There you are, just living your life, when your mum 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’s 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.
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.
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: 8 - 14
Minimum Spend: None, but set menu starts at £25 per person.
Sure, you remembered the rings for your friend’s wedding in Marseille. But you did forget your passport. The private dining room at Blanchette East serves as a great spot for birthdays, family reunions, or a very public apology. As well as leather seating, candles, and French food with a North African twist, the walls are covered in hand painted murals inspired by Picasso and the French riviera.
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.
private rooms for 15-25ish
Minimum Spend: £1000
Your boss has just declared that you’re going to be doing the pitch for that chocolate scented pillow collection. What a blessing. Book the private dining room at Japanese spot Yen in the Strand. It’s a sophisticated, formal space perfect for business meetings and crunching numbers (a.k.a. eating sashimi whilst knowingly nodding). If the meeting looks like a bit of a flop, order the hot soba with scallops. They’re pretty much guaranteed to turn the mood around.
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.
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.
private rooms for 40+
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 art deco private room comes with complimentary place cards, seasonal flowers, and the option to have their in-house sommelier pair wines to a bespoke menu
Minimum Spend: From £2000.
You’ve been on the hunt for the perfect location to reunite with your Soil And Florals Appreciation Society for a while now, and let’s just say that the massive cherry tree inside this slick restaurant would set the tone nicely. Okay, maybe that’s a little niche. But the sophisticated pink hued space, solid Chinese small plates, and City location, mean their private dining room is a great bet for a special occasion. It’s up on the mezzanine overlooking the rest of the restaurant, but is separated by a curtain. Be warned, when it comes to business there are no plasmas, but there is a private bar and that’s probably more important.
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.