If you’re looking for the best private dining rooms in London, read on for expert tips from Emyr Thomas on where to book for group dinners or special occasions.
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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, which holds 3 Michelin Stars, offers a selection of private dining options, including the intimate Salon Prive and the Salon Park Lane, which has glorious views over Hyde Park and can accommodate up to 28.
Our favourite room is the Table Lumiere, which is ideal for up to six guests. Cocooned by a luminescent oval curtain, it is surrounded by 4,500 shimmering fibre optics that drop dramatically from the ceiling, making it one of the best private dining rooms in London.
While diners are able to hear the buzz of the restaurant, they are partly screened from view, giving a sense of intimacy without any loss of atmosphere.
The Balcony at Galvin at Windows
Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, ‘The Balcony’ is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows offering peerless views across Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and London beyond. Guests have the option to tailor their own menu based on the restaurant’s modern French inspired a la carte dining option. The Balcony can seat up to eighteen guests on one private table.
Bob Bob Ricard
Bob Bob Ricard in Soho, designed by David Collins in the style of an Edwardian train, oozes Art Deco decadence and the curtained private dining carriage still feels a part of the main restaurant and its buzzy atmosphere. Bob Bob Ricard offers all day dining and has one of London’s best cocktail bars on the lower ground floor.
The Chef’s Table at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
Marcus Wareing’s cooking presents haute cuisine at its finest with dark and seductive decor and impeccable service. The Chef’s table, in its own luxurious and intimate air-conditioned space at the heart of the restaurant, is ideal for a celebratory lunch or dinner.
The larger Pomerol Room (pictured above) is an elegant, refined space to enjoy exquisite cooking, making it one of the best private dining rooms in London.
The Sommelier’s Table at The Connaught
The Sommelier’s Table at The Connaught offers an intimate lunch or dinner curated by Head Sommelier Hugues Lepin and two Michelin-starred Chef Hélène Darroze.
Guests booking The Sommelier’s Table, which can accommodate up to eight guests, firstly consult with Hugues Lepin to create an exclusive wine menu for the meal, and Hélène Darroze will then create a tasting menu to match the selected wines.
The Sommelier’s Table at The Connaught is a hidden gem, discreetly tucked away in the wine cellar. Guests are greeted by a round solid oak table, with oak and leather chairs, surrounded by carefully selected art work, a warm and moody contrast to the cool white of the wine cellar’s limestone walls and flooring.
Opened in July 2011 by self-taught chef Mikael Jonsson, Hedone instantly established itself on the London dining scene and gained its first Michelin Star in 2012.
The glass-walled Private Dining Room at Hedone affords comfort and privacy with a fantastic view of the wine cellar. Seating from 8-16 guests at a time and offering a bespoke menu for the whole table and Sommelier-matched wines.
The Wine Cellar at The Stafford Hotel
The Stafford’s Wine Cellars are the ideal setting for entertaining your guests and challenging their taste buds with some of the finest wines from around the globe. The Main Chamber seats up to 44 for lunch or dinner and the whole space can accommodate up to 95 guests for a standing reception.
The wine tastings are hosted by Gino Nardella, The Stafford’s Master Sommelier, who has been at the hotel for over 30 years. Guests can also have a tour of the cellars including an air raid shelter, which houses an intriguing selection of World War I and II artefacts.
The Kitchen Table at The Gilbert Scott
The spacious Kitchen Table at The Gilbert Scott is surrounded by walls of wine in the “engine room” (the kitchen) of the restaurant. The buzz of the kitchen creates a fantastic atmosphere from the intimacy of your own private space.
The chefs will share the event, bringing food to the table and perhaps carving your main course (such as a slow roast shoulder of Cumbrian lamb) in front of your party. The arc-shaped table seats up to 10 with the whole party facing towards the kitchen for a birds-eye view of the action.
Tempo offers contemporary Italian cuisine at reasonable prices in the heart of Mayfair with a cosy, relaxed and intimate feel. The menu is influenced by the chef’s time in Sorrento and features cicchetti (Italian small plates) and many sharing dishes. The wine list is a small, eclectic selection of 65 wines, primarily featuring top small producers from Italy.
One of Tempo’s most striking areas is the stylish first floor bar, with its large floor to ceiling windows overlooking Curzon Street. There is also a warm and welcoming private room that is suitable for breakfast meetings, lunches and dinners seating up to 24 people, or for receptions and private parties up to 40. The room can also be combined with the Bar next door for exclusive hire of the first floor, making it one of the best private dining rooms in London.
Private Room at The Ivy
The Private Room at The Ivy is situated in the heart of Covent Garden, just above the celebrated restaurant and below the newly opened The Club at The Ivy. It shares their distinctive décor of stained glass windows and wood panelling and is a firm favourite with the capital’s theatre, literary, film and media crowds.
The reception area with bar and baby grand piano can accommodate 60 guests for drinks and canapés, while the main dining area seats up to 32 on one table or 60 on individual tables of 10 for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The private dining room at Clos Maggiore seats up to 23 guests and is a stunning backdrop for a wedding reception, business event, canapé party or celebratory lunch.
Filled with light from the full height windows overlooking the Covent Garden piazza, it’s light and airy during the day and warm and inviting come the evening aided by dark wooden panelling and a roaring log fire. Clos Maggiore features in our list of the most romantic restaurants in London.
Trishna is located at 15-17 Blandford Street in Marylebone, specialising in the coastal cuisine of South West India. The menu of sharing plates is a modern take on traditional coastal classics, using British seasonal ingredients, which resulted in Trishna winning its first Michelin Star in 2012.
The private dining room is in the basement, with the restaurant’s wine cellar as a backdrop, which seats up to 12 guests.
The Temple at the Andaz Hotel
The Greek Masonic Temple is hidden in the depths of the Andaz Hotel with grandiose throne-like chairs, heavy mahogany, Grade II listed marble columns and a zodiac ceiling. The impressive space makes a great private dining space, but is also used for events such as fashion shows, product launches and wedding receptions.
Corrigan’s Mayfair has a well-made dining room built to last and a menu as timeless as they come, in stylish and glamorous surroundings. The Kitchen Library is situated in a private booth in the kitchen, surrounded by an encyclopaedia of famous recipe books, where guests are often served by the Chefs, making this a contender for one of the best private dining rooms in London.
Mossimann’s Private Dining Club
Set in a luxurious and intimate converted 19th century church, Mossimann’s Club is one of the most prestigious private dining clubs in the world. Ranging from the Montblanc Room, one of the world’s smallest private dining room seating only two guests, to the Mappin & Webb room that can accommodate up to 50 guests in the grand dome-shaped Belfry, Mossimann’s offers excellent private dining facilities.
The Gherkin, London
Searcys The Gherkin at the top of the Gherkin offers five elegant private dining rooms that are ideal for a business meeting or special celebration, offering incredible views of London and beyond with a great location in the heart of the City.
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