If you’re on the lookout for a private dining room with a difference in the capital, we've got you covered with our pick of the best, in ascending order and with capacities ranging from six to 50.
Richard Corrigan’s eponymous restaurant boasts several private dining spaces, but we particularly love the intimate Kitchen Library. Housed inside the kitchen itself, the alcove is lined with books from Corrigan’s personal collection.
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7EH
Overlooking the open kitchen, The Garden Room is an indoor space which retains the exterior features of the Grade II-listed building in the style of a southern Italian garden. The Garden Room is available for lunch or dinner bookings and can seat up to eight people.
Where: 88 St John Street, EC1M 4EH
Wright Brothers, Soho
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 a diver’s cage decorated with crustaceans, to really be at one with your sea-faring food.
Where: 13 Kingly Street, W1B 5PW
Bunga Bunga, Covent Garden
The semi-private area at this over-the-top Italian portrays drinks brand Martini through the ages, and is a more refined space to enjoy a personal celebration or corporate event. Red velvet curtains can be pulled shut for privacy or kept open to allow you to be part of the main room, which we’d very much recommend.
Where: 167 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PG
This futuristic, neon-lit restaurant, has silenced naysayers who claimed the “gimmicky” idea of ordering your meal through a table touchpad would soon wear thin. The perfect talking point for a private dinner filled with pan-Asian dishes, and you can even order a taxi home from your table.
Where: 134-136 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZP
The Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch
The Blues Kitchen is a fun, out-there venue known for its live music and gut-busting burgers. So it’s no surprise that its private dining offering is just as quirky – dine out in a real 1950s Airstream caravan, complete with leather banquettes and away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurant, without feeling completely detached.
Where: 134-146 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR
Sexy Fish, Mayfair
Mayfair hotspot Sexy Fish is known for its eye-wateringly high prices and celebrity pulling power, but if you’d rather get away from the buzz upstairs, head to The Coral Reef Room. Kitted out with its own custom-built bar and two gigantic live coral reef tanks, it’s sure to be a conversation starter at any party.
Where: Berkeley Square House, W1J 6BR
The Water Poet, Spitalfields
This rustic pub in Spitalfields has a private room suited to lovers of the outdoors. The Barn is one of the larger private dining rooms in the area and features double doors that open out onto a garden. It also has its own bar and a screen that can be used for private screenings (like that embarrassing slideshow of baby pics for your bestie’s birthday).
Where: 9-11 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
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