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Written by Mae Bristow - 22 April