No matter the time, there’s a restaurant in London for festive frolicking
Words Heather Steele
23-27 Wadeson St, E2 9DR
Private dining 100
This east London party spot has still got it. Its vast, industrial space is cool and modern in equal measure. A French-leaning menu offers the likes of steak tartare followed by onglet, chips and bearnaise sauce. Open until midnight.
+ Bob Bob Ricard
1 Upper James St, W1F 9DF
Private dining 16
Famous for its party-ready ‘Press for champagne’ button by each table, this Russian-inspired joint is made for late nights out: its private room is a suitably extravagant space for parties. Open until midnight (1am on Fridays and Saturdays).
+ Quo Vadis
26-29 Dean St, W1D 3LL
Private dining 12, 16, 32
Last year’s 90th birthday saw this historic Soho members club undergo a major facelift. Barrafina has taken the place of its previous restaurant, but fun festive dinners can take place in its striking Marx and Leoni private rooms. Open until 2am.
9 Conduit St, W1S 2XG
Private dining 16, 40
This cool Mayfair members club has plenty of quirky options for late-night revelry. Away from the private Salon and Parlour spaces, its David Shrigley-filled Gallery and futuristic toilets are Instagram sensations. Open until midnight.
The next day
1 Lombard St, EC3V 9AA
Exclusive use 200 | Private dining 40
This City institution is an ideal spot for companies wanting to book an early-morning takeover. Meanwhile, smaller groups can dine on the likes of grilled calf’s liver and bacon or lobster benedict in the pretty Botanical Room.
4-6 Russell St, WC2B 5HZ
Private dining 60
This is the London offshoot of the New York original, created by legendary restaurateur Keith McNally. It serves a French-inspired breakfast, and you can grab pastries from the boulangerie for those who didn’t make it...
+ Duck & Waffle
110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Exclusive use 240 | Private dining 18
It might be thought of as a late-night party bar, but we recommend booking the PDR at this 24-hour restaurant for a post-party bite. The views will be the ultimate reward for the last (wo)men standing.
+ The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB
Private dining 14
One of the late AA Gill’s favourite spots, this has been a popular place for breakfast since 2003. It may scream old-school, but it also serves up the likes of pancake stacks with winter berries. Just what the doctor ordered.
London’s had plenty of restaurant openings this year. Discover our top ten favourites for Christmas parties here.
This article was first published in SquareMeal Christmas 2017