescent oval curtain, which is decorated with 4,500 shimmering fibre optics which drop dramatically from the ceiling. If you’re after something less intimate, choose the Salon instead, which benefits from high ceilings and plenty of natural light.

French
Max Dining 30
1 Lombard Street Brasserie

1 Lombard Street Brasserie

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

Thanks to its grand setting and proximity to Bank station, 1 Lombard Street has long been a favourite for the City’s working lunches. The charming Botanical Room at the venue is a breath of fresh air, filled with natural daylight, an olive green colour scheme and botanical prints. The space can be used for a variety of private events, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners and standing canapé receptions, while the menu is replete with brasserie classics – think steaks, fish & chips and bangers and mash. 

Modern European
Max Dining 40
Mews of Mayfair

Mews of Mayfair

10 Lancashire Court, London, W1S 1EY

If a laid-back, pared-down private dining room is your worst nightmare, you’re better off picking a private room with character. We love this fourth-floor space at Mews of Mayfair, which is decked out with wallpaper that depicts historical maps, alongside white leather chairs and the chance to grab a glimpse of the action in the kitchen via a glass window on the wall. If you’re hosting a screening, you’ll be glad to know that the Map Room also comes equipped with a hidden 50-inch television screen.

British
Max Dining 70
Strand Palace

Strand Palace

Strand Palace, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0JJ

Boasting a central London location, this art-deco private dining room that features plush furnishings and attractive lighting works for daytime business meetings as much as elegant evening dos. Persuasive touches for corporate types include high-speed WiFi and an AV system, while those looking to celebrate a special occasion can enjoy canapés and cocktails, or a sit-down meal where they dine from a choice of set menus. The fact that Strand Palace is a hotel also means overnight accommodation is easy to come by.  

British
Afternoon tea
Max Dining 45
Roux at Parliament Square

Roux at Parliament Square

11-12 Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AD

When it comes to chef dynasties, they don’t more prominent than the Roux family. At this Parliament Square location, which is fronted by Michel Roux Jr, you’ll find a range of private dining spaces to choose from. Larger parties are best placed in the imposing Council Chamber or Lecture Hall, which can be used as banqueting halls, while more intimate celebrations can take place in the Library. Looking for great views? The President’s Suite comes equipped with a stunning terrace that overlooks the likes of Big Ben.

Modern European
French
Max Dining 150
Wild Honey St James

Wild Honey St James

8 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5NG

Striking the balance between the traditional and the contemporary, the private room at Wild Honey St James features a long oval table, flanked by green velvet tub chairs and chic light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Seating 16, it’s well suited to intimate special occasion dinners or low-key corporate meetings, while the menu combines French technique with seasonal British ingredients – think the likes of roasted halibut with crushed potatoes and seaweed butter, or Devonshire crab salad with brown crabmeat fritters.

British
French
Max Dining 16
Galvin La Chapelle

Galvin La Chapelle

St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DY

Housed inside a grade-II listed former chapel, Galvin La Chapelle from the Galvin Brothers offers a chicer alternative to some of the area’s more rough and ready restaurants. Private dining here means a semi-private space on the mezzanine, which overlooks the main restaurant – that means you can still enjoy the buzz from the dining room, while feeling a touch of exclusivity. On the menu, expect to discover dishes such as roast loin of Icelandic cod with a hazelnut crust, served alongside white asparagus and crushed Jersey Royals.

French
Max Dining 16
Corrigan

Corrigan's Mayfair

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

The eponymous flagship restaurant of Irish chef Richard Corrigan (who also owns Bentley’s in the same neighbourhood), Corrigan’s has four excellent private dining spaces to choose from. For intimate affairs, the Kitchen Library is a great way to see the inner workings of the kitchen up close. It seats just six guests and sees you placed in the kitchen, served tasting menus by the chefs themselves. Planning something a little bigger? Opt for the Chef’s Table, which boasts clubby interiors and features a glass window into the kitchen.

British
Max Dining 30
Aqua Nueva

Aqua Nueva

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

This trio of restaurants from Aqua London is also home to three private dining rooms. The group’s Japanese offering Kyoto boasts a 10-seater private dining room which is well suited to intimate gatherings, while the Spanish-leaning Aqua Nueva features two 15-seater private rooms, which can be combined to make one large room. The jewel in Aqua’s crown though, is its stunning roof terrace, which can be hired along with the private rooms, and includes enviable views of the London skyline.

