London has no shortage of private dining rooms, ranging from discreet enclaves and stylish nooks to cordoned-off, clandestine wow spaces. Whether you're looking for a small wedding venue in the capital, an intimate celebration space or simply somewhere to host the most lavish of post-lockdown reunions, welcome to the capital's most exclusive and sought-after private dining rooms.
The Coral Garden at Dalloway Terrace, Tottenham Court Road
Restrictions on large indoor gatherings at home will remain in place until late June so if you're keen to get all your family and friends together before then, you're going to need to find somewhere al fresco. Luckily Dalloway Terrace, long a London favourite for outdoor dining, is offering its elegant Coral Garden as an intimate open air events space for up to 20 people. Sheltered via a combination of botanical canopy and traditional striped gazebo, guests are also protected from unpredictable climes by a cosy fireplace, while the flower-filled venue is strewn with enough greenery to make you forget the bustle of Tottenham Court Road that lies just outside.
The Coral Garden at Dalloway Terrace can host up to 20 guests, dallowayterrace.com
The Garden Room at The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner
Usually operated as a cocktail and cigar terrace hidden behind lush greenery, The Lanesborough's Garden Room is a sophisticated outdoor option that blends the leather furnishings and dark woods of a classic members' club with the escapist vibe that comes from tropical flora and fauna. Happily the hotel's expert team are also dab hands at transforming this space into a beautiful private dining venue that can seat up to 15 for everything from cocktail parties to unforgettable wedding breakfasts.
The Garden Room at The Lanesborough can seat up to 15 guests, oetkercollection.com
The Salon at Spring, Somerset House
One of London’s prettiest and most impressive private dining spaces, the ethereal Salon at Skye Gyngell’s Spring restaurant is framed by dark olive trees and climbing foliage, with high ceilings and cool, neutral tones. Light pours in through the atrium glass ceiling during the day, before it transforms into an enchanting, fairy light-lit setting at night. Set in the West Wing of Somerset House, the calm space reflects Gyngell’s thoughtful, unfussy menu, with a focus on low-waste and sustainability.
The Salon can accommodate up to 15 guests for breakfast, lunch or dinner; springrestaurant.co.uk
Brunswick House, Vauxhall
Set in a capacious Georgian mansion in Vauxhall, Brunswick House is an unlikely treasure amongst the area’s high-rise buildings and urban developments. This outré antiques and salvage shop unfolds into a café and restaurant, run by Jackson Boxer. The restaurant has long outshone the shop as a destination, serving seasonal, British dishes amid hanging candelabras and trailing greenery. For larger parties, the whole venue is available for hire while a range of private dining spaces cater for groups as small as six. If you’re looking for an unpretentious and memorable private dining space with more quirky photo props than you can swing a chandelier at, then this is it.
Brunswick House caters for up to 114 seated guests and 250 standing; brunswickhouse.london
The Conservatory at Daphne's, South Kensington
A veteran of South Kensington, Daphne’s has been owned by Richard Caring since 1998. Many of the restaurateur's signatures are there, from the Martin Brudnizki-designed decor - marble-topped bar, green leather furnishings and floral festoons - to the unpretentious Italian menu by head chef Michael Brown. Long a neighbourhood favourite among the well-heeled residents of Kensington and Chelsea, Daphne’s pretty conservatory can host up to 40 guests for a seated meal or 50 standing guests for drinks and canapés and is the perfect backdrop for sophisticated celebrations. There is a retractable roof during summer and a roaring fire come winter.
The conservatory hosts up to 40 seated guests or 50 standing; daphnes-restaurant.co.uk
The Wolseley, Piccadilly
In 2003, destination-restaurant builders Corbin & King presented their vision of grand European hospitality in the form of the soon-to-be celebrity favourite The Wolseley. Monochrome and marble-clad, the imposing, column-lined restaurant quickly became the meeting place of choice for PRs and media types. A.A. Gill even wrote a book about the breakfast served there.
Overlooking the perpetually-buzzy, gilded restaurant below, The Wolseley’s private dining room features arched windows on each of its four sides, ensuring that it is flooded with natural light during the day and the glow from Piccadilly at night. The space can accommodate up to 14 guests and is available to hire for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. While there is no hire charge, a minimum spend (starting from £250) does apply.
