Dining out is always quite the theatrical affair, from waiting staff whisking intriguing menus under noses to open kitchens and creative cocktails firing up appetites. And yet sometimes we want to close the doors on the clatter, if only for an hour or two, and bask in our own DJs, personalised tables and friends and family. If you’re someone who’s opting for something a little more convivial and sexy you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve delved into London’s private dining culture to shine a light on some of the snug spots hidden away from the glare of the city. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation or maybe you just want to throw a personalised bash, here are some of the best private dining rooms in London…
If you’re an avid watcher of MasterChef, you’ll be aware 116 Pall Mall already as the restaurant previously played host to a semi-final. With multiple private dining rooms, perfect for groups of up to 80, it’s the perfect spot for any celebration or occasion. The Wine Bar, once the wine cellars of the Prince of Wales can also be hired exclusively.
Where: 116 Pall Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5ED, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.3 miles)
Have your business meeting in style at Ormer Mayfair in Flemings Mayfair and experience Shaun Rankin’s exclusive menu in one of their private dining rooms. Whether you’re a group of 22 or two, you’ll be able to enjoy a stunning three-course meal or opt for moreish canapés. A flat screen TV and Barco Click Share is available in all suites, while the Half Moon and Clarges Suite have extra bonuses to explore!
From July 1st – August 31st, parties of a minimum of six can enjoy a special rate including a three-course dinner, drinks and room hire. Plus Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, their daily delegate rate is at a reduced rate also including pastries, lunch, and AV equipment.
Where: Flemings Mayfair Hotel, Half Moon Street, London, W1J 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
One of the grandest ballrooms in London, the Pompadour Ballroom is the largest event space at Hotel Café Royal. The luxurious hall has been restored featuring original and ornate detailing, perfect for launches, meetings, and even weddings! At the far end, the large doors lead on to a pillared outdoor terrace with views on to Air Street and up and down the sweep of Regent Street.
If you’re passionate about food, drink and having a good time, The Jones Family Project has you covered. With two private areas, closed off to the public with glass screening, the areas combined can hold up to 90 guests in total. Plus there’s no hire fees, winner!
Take a seat at one of The LaLiT London’s laboratories or even the Headmaster’s Room – no, we haven’t lost our minds but are simply listing the nostalgic labels given to the stunning private dining spaces at the Tooley Street hotel. The names are infact a nod to the hotel’s former existence as St Olave’s Grammar School. Now transformed into five star luxury, you can enjoy a time with family and friends snug amongst the decadent trappings.
Balthazar boasts two dining spaces; ‘Le Petit’ and ‘Le Grand’. Reflecting the same dazzling design and attention to detail as the rest of the French brasserie, Balthazar immerse you in the amour of France with antique timber floorboards, vintage wall sconces, an original pewter bar top and glass shades from Clignancourt, Paris. In the petit salon, expect chandeliers, antique style mirrors and a whole lot of charm. Both rooms expound feelings of romance, and conjure images of Saturday night’s with red wine swilling about in huge glasses and the prospect of cheese lingering.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Bocconcino oozes high-end; from its central Mayfair location just a tumble away from Green Park and The Ritz, and its sunglasses-wearing clientele who duck in and out of the restaurant inconspicuously, signalling that this is the spot where art curators, influencers, footballers and the likes pop in for their Italian pick-me-up. Transport yourself to Italian climes and enjoy two dining rooms that offer seats fr dinners, birthdays and big ol’ celebratory occasions. Expect cosy alcoves, exposed brickwork delicious dishes thought up on the wood-fired oven. Exclusive hire is available for 127 seated guests and semi-private dining options can be arranged bespokely.
The Jones Family Kitchen in Belgravia is perfect for a relaxed dinner party. The private dining area is curtained off from the main restaurant allowing you to dine intimately with friends or colleagues whilst still soaking up the lively restaurant atmosphere – perfect for when the convo gets dry!
Private dining with a view… Climb on board the London Eye and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience together with close friends and family. Each pod holds up to eight guests, who’ll be served a gourmet three-course meal, catered for by rhubarb Food Design and paired with fine wines from Layton’s wine.
Take your dining experience to the next level with Kahani’s private dining room, The Peacock. Decked out in blue, just like a peacock, the room’s elevated above the restaurant adding a little more intimacy to your evening. Seating up to 12 guests, Kahani sources all its meat and veggies from local natural farms and family holdings, catering for all tastes with traditional Indian flavour combos.
