Although getting older isn’t something most people look forward to, birthdays themselves are always something to celebrate, mainly because of the presents and everyone being extra nice to you. If you’d rather not fret over the logistics of planning a dinner, why not hand it over to the experts and host your celebration in a private dining room? We’ve rounded up some of the most birthday-worthy below. If any of them take your fancy, click through to the listing and go to the ‘private dining’ tab to make an enquiry.
Why: This cosy private dining room is great for those looking to keep their birthday intimate, and guests are treated to a view of the kitchen. Never fear though, heavy drapes can be drawn if you need more privacy. A mural painted by Brazilian graffiti artist Loro Verz is the centrepiece of the room, while the South American menu includes the likes of Chilean sea bass croquettes with spicy mayo.
Where: 118 Piccadilly, W1J 7NW
Dragon Inn Club, Pimlico
Why: If you fancy blowing out your candles at somewhere with real character, the private dining suite at Dragon Inn Club is more than worth a look. Suited to medium-sized groups, the room features two round tables and is decorated with antique paintings, bamboo cane walls and ceiling tiles. Guests can pick from a choice of menus ranging from a four-course tasting menu to the extensive à la carte.
Where: 16-18 Upper Tachbrook Street, SW1V 1SH
Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden
Why: If you want to impress your friends with your knowledge of hot new restaurant openings, head to Adam Handling’s flagship Frog site, where the dark and moody Library Dining Room comes complete with its own kitchen. Accessed through the basement bar, which can also be hired exclusively, the kitchen here turns out dishes including Iberico pork with cauliflower and kimchi, and the signature cheese and truffle doughnuts.
Where: 34-38 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HF
Gaucho Tower Bridge, City
Why: If you and your friends like a bit of glamour (and are particularly active on Instagram) Gaucho’s cow hide walls and glittering chandeliers may be just what you’re looking for. The two private rooms here seat 16 guests each, and if you’re really popular, it’s possible to combine the two. Tuck into the likes of tuna ceviche with guacamole and desserts such as a dulce de leche brownie served with cream.
Where: 2 More London Riverside, SE1 2AP
Capacity: 16, 16
The Happenstance, St Paul’s
Why: The chic private room at this Drake & Morgan outpost is separated from the restaurant’s hustle and bustle by a sliding glass door, and features faux fur throws on the seats and a dedicated copper-topped bar exclusively for you and your guests. A run of classic Brit dishes ranges from beer-battered haddock and chips to bangers and mash, while the varied selection of wines and Champagne is sure to get the party started.
Where: 10 Paternoster Square, EC4M 7DX
La Dame de Pic at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, City
Why: Those looking for a classier take on the standard birthday dinner can wow their guests with the stunning dining room at La Dame de Pic, the restaurant from renowned French chef Anne-Sophie Pic. This intimate, orange-hued room features a grand central table, where guests can dine from a three, six or eight-course menu. Look out for top-notch dishes including slow-cooked duck, and the signature white millefeuille for dessert.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
Red Rooster at The Curtain, Shoreditch
Why: This sleek private dining room, which mixes upmarket glamour with kitsch accents, is found inside the riotous Red Rooster (check out the gospel brunch on Sundays). Vibrant prints on the chairs and a dramatic hanging pendant light provide finishing touches, while the homely menu features chicken and waffles and fish pie. And if you want to keep the party going all night long, you’re hardly short of options in buzzing Shoreditch.
Where: 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT
Sea Containers at Mondrian London, South Bank
Why: Perfect for a glamorous birthday meal, the private dining room at Sea Containers boasts a south-facing terrace and can be closed off from the main restaurant with a glazed sliding door. You and your guests will be chowing down on feast menus featuring roasted Mediterranean seabream with a citrus salsa verde, and if your name starts with an ‘S’, the giant letter on the wall is a happy coincidence.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
For a more comprehensive take on London’s private dining scene, take a look at our dedicated private dining page, where you can filter all options by price, cuisine and more.