From lavish interiors to artfully presented dishes, these 9 places deserve a spot on your Instagram feed
Standing capacity 50
Effortless charm, lush interiors and fine food. With marble-tiled flooring, botanical prints and vivid floral fabrics, the private room is a standout space that can accommodate medium-sized groups. We also love the snap-friendly garden terrace at the back.
Standing capacities 30, 35, 70, 100, 160, 350
The Curtain comes with a private members club, four restaurants and a rooftop pool. True to its hipster environs, the post-industrial space features exposed brick walls, wooden floors and factory windows. There’s also knockout Southern soul food from ground-floor restaurant Red Rooster.
Standing capacities 50, 100, 170
A modern, neighbourhood Italian with oodles of style, Bernardi’s will impress important clients. The ground floor centres around an open kitchen and is good for informal gatherings. For groups, long tables can be set up in front of the main, Insta-worthy bar, or you can hire out the cocktail bar downstairs.
Standing capacities 70, 400, 600
Botanical features bring a touch of the outdoors amid the high towers of the City. The first-floor bar and dining area works for large group dinners, while smaller gatherings are best served in the basement private dining room or two smaller vaults.
Standing capacities 40, 80, 120, 250
Created as a ‘palace of entertainment’ in 1776, members club Home House has rather opulent event spaces. The Asylum Room is our pick for intimate private dinners, while in the spacious courtyard garden you’ll find the characterful Winter Marquee, with chandeliers and a hardwood floor.
Standing capacities 30, 100, 250
The kitchen is the star at this Gordon Ramsay restaurant, where the chefs work in an open setting. Hire the whole place and you can invite 250 guests for dinners or product launches. The semi-private mezzanine has views into the kitchen, while the industrial-style downstairs bar can host private events until late.
Standing capacities 25, 35, 60, 100, 150
The fabulously unstuffy Soho hangout of the arts and media set offers seven spaces for non-members to book for events. Among our favourites are the Gennaro Room, an elegant showcase for the club’s modern-art collection, and the Snooker Room, which is good for discreet dinners.
Standing capacity 340
Hutong has amazing views from The Shard’s 33rd floor. Based on the hip Hong Kong establishment of the same name, the place is inspired by the imperial cuisine of old Peking. The traditional interior nods to the Anglo-Chinese tea trade, and its two red-lanterned private dining rooms continue the theme.
Standing capacity 80
Located above Mayfair restaurant 34, this private dining space showcases a collection of exclusive Tracey Emin artworks, specially commissioned sculptures and paintings. The space suits a variety of private events against a stylish backdrop of oak-panelled walls, vermilion leather chairs and a rust- and ebony-coloured marble bar.