We all love a bit of exclusivity now and again – and what better way to celebrate an occasion in style than shutting you and your guests away in one of the many private dining rooms, for a thoroughly special experience. Options for group dining in London are vast: enjoy panoramic views from rooftop dining rooms, go underground in a cosy vault or cellar dwelling, go for English glamour at one of the city’s top hotel’s private dining venues, gather round a sharing platter and get raucous without the worry of disturbing your neighbours, or feel part of the kitchen troupe at a chef’s table. Whatever the occasion and whatever the setting, feed your culinary desires at one of these private dining venues for truly lavish exclusivity…
Barbecoa Book Barbecoa St Paul’s
With the signature whiskey wall acting as an eccentric, apothecary-style backdrop, the private dining room at Barbecoa St Paul’s is a dramatic yet intimate space, just yards from St Paul’s Cathedral. With space for 40 seated diners, and the same number for a chic cocktail reception, there is a breadth of spend-per-head menu options, which make use of Barbecoa’s mammoth stock of grills and ovens (tandoors, Texas pit smokers, and robata grills).
El Vino Book El Vino
Mixing rich London heritage and moreish Spanish cooking, El Vino Blackfriars offers an intimate private dining space for up to 12 guests. Within an historic building, the room features elegant Edwardian-style décor and artwork depicting a London of yesteryear. Enjoy a menu of perfected tapas dishes, alongside carefully selected world wines.
Bleeding Heart Book Bleeding Heart
Named Britain’s best private dining venue by The Independent, Bleeding Heart is a charming rabbit warren of dining rooms, tucked just behind Hatton Garden. The range of rooms seat a bijou 12 up to a mammoth 120, with each one offering charming individuality, and your party’s own dedicated service team.
Cigalon Book Cigalon
An ethereal hideaway on Chancery Lane, Cigalon seamlessly blends Provencal cuisine and the bright, sunshiny feel of Corsica. The private dining room is a glorious light-filled space with room for 8 diners, while the full restaurant is also available for hire, seating 68. Bespoke menus and unique wine pairings can be created for each event, and the versatile space can either be closed off completely from the main restaurant, or partially open, and immersed in the gentle buzz of the restaurant.
Raymond Blanc’s brasserie offers a versatile lower-ground-floor dining room – be it for a quieter night with friends, or a glamorous party to make use of the private bar. The restaurant stands opposite the Tower of London, but doesn’t reflect any Tudor menace- the space oozes old-world Parisian charm with its hedonistic murals, oak paneling and giant cancan girls adorning the walls.
Chef patron Angela Hartnett & head chef Diego Cardoso offer a comforting and seasonal menu at Murano’s Chef’s Table. Between 7 & 12 guests can enjoy the crisp, clean, pressed & poised private dining room of this modern yet traditional venue. Winner of the BBC Food & Farming awards in 2012, this restaurant knows its game and poultry in particular, and is a big fan of orange chicory as a garnish.
Choose from 5 liquor-themed rooms: the Sandeman houses 24 in its bricked vault, and used to be the bottling cellar of the Port and Sherry shippers in 1798. Offering atmospheric dining at its best, the Wine Study envelopes up to 16 guests in a world of vin. More modern than its name would suggest, the Old Restaurant is white-blue in décor, and home to a double height wine tower. The Bistro is a converted cellar, and the White Room has space for 60 with its magnificently colorful artwork.
Hawksmoor is all about the steak! This chain of restaurants offers a decadent menu of fantastic cuts of beef, accompanied by tantalizing sides: grilled bone marrow, beef dripping fries and buttered greens, to name a few. The private area at Guildhall is a long table in a wood-panelled room, where you will be overlooked by a portrait of “Dolly of the Chop House”. Throw a steak-tasting banquet, or host a dinner for between 8 & 22 people.
