London’s Best Private Dining Rooms
Last updated on September 1st, 2016 at 01:14 pm
Don’t want to sit with hoi polloi while dining out with your party? Well, fear not. London has hundreds of top class restaurants with ace private dining rooms. No matter the time of day or the size of the group, there’s a private dining room for you. Here’s some of our favourites…
Trishna – Marylebone
While Trishna might not be the cheapest on our menu (there is a minimum spend of £750 for a party), it does serve up some of if not the best south-west Indian food in the capital. Think fresh seafood with turmeric, garlic and some warming spice. Not only is the food great, it also caters for those who want a little bit of privacy with a private dining room downstairs, which is decorated in elegant marble and smoked oak, and uses the restaurant’s wine cellar as the backdrop.
Wright Brothers – Soho
If you’ve never dreamt of tucking into some lobster while in your own private giant lobster cage, we think you’re doing things wrong. But luckily there’s a restaurant in London which provides just that dream! The Cage in Soho is a semi-private dining room which takes its inspiration from the cages used to catch crustaceans by the Wright brothers on their farm in Cornwall. There’s room for 20 seated guests and the signature dishes – as well as grilled lobster – include king crab, Wagyu beef, and oysters.
Bob Bob Ricard – Soho
If you’re in the mood for a cool Art-Deco private dining experience which serves Russian-inspired Modern British grub, Bob Bob Ricard might just be the eatery for you! Designed by the famed David Collins, Bob Bob Ricard is all about opulence with its pink uniformed waiters, turquoise decor and ‘press for champagne’ buttons.
Hutong – London Bridge
Finding genuine Chinese food can still be a tricky business, even if you do live in the capital. But Hutong in The Shard has a reputation for being one of the true gems in London. Focusing mainly on Northern Chinese cuisine, the menu at Hutong is inspired by the culinary styles of the Peking, Shandong and Sichuan provinces. Put simply, the food is stunning but the views across London are just as impressive. There’s a couple of private spaces; The Shanghai which can hold up to 16 guests, and The Beijing which will seat 24. Warning; you won’t be getting sweet & sour chicken balls.
Sexy Fish – Mayfair
Sexy Fish not only packs Damien Hirst mermaids and Frank Gehry fishlamps, but it’s also home to two of the largest coral reef tanks on the entire plenty. The swanky, art-filled restaurant’s MO is sashimi, and if you fancy tasting some in private, we’d recommend you book out The Coral Reef Room. For up to 48 of you, you’ll get up close and personal with the reef tanks, your own private bar and access to the 3rd largest whisky collection in the world.
The Blues Kitchen – Shoreditch
For something a little more quirky and a lot less expensive, The Blues Kitchen’s Shoreditch haunt offers Joes the full BBQ experience in the setting of an old school caravan which has been converted into your very own private dining room. It might not be as comfortable as some of the others on our list but it’s no less cool and the Cajun barbeque on offer is some of the best you’ll find in the city.
Bocca di Lupo – Soho
If Italian tapas floats your boat – and why wouldn’t it!? – then Bocca di Lupo has a reputation like no other. From slow roast duck to risotto with Prosecco and oysters, Bocca serves up classics as well as some of the more unusual recipes Italy has to offer. Not only that, their private dining rooms are beautiful. With seating available for lunch or dinner, you can fit in a party of up to 26 and choose from their Classic or Bocca menus which start at £40. Regardless of the private dining, Bocca di Lupo is a must visit.
Gymkhana – Mayfair
Another Indian on our list is Gymkhana. The Mayfair-located restaurant was awarded a Michelin star within a year of opening and has two private dining vaults which can accommodate parties of up to 14. A seven-course tasting menu includes the like of achari stone bass tikka, lasooni tomato chutney and tandoori morels, achar and truffle. If you want to you can get your own bespoke menu – you’ll just need to curate it in advance.
Percy & Flounders – Fitzrovia
Percy & Flounders has perhaps our favourite private dining experience in London – mainly thanks to the restaurant’s casual but bold and unique décor. The Art-Deco restaurant offers up to 24 Joes a private dining experience where you can choose from the relaxed menu which offers burgers, all-day roasts and plenty of seasonal British classics. Percy & Flounders features a bespoke wood and glass bar, drinks trolleys, and surrealistic/retro-futuristic prints on the walls, as well as 12 handmade tables, all sporting arrangements of primary colours. We recommend you wear your skinny tie!