Booking a private dining room at a restaurant comes with a sense of occasion – whether it’s for a birthday party, an engagement dinner, or a business function, eating in a private room feels special. It only makes sense then, that you should choose one of London’s most glamorous neighbourhoods for the occasion. Mayfair has plenty of fine-dining restaurants to choose from, many of which benefit from truly special private dining spaces. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite private dining rooms in the area below, all of which could make for the perfect setting for your next event.
Corrigan’sWhy: Irish chef Richard Corrigan is known for his jolly, casual demeanour, but at his Mayfair flagship you can expect an utterly refined experience in one of four private dining spaces. Larger parties can dine in the classical Lindsay Room, while those not looking to lose the buzz of the main dining room can sit in Poet’s Corner, which is partitioned off via a curtain. For more intimate affairs, there’s the clubby Chef’s Table (a luxurious room which benefits from a glass wall overlooking the kitchen), or the Kitchen Library, which places you firmly in the middle of the action, and sees you dine from tasting menus served by the chefs themselves.
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7EH
Alain Ducasse at The DorchesterWhy: Private dining is designed for moments where you’re looking to impress, and it doesn’t get much more impressive than dining at the three-Michelin starred restaurant of one of the world’s best known chefs. At Alain Ducasse, there are three private dining rooms to choose from, with the jewel in the crown being the oh-so-romantic Table Lumiere, which is festooned with fibre optics dangling from the ceiling. If you’re opting for something a little less intimate, choose the light-filled Salon with its high ceilings, or the Salon Privé, a cosy alcove featuring dark green walls studded with thousands of green silk buttons.
Where: The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, W1K 1QA
Galvin at WindowsWhy: Found on the 28th floor of the Hilton Park Lane, this semi-private dining space is raised and set apart from the rest of the restaurant, adding a touch of exclusivity without losing the atmosphere of the main dining room. The restaurant's simple wood and cream colour scheme lets the view do the talking, and what an enviable view it is – overlooking Park Lane, Hyde Park and other London landmarks. The Balcony can be made up of smaller round tables if you want your party split into groups, but for sheer drama, we’d recommend opting for the singular oval table before tucking into the Galvin team’s menu of accomplished French fare.
Where: 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE
BenaresWhy: Michelin-starred Benares boasts four private dining spaces, including the intimate Chef’s Table which features a glass window looking directly into the kitchen. Equally as intimate, The Sommelier’s Table sees your meal expertly paired with wines while you sit inside Benares’ mightily impressive wine cellar. Elsewhere, larger groups can opt for The Dover or Berkeley Room, each featuring dark wood walls and sepia-coloured prints depicting the holy city of Benares, which the restaurant is named after. On the food side of things, you can expect classic Indian dishes given welcome contemporary twists.
Where: 12a, Berkeley Square, W1J 6BS
HIDEWhy: Headed up by chef Ollie Dabbous, HIDE is a three-pronged restaurant consisting of a bar, main restaurant and a floor dedicated to tasting menus. The private dining options are also multiple, with four separate rooms available. Most are designed for intimate groups, with the basement Reading Room, Shadow Room and Broken Room all seating less than 10 guests in rustic-chic settings. If you’re with a larger crowd, opt for Hide & Seek, which is located in the mezzanine and seats up to 20. It also comes complete with a separate entrance and a car lift for your Ferrari or Lamborghini – we are in Mayfair, after all.
Where: 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB
RuyaWhy: Ruya may be housed on the ground floor of Grosvenor House, but thanks to a separate entrance from the street, it’s easy to forget that you’re dining in a hotel. Ruya takes its inspiration from the Anatolian region, with the tempting menu featuring the likes of lamb manti, butter-poached lobster and baked seabass fillet. The restaurant is also home to two private dining rooms, including a Chef’s Table where guests can watch the kitchen brigade at work. Elsewhere, the Ozel Room is inspired by the Anatolian architectural style, featuring clubby interiors and eye-catching light fixtures.
