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.
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.
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.
Why: In Mayfair, it can be difficult to find a private dining room that is stylish and welcoming, without feeling pretentious. 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.
Where: 8 Lancashire Court, W1S 1EY
Why: 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.
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7EH
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Why: 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.
Where: The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, W1K 1QA
Galvin at Windows
Why: 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.
Where: 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE
Mews of Mayfair
Why: 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.
Where: 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, W1S 1EY
Why: The annual venue for Kate Moss’s birthday lunch, China Tang has some serious celeb pulling power. Why do the stars flock to this old-school Chinese haunt? Well, that would be for the undeniable glamour of the interiors and the accomplished menu of classic Chinese fare. The interiors include vibrant floral-print chairs and hand-carved wooden screens, while the à la carte majors in Peking duck and best-in-class dim sum. Make like Kate and host your next celebration in Pang – the most low-lit and intimate of China Tang’s three private rooms.
Where: 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA
27 Restaurant & Bar
Why: 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.
Where: 27 Curzon Street, W1J 7TJ
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 below.
Why: For a private dining room with a difference, look no further than Taiwanese restaurant Xu, from the team behind cult mini-chain Bao. The restaurant looks like it’s been plucked straight out of a Wes Anderson film and serves banqueting menus for groups of up to 15 guests, who can make their way to the Mahjong Rooms post-dinner. Inside these intimate rooms, the tables can be flipped over to reveal Mahjong boards, so that you and your fellow diners can play a few rounds of the traditional Chinese game after dinner.
Where: 30 Rupert Street, W1D 6DL
Bob Bob Ricard
Why: Bob Bob Ricard is famous for those ‘press for Champagne’ buttons which you’ve definitely seen on your Instagram feed, and is loved by famous faces and socialites alike. It’s all about blingy interiors and over the top dishes at this popular Soho joint, and the private dining room is no different. Modelled on the Royal Dining Carriage and featuring elaborate wallpaper and a blue colour scheme, dining in the PDR, you can tuck into the decadent likes of a lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, or a chicken, Champagne and mushroom pie.
Where: 1 Upper James Street, W1F 9DF
Aqua Kyoto and Nueva
Why: 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.
Where: 240 Regent Street, W1B 3BR
Why: Seafood group Wright Brothers boasts an eye-catching semi-private dining room at its Soho site. The Cage Room places you and your fellow guests in an enormous lobster cage decorated with crustaceans, to really be at one with your sea-faring food. You’ll also be slap bang in the middle of the theatre of the open kitchen. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of Devon crab arancini with brown crab mayonnaise, or a whole-roasted Brixham hake, with mixed sea vegetables and garlic butter that you can share between the table.
Where: 13 Kingly Street, W1B 5PW
Why: Futuristic, neon-lit Inamo has silenced naysayers who claimed the “gimmicky” idea of ordering your meal through a table touchpad would soon wear thin. The venue’s Game Room (which features PlayStations, SingStar Karaoke and Nintendo Wii) is the perfect talking point for a private dinner filled with pan-Asian dishes. Other tech features to take advantage of include chef cams which let you peak into the kitchen and the ability to order a taxi home from your table.
Where: 134-136 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZP
City of London
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 below.
Why: 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.
Where: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Duck & Waffle
Why: 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.
Where: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Why: 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.
Where: Level 37, Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 8AF
Why: 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.
Where: 24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ
Why: 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.
Where: 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL
Why: Part of the JKS empire (Bao, Gymkhana etc.), Brigadiers is a City worker’s party palace, which comes complete with a clutch of spaces for exclusive use. The restaurant boasts three dedicated private dining rooms, as well as two other rooms (including one where you can play pool) which can be hired out. Expect vintage Indian-style interiors and a cracking menu of sophisticated sharing dishes – think barbecue chicken wings smeared with ghee and ribeye steak spiced with a dry tandoori masala.
Where: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Helix at The Gherkin
Why: Searcys outpost at The Gherkin may no longer be the tallest building of the City bunch, but it still offers some of the best views of the capital that you’ll find. The private dining rooms here can be booked out without any hire fee, and are named after clouds. Several of the rooms can be combined to make larger spaces, and the pared-back style of the venue means that these rooms act as a blank canvas, so you can really tailor the table settings and décor to your own individual tastes.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
1 Lombard Street
Why: 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.
