Private dining rooms in London

Putting on a party? Get a room! Here’s a selection of private dining rooms for a celebration or get-together to remember
The best private dining rooms in London - duck and waffle
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Almost every London restaurant worth its salt boasts at least one private dining room – otherwise known as a total moneyspinner. With so many to choose from and some very real sums of money at stake, how do you know which private room to choose for your birthday shindig, engagement party, hen do, or client lunch? Look no further than this list of great private dining rooms for different budgets and occasions. You should be able to find exactly what you’re after, to help make your special occasion perfectly, well, special. We’ll assume our invite’s in the post. 

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La Petite Poissonerie

Intimate private dining in a seafood and Champagne bar. Located in Marylebone, moments from Portman Square, La Petite Poissonerie has the feel of the French Riviera.

Capacity: Up to 30.

Good For: An intimate and cosy dinner made from seasonal ingredients.

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Flotsam & Jetsam

An easygoing, versatile, neighborhood café space, located near central South London transport links at Tooting Bec and Wandsworth Common. The intimate event team would love to work with you to build a bespoke seasonal menu making sure you've got the perfect feast for your event.

Capacity Up to 30 seated, up to 45 standing

Good For Any plans big or small - the café is perfect for birthdays, gatherings & parties.

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L'atelier des Chefs - St Pauls

Whether you’re planning a gourmet event with clients or planning to have lots of fun for a Christmas Party or celebrate a special occasion, you can be assured of a uniquely great time with us. All abilities in the kitchen are extremely welcome and we will make sure from the outset that everyone has an amazing time with us. 

Capacity Up to 80 standing

Good For A great team building activity and an original and interactive way to entertain and build relationships.

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STK - London

STK artfully blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one – offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. From intimate affairs to extravagant soirées, STK’s selection of private and semi-private dining suites will ensure that you and your guests celebrate in style.

Capacity: 30 seated.

Good for: Any occasion, be it a birthday, business lunch, wine tasting or wild celebration.

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Shoryu Soho

Hunting for that perfect venue in Central London? Roll up and feast your eyes on our private dining room at Shoryu Soho, so look no further for that dream venue! Get in touch and let us know about your party. Minimum spend applies.

Capacity Up to 16 seating, up to 20 standing

Good For  Japanese dining in the heart of Central London!

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Norris's

Norris's café and bar is ideally located just off Haymarket, with two private hire spaces to suit every occasion. A seasonal food and drinks menu complements any evening, whilst entertainment is provided by music played on two baby grand pianos. Each evening's set list is curated by Matt Wycliffe of Jersey Boy's The Commitments.

Capacity: Up to 50 seated, up to 100 standing.

Good For: A drinks reception with canapés and live music.

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Eight Over Eight

Eight Over Eight has made Chelsea it's home for over a decade. A mixture of locals and destination foodies visit for dim sum and cocktails. The private dining room is stylish and contemporary, with its own soundsystem so you can play your own music. Guests can enjoy a sit-down dinner or small drinks reception.

Capacity: Up to 90 seated.

Good For: Intimate private dining experiences in the heart of Chelsea.

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Hippodrome Live

Our two private dining rooms provide an intimate atmosphere that's great for groups. Both rooms are spacious and light – perfect for drinks receptions, dinner parties and business meetings, with set-ups varying from boardroom to theatre style. Prices start from £37.50 per person for a three-course meal.

Capacity: Up to 40 seated.

Good for: Informal gatherings, meetings and private dinners.

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Hush Mayfair

Tucked away in a tranquil courtyard in Mayfair lies this sophisticated restaurant. Hush offers multiple dining spaces; a classic brasserie, the elegant Blades dining room, award-winning Aviator cocktail lounge, hidden gem The Sir Roger Moore Room and one of London's finest outdoor dining spaces.

Capacity: Up to 66 seated, up to 100 standing.

Good For: Parties of all shapes and sizes, from birthdays and weddings to hen/stag dos.

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St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys

Europe's longest Champagne bar is located upstairs at St Pancras International, a sumptuous break away from the hustle and bustle of the station. Their Brasserie can be transformed into a spectacular event space for exclusive hire for any occasion.

Capacity: Up to 150 seated, up to 220 standing.

Good For: Meetings, dinners, standing receptions and other memorable experiences.

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Restaurants, British

Bob Bob Ricard

icon-location-pin Soho

The finer things in life await at this knowingly OTT one-off. Feast on caviar, Richie Rich comfort food and fine wines in the royal-blue semi-private room, which continues the Orient Express (or is that Excess?) theme of the main room.

Capacity: 9-16

Good for: Big-number birthdays with flush friends.

Restaurants, Seafood

The Cage at Wright Bros Soho

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Modelled on the cages used to catch oysters, this fun semi-private room serves sharing-style set menus straight from the open kitchen. Watch your seafood dishes being prepared through the bars and be thankful you’re not the catch of the day.