The William Kent Room at The Ritz
Dine beneath one of 18th century architect William Kent’s most celebrated, intricate and ornate works – the impressive ceiling of the William Kent Room at The Ritz. This private reception room is located in William Kent House – a Grade II listed building that adjoins the famous London hotel and pays homage to Italian Renaissance décor and English heritage traditionalism. The room overlooks Green Park and has its very own flower garden – especially splendid in the summer months.
Offering a plethora of private dining options, they’ve got it covered at Anthologist. Choose from the cocktail lounge, the chef’s table, the ‘Blind Pig’ and the ‘Beautiful Young People’ speakeasy, which serves Prohibition-style cocktails for up to 80 guests. As well as a late license on Thursdays and Fridays, Anthologist can arrange wine & cheese pairing evenings, mixology classes, butchery master classes, flower arranging tutorials & cupcake making sessions.
Temple at Andaz
Andaz, Liverpool Street, offers 14 private dining rooms – notably Temple. Within the historic hotel setting which has been adapted to boast both modern & classic interiors, Temple offers a banquet-type experience. You’ll think that you’re sitting at a medieval monarch’s high table, which has somehow been transported into an Aztec temple. You really need to see it to appreciate it – it will “wow” you and your party with its long table, chapel-like intricacies and Tiffany blue ceiling.
The Gilbert Scott Book The Gilbert Scott
A glorious space within the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, The Gilbert Scott‘s private dining room is an intimate space with huge sash windows, a homely fireplace and the soft glow of candlelight. The bright and airy dining room accommodates 18, and also boasts an 18-foot-high ceiling. Seasonal, bespoke menus span from 3 to 5-course feasts, and the head sommelier can recommend beautifully complementing pairings. Guests can also experience The Gilbert Scott’s Chef’s Table: a truly immersive dining experience for 10, with views directly onto the bustle of the kitchen.
Marcus Book Marcus
As well as private hire of the entire 2 Michelin-starred restaurant, offering space for 80 people, Marcus presents its spectacular Chef’s Table experience for 10 diners. The ultimate in culinary theatre, this table looks right onto the bustle of this world-renowned kitchen: watch the creation and presentation of your supreme 8-course menu, with wine pairings available from the head sommelier.
Dinner by Heston
This is, surprisingly enough, very Heston. The décor involves jelly moulding apparatus and things that appear and vanish. Inspired by the idea of “dinnertime”, the private room is a wood, rust & cobalt-designed space for 10 (and there’s a chef’s table, too). Be adventurous and try what Heston does best: meat fruit, chicken oysters, gentleman’s relish or black-footed pork.
The Conservatory at Daphne’s brings a Tuscan ambience to South Kensington. Lunch or dinner for up to 40 people (drinks and canapés for 50) can be staged in the beautifully lit orangery, dotted with olive trees. In winter, they spark up an open fire, and in summer the roof retracts for an open-air experience. Seasonal Italian fare is offered, with party menus available at £42, £48 & £54. Chef Mark Brown’s specialty dish is squid with caponata.
Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
Glassed walls or draped walls? Take your pick at Riverside Brasserie’s private quarters in Chelsea. Sit 12 or stand 20, impress your guests with the room’s glass surroundings; or pull the curtains for a truly intimate experience. It’s ideal for those that like to dine separately from the main restaurant, but at the same time not feel shut out of it. The ambience from the brasserie floats in neatly, allowing the tinkle of glassware and cracks of laughter to trickle in on your party, whilst being private at the same time.
The Japanese food at Zuma looks simplistic, but it’s all in the taste. They champion the izakaya style of eating, meaning that dishes are shared and compared. For your private event, sit at the Tosho Table with 9 friends – it’s semi-private and still catches the buzz of the sake bar and lounge. Alternatively, the Kotatsu Room seats 12-14 at a sunken table set away from the rest of Zuma, creating your own private space.
Popular with the Chelsea set (according to “Made in Chelsea”), Bluebird allows you to hire its individual rooms, independently or as a combination. Notable is the Mezzanine in the converted attic, which allows an aerial view of the streets underneath. The food is seasonal – grouse, snails, crab and steak – and adjoining Bluebird is its food store, where you can order your groceries while you’re at it. Prices start at £7, and climb to £50 for sharing plates.
