The Emin Room at 34
Caprice Holdings’ 34 Restaurant is one of our favourite Mayfair restaurants – a lovely menu focusing on meat and game in glamorous surroundings with low lighting, dark woods and a live jazz quartet on the weekends.
They have recently launched a new private dining room upstairs that can accommodate 60 guests for a seated lunch or dinner with its own private stylish bar area. The private room is in collaboration with Tracey Emin who has designed art work especially for 34.
Pachamama opened in Marylebone towards the end of 2014 and instantly made its mark as one of the best Peruvian restaurants in London. Pachamama’s dishes has its influences in Peruvian cuisine but using seasonal British produce to give the menu a twist.
The space sits 120 covers spread across 2 main dining areas a 12-seater cocktail bar and also offers two semi-private dining rooms for up to 12 guests and a cocktail lounge for 8 guests.
Bird of Smithfield, Clerkenwell
Bird of Smithfield is spread over five floors of an old Georgian townhouse in Clerkenwell. A home away from home, a members’ club with no membership, Bird of Smithfield serves up homemade British classics with a twist and naughtily good cocktails.
Open from 7.30am for breakfast, through until midnight and later some nights, and with live music on Wednesday nights. The beautiful private room is available to hire exclusively from 8 to 36 people for lunches or dinners.
The Council Chamber – Town Hall Hotel
Formerly the Council Chamber of the Town Hall in Bethnal Green, The Council Chamber at The Townhall Hotel retains the original art deco features with green leather raised seating and fold down wooden desks.
The space can be used for private dinners for up to 20 people, with food prepared by the Corner Room restaurant.
The Games Room at The Zetter Townhouse
The Games Room at the Zetter Townhouse hotel in Clerkenwell can seat up to 30 guests for private dining and 50 for standing receptions. The Games Room also has a small smoking terrace and, when not in use as a private dining room, a table tennis table.
The décor of the Games Room matches the hotel’s eclectic style with trinkets and artefacts from around the world. The food is catered by Bistrot Bruno Loubet. The Zetter Townhouse features in our guide to the best boutique hotels in London.
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.
Balthazar London, Covent Garden
One of the most talked about restaurant openings of 2013, Keith McNally’s London outpost of Balthazar opened in Covent Garden in February. They have also opened a private dining room on the first floor above the restaurant seating up to 60 guests or a standing reception for 75.
With antique timber floorboards, vintage wall sconces and a feature wall lined with wine bottles on either side of the room, the stylish private dining room also features a separate bar and lounge area. Menus start at £45 for 3 courses with tea, coffee and petits fours.
Gymkhana, a new Indian restaurant on Albemarle Street in Mayfair, has two private dining vaults, both located on the lower ground floor. The first vault seats up to 9 guests and the second seats up to 14 guests, with no minimum spend.
Gymkhana offers a choice of two menus, a tasting menu and a game menu, both with wine pairings available.
Hutong in the Shard
Focusing on Northern Chinese cuisine, the menu at Hutong in The Shard inspired by the culinary styles of Peking, Shandong and Sichuan provinces.
While the food is great, the experience is made all the more impressive with such stunning views of London all around you. The Shanghai private space can hold 16 while Beijing will seat 24 guests, or for larger parties, you can take over the whole restaurant with 100 guests for dinner or 340 for s stand up reception. Click here to read our review of Hutong.
The Storeroom at Merchants Tavern
The Storeroom is the basement private dining room at Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch, accommodating up to 22 people on a central table, with walls that feature food and wine produce from the restaurant.
Five or seven course tasting menus, priced at £75 and £95, are available or choose from a more informal three course feasting menu from £50. From Neil Borthwick and Angela Hartnett, Merchants Tavern offers modern European food in a stylish setting in Shoreditch.
The Games Room at Gauthier Soho
The Games Room at Gauthier Soho seats parties of up to 18 guests in a townhouse in Soho. The room features a number of unique fixtures, including an old 1950s arcade machine and a selection of vintage prints and pictures.
Gauthier Soho features 5 private dining rooms in various sizes and proportions.
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
The new private dining room at Bob Bob Ricard, made to the original Davis Collins design, offers a gorgeous private setting, complete with a working fireplace. The design takes inspiration from the dining carriages of the Orient Express and the Royal Train.
The full menu is available without the need to pre-order. The private room can accommodate 16 guests.
The Chef’s Table at Marcus
Marcus Wareing re-opened his restaurant at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge at the end of March with a fresh new look and name. The dining room at Marcus is gorgeous, retaining the glamour but with a less formal atmosphere and service style.
Now opening directly into the main dining room, the Chef’s Table, which seats up to ten, features a stunning porcelain topped table retaining the timeless elegance of the main restaurant, with the kitchen in full view.
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.
Located in the relatively new Kings Place development just up from King’s Cross, Rotunda has an open, airy feel with floor to ceiling windows offering views of the canal.