Where: 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA
M Threadneedle Street
Why: Part of the M Restaurants stable, this popular Threadneedle Street haunt boasts four flexible private dining spaces. The Underground Station is the largest and is great for the lavish steak dinners that M is known for, while the semi-private M Grill area overlooks the restaurant so that you can enjoy dinner without losing any of the buzz from the main dining room. If you’re solely after private experiences though, both the Wagyu and Hudson rooms offer spaces away from the main restaurant.
Where: 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8HP
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 the best private dining rooms in Covent Garden.
Why: 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.
Where: 35 The Market Building, WC2E 8RF
Why: 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.
Where: 372 Strand, WC2R 0JJ
Why: If you’re looking to host a large number of people for lunch or dinner, the Covent Garden outpost of casual Indian group Masala Zone is a great choice. The room features bursts of colour and is decked out with eye-catching paintings and decorative objects. The room can accommodate up to 42 guests for a seated dinner and 70 for a standing reception. Dining here, you’ll come across the likes of riffs on Indian street food, traditional thalis and spiced dishes from the grill.
Where: 48 Floral Street, WC2E 9DA
Smith & Wollensky
Why: The London outpost of New York steakhouse Smith & Wollensky is a smart affair, with waiters dressed up in suits and 1920s-style interiors which see parquet floors and leather banquettes. The restaurant boasts three private dining rooms, all with clubby, art-deco interiors, crystal light fixtures and emerald green chairs. Of the trio, the Theodore Roosevelt room is the most grand, with room for 50 guests for a seated dinner, and a 55-inch flat screen television to use should you need it.
Where: 1-11 John Adam Street,WC2N 6HT
Why: Private dining may typically be reserved for refined and subdued affairs, but it can also be lots of fun. At this raucous sibling to Bunga Bunga's Battersea original, you’ll find The Martini Room, a semi-private space which is separated from the main dining room by a set of sliding doors. You can enjoy Martinis (obvs) alongside a six-course menu of pizza and other Italian classics. From Thursday through to Saturday, you can open the sliding doors to enjoy the live variety show in the main room which is sure to entertain your guests.
Where: 167 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PG
Why: Angela Hartnett’s slightly more casual spin-off of her Mayfair fine-dining flagship comes complete with a charming private dining room. Christened Pastificio, the space is an Italian deli and wine bar by day, before transforming into a private dining space in the evening. With shelves lined with bottles of wine and artisan Italian produce, Café Murano has a cosy vibe, backed up by a menu featuring the likes of buffalo mozzarella with clementine, and ravioli with lemon and ricotta.
Where: 36 Tavistock Street, WC2E 7PB
Shoreditch may no longer be the hippest of hoods, but it's still got enough edge to keep things interesting. This selection of restaurants with private dining rooms is the perfect place to start planning your party.
Galvin La Chapelle
Why: 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.
Where: 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
Why: Part of chef Mark Hix’s restaurant empire, Tramshed offers up three separate private dining spaces. If you’re looking to get people talking, we’d recommend the semi-private mezzanine, which can comfortably seat around 30 diners and gives you a view of Damien Hirst’s much-discussed Cock ‘n’ Bull installation. Otherwise, opt for the 12-seater Kitchen Library, which features a dedicated kitchen which has been designed to host live demonstrations – perfect if you’re looking to add an extra edge to your event.
Where: 32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX
What: Merchants Tavern is the brainchild of some serious restaurant royalty – it’s headed up by husband-and-wife team Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick (ex-The Square). The basement Storeroom here is available for exclusive hire, providing a cosy, rustic atmosphere and there’s also some natural light from street-level windows. There are various menus available, but the feasting menu is best suited to large groups, as it sees dishes such as slow-roasted pork belly and free-range Cornish chicken served on sharing platters.
Where: 35-42 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PD
What: 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.
Where: 10-50 Willow Street, EC2A 4BH
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 priavate rooms - we’ve picked some of our favourites below.
Percy & Founders
Why: 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.
Where: 1 Pearson Square, W1W 7EY
Pied à Terre
Why: 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.
Where: 34 Charlotte Street, W1T 2NH
YOPO at The Mandrake
Why: 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.
Where: 20 – 21 Newman Street, W1T1PG
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 restaurants with private rooms should be enough to tempt you.
Roux at Parliament Square
Why: 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.
Where: 11-12 Great George Street, SW1P 3AD
Wild Honey St James
Why: 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.
Where: 8 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5NG
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