Dining out in London is always quite the theatrical affair. From waiting staff whisking intriguing menus under your nose, to open kitchens and creative cocktails firing up your appetite. Yet, sometimes, we just want to close the doors on the clatter, if only for an hour or two, and indulge in our very own private DJs, personalised tables and private bar amongst friends and family.

If you’re looking for something a little more intimate and inviting, you’ve come to the right place, as we’re shining a light on some of the snug private dining spots hidden away from the glare of the city. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation or maybe you want to throw a bash just because, here are some of the best private dining rooms in London…

The Courtyard at The Marylebone Hotel

My, oh my, does The Marylebone Hotel have a private dining option for you! Tucked away in a courtyard, surrounded by a charming garden wall, you’ll find a foliage-filled intimate space fit for all your needs.

From the retractable roof and open fire to the twinkling fairy lights, it’s ideal for private dinners under the stars.

Capacity: 40

Where: 47 Welbeck St, London W1G 8DN

Website: www.doylecollection.com

HIDE Mayfair

Set over three floors, flooded with natural daylight and enjoying views across Green Park, HIDE offers you the very best food and drink in a refined but relaxed setting.

The restaurant boasts a number of private dining options, perfect for intimate lunches, meetings and celebrations. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun set over Piccadilly as you party privately into the evening.

Capacity: 4-20

Where: 85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB

Website: www.hide.co.uk

MiMi Mei Fair

Take a seat in the Peacock Room, the stunning private dining space at MiMi Mei Fair. Behind elegant folding timber screens you’ll find a private dining room decorated with hand painted silk chinoiserie wallpaper featuring the room’s signature peacock, and an open fireplace.

Up to eight people can dine in these luxury surroundings, enjoying time with family and friends amongst the decadent trappings.

A private dining room decorated with hand painted silk chinoiserie wallpaper.

Capacity: 8

Where: 55 Curzon St, London W1J 8PG

Website: www.mimimeifair.com

The Living Room at Meraki Bar

Disappear behind the wine shelf at Meraki to reveal a secret entrance to The Living Room! Guests will descend the stairs to the hidden private dining room below, featuring artsy, eye-catching walls and tropical surroundings – and makes for a feast for the eyes as well as the tummies! The space can accommodate for up to 26 guests seated at round tabletops and lush velvet seating, with a sharing style menu which is perfect for socialising.

You can also choose to dine in one of their ‘caves’, which seat 8 for dinner. Take control of your environment by setting the lights and even play your own music through the sound system.

Capacity: 8-26

Where: 80-82 Great Titchfield St., London W1W 7QT

Website: www.meraki-restaurant.com

The Pie Room at The Holborn Dining Room

If you’re an avid watcher of MasterChef, you’ll be aware of The Pie Room already as the restaurant previously graced our screens and we all went crazy for it.

A kitchen by day and an exclusive luxury dining room by night, it’s one of London’s most beloved private dining venues, dedicated to serving the humble British pie in all its finery. The intimate dining room seats up to 10 guests and is available to book Wednesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. onwards.

Trust us, these pies are 1,000% worth tasting. We’re obsessed.

Capacity: 10

Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

Website: www.holborndiningroom.com

Balthazar

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 immerses 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.

Capacity: 24-49

Where: 4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ

Website: www.balthazarlondon.com

The Study at The Kensington Hotel

Dine amongst sleek décor at The Study at The Kensington Hotel. Whether you’re planning a work brekkie or a luxurious evening meal with pals, The Study is a light-filled, intimate West London space.

Seating up to 18 people that feels like the exquisite dining room of a beautiful private residence.

Capacity: 18

Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5LP

Website: www.doylecollection.com

Fenchurch

Dine in private, soaking up some of London’s most iconic landmarks on level 37 of the Sky Garden. The Vinoly Room is tucked away inside Fenchurch restaurant, accommodating up to 16 guests for a sky-high dining experience.

It’s excellent for a special occasion with breath-taking views of the city, an exclusive wine list, and contemporary British menus.