Seven Park Place
The Michelin-starred St James’s Hotel restaurant, Seven Park Place, is the brainchild of William Drabble. Offering private diners a quiet space to enjoy a full meal or a taster menu, the restaurant is noted for its impeccable attention to detail when it comes to the intricacies of its presentation. Offerings include homemade bread, delectable scallops marinated in blood orange, Oxtail with bone marrow, and mint parfait for dessert.
Giovanni Quaglino founded it in 1929, and Conran reinvented it in the 90s – it impressed then, it impresses now. Draw the blinds in the private rooms for intimacy, or raise them so that your guests can enjoy the theatrics and buzz of the restaurant below. Fit for royalty, these bespoke private dining rooms in London were originally built so that the then Prince of Wales could dine out in public. The larger Prince of Wales room can accommodate up to 44, while the smaller Giovanni room seats 16 diners.
A new room has been installed at The Northcote – a Club Room offering a club feel, with its exclusive bar, idiosyncratic decor (a huge knife & fork hangs on the wall) and lots of bright lighting. Sit in the comfy chairs by the hearth before retiring to the cushioned banquette seating area to host your own feast. It’s British, home-grown food, “prepared with love”. The Northcote pride themselves on their ale selection – Sharp’s Doombar, Adnams and Hogs Back are but a few of these.
Offering one of the best venues for private dining in London, Launceston Place is a multi-award-winning Kensington restaurant. Sit in the Chef’s Office – a beautifully decorated room, ornamented as if it were the study of a banker who enjoys weekends hunting. Rich in natural colours, the highlight here is the plasma screen that links its guests directly to the kitchen. Head chef, Ben Murphy, will tailor-make a menu for you, based on the day’s market produce.
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley
Beautifully modern, this venue is all about texture & taste. The décor is striking – slate glass merged with rich leathers, dotted with pockets of color here & there. Marcus Wareing’s cuisine is contemporary & light. The Pomerol Room is totally private, perfect for a special occasion or business affair. The Chef’s Table is intimate & lavish, and a culinary tour of dishes can be enjoyed with complementing wines selected for you by the sommelier.
This restaurant in Shoreditch can be described, simply, as “cool”. It’s urban-chic meets industrial glamour. Tramshed is a Grade II-listed landmark building that used to be home to London’s tramline generators. Now, it’s home to a wholesome chicken and steak a la carte menu. You can hire an 8-seat booth, the 38-seat table on the mezzanine level, or have a party in the Cock’n’Bull Gallery. Restaurateur Mark Hix presents occasional showcases in his Kitchen Library too.
Village East certainly is unique – making a stylish statement and offering distinctive dining all at once. The Little Room takes 20 guests, and is retro-meets-ski-lodge – decked out with maple panels and caramel muslin curtains for a warm, intimate feel. A long table runs through the room for you and your fellow diners, allowing you the opportunity to host your own personal banquet, with a modern edge.
For ultimate seclusion while you dine, Bateaux will take you and your guests from dry land, and onto the waters of the Thames. Enjoy a seasonal meal cooked by on-board chefs as you glide through the capital, with the lights and sights of London as your backdrop. Choose from the Parisian boat “Symphony”, with its charming French accents and modern glacial décor, or the more traditional wood-panelled “Naticia”, and enjoy uninterrupted sights and the lap of the waves, as you eat and celebrate.
The Cinema Room of this gastropub takes you and up to 24 guests away from the bustle of Bermondsey Street, to enjoy good food and a movie in private. The style here is rustic yet modern, casual, cute, comfy and quirky. The Cinema Room boasts low ceilings, bricked décor and rocking chairs! Pop a film onto the 5’x4’ screen, choose from the British-themed menu and relax in your own very unique cinema screening. Ideal for themed birthdays, or simply for film buffs.
