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Written by Mae Bristow - 11 January 2024

Our favourite City of London private dining rooms with a view

With the highest concentration of skyscrapers in London, the City is arguably one of the best places for private dining rooms with a view. We had to trudge through so many revolving doors, and into many a mirrored lift, and drink so much champagne. It was possibly the hardest assignment any writer could ever undertake. I mean, when you’ve seen one skyscraper view, you’ve seen them all, right?

Whether it’s a year-round rooftop, a cupola, or the 38th floor of an iconic landmark building, our selection of private dining rooms has world-class views, top-tier menus, and high-calibre hospitality.

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1. Michelin star private dining rooms with a view: City Social

Liverpool Street, London

City Social, near Liverpool Street Station, is located on the 24th floor of Tower 42. This sleek and sauve restaurant from Jason Atherton showcases fine dining, Art Deco interiors, and an impressive light feature alongside its outstanding views from its private dining room, and private suite.

We’re fans of the sleek round booths, floor-to-ceiling windows, and the mood lighting that seems present both day and night.

The Private Dining Room accommodates 30, the Private Suite 22, and the Chef's Table an exclusive 11 seats. City Social features some of the best of British cuisine, with multiple private dining menus serving Michelin-starred dishes.

For use of the private dining room at dinner, there is a minimum spend of £1,500 plus a 15% service charge.

private dining room at searcys at the gherkin city of london private dining
private dining room at searcys at the gherkin city of london private dining

2. Some of the most exclusive City of London private dining rooms with a view: Searcys at the Gherkin

Aldgate, London

Perhaps there are too many great City private dining rooms with a view for Searcys at the Gherkin to comfortably wear the crown, but it’s certainly a jewel in that crown. The cloud-named private dining rooms at 30 St Mary Axe offer floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the London skyline, and bespoke breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus feature the highest quality British produce and seasonality.

Ideal for the most special of occasions, the private dining rooms can accommodate 24 to 60 guests, depending on the layout, and you’re able to book multiple rooms if you’re popular enough to require more space. The only thing that’s missing is that beloved gherkin-shaped building from your perfect City view, but when you’re dining from inside it, that takes the sting out.

The minimum spend for a morning booking is £75+VAT per person, £99 per person for the afternoon, and £140 per person for an evening booking.

  Vinoly Private Dining Room at Sky Garden Christmas Dinner
  Vinoly Private Dining Room at Sky Garden Christmas Dinner

3. An intimate City of London private dining room with a view at Viñoly Room at Fenchurch Restaurant, Skygarden

Monument, London

Skygarden is undoubtedly an MVP of private dining rooms with a view, and Viñoly at the Fenchurch Restaurant is a cosy 16-seater room ideal for smaller special occasions. As you expect from Skygarden, there are floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and the space is decorated as a veritable botanical garden.

Available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we highly recommend the Viñoly Room for a sunset. With outstanding menus and presentation, a relaxed atmosphere, and exquisite views, this is one of the finest private dining experiences in the City.

The minimum room spend for lunch Sunday-Tuesday is £1,250. Lunch Wednesday-Saturday is £1,600. Dinner Sunday-Tuesday is £2,000, and dinner Wednesday-Saturday is £2,250.

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cdish at the cupola at wagtail city of london private dining

4. A private dining room in the cupola of a gorgeous 1920s building: The Cupola at Wagtail Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

Monument, London

Wagtail Rooftop Bar & Restaurant right near Monument Station offers one of the most exclusive private dining rooms in the City of London within its Cupola. The 10-seater dining room can be booked by itself, but if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion with more people, it also comes included with a private hire booking of one of the two rooftop terraces at Wagtail.

Wagtail’s Cupola showcases a beautiful blend of traditional elements with sleek, modern decor, and the restaurant and bar offer excellent food and cocktail menus created simply, sustainably, and seasonally. It may not have floor-to-ceiling windows, but it still boasts superb panoramic views of the City of London.

5. One of the highest private dining rooms with a view in London: Duck & Waffle

Liverpool Street, London

Located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower near Liverpool Street Station, this 16-person exclusive private dining room overlooks the Gherkin and the Walkie-Talkie building as one of the highest private dining rooms in the country. We’re especially fond of the tables right up against the floor-to-ceiling windows looking down on the Gherkin – definitely not one for you if you have a fear of heights.

With a curated set menu designed for sampling and sharing, the dishes feature the highest-quality market ingredients with the finest presentation, and the private dining room can be booked for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Minimalist, relaxed, yet still refined, Duck & Waffle’s private dining room with a view is one of the finest in the City of London.

Minimum room spend for breakfast Monday to Friday – £350. Lunch Monday to Friday – £750. Dinner Monday to Friday – £1,500 and Saturday and Sunday £1,000. Brunch Saturday and Sunday – £500. Late night Monday to Sunday – £350.