Capacity: 16

Where: 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF

Website: www.skygarden.london

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

Fuelling passers-by for many years now, Gillray’s is a haven for British favourites – steak and gin. Have your next board meeting or birthday in the stunning private dining space at the back of Gillray’s.

Separated through curtains, this intimate setting will wow your invitees with its inspiring views and is perfect for a celebration or private dinner for up to 24 guests.

Capacity: 24

Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB

Website: www.gillrays.com

The Gherkin

Modern and iconic, The Gherkin knows a thing or two about impressing guests. Choose from five inter-connectable private dining rooms with incredible 360º views and seasonal menus showcasing the best of British cuisine. 

Perfect for birthday parties, wedding celebrations and corporate dinners, guests can enjoy five-course feasts with Champagne pairings, or lighter working lunches and even breakfasts. With fine food and views all round, you can’t go far wrong.

Capacity: 22-140

Where: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF

Website: www.searcys.co.uk

Duck & Waffle

Have your celebration or business meeting skyscraper-style at Duck & Waffle in the highest private dining room in the UK, and experience all the food from their main menu (including the infamous and drool-worthy Duck and Waffle) as well as a range of set menus.

With space for 16 you’ll not only be treated to incredible food, but you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views over the city alongside your meal – bonus!

Have your celebration or business meeting skyscraper-style.

Capacity: 16

Where: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

Website: www.duckandwaffle.com

Rake’s Café Bar 

Rake’s Orgy room (I mean, you’d book it for the name alone) is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner that’s secluded from the rest of the restaurant. The space hosts up to ten guests and the interiors are absolutely stunning, featuring show-stopping navy-blue walls, velvet seating and black and white art-lined walls.

The food and cocktails menus are equally as exceptional. Think small plates like cauliflower wings and cashew ranch; spanish ham & potato croquettes; and crispy tortillas with melted cheese, marinated olives, guacamole and chilli salsa. To drink, there’s a number of signature cocktails like The Gaming House, The Arrest and of course, The Orgy.

Capacity: 10

Where: 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN

Website: www.rakescafebar.co.uk

Straits Kitchen

This Pan Pacific restaurant has two spellbinding rooms for you to host your special occasion in. First up we have Newton, which welcomes 12 guests around a striking asymmetrical table. There’s also Katong, which seats 14 around a central captain’s table.

The team have curated seasonal menus with traditional and signature dishes to be served individually or shared family style as they do in Singapore. You can also completely personalise your private dining experience with a sound system or your own private sommelier – bonus!

Capacity: 12-14

Where: 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB

Website: www.panpacific.com

The Ivy Asia Chelsea

Named after the stunning cherry blossom trees that fill the restaurant, symbolising renewal and the nature of life, the Sakura room at the Ivy Asia features beautiful Asian-inspired décor for an unforgettable private get-together. It accommodates up to 14 guests for a seated dinner, or can be hired for 40 standing if it’s a private party, wedding reception or corporate event.

Oh, and you’re going to want to try the drinks menu – featuring cocktails that capture the essence of the restaurant in a glass, each designed to match the vibrant atmosphere.

Capacity: 14

Where: 201-203A, King’s Rd, London SW3 5ED

Website: www.theivyasiachelsea.com

Coppa Club Putney

Playing host to views of the Thames from the riverside terrace, quiet corners for working, and a central bar for sharing cocktails, Coppa Club Putney is the perfect place to drop into any time of day. But if you’re looking for something a little more intimate, The Nook is the perfect spot.

Tucked away at the back of the clubhouse, it’s the perfect private place for drinks, dinner or parties with family and friends.

Capacity: 12

Where: 29 Brewhouse Ln, London SW15 2JX

Website: www.coppaclub.co.uk

Trishna

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?!

Capacity: 12-60

Where: 15-17 Blandford St, London W1U 3DG

Website: www.trishnalondon.com

Art Yard Bar & Kitchen

Private but not isolated, 24 people can make themselves at home at Art Yard Bar & Kitchen, soaking up the atmosphere from the nearby restaurant and all the art that hangs on the walls. You might even find yourself sitting on a specially commissioned piece of furniture. 