Capacity: 8-20

Good for: Parties with a bit more sophistication – this is a talking-point destination.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

The Garden Room at Chiltern Firehouse

icon-location-pin Marylebone

In this charming room, with its large windows, polished oak and potted palms, you bring your own A-lister vibe. Nuno Mendes signatures including the crab-stuffed donuts and steak tartare are available on the set menus, and the room gives access to the hotel’s secluded courtyard garden, too.

Capacity: 12 (minimum 8 people)

 

Good for: Summer shindigs, when you can really make the most of that courtyard – or business meetings for which the celebs in the main room would be too distracting.

Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Games Room at Zetter Townhouse

icon-location-pin Clerkenwell

Down in the basement of great aunt Wilhelmina’s fictional house, this private dining room continues the quirky fun with carefully placed curios, Tony Conigliaro-designed cocktails and menus by Bruno Loubet. After your meal, there’s plenty of scope for play – as the name suggests.

Capacity: 30 seated, 50 standing

Good for: High jinks catch-ups with old friends, business meetings that need to feel cool, or money-no-object wedding celebrations.

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Restaurants, British

Hawksmoor Guildhall

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When it comes to combining business with pleasure, Hawksmoor is a pro. This glossy, wood-panelled private sanctum, with its wraparound oxblood chairs, has a gloriously olde-worlde feel. Hawksmoor favourites such as Tamworth ribs and sticky toffee pudding book-end meaty mains on the set menus.

Capacity: 11-22 

Good for: Lunchtime get-togethers will take the weight of a minimum spend off your mind – and it’s when the majority of business deals are done.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Quaglino's

icon-location-pin St James'

Quaglino’s two private dining rooms overlook the main dining room, with its regular live music performances – so that’s the entertainment sorted. Looks-wise, the art-deco interiors add pizzazz. The food is fancy, but not enough to frighten the horses.

Capacity: 8-14 seated (Giovanni Room); 16-40 seated on four separate tables (Prince of Wales Room)

Good for: Cross-generational family gatherings or effortless business functions.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Sea Containers at Mondrian London

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Fancy sitting at a gold table for your event? In Sea Containers’ private room, you can. Nice touches such as reclaimed lettering from the building’s original signage decorate the wood-panelled walls; menus include platters heaving with roasted sea bream and chicken.

Capacity: 22 seated

Good for: Small corporate gatherings where a funky setting (and ‘fresh air’ for smokers) are required.

Restaurants, British

Corrigan's Mayfair

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Richard Corrigan’s Mayfair dame boasts not one but four private dining rooms, all of which share a penchant for luxury. The best is the intimate Kitchen Library, a cookbook-lined hidey hole within the kitchen that’s within touching distance of the chefs.

Capacity: 6 (Kitchen Library), 10 (Poet’s Corner), 12 (Chef’s Table), 30 (Lindsay Room)

Good for: Corrigan’s caters for every occasion, but the Kitchen Library is just right when signing big contracts with discretion, or nailing the all-important ‘I do’ moment (a room hire fee applies for fewer than four people).

Restaurants, Italian

Daphne's

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This Chelsea favourite’s chic Conservatory is dressed up to the nines for private events, with a beautifully dressed central table in a Martin Brudnizki-designed space that is airy in summer and cosy in winter thanks to a roaring open fire.

Capacity: 26 seated at one long table (up to 40 at four tables); 30-50 standing

Good for: Significant anniversary parties, or grand birthday parties for grand old ages.

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Restaurants, Haute cuisine

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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If you want to feel all Knights of the Round Table, check out the scarlet, embossed wallpaper, ornate, high-backed chairs and oval, rosewood table of Dinner’s private room. Before you ask, the set menus always feature the meat fruit and the tipsy cake.

Capacity: 12

Good for: Old-school schmoozing and money-no-object gatherings designed to be talked about.

Restaurants, Indian

Gymkhana

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This much-decorated modern Indian in Mayfair could charge what it liked for its two atmospheric private dining rooms down in the vaults. But the minimum spend is refreshingly fair – one more reason to go and taste Karam Sethi’s Michelin-starred cooking for yourself.

Capacity: Up to 9 or up to 14 seated

Good for: Seal-the-deal business meets or any other situation where you need to seriously impress.

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Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Hutong

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Open the heavy, carved wooden doors of the private dining rooms at The Shard’s high-flying Chinese restaurant and you enter a little corner of China in London, whose floor-to-ceiling windows give gorgeous views of St Paul’s and the London Eye.

Capacity: 18 (Shanghai) and 26 (Beijing), both seated

Good for: Big-budget bedazzlings of hard-to-please visitors from overseas.

Restaurants, Delis

Mount Street Deli

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This cosy, vintage-leaning chef’s table does things a little differently: choose a set menu inspired by one of six other Caprice Holdings restaurants (J Sheekey, Scott’s, Le Caprice, Daphne’s, 34 and The Ivy), and a chef from that restaurant will cook it in the Deli.

Capacity
: 10-12 seated, 25 standing

Good for: Civilised birthday parties and an experience that’s the next best thing to a table at The Ivy.

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