There you are, just living your life, when your sibling declares you need to book a private dining room because your aunt’s schnauzer finally bagged a podium place at Crufts. Just us? Okay, well, there are many reasons you might need a private dining room. So whether it’s a family celebration, a big birthday, a press launch, or your boss has tasked you with scouting out a location for your work party, here are the best private dining rooms in London.
private rooms for 8-15ish
Capacity: The Garden Room - 8 / The Pasta Room - 10
Minimum Spend: £700
We’ve had dreams about a place called The Pasta Room, but they mostly involved Jeff Goldblum hand-feeding us tagliatelle whilst he told us we were special. Sadly, Jeff isn’t part of the private dining package at upmarket Italian spot Luca, but they do have a pasta room nonetheless. It’s where the chefs make fresh pasta daily and is designed to look and feel like a traditional Italian home kitchen. In case that doesn’t take your fancy, there’s also The Garden Room that overlooks the open kitchen, with enough foliage and warm lighting to make it one of London’s most romantic private dining room.
Minimum Spend: No minimum spend or hire fee, but the Pie Room menu starts at £70 per person.
Your boss keeps referring to you by the name of someone they fired six months ago. Booking Holborn Dining Room’s private dining space for that project dinner is exactly the kind of power move that might, maybe, get them to call you by your real name. Or at least the name of someone who’s still employed at the company. By day, The Pie Room serves eat-in and takeaway fresh pies. By night it’s an exclusive private dining space with easy access to the curried mutton pie as well as other British classics like Roast Suffolk pork belly and sticky toffee pudding. Between the simple candelabras, red leather setting, and metal pie moulds on the walls, this place is a proper charmer.
Capacity: The Wine Room - 10 / The Private Dining Room - 16
Minimum Spend: No minimum spend, but they ask for a £200 deposit for The Wine Room and £250 deposit for The Private Dining Room. Minimum number of guests for The Wine Room is 8. Minimum number of guests for The Private Dining Room is 10.
Radici is a big, crowd-pleaser of a restaurant in Islington with a rustic trattoria feel, big pizzas on the menu, and a spicy meatball starter that you should absolutely get involved in. They have two private dining rooms - one handily called The Private Dining Room, which is all muted pastels and comfy woven chairs, and The Wine Room. Both are charming and reasonably affordable, but given that The Wine Room is basically as close as you can get to being in Sicily without having to flash your passport, and the fact you can do wine tastings in there, we’d say it’s the winner when it comes to grown-up birthdays, special anniversary dinners, and intimate family occasions.
Minimum Spend: A La Carte is a minimum spend of £400. No hire fee or minimum spend with the feasting menu at £49 per person.
You’re hyped to have your friends over for a dinner party. It’s just you have zero cooking skills, own exactly three spoons, and only one of them is clean. Plus, having people over would mean having to finally invest in a hoover. Tricky. Very tricky. Go ahead and book the private dining room at Soho’s 10 Greek Street instead. With a big wooden oval table, wild flowers in old milk bottles, and the vintage rug, it’s pretty much like entertaining at home, but with chefs who can cook much better than you. To feel like the top host you are (kind of), ask for their ‘little black book’, a handwritten list of rare wines to match the seasonal French food.
Capacity: 6 - 14 Minimum Spend: £8 per person per hour.
You’re young. You’re fabulous. You’re 99% sure vaping might kill you but you’re doing it anyway. That’s just who you are, so you need somewhere that reflects how much fun you’re willing to have, and how completely fine you are about finding that first grey hair last week. Bao Borough has a private dining room with a difference, because technically it’s a karaoke room. When it comes to the food, they have large sharing platters full of Bao favourites like the smokey aubergine and fried chicken. But more importantly for your good times agenda, the karaoke room has a disco mode and large sharing cocktail pitchers.
Capacity: 6 - 8
Minimum Spend: £1200 for lunch. £2500 for dinner.
Your colleague that’s spent the last two years telling you exactly how much fat is in a latte, taking every single one of your pens, and accusing you of stealing their splenda, is finally leaving. And bloody hell, you’re excited. Can you book Buckingham Palace? A yacht? Maybe Versailles has a private dining room? Okay, calm down. When you’re looking for a big-deal private dining space, there’s Scott’s, London’s oldest seafood restaurant in Mayfair. Their Platinum Arowana Room has an entirely casual green, semi-precious floor and works by Joan Miró and Marc Chegall on the walls.