Parties, be they birthday, wedding, anniversary are all about sharing delicious food here. Their sharing menus are designed for you to explore, taste, discuss and enjoy.

Capacity: 24

Where: 2 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 9JU

Website: www.artyardbarandkitchen.com

The Northall at The Corinthia

The private dining offering at the Corinthia rivals most. A quiet but grand space tucked away from the bustle of The Northall restaurant, this decadent setting will make any occasion memorable.

Commence your celebrations with a selection of canapés before moving on to the main event, your incredible dinner. Sophisticated yet quirky, it also makes for a perfect setting for an elegant champagne reception.

Capacity: 30

Where: Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD

Website: www.corinthia.com

Corrigan’s Mayfair

Shhh! This one’s a secret.

Dubbed as one of London’s best kept secrets, the Kitchen Library at Corrigan’s is the most intimate private dining room that Mayfair has to offer. Located in the kitchen, a mere metre away from the pass, you’ll experience first-hand the attention to detail that’s given to each and every dish.

The space is adorned with a collection of recipe books curated by Chef Corrigan himself, and separated from the kitchen via a thick glass sliding door (and a velvet curtain for private moments). Unsurprisingly, it’s the table most requested by the restaurant’s most discrete guests.

Capacity: 6

Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor St, London W1K 7EH

Website: www.corrigancollection.com

COMO The Halkin

This discreet, chic address in the heart of Belgravia provides the ultimate sophistication for an intimate winter event. The private dining room, located just off the main restaurant seats up to 22, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the private garden.

A light-filled room with contemporary interiors, it’s ideal for private meetings and dinners – with in-built audio and a plasma screen discreetly hidden behind the artwork.

Capacity: 22

Where: 5-6 Halkin St, London SW1X 7DJ

Website: www.comohotels.com

The Orangery at Zoom East

With foliage and bright colours at the forefront, The Orangery in Zoom East in Hyatt Place London City East provides a truly charming setting for private dining. Offering an opulent semi-private space for private dining, kitted out with modern interiors and wrapped up in stylish colours.

The space provides room for up to 16 guests and offers a Sicilian menu of locally inspired dishes such as Grilled Octopus with preserved lemon sauce, monks’ beard and crispy chickpeas; and Chicken Cotoletta with triple cooked fries.

Capacity: 20

Where: Hyatt Place London City East, Black Lion House, 45 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DU

Website: www.zoomeast.london

Kona

The semi-private dining ‘peacock room’, is tucked away within Kona restaurant in Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, seating up to 10 people comfortably.

Kona denotes comfort and cosiness and what’s more comforting and cosy than afternoon tea? Here you can indulge in a private Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea, featuring Royal Residence Sandwiches, Her Majesty’s Delicacies, and Cornish scones for £70 per person. 

Capacity: 10

Where: 51 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF

Website: www.taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk

St Pancras Brasserie

Private dining rooms are often unique places filled with history and atmosphere and St Pancras Brasserie’s delightful spaces follow suit. Located in the iconic St Pancras station, the experience makes for a unique taste of London history.

The private tasting room is lined with wine bottles, seats up to 14 and is ideal for decadent small get-togethers and wine tastings. In the restaurant itself, there’s also the light and airy Glass Room with space for up to 20 guests.

Capacity: 12-20

Where: St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL

Website: www.stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk

Shangri-La The Shard

Want to take your private dining experience to new heights? Shangri-La The Shard has got your back. The prized hotel caters for any intimate celebration with a specially reconfigured guestroom for up to 4 guests.

The experience, priced at £299 per person, starts with a welcome glass of champagne, followed by a delicious set menu three-course set menu of signature dishes from TĪNG Restaurant. So grab a glass of champers and bask in the breath-taking views of the city during the private experience of a lifetime.

Capacity: 4

Where: 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU

Website: www.shangri-la.com

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

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 the elegantly decked out Swallow rooms with your very own private entrance, piano, music system and bar. What’s more is that there’s no room hire, yippee!

Capacity: 24

Where: 11-15 Swallow St, London W1B 4DG

Website: www.bentleys.org


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