The private dining room can accommodate up to 30 seated guests, but the room worked really well at a recent Sunday lunch for around 20 guests. Evening functions have a minimum spend of £1,000.
Kensington Roof Gardens
Ideal for summer, the private dining room seats a maximum of 12 people and has its own private terrace, waiter and i-pod connection. The semi private area is for up to 30 maximum, again with its own terrace area.
The Chef’s Table at Mount Street Deli
The Mount Street Deli, Caprice Holdings’ more casual deli outlet on Mount Street (Scott’s is just down the road), is a warm, cute but casual space to visit for a coffee and snack during the day.
Adding a new interesting proposition is the launch of The Chef’s Table at the Mount Street Deli – choose from The Ivy, Scott’s, J Sheekey or Le Caprice, and the Head Chef from your chosen restaurant will cook your exclusive dinner and greet guests during the dinner, accommodating up to 12 people for a seated dinner (or up to 25 people for evening drinks and canapé receptions).
La Cucina Caldesi
La Cucina Caldesi in Marylebone is launching a private dining experience, where up to 20 people can experience the magic of Tuscany, Piedmont, Amalfi or Venice, with menus designed for each of these areas starting at £75 per head.
Each evening is themed according to the region and people are even encouraged to dress up!
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.
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.
William Kent Room at The Ritz
The William Kent Room is a magnificent dining room boasting fine views over Green Park, designed in the Italian Renaissance style. Beneath a breathtaking ceiling, considered to be one of William Kent’s greatest works, up to 24 people can be seated around a magnificent hand-crafted mahogany table.
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 Little Room at Village East
The Little Room at Village East seats a maximum of 14 people with exposed brick walls, ceiling beams and low hanging lighting creating a cosy speakeasy feel. A long table lines the centre of the room and secret panelled window shutters at one end discreetly shield a wide flat screen TV for presentations.
Village East, located on Bermondsey Street, reopened in Autumn 2013 after an extensive refurbishment. There is a minimum spend of £800 for private events.
Hawksmoor Guildhall‘s private dining room is perfect for a range of events from corporate breakfasts to private parties in The City.
Accommodating up to 22 people the room includes a small bar where your own personal bartender can prepare pre and post-dinner drinks, as well as discrete audio-visual equipment for presentations, including a 40” flat screen.
Hawksmoor Guildhall can also offer cocktail masterclasses, a beef tasting menu and other bespoke events.
Ametsa at The Halkin
Light-filled, with large windows overlooking The Halkin garden, the private dining room at Michelin-starred Ametsa can accommodate 24 people seated or 40 standing.
The design is similar to the main restaurant with red leather benches and glass receptacles filled with spices forming wave-like contours on the ceiling. Ametsa’s approach to food pairs the earthy flavours and techniques of Spain’s Basque region with modern twists
The Chef’s Table at The Dorchester
The redesigned Chef’s Table at The Dorchester sits in the middle of The Dorchester’s kitchens with a capacity of 12 guests, featuring a Baccarat crystal chandelier which matches the Baccarat crystal glassware on the table.
The Chef’s Table is available for lunch and dinner for up to 12 people attended by executive chef Henry Brosi and is priced from £120 per person for lunch and from £150 per person for dinner plus £250 for room hire.
French bistro, Blanchette, opened in Soho at the end of 2013 with a menu of sharing plates mixing classic French dishes with a modern twist. The private dining room, The Jungle Room, seats up to 16 people and does not have a minimum spend.
Guests can choose from two set menus, but also order à la carte if they prefer.
An institution on the London restaurant scene since it opened in 1977, Joe Allen has been serving theatreland for decades. Now under new management and with a little spruce up in its appearance, Joe Allen retains its homely, cosy atmosphere where the buzz is infectious.
The private dining room, which now continues with the restaurant’s design of exposed brick, dark woods and black and white posters on the walls, can accommodate up to 50 guests.
The Mirror Room at Rosewood London
The Mirror Room marks the return of Michelin starred chef Bjorn van der Horst to London in a stunning dining room with mirrors covering the walls and ceilings of the Rosewood London hotel. The Mirror Room also offers two private dining rooms, one with its own demonstration kitchen.
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.
Take a seat in the British Pullman’s vintage carriages and dine on board the sister train to the Venice Simplon Orient-Express that once ran on 1920s services such as the Brighton Belle and Golden Arrow.
Belmond British Pullman
Take a seat in the British Pullman’s vintage carriages and dine on board the sister train to the Venice Simplon Orient-Express.
The food aboard the train is prepared with fresh and local British produce sourced locally from the regions through which the trains travel. The dining experience begins with a glass of champagne then sees you being transported through the British countryside whilst enjoying seasonal tasting menus prepared aboard the train accompanied by fine wines.
The experience is available for brunch, afternoon tea or dinner, which is in association with Laurent-Perrier. For larger groups, and entire carriage can be booked for a unique private dining experience. Prices start at £210pp.