Minimum Spend: £500
Trishna is a very cool, very expensive upmarket Indian spot in Marylebone. Their private dining room is down in their basement with a view of the wine cellar. There’s rustic wooden panelling, there’s fresh flowers, and there’s a seafood tasting menu that includes the must-order Dorset brown crab.
Capacity: 8 - 12
Minimum Spend: There’s no hire fee or minimum spend, but the feasting menu is £35 per person. Dinner only.
Spending your night in an old public toilet might sound more like the birthdays of your student years, than the sophisticated private dining experience you’re looking for these days, but that’s exactly what Coal Office has to offer. They’ve converted the old ladies toilets of Peckham station into a moody, candlelit private dining room perfect for a grown-up birthday or an opportunity to get drunk with some of your crew whilst working your way through the £35 feasting menu.
Minimum Spend: £55 per person / £100 per person.
The private dining options at Mayfair’s Gymkhana aren’t rooms, they’re vaults. Which is perfect if you need a truly memorable, intimate space for a private dinner. There’s red leather banquette seating, a range of contemporary Indian set menus, recommended florists, music options, and the bar is open until 1am.
Minimum Spend: No hire fee or minimum spend. Set menu starts at £35 per person.
The private dining room at handmade pasta spot Bancone in Covent Garden is all about distressed wood, rustic walls, and that rural Italian look. Their three course feasting menu is £35 per person with everything from beef shin ossobucco ravioli to their must-order silk handkerchiefs. It’s a very decent, affordable option for lunch or dinner, but it’s probably better suited to an engagement party, birthday, or family celebration than an outing with the colleagues.
Minimum Spend: £500 at lunch. £1000 at dinner.
Bob Bob Ricard has quite the private dining room. Think The Last Supper but inside Elton John’s crib, all designed by an oligarch with a passion for royal blue. The look is basically ‘I breathe wealth, eat money for breakfast, and really bloody love mahogany’. But, what else would you expect from a restaurant with a press-for-champagne button? This place was built for special occasions. Or just really blowing some serious caviar cash on your corporate card.
Capacity: The Bidi Room - 16 / The Kukri Room - 10 / The Pot Luck Room - 16
Minimum Spend: Dependent on room and date. Ranges from £500 - £1800 for dinner.
Grown-up Indian playground Brigadiers has three private dining rooms. All of the rooms have HD TV screens with airplay mode, wifi, and music options, but each has its own thing going on. The Kukri Room has a bespoke table that can transform into a games table. The Bidi Room is more intimate with vintage cigarette card silk wallpaper. And the Pot Luck Room has old school ceiling fans and a help yourself drink station. Come here to eat London’s best lamb chops with friends, colleagues, or family.
Capacity: 8 - 16
Minimum Spend: None, but the set menu starts at £35 per person for lunch and £49 per person for dinner.
The time has finally come. After eight years of hard work, your friend has finally been promoted to Chief Nail Polish Naming Officer. A day this special deserves the private dining room at old school Clerkenwell spot Quality Chop House. The space is sophisticated in a deep grey, brooding way with candelabras, flowers, and dainty crockery. Don’t miss the confit potatoes.
Capacity: 6 - 16
Minimum Spend: No minimum, but set menu starts at £39 per person for lunch or £62 per person at dinner.
Portland is a fine dining restaurant with a kind-of casual private dining room down in their wine cellar. Expect a big oval table, creative British food with a hint of the Mediterranean.
Capacity: Semi-private vaults - 8 / Full lower ground floor - 55 Minimum Spend: Semi-private vaults - £150 - £250 depending on the day. Full lower ground floor - £6500 - £8500 depending on the day.
We don’t like to refer to ourselves as curry experts. We prefer ‘curry afficiendos’. And according to us, the bone marrow varuval at Hoppers is the best curry in London. This excellent Sri Lankan spot in Soho also has two private dining options - their downstairs semi-private candlelit vaults that almost made us say the word ‘booth-tastic’ out loud, or the option to rent the whole lower ground floor for 55 people. But whether you go for a birthday party involving the 42-hour roast lamb shoulder vault feast, or a cool, original engagement party, their signature hoppers - bowl-shaped pancakes with egg in the middle - are a must-order.
Capacity: 12 seated. Minimum Spend: No minimum spend, just credit card details to secure the booking.
Mere’s chef proprietor is kind of a big deal. And when we say ‘big deal’, we mean that you might recognise her from all that Masterchef you watch when you’re poorly. And when we say ‘poorly’, we mean hungover. Anyway, Mere - pronounced Mary - is a slick operation that serves creative, white-table-cloth food and some serious excellent wines. Their private dining room is just as polished as the main restaurant and their bespoke six-course menu will be a big old tick for any business meet-up.
Capacity: Hide (And Seek) - 12 (or 24 combined). The Reading Room & The Shadow Room - 6. The Broken Room - 4.
Minimum Spend: Hide (And Seek) - £2000 (or £3500 combined). The Reading Room & The Shadow Room - £900. The Broken Room - £600.
Being able to always buy the extra soft toilet paper is one way of knowing you’ve made it. Finding yourself in one of the private dining rooms at Hide is another. They have four private dining rooms, ranging from a bright, sleek space for up to 24 on their mezzanine that you can access via a private lift, to their intimate group booths in their vaulted bar, The Reading Room and The Shadow Room. All the spaces here might sound like they were once home to a government conspiracy meeting, but the food is excellent and you can expect second-to-none service.
private rooms for 15-25ish
Capacity: Red Salon - 16 / Both Blue Salons - 18 Minimum Spend: £1500 + service for lunch / £1800 + service for dinner.
If we hadn’t actually been to Bob Bob Cité we’d presume this luxury City brasserie was just a figment of Elon Musk’s imagination after polishing off a magnum of Dom Pérignon. Inside the Leadenhall Building, this place has three private dining salons and as you might expect from a huge £25 million restaurant with countless press for champagne buttons, their cheapest minimum spend for the room is £1500, plus service. That being said, we can’t think of a single better business power move than booking one of these salons - all of which have their own reception rooms. Also, their steak tartare is the best we’ve had in London.
Capacity: 10 - 24 seated. Minimum Spend: £30 - £32.50 per person.
If you want your private event to be all about mezze, foliage, and people smiling like they just encountered their first ever Labradoodle, then look no further than Lemonia. This old school Greek restaurant in Primrose Hill never fails to make us happy and has one of the more affordable private options in London, with sharing and set menus that are both around the £30 mark. Expect lots of lamb, grilled fish, halloumi, baklava, and plenty of vegetarian options.
Sager + Wilde
Capacity: The Mezzanine Dining Area - 12 - 30 / The Terrace - 100 Minimum Spend:
You’ve been put in charge of your sisters engagement party and the only direction you got from her was a lot of head nodding and her repeating ‘nice but casual’ over and over again. Go ahead and book the private dining area at Sager and Wilde. This Bethnal Green railway arch spot is romantic but not overly fussy, has good wine but isn’t too expensive, and serves simple Italian food that still has the odd kick of chilli that’ll keep that handsy maid of honour happy. You can either go for their cool, candlelit upper mezzanine dining area, or, for summer months, you can also rent out their proper charmer of a terrace for 100 people.
Minimum Spend £750 for dinner. £350 for lunch.
St John is effectively Disneyland, but with meat. Imagine Thunder Mountain but entirely made out of bone marrow and you’ve got a pretty clear idea of how much grown-up fun you’ll have at London’s original nose-to-tail dining spot near Smithfield. Much like the rest of the restaurant, the private dining room has white walls, white table cloths, and a simple, classic look.
Minimum Spend: £1000
You’ve spent your last eight birthdays convinced you have alcohol poisoning on a night bus. Change things up and book The Cave at The Laughing Heart in Bethnal Green instead. The private dining room at this cool wine bar, is a bit broody, sophisticated, and candlelit. But it doesn’t feel formal. And as long as you don’t go too heavy on their natural wines, you can pretty much guarantee that your birthday will be more about fresh scallops and rabbit tortellini than feeling queasy come the early hours. This private dining room gets bonus points for being open until 2am.
Capacity: The Shanghai Room - 18 / The Beijing Room - 26
Minimum Spend: The Shanghai Room - from £750 (dinner from £1500) / The Beijing Room from £1000 (dinner from £2500).