Tapas
Spanish
Max Dining 30
SUSHISAMBA City

SUSHISAMBA City

110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

Few London venues can claim to be home to views as stunning as those witnessed from SUSHISAMBA’s 39th floor restaurant. The views from the private dining room are just as spectacular, blended with a long, dark wood table and splashes of SUSHISAMBA’s signature burnt orange hues. For evening events set against London’s twinkling skyline, the menu features an exciting blend of Brazilian, Peruvian and Japanese dishes. It’s suited to daytime business meetings too though, thanks to a projector and AV equipment.

South American
Japanese
Max Dining 40
Galvin at Windows

Galvin at Windows

22 Park Lane, St. James's, London, W1K 1BE

Semi-private dining spaces can sometimes lack the appeal of their totally secluded counterparts, but this area at Galvin at Windows is truly one of a kind. 28 floors high at the Hilton Park Lane, this semi-private space blends in with the main restaurant’s wood and cream colour palette, diverting all the attention to the awe-inspiring view, which overlooks London landmarks such as Park Lane and Hyde Park. The menu here is just as jaw-dropping as the view, featuring hi-spec French-leaning dishes such as foie gras ballotine with date purée, vanilla and dried fig.

French
Max Dining 150
SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

35 The Market Building,, London, WC2E 8RF

The sequel to the City original may not have those sky-high views, but SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden’s private dining room more than makes up for it with its seductive interiors – think blue velvet chairs and Japanese wooden screens painted with floral details. The menu is just as thrilling, encompassing all of SUSHISAMBA’s greatest hits, while a private balcony overlooking Covent Garden’s piazza and a plasma television screen for presentations and meetings are further draws.

Peruvian
Japanese
Max Dining 16
Pied à Terre

Pied à Terre

34 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia , London, W1T 2NH

We’re big fans of a private dining room with its own bar, and Pied à Terre has just that. Although the prospect of pre-dinner drinks is tempting, the star of the show here is undoubtedly the Michelin-starred food, along with the restaurant’s excellent wine list. If you want to book out the dark and seductive private room at Pied à Terre, you and your guests will feast on multi-course tasting menus, while there are a few ways to customise your experience too, including personalised place names and menus.

French
Max Dining 16
Hush Mayfair

Hush Mayfair

8 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, London, W1S 1EY

HUSH is an example of one place that manages to beat the odds, offering up two traditionally furnished private dining rooms which benefit from lots of natural light. For ultra-exclusive affairs, opt for The Roger Moore room which comes complete with a private bar, cloakroom and kitchen. If you’re not fussed about the bar though, the ground-level Blades space is just as attractive, with room to accommodate up to 50 guests.

International
Max Dining 66
YOPO at the Mandrake

YOPO at the Mandrake

20 – 21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia , London, W1T1PG

If you’re on the hunt for an intimate space that’s equal parts sexy and show-stopping, look no further than the dramatic private dining room at YOPO, The Mandrake hotel’s flagship restaurant. The room can accommodate up to 20 guests for a sit-down meal and is decked out with an abundance of red lacquer which is the product of 28 different paint processes. It’s an arresting space and the perfect setting in which to enjoy YOPO’s modern European menu that benefits from flashes of South American influence.  

Modern European
Spanish
South American
Max Dining 54

Private dining in Mayfair

It’s no surprise that one of London’s most glamorous postcodes boasts stunning private dining rooms by the dozen. These Mayfair private dining rooms are bound to leave jaws firmly on the floor.

Soho private dining rooms

This area of London comes with a colourful, vibrant past. Its selection of private dining rooms is just as fun. Check out some of favourite Soho restaurants with private rooms.

City of London private dining

Whether it's for business lunches or celebratory dinners, the City is home to plenty of private dining rooms that are worth your time. Explore the best City restaurants with private rooms.

Covent Garden private dining

Once a no-go zone for Londoners, Covent Garden has got its cool-factor back in recent years – with private dining spaces to match. Find your perfect one in our round up of private dining rooms in Covent Garden.

Shoreditch private dining

Shoreditch may no longer be the hippest of hoods, but it's still got enough edge to keep things interesting. Discover a selection of restaurants with private dining rooms in Shoreditch.

Fitzrovia private dining rooms

Forget about the hustle and bustle and high-street chains of nearby Oxford Street, as Fitzrovia is home to a wealth of attractive and delicious restaurants with private rooms - we’ve picked some of our favourites below.

Westminster private dining

Westminster might be best known for its politics, but its restaurant scene is exciting too. If you’re looking for to host a private dining function in the area, these Westminter restaurants with private rooms should be enough to tempt you.

Looking for somewhere to go post-dinner to keep the party going? Cast your eye over our pick of London’s best late-night bars.


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