Where: 30 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7PH
SartoriaWhy: Sartoria’s address on Saville Row may be famous for its tailoring, but you might find yourself needing to loosen a few buttons after a night dining out on its menu of well-heeled Italian dishes. The restaurant boasts two private dining rooms, each of which are connected to the main restaurant by oak-panelled sliding doors, meaning you can decide whether you want to leave the doors open and enjoy the buzz from the dining room, or keep them closed for privacy. The two traditional rooms are kitted out with white tablecloths, geometric carpets and fabric walls, and they can be combined together to host larger parties.
Where: 20 Savile Row, W1S 3PR
Mews of MayfairWhy: A four-floor party palace built around a courtyard, Mews of Mayfair is home to a private dining room with a difference. The quirky Map Room is found on the top floor of the venue and is covered in wallpaper featuring detailed historical maps, along with cream leather chairs and a small glass window which looks into the kitchen, so you can catch a glimpse of the cheffing action. The room also features a hidden 50-inch television screen which can be used for slideshows or screenings. Looking for something more casual? La Cave is a daytime wine shop at the venue, which can be transformed into a private dining and tasting space.
Where: 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, W1S 1EY
AubaineWhy: If you’re on the hunt for a classic and understated private dining room, the rustic-chic space at Aubaine’s Mayfair site could be just what you’re after. The private dining room here comes complete with exposed brickwork, low lighting and a cosy fireplace, making this an ideal venue for more low-key gatherings. Add to that Aubaine’s menu of fine French dishes, such as chicken paillard or lobster spaghetti, and you’ve got yourself a private dining occasion with plenty of warmth and heart. There’s also the added benefit of the intimate outdoor terrace, which can be enjoyed during the warmer months.
Where: 31 Dover Street, W1S 4ND
AvenueWhy: With its famous chandelier made of glistening wine glasses, the interiors at long-standing Avenue have always been a talking point. It’s no different in the restaurant’s chic private dining room, which features a circular light installation, artwork on the walls, and sheer curtains which offer a partial view into the main dining room. Well suited to celebratory dinners, Avenue’s international menu ranges in cuisine from Italian (tomato linguine topped with truffle shavings) to Nordic (seared Icelandic halibut fillet with swiss chard and ratte potatoes), so there’s sure to be something for everyone in your party.
Where: 7-9 St James's Street, SW1A 1EE
Scott’sWhy: Glamorous Scott’s has long been a favourite of those planning business meetings or special celebrations, and it’s easy to see why when you consider its duo of dining spaces. The basement private dining room is a celebration of the sea, featuring mirrored surfaces etched with colourful sea creatures, streaked marble walls and a show-stopping tropical fish tank bar. Elsewhere in the venue, there’s the Platinum Arowana Room. Getting its name from one of the rarest species of fish in the world, the striking room is decked out with a green stone floor and mirror-panelled walls.
Where: 20 Mount Street, W1K 2HE
Sexy FishWhy: Richard Caring’s Sexy Fish may well be a place to be seen, but we’d argue that the restaurant’s most exciting action happens tucked away in the basement private dining space. The aptly-named Coral Room features two enormous live coral reef tanks, as well as a bar that boasts Europe’s largest collection of Japanese whisky (242 bottles, to be exact.) Otherwise, the interiors are an opulent, delightfully camp blend of blue upholstered leather chairs, a seaweed-esque patterned carpet and antique brass detailing. Equally as opulent, is the pan-Asian menu of sushi, sashimi and Wagyu beef.
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, W1J 6BR
China TangWhy: Legendary China Tang (brainchild of late socialite and entrepeneur David Chang) is loved for its air of old-school glamour and the restaurant’s private dining rooms are no exception. The three spaces – Ping, Pang and Pong – each seat up to 18 guests or can be combined to create one large dining space. The rooms’ attractive features include intricately carved wooden screens, bright floral-print chair covers and mirrored surfaces, while the Chinese and Cantonese menu is extensive. Be sure to start your meal with dim sum such as spring rolls, prawn toast or lobster dumpling, while China Tang’s signature Peking duck is a must-order.
Where: 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA