Planning a perfect dinner party? Hosting a celebration? Has your boss just been on and told you to find a venue for a big work dinner? Look no further, here are some of the most striking private dining rooms around. Whether you want to be in a palace or a cellar, make your event perfect and private.
Hire an actual palace!
It would be difficult to make more of a statement than a marble and fresco lined dining room at the centre of an actual palace. ‘Pass the salt cellar please, Tarquin’, ‘why of course, I’ll have it delivered on the back of this swan’ and so on. This place is proper posh and undeniably grand. Entertain in serious style but also surrounded by history, it remains the home of the Dukes of Marlborough and if you didn’t know that Churchill was born here then don’t worry, they’ll tell you.
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hanborough (1.7 miles)
They’re both in the new Four Seasons but while La Dame de Pic may have the Michelin star, do they have this private dining room? The muted hues evoke simplistic Japanese luxury as diners ease into their leather armchairs. The round table is perfect for business dinners or fun celebrations.
The menu, specialising in Japanese and Chinese cuisine, is truly memorable and the location, on the edge of the City, by the Tower of London, is ideal for work dinners and meetings.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.1 miles)
The Petersham sits on the very limit of London, a perfect compromise between the bustle of town and the rolling hills of the countryside. The ideal picture-skew setting above ground is one thing, but head below deck and the wine cellar reveals another; a secret dining room lined with wine.
The restaurant at The Petersham is on top-form right now, too, with new Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges making waves. And making now as good a time as any to visit.
Where: The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
Nearest station: Richmond (0.8 miles)
Sky high dining at Fenchurch
With one of the best views in London, 35 floors up, Sky Garden offers unparalleled vistas of the capital and a number of dining options. For a private dining room with a stunning view, Fenchurch has just the answer. Don’t expect to hear anything your neighbour says, though, you’ll b be transfixed by what’s outside.
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
There are two views worth taking in at Le Pont De La Tour, the view of Tower Bridge and the view of the vaulted ceilings and endless bottles of wine in the private dining room. Obviously both are something to behold, but wine always pips architecture in our book. And that’s before the food starts rolling in!
Where: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.5 miles)
The Shooting Gallery at the Haymarket Hotel is lavish, sumptuous and pretty much all of the superlatives. With its grand chandeliers, luxury wallpaper and room for between 40 and 70 dining this is one of the most grown up and opulent options available.
Dark and alluring
Dark and alluring, Ginza Onodera’s dining rooms are bijou and beautiful, intimate and ideal for sharing as you dine on some of London’s best Japanese cuisine.
The Mandrake Hotel in Fitzrovia is noted for their Michelin starred Hong Kong restaurant Serge et le Phoque, but it contains a special treat, a 16 seat private dining room, coated in red lacquer to emulate a Chinese jewellery box. The effect is unusual and certainly striking!