Randall’s passion for food was born from regular family holidays across Europe. You can experience his rustic produce-driven Italian food whilst dining in one of Theo Randall’s private dining rooms. Choose from the Puglia dining room, the Amalfi dining room or hire out the entire restaurant which accommodates up to 165 guests (if you’ve got that many friends!)
Propped in the heart of Marylebone Village, Trishna gives you a contemporary take on Indian coastal cuisine. On the lower lever, the private dining room can accommodate up to 12 guests, offering a discreet setting with a view overlooking the wine cellar. While larger bookings can soak up the bubbly atmosphere of the main restaurant with the option to hire the restaurant entirely for up to 60 guests. Now who’s ready for an Indian feast?!
If you’re not already sold by the decadent image then know that Annabel’s, the pin-up girl of private members’ clubs, has two spellbinding rooms for you to host your special occasion in. First up we have Annabel’s Silver Room which overlooks the enchanting garden. It’s the ideal space for private lunches and dinners, decked out with bespoke silver glass panelling and flooded with natural light throughout a summer day.
There’s also Annabel’s Flower Room which is perfect for baby showers and birthday dinners. It’s a timeless combination of luxury, glamour and intimacy, streaming with natural light. It’s filled with pink Pierre Frey wall silk, stitched with a blooming cherry blossom pattern, and is contrasted with green hues that frame the doors and windows. It’s also available to hire for anyone, whether you’re a member or not – bonus!
Sail down the Thames whilst you dine in private soaking up some of London’s most iconic landmarks on board the Glass Room. For a more intimate affair, the Portside Room is tucked away from the main dining area, accommodating up to ten guests, excellent for a special occasion or unique business meeting. With breathtaking views of London’s ever-changing scenery, Glass Room provides the provides the perfect space for meetings – you’ll be able to gaze across the riverside while your boss harks on about boring strategies…
Where: Bateaux London, Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment WC2M 6NU
Nearest station: Embankment (0.1 miles)
Tucked away on the second floor of Mark’s Club, you’ll find The Indian Room, a vibrant private dining room complete with its own ornate bar. Following the Club’s 2015 refurbishment, the walls have been hung with beautiful works, notably two large insects by Sarah Graham. Of course, the pride and joy is the stunning 19th Century French gilt chandelier with coloured drops hands from the iridescent ceiling.
For the cooler months, the fireplace will warm up your toes, while you’re served some of the finest food on offer. And if you think the room is reserved for members only, you’d be wrong. You can hire The Indian Room despite not being a member, now who’s ready for a sneak peak of the Club?
Michelin-starred Gymkhana has two private dining vaults on either side of the lower ground floor with seating for 9 to 14 guests. Inspired by the colonial British-Indian ‘gymkhana’ clubs, they serve up contemporary Indian cuisine using seasonal British ingredients with a strong focus on the tandoori oven and chapatti sharing dishes. Lovers of gin and tonic rejoice! They’ve got a whole list of carefully select gins to fuel you through your intimate occasion – whether it’s work related or not.
The striking Coral Room at Sexy Fish utterly captivates with its cutting-edge design, courtesy of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The room is peppered with works from Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts and indulges the diner in oceanic interiors, playfully following the Sexy Fish theme. Inside you’ll find seating for 48 guests, two of the largest coral reef tanks in the world and a polished private dining space equipped with bar. Pop extras into the mix such as live music or a DJ and make the room your own for a spellbinding special occasion.
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Playing host to three private dining rooms, Brigadiers is the perfect spot for an intimate work party or celebration. The food specialises on different methods of Indian barbecue, inspired by the army mess bars of India, where military regiments go to eat, drink and socialise. Those wanting a more social area can hire the pool room, cladded in polished black and chrome façades, complete with a leopard print carpet, which can host up to 25 standing.
Most of our childhood memories are created from a love of food from around the dinner table. This is exactly the same for the Berenjak’s founder and chef Kian Samyani, who spent his childhood fathering around the dining table with his Iranian family. The semi-private dining ‘Hayat room’, meaning garden, is tucked at the back of the restaurant, seating up to 16 people along to long tables. The room plays homage to the bygone Qajar dynasty, with the food offering an authentic take on home-style Iranian cuisine, specialising in sharing plates and charcoal grilled kababs.