The Private Dining Room at The Wolseley sits up to 12 guests; thewolseley.com
Quo Vadis, Soho
Meaning 'where are you going?' in Latin, the Quo Vadis restaurant and members' club occupies a stately townhouse on Dean Street. Formerly a brothel and home to Karl Marx, this late-night Soho institution attracts a glamorous and eclectic crowd, who come for the warm hospitality and modern British menu, created by chef Jeremy Lee (formerly head chef at Blueprint Café). Venturing up the lacquered stairway, choose between three private dining rooms: the Marx Room, the Leoni Room and the Blue Room, each offering a different ambience and capacity that can be tailored to help create your perfect event.
The private dining rooms at Quo Vadis accomodate 9-32 people seated and up to 70 people standing, quovadissosho.com
Bourne & Hollingsworth, Clerkenwell
The Bourne & Hollingsworth team are a dab hand at events, with several venues across London and a portfolio of immersive pop-ups hosting all manner of aprties and celebrations. Positioned on the corner of Exmouth Market, this bright and airy bar and brassiere is peppered with House of Hackney floral fabrics and hanging greenery making it perfect for a post-lockdown spring get together. Various areas are available to hire, including the light-filled Greenhouse and an intimate private dining room for 12.
Spaces can fit from 12 to 55 guests; bandhbuildings.com
The Langham, Oxford Circus
Private dining at The Langham is no ordinary affair, with menus overseen by double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr. The hotel has a superb variety of rooms to suit each occasion. For a chic space with wonderful views of All Souls Church, there’s the Postillion room; or for impressive natural light and expansive space then The Mayfair would be our recommendation. If you're looking for something more casual, opt for The Snug or The Green Room in The Wigmore – a modern British tavern with characterful interiors by Martin Brudnizki. We could go on (there are 11 private dining room in total) but suffice to say, whatever ambience your event calls for, The Langham has a space to match.
The Langham's private dining rooms cater for groups from six to 230, langhamhotels.com
Hide and Seek at Hide, Mayfair
Hide, the Michelin-starred Mayfair super-restaurant by celebrity chef Ollie Dabbous and world-beating vin de pays specialist Hedonism Wines, is rumoured to have cost its backers £20 million before it opened its doors in 2018. A considerable chunk of that investment presumably went on its central feature, an exquisite spiral staircase that corkscrews through the airy restaurant’s three light-filled floors. On the top floor, which boasts its own private entrance and lift, you’ll find Hide and Seek, two private dining spaces that can be brought together to accommodate 20 guests. Alternatively, three cosy basement rooms are available for groups of up to six for a truly intimate experience.
Hide and Seek holds up to 20 guests; hide.co.uk
Bob Bob Ricard, Soho
Famous for, reputedly, pouring more champagne than any other restaurant in the UK – it helps that every table has its own ‘Press for Champagne’ button – Bob Bob Ricard is a ritzy, banquette-only, British-Russian party restaurant where the only thing more extravagant than its wine and vodka shot list is its overblown, Gatsby-esque-and-then-some décor. Modelled on the royal dining carriage of the Orient Express, Bob Bob Ricard’s private dining room can seat up to 16 guests. There is no room hire fee, although the minimum spend at lunch is £900 and at dinner £1,400 (plus service charge). Small change to any self-respecting oligarch.
Bob Bob Ricard's private dining room sits up to 16 guests; bobbobricard.com
The Platinum Arowana Room, Scott's Mayfair
Another Richard Caring classic, Scott’s on Mount Street is one of London’s landmark restaurants. Opening at this location in the late 1960s, it is rumoured to spend £45,000 on fresh fish each week but – as anyone who has eaten here can attest – it's well worth the expense. One of two private dining spaces at the restaurant and discreetly tucked away behind the main restaurant, the mirror-panelled Platinum Arowana room is adorned with works of art by Renoir, Miró and Chagall and is named for the world's rarest fish. A special menu, only available to guests dining in the room, highlights the restaurant's market-fresh speciality seafood.
The Platinum Arowana room sits six to eight guests; scotts-restaurant.com
The Millicent Fawcett Room at Sketch Mayfair
What list would be complete without the restaurant that brought us infinite egg-capsule bathroom selfies, theatrical interiors and no less than three Michelin stars? It could only be Sketch, the Mayfair haunt serving a delicious dose of tongue-in-cheek humour, theatricality and modern-French cuisine. The three Michelin stars belong to Sketch's Lecture Room and Library, located on the upper floor of the Regency townhouse. Groups of eight can dine in the cordoned off Millicent Fawcett room, so-called in honour of suffragist Millicent Fawcett, who campaigned for the enfranchisement of women in 1869 on the site where Sketch now stands.
The Millicent Fawcett Room can seat up to six; sketch.london