When it comes to private dining rooms, Hutong is not messing around. This ultra-swish Chinese restaurant is on the 33rd level of the Shard, and has two incredibly extra private dining rooms. Both The Shanghai Room and The Beijing Room have floor to ceiling windows with views of St Paul’s, as well as hand carved wooden doors, and a whole lot of red lanterns. Come here when you’re really looking to impress. Or just when you’ve got a few grand knocking about your bank account and a penchant for people hand-carving duck at your table for you.
Minimum Spend: From £200.
Whether it’s a working breakfast or an afternoon tea to celebrate that your mum’s finally, somehow, speaking to her sister again, The Delaunay has pretty much got you covered. They offer everything from personalised place settings and AV equipment, to the option for additional decorations like balloons and ‘table favours’. With all the mahogany walls, brass fixtures, and green leather seating, the space is pretty classy, but they can divide it into two smaller rooms if you’re looking for something a little more intimate.
Capacity: 24 seated. Minimum Spend: Weekdays - £1600 / Weekend - £1800.
If Sake No Hana’s private space was a person they’d be very wealthy, casually run marathons, and probably refer to themselves as ‘a winner’ in an entirely non-ironic way. Basically, and before you even get to the table you’ll be blinded by a very dramatic, bright green glass installation. As well as having an extensive sake collection, this place does some pretty good sushi, and tempura that you absolutely should not miss.
private rooms for 25-35ish
Minimum Spend: From £1000
It would be ideal if you could fly your entire crew to Spain for your birthday, but realistically that’s about as likely as your cat finally learning how to meow the tune of Happy Birthday. Book the private dining room at Barrafina Adelaide Street instead. On the lower ground floor there’s a big dining space, with an open plan kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare either the full feasting menu, a set menu of their most popular tapas dishes, or the specials menu that includes a whole suckling pig.
Minimum Spend: From £1000 - £2000 on weekdays. £2500 on Saturdays.
It’s happened. After years of saying you’d rather invest in an army of dogs than marry, you’ve somehow managed to go and get engaged. But if your friends think you’re about to spend the weekend before the wedding burping the alphabet in Amsterdam, or surrounded solely by phallic straws in Essex they are wrong. Very wrong. Suggest the private dining space at upmarket tapas spot Lurra in Marylebone instead. It’s a clean, airy, grown-up space that feels like just the right background for a classy special occasion. The room’s available for lunch or dinner, and there’s several set menus available starting at £37 per person.
Capacity: 38 seated. Minimum Spend: Half of semi-private dining area - £2000. Full semi-private dining area - £5500.
Decimo is a sexy restaurant. Partially because there’s a lot of mahogany, strong margaritas, and enough foliage to feed an army of Roger Rabbits. But also because this place has some pretty spectacular views across London. Their private dining space is technically more of a semi-private, secluded, curtain situation but it’s right next to the floor-to-ceiling windows, and much more importantly, has its own private bar. You should know that this restaurant is very much built for blow-out, mortgage-to-the-wind meals, but their tacos are some of the best in London.
private rooms for 40+
Capacity: 40 Minimum Spend: Lunchtime: £2000. Dinner - Tuesday - Wednesday: £3000, Thursday - Saturday: £4000.
Okay, technically The Drunken Butler doesn’t have a private room, but you won’t care about technicalities when you’re eating oysters and an exceptional piece of lamb shoulder covered with garlic, in what is essentially, our dream living room. To have a private meal here you’ll need to book out the whole candle-clad, jazz-playing, plant-filled restaurant for a minimum spend, but you’ll be able to select between their tasting menu or our personal favourite, the Persian Sunday menu. Basically, The Drunken Butler has the feel of a homely dinner party, with much better food, a lot less effort, and you should know that having our ‘casual but memorable wedding reception’ here is officially on our five-year plan.
Minimum Spend: Varies. Hire fee is £300, and minimum spend at dinner is £2000
Sometimes booking a private dining space is about getting together with your mates or colleagues. And sometimes, booking a private dining space is just about showing people that you’re really bloody cool. Bistrotheque is a neighbourhood bistro inside an old warehouse, and their private dining room includes a sound system, projector, bar, private kitchen, and a 1930’s baby grand piano. See, cool.