Requesting a larger table? J Sheekey Atlantic Bar has got your back! The prized seafood and fish restaurant caters for any celebration with a horseshoe-shaped bar and tables facing an open kitchen and a room that caters for 52 guests smiling like Cheshire cats at the prospect of lobster, sea bream, molluscs and more. So, grab a class of Champagne and bask in the presence of one of London’s stalwart seafood destinations, equipped with gorgeous interiors and a joyous atmosphere.
Dine high in the sky at Sky Garden’s Fenchurch Restaurant on level 37. Whether you’re planning a work brekkie or a luxurious evening meal with pals, the Viñoly Room boasts beautiful views across the city for up to 16 people. Fenchurch’s menu can best be described as British contemporary. There’s also an exclusive wine list especially for private diners!
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
My, oh my, does Mews of Mayfair have private dining options for you! Tucked away in a historic cobbled courtyard in Mayfair, you’ll find four gorgeous floors filled with rooms fit for all your needs. From the lux Map Room, decked out in, well maps… to their cocktail and lounge bars, you’ll be greeted with exceptional service and culinary innovation.
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Dubbed as one of London’s best kept secrets, Blakes London is home to some of London’s dreamiest private dining areas. If you’re looking to go all out with one hella’ big bash, the legendary Blakes Below can be exclusively hired, accommodating up to 120 people, across the Chinese room, Japanese room and the bar. For those looking to hold a smaller gathering, the Chinese room is perfect for a drinks reception of around 50, or a private dinner for 35.
Where: 33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, London, SW7 3PF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Gloucester Road (0.5 miles)
Pull up a pew at The Emin Room; the private dining room sitting snug in 34 Mayfair. The room is envloped in arty surroundings and maes for a feast for the eyes as the well as the tummies! The space can accommodate up to 60 people for lunch or dinner and 80 for a standing reception, making it ideal for big, wine-fuelled celebrations. At the helm of the feast is Head Chef Harvey Ayliffe whose seasonal fare that centres around steak and fish dishes, does nothing but wow guests! The central London location, just off Park Lane, makes it an ideal spot for all to come together.
Where: 34, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.5 miles)
Conservatories are often places filled with light, florals and home to a refreshing atmosphere and Daphne’s delightful space follows suit. The private dining conservatory is a floral dream, with a bright and elegant al-fresco feel charming the 40 guests it can cater for. Ideal for decadent get-togethers, Head Chef Michael Brown creates seasonal menus that enrapture guests and the space makes for a wedding or civil ceremony dream.
Where: 112 Draycott Avenue, London, SW3 3AE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.4 miles)
With three AA rosettes at its helm, The Rib Room, located on the corner of Sloane Square, knows a thing or two about impressing guests! Choose from three rooms – the Buccleuch, the Boardroom and the Topolski – each of which can host up to 20 guests and sits them amongst original artworks by Feliks Topolski. With fine food and art surrounding you, you can’t go far wrong.
With decadence and pastel colours at its helm, VIVI provides a charming setting for private dining. The restaurant offers two opulent semi-private dining rooms, kitted out with opulent interiors and wrapped up in stylish gold chain curtains. Each room provides room for up to 14 guests and offers dining from the all-day menus.
The Stafford’s private dining spaces rival most. Picture this, you’re sat in a 380-year-old Wine Cellar in a stalwart London hotel eating fine food in a historic setting. If this is what you picture when you imagine The Stafford then you’ve come to the right place. With guests in amongst midnight blue walls and seated on flamboyant chairs, The Stafford’s private dining spaces are sophisticated yet quirky and make for a perfect setting for an elegant cocktail reception. Dishes from The Game Bird will be provided, alongside excellent wine pairings with Master Sommelier, Gino Nardella.
Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Fuelling busy passers-by for over 100 years now, Bentley’s is a haven for fresh oysters, grilled fish and the British favourite – the steak. Have your next board meeting or birthday in one of the stunning private dinning rooms at Bentley’s, from the elegantly decked out Crustacea Room to the impressive Swallow Street Rooms with your very own bar! What’s more, is that there’s no room hire, yippee!
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
Scott’s has recently launched a new room, The Platinum Arowana Room, a space that hosts up to eight guests with an interior values at over £6m due to the stunning artwork. The room is absolutely stunning, featuring a show-stopping green, semi-precious agate stone floor and bespoke mirror-panelled walls. And, the menu curated by Head Chef, David McCarthy is equally as exceptional, including golden pearl caviar and twice bakes lobster soufflé with shaved black or white truffle.