Pied a Terre Book Pied a Terre
The epitome of personalised fine dining, Pied a Terre’s private dining room seats up to 13 guests, and offers a butler-style approach to service. Start with chilled champagne and canapés, select an exquisite multi-course menu (with a vegetarian alternative offered for every dish), and enjoy accompanying wine flights matched by the sommelier. Options for table customisation include table flowers, place names, bespoke menu design and exclusive gifts.
Rules Book Rules
Standing the test of time is no mean feat for restaurants in London, and carrying the mantle of London’s oldest restaurant is the magnificent Rules in Covent Garden. Private dining rooms take inspiration from pillars of English literature, with the Graeme Greene room offering space for 18 diners, and the more intimate John Betjeman room offering space for 10. Both rooms feature red leather furnishings, wood panels and Victorian-style sketches, while seasonal menus are complemented by classic cocktails and a superb wine list.
Hush Book Hush
A venue fit for double-O-seven himself, the Sir Roger Moore room at Hush offers guests their own cloakroom, kitchen and bar, along with an elegant, light-filled dining room. A range of room configurations means parties from 10-66 can be accommodated at tables, and up to 100 standing, with popular events spanning from private lunches and dinners, to baby/bridal shower afternoon teas, cocktail masterclasses and more.
Hakkasan Hanway Place Book Hakkasan Hanway Place
The original Hakkasan restaurant, the Michelin-starred Hanway Place restaurant features design by Christian Liaigre, and an impeccable menu of high-end Chinese cuisine. As well as exclusive private hire for 210 seated diners, the Ling Ling area offers space for 70, plus a semi-private dining room for groups of 8-20.
Michelin-starred Benares has a series of private dining spaces, seating between 6-34 guests: the Chef’s Table, Sommelier’s Table (where you are surrounded by shelves of wine, highlighted by neon lighting), Berkeley Room and Dover Room. It’s contemporary in design and run by Atul Kochhar, a twice-Michelin-starred chef who has revolutionized Indian cuisine in London. Kochhar can give you a master class along with your private dinner, showcasing how he combines his heritage with his love of British ingredients.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Needing to be seen to be believed, the Dorchester’s private Salon Privé allows guests to dine against the most intriguing backdrop – a tall wall of dark green lacquer, peppered with thousands of emerald silk buttons – totally unique! The bountiful design echoes the greenery of its neighbouring Hyde Park, with a fireplace as a finish, ideal for a cosy and discreet supper. 3 Michelin stars arguably make this one of the best private dining restaurants in London.
Royally-appointed chef Richard Corrigan offers his personal library and chef’s table as a setting for your private meal. A recess of the restaurant, tuck yourself away in the Kitchen Library, filled with Corrigan’s book collection, and overlooking the kitchen’s “pass” (where all dishes are finalized before being served). The chef’s table also offers a view of the kitchen, offering a wonderful menu with a running theme of fish and game.
Opulent in both décor and cuisine, this Indian restaurant off Piccadilly is the UK’s oldest. Private diners can host a dinner or a larger event, with classic cooking, comforting curries and current conceptions, and a few dishes not often seen outside India on offer, too. Their back catalogue of clientele includes Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Kanye West & Liz Hurley.
Overlooking the Savoy courtyard entryway and fountain, The D’Oyly Carte room at Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill offers breakfast, lunch and cosy suppers for up to 40 guests. Ramsay named it after Richard D’Oyly Carte, who founded The Savoy Theatre, and in the spirit of this offers a touch of Hollywood charisma mixed with old-fashioned charm. Stuart Gillies and head chef Andy Cook bring sustainable, elegant French & British cuisine to the Savoy Grill.
The Riding House Café
Adam White & Clive Watson’s latest venture, The Riding House, presents The Stables – which is precisely as it sounds. Designed with inspiration from hunting lodges/mountain chalets/equestrian stalls, these restaurateurs have turned an unattractive 1950s building into an eatery of style. The Stables seats 14 guests on its long conference-like table, lined from above with spot lighting, and surrounded by shutters made from varying types of wood.
Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs
“Love is food: keep eating” is the motto of Bubbledogs’s chef James Knappett. The idea behind this private dining venue is that the experience is homey. Their Kitchen Table room wants its occupants to feel as though they’re at a large, family scullery table, enjoying the sociality of cooking at home. Open Tuesday-Saturday, there are two dinner sittings, at 6:00PM and 7:30PM, offering a selection of warming yet luxurious dishes. Bubbledogs is one of London’s most popular restaurants, so bag your seat soon.
Exclusive, mysterious, dusky – Hakkasan Mayfair’s website is a little cagey, merely stating that they are “further setting the standard for modern Chinese cuisine in London…” Perhaps that’s all you need to know. With a menu that offers Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar, or stir-fry ostrich in yellow bean sauce, why argue with that? Dine like an emperor in their blood-red private room with up to 14 guests for lunch or dinner, or hire for a canapé event.
Choose which vault you’d like to dine in! For a private dinner, you’ll be taken to the cellar, where you’ll find Vaults 1 & 2 – the former seating 18, the latter 28. Dining in these underground tombs is certainly an intimate experience – the rooms are designed like New York bistros from the 20s – deep reds, rich mahoganies and chequered floors.
Alberto Hernandez is at the helm of Aqua Nueva, and is the protégée of the renowned Ferran Adria, (head of El Bulli, Catalonia, widely renowned as one of the best restaurants in the world). The Glass Dining Room seats 15, lined with warm and creamy orange walls, and the 15,000 hand-crafted wooden beads that hang from the ceiling. Aqua Nueva is great for relaxed dinner parties with its modern-Spanish menu, and terraces that look out across London.
CUT at 45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane’s Dorchester Collection presents the Media Room at Cut. This room is the perfect private dining venue for a screening – be it business or pleasure. Cut is Wolfgang Puck’s American steak house (he even offers a Thanksgiving menu in November). The Media Room is aptly named with its state-of-the-art 103” Bang & Olufsen 3D BeoVision screen, with a 6.1 BeoLab surround sound setup. Get your head around that!
You have to see this place to believe it. The Lecture Room & Library is orange, comfy and designed in an almost Egyptian-meets-70s-chintz style. All ‘tasting’ and ‘a la carte’ menus are devised by French Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire, offering a unique scope of ingredients and a complexity of combinations. Their wine list has been on every “Good Wine” catalogue of late, and is selected to accompany the deer, pig and soufflé categories that you’ll find on the menu.
Galvin at Windows
What makes Galvins at Windows stand out above many other venues is the breathtaking view it offers its patrons. Looking out across London, with Hyde Park & Buckingham Palace standing out as prominent features, this restaurant is the place to take someone if you’re looking to impress. Their private room – The Balcony – can be found at the edge of the restaurant, tucked into a bay window, encircled by windows; offering you a precipice-type dining experience. Menus start from £65 and the room sits up to 30.
Specialising in “fragrantly spiced coastal cuisine of south-west India”, Trishna is a replica of the original iconic Trisha restaurant in Mumbai – vastly considered to be one of the greatest seafood restaurants in the world. Chef Karam Sethi offers a decadent experience for any seafood lover, with dishes such as Dorset brown crab & garlic butter, market fish curry infused & coconut masala, or a sumptuous seafood biriyani. Their space is atmospheric with its stony, oaky and glassy interior and privately seats 12.
In stark contrast to the wine cellars and low-lit vaults in some private venues, this contemporary brasserie offers you an altogether different experience. This vaulted dining room is taller, vaster, lighter, with its skylight and mirrored walls. Its individual external entrance keeps you spearate from the main restaurant making this all the more exclusive. With their stylish and chilled aura, enjoy a £25pp lunch or £35pp dinner for a reasonably priced, sophisticated meal in London.