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Do you have a dream private dining experience sitting above the clouds? The right elevated private dining room can make or break your culinary adventure in the sky. City of London is packed with fantastic dining rooms, all with their own particular aesthetic and cuisine in the stratosphere. Browse the very best of them now and you could be eating alfresco with your friends or tasting a cutting-edge menu in your very own chic private space that's high! Hiring a private dining room has never been easier – take a look through our collection or simply tell us what you want and we'll get the venue to contact you. Warning may induce vertigo.

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Your guide to hiring private dining rooms with a view in City of London

Nestled amidst the iconic skyline of the City of London, private dining rooms with breathtaking views offer an unparalleled setting for memorable gatherings and special occasions. Whether you're celebrating a milestone event or hosting a corporate dinner, the City of London offers a range of venues that combine exquisite cuisine with panoramic views. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about hiring private dining rooms with views in the City of London, from pricing considerations to seating options, to ensure you and your guests enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.

1. Search for private dining rooms with views:

Start your search by researching private dining rooms with stunning views in the City of London. Use HeadBox to explore the options available. Consider factors such as location, view quality, capacity and reviews to narrow down your choices.

2. Define your event requirements:

Before contacting potential venues, clearly define your event requirements. Determine the type of event you're hosting, the estimated number of guests, the preferred date and time, budget constraints and any special amenities or services you require. A clear understanding of your needs will help you find the perfect private dining room.

3. Contact venue providers for availability and pricing:

Contact shortlisted venues in the City of London to enquire about availability and pricing for your preferred date and time. Provide detailed information about your event requirements, including the number of guests and any specific decor requirements. Request a quote for the venue rental and enquire about any additional services or amenities offered.

4. Understand pricing structures:

Private dining room hire in the City of London can vary depending on factors such as the venue's location, view quality, size, day of the week, time of day and duration of hire. Some venues may offer package deals or premium pricing for exclusive use of the space. Review pricing structures carefully to ensure they are within your budget.

5. Explore seating options:

Consider the seating arrangement that best suits your event objectives and guest preferences. Private dining rooms with views of the City of London typically offer a variety of seating arrangements, including banquet style, round tables, long tables or a combination of seating styles. Choose a layout that enhances the dining experience and encourages guest interaction.

6. Evaluate amenities and facilities:

Evaluate the amenities and facilities offered by each venue to ensure they meet your event requirements. Look for features such as audiovisual equipment, sound systems, private bathrooms, cloakroom services and dedicated wait staff. Confirm that the venue can accommodate any special requests or arrangements required for your event.

7. Check for additional services:

Ask about any additional services or support the venue offers to enhance your dining experience. Some venues may offer event planning assistance, customised menus, wine pairing recommendations, floral arrangements or special dietary accommodations. Discuss your specific needs with venue management to determine what services are available.

8. Confirm logistics and set-up details:

Once you've selected a venue for your private dining event, finalise the logistical details with the venue's management team. Coordinate set-up and tear-down times, access for vendors or entertainers, menu selections and any special decor or branding requests. Ensure that the dining room decor matches the theme and ambience of your event.

9. Review contracts and policies:

Before signing a rental agreement with the venue, carefully review the contract terms and policies to ensure you understand and agree to all terms. Pay attention to details such as the rental fee, deposit requirements, cancellation policy, liability waiver and any additional fees or charges. Ask the venue to clarify any uncertainties or concerns you may have before proceeding with the booking.

10. Plan a memorable dining experience:

On the day of your private dining event, arrive prepared and ready to create an unforgettable experience for your guests in the City of London. Work closely with the venue staff to ensure all logistical arrangements are in place, the dining room is beautifully decorated and the cuisine is impeccable. Take in the stunning views and indulge in the culinary delights as you celebrate in style with your guests.

For special occasions and meetings, hiring a private dining room with views in the City of London is a unique and memorable experience. By following the steps outlined in this guide and working closely with venue providers, you can create an unforgettable dining experience against the backdrop of the city's iconic skyline. Here's to dining with a view in the heart of the City of London!

Frequently asked questions

Many venues offer customisable menus to accommodate dietary restrictions, allergies or specific culinary preferences. Discuss your dietary requirements with the venue's catering team to ensure they can create a menu that meets your needs and preferences.

Some venues may have a minimum spend requirement for private dining room bookings, particularly at peak times or for exclusive use of the room. Be sure to ask about any minimum spend requirements and ensure that they match your budget and event requirements.

Each venue may have its own cancellation policy, which will be outlined in the rental agreement. Be sure to check the cancellation terms and conditions, including any penalties or fees associated with cancelling or rescheduling your event.

While many venues allow decorations and entertainment in private dining rooms, there may be certain restrictions or guidelines that must be followed. Discuss your decor and entertainment plans with the venue's management team to ensure that they are permitted and in line with the venue's policies.

Most venues are willing to accommodate special requests or arrangements for events, such as decorations, branding or specific set-up configurations. Discuss your requirements with venue management to ensure they can meet your needs and enhance your event experience.

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