We’ve tracked down some of the best private rooms for cool cats in and around Soho
1. 27 Restaurant & Bar
British produce for an international cuisine
Better than the no-hiring fee for the private dining room here is the large team of specialised chefs. They use British produce to deliver modern European, Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine late into the night.
2. Hakkasan Mayfair
Michelin-starred modern Cantonese cuisine
Putting on the style is second nature to this scintillating, seductive and downright intoxicating branch of the global Hakkasan chain – play it cool in the sleek ground-floor dining room. Hiring this space requires a pre-agreed minimum spend, which you will manage to reach in no-time.
3. The Cinnamon Club
Capacity 24, 32, 60
Some of the best Indian food in town
This is modern Indian dining at its best - expect everything from tandoori octopus with fennel salad to fenugreek-infused roast cod with curry leaf and lime crumble. The duck-egg blue PDR is in the old Westminster Library, so there's lots of atmosphere. The colourful flowers make it pretty, too.
Italian food with charm
The bold and hi-spec interior design of this place (the patterned ceiling in the private dining room is mesmerising) makes this Mayfair restaurant a proper classy spot. But it’s the way the kitchen staff bustle around the pizza oven and that add the real charm.
Capacity 10, 20
Insta-famous Taiwanese buns without the wait
Groups won’t have to queue at the second offering from the bun-steaming sensation. The downstairs space is where to catch the action in the kitchen over your confit pork.
Capacity 10, 14, 28
Contemporary Spanish or Japanese – take your pick
Spread over 1,600sq m of event space, the venue’s two restaurants – Aqua Kyoto and Aqua Nueva – both have impressive private dining rooms for small groups. Don’t forget to check out the terrace which looks down onto Oxford Street.