Five gorgeous restaurants with private dining rooms in London, all of which are perfect for hosting any celebration.
There’s nothing Londoners love more than to take advantage of the city’s incredible food and drink scene, and when better to raise a glass somewhere truly fabulous than on a special occasion?
If you’re planning a birthday celebration for yourself or someone else, there are loads of choices in the capital, from atmospheric French restaurants to the chicest of eateries. But if you want something truly special, then we suggest picking a restaurant with a private dining room so you can make the place your own.
Whether you want a private, intimate get together with a few pals, or are planning a big bash to celebrate a life milestone, we think this list is a good place to get you started.
Time to start celebrating, we say!
SUSHISAMBA is known for being something special. From the menu, which is a unique (and bloody delicious) fusion of three cuisines, Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian, that we don’t often see complimenting each other in such a way, to the sky-high glass venue which boasts some of the best panoramic views in the whole city, only accessible by a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style elevator.
All this and more (like a fairy-lit tree in the centre of the outdoor terrace and some of the best sushi in London) make SUSHISAMBA a stand-out venue for celebrating, not least because if you book the restaurant’s private room you can have your own little party.
This chic little bistro on Brick Lane is the work of brothers Maxime, Malik and Yannis Alary, who have named their venture after their mum (which we love) and say that their style is inspired by the Parisian Belle Époque era combined with the distinctive urban feel of Shoreditch.
The menu reflects their heritage, with Southern French and North African influences in a mix of sharing plates that includes dishes like moules marinière with smoked bacon and white wine cream.
Although the front of the restaurant features a plant-filled bar and buzzy tables, the space at the rear end of the venue is stylishly separated, known as The Cote d’Azur. It features a hand-painted mural replica of a Picasso sketch by artist Aldo Gigli, made only more beautiful when illuminated by the candles that usually line the long table.
Capacity: 14 diners
Jikoni is an Asian slash Middle Eastern/African independant restaurant in Mayfair, with a menu so good your friends will be thanking you for planning your birthday here.
Upstairs, this pretty restaurant has pink-hued decor, unique paper-crafted art on the walls and boutique touches, so we’d recommend stopping by for the Saturday champagne brunch. But if it’s something special you’re looking for, we think the chef’s table downstairs could be just the ticket.
The private table sits next to the kitchen, in the restaurant’s pantry of spices, and reinforces the neighbourhood feel of home cooking. Not only will your group have their own space, they will be able to see the chef at work, too.
Capacity: 12 people
If you want to take things up a level and are looking for more of an event space to throw yourself a slightly bigger bash, you might be excited to know that London’s most fabulous venue is now available to non-members.
Annabel’s, the glamorous members club, is known for its jaw-dropping interior decor (like the golden swan basins in its toilets, for example), so we can’t really think of a more special place to celebrate.
There are nine different rooms to choose from with a variation of capacity sizes. We recommend contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings
One of London’s most beautifully botanical restaurants, Clerkenwell’s Bourne and Hollingsworth is famous for its greenhouse – which, incidentally, also acts as a private dining room. It can be reserved for large groups with a minimum spend of £900.
During the day this airy space is flooded with natural light, while at night atmospheric lighting illuminates the layers of foliage that decorate it.
The menu is packed full of hearty dishes, with a variety of influences, so we reckon even your fussiest friends will find something that they like. We recommend giving the spring chicken, oyster mushrooms, asparagus and champ potato a try. Oh, and the dark and white chocolate mousse, lavender and honeycomb. Yum.
Capacity: 22 people
Walking into Sketch is akin to falling down the rabbit-hole and into wonderland. Each room is like a different world, with imaginative themed decor and creative menus.
But one room is available to hire out for special occasions – and it is, in our opinion, one of the most luxurious in central London. The Lecture Room and Library has two Michelin stars, making it the perfect fine dining choice for foodies and within it there is also an exclusive room known as The Millicent Fawcett Room which is available for hire. Dine here for a special event and you’ll feel a million dollars.
Capacity: between eight and 40, depending on which room you choose.
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