10 new restaurants to book now for your Christmas party

10 new restaurants to book now for your Christmas party

Updated on 20 December 2018 • Written By Ben McCormack

10 new restaurants to book now for your Christmas party
From secret chef’s counters to big-name haute cuisine and West End-style restaurants in the City, here’s our pick of private dining openings from 2018  

1. Brigadiers, EC4

Brigadiers private dining rooms

Exclusive use 100 
Private dining 10, 16, 16

The new City project from the Gymkhana gang is a buzzing Indian barbecue restaurant and sports bar. The long menu – featuring half a dozen sections – is ideal for group sharing.


Claw Carnaby london restaurants seafood west end covent garden soho private hire

Exclusive use 50 
Semi-private dining 30 

This street-food vendor turned restaurant proper puts crab centre stage: crab beignets, crab-flecked mac ’n’ cheese and its famous crab rolls. Drinks include in-house cocktails.


Evelyns Table london restaurants private hire chefs counters

Exclusive use 15 

This table is in fact a chef’s counter. It serves small plates in the cellar of The Palomar team’s conversion of the Blue Posts pub in Soho. Chatting to the friendly chefs and front of house is part of the experience. 

4. Greyhound Café, W1

Greyhound Cafe london restaurants private dining rooms

Private dining 25

It might look minimalist but this Thai import is a riot of fun. Much of the food is messy and designed to be eaten with your hands; we love the crunchy pork knuckle served with fiery dipping sauces and sticky rice.

5. Hide Above, W1

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Private dining 20

Hide Above is the fine-dining floor of chef Ollie Dabbous’ new venture. The tasting menu bursts with inventive visuals such as charcuterie speared on feathers, while the view over Green Park is just as pretty. 


Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden london restaurants private dining main dining area

Exclusive use 80 
Private dining 32

The Petersham looks gorgeous – all cut flowers, Murano glass and chandeliers. The menu transports you to Italy by way of an English country garden.

7. Sorella, SW4

Sorella london restaurants venues private hire food dessert

Exclusive use 58 

The chef’s menu at Robin Gill’s new Italian (on what used to be his Manor restaurant) provides a good taste of what the kitchen has to offer. To drink, there are bellinis, spritzes and cherry-smoked negronis.

8. St Leonards, EC2

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Exclusive use 70 
Private dining 12 

Chefs Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke’s new joint offers a simple menu of fish, crustacea and vegetables from the raw bar, while larger plates come from a log-fired hearth.

9. Titu, W1

Titu interior seating area blue walls artwork  bar area

Exclusive use 25

Kiwi chef Jeff Tyler used to be head chef of the Asian side of Novikov, so it’s a surprise that his first solo project is a tiny restaurant in Shepherd Market. What isn’t a surprise though is how good the Japanese food is. 


Wellbourne Brasserie venues events london restaurants

Exclusive use 100 
Private dining 8

Wellbourne Brasserie’s modern British menu in White City features a magnificent escalope of Ibïama pork. We think it’s a 2018 must-eat.