If you’re on the hunt for a large private dining room in the City, we've got you covered with our pick of the best in the Square Mile, in ascending order and with capacities ranging from 22 to 40.

Hawksmoor Guildhall private dining London restaurant

Hawksmoor Guildhall

Old school tradition, represented by dark panelling, stark surrounds and parquet floors, is the name of the game in this Hawksmoor private dining. But don’t be put off, service is modern, confident and on-the-ball, the food is tip-top and the cocktails and wine list top-drawer.

Capacity: 22

Where: 10 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ


City Social

Spectacular views are the stand-out feature of this City Social dining room but there’s also inherent class and elegance in abundance at Jason Atherton’s City eyrie. Expect quality food and service, combined with breath-taking views and plenty of space.

Capacity: 24

Where: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ

Royal Exchange Grand Cafe private dining room

The Royal Exchange Grand Café

With a spectacular view overlooking the European-style Grand Café at the Grade I-listed Royal Exchange, the private room here offers privacy and atmosphere in equal measure, backed by slick service. Ask for the Cornhill Room for greater seclusion.

Capacity: 26

Where: The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LR

The Happenstance

The Happenstance

The Curious Treasury room at this bar and restaurant is an adaptable space, which boasts a plasma television and its own sound system and is suited to both corporate and less formal affairs.

Capacity: 30

Where: 1a Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7AA

The Mercer London restaurant bar

The Mercer

A variety of flexible spaces makes The Mercer a stand-out for private dining in the heart of the City. The first-floor setting means you can expect high ceilings and natural light at lunchtime and in summer.

Capacity: 30

Where: 34 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8AY

M grill PDR 3

M Threadneedle Street

This slick, hi-spec operation does nothing by halves and the same goes for its refined private rooms: The Underground Station (above) boasts its own reception area and bar, ideal for pre-dinner drinks.

Capacity: 36

Where: 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8HP

Tavern Steak and Oyster PDR 2016 3

Tavern Steak & Oyster

Originally known as the Gresham Club, The Boardroom at the London Capital Club has a Regency-style vaulted ceiling and mahogany walls and is a flexible space for up to 40 diners. Food meanwhile, comes with an international stamp.

Capacity: 40

Where: London Capital Club, 15 Abchurch Lane, EC4N 7BW

Lombard Street PDR 5

1 Lombard Street

2016 saw the relaunch of the restaurant’s private dining space as The Botanical Room. The fresh look features vintage details, themed prints and a private bar, while glass doors mean it’s flooded with light.

Capacity: 40

Where: 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA

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This article was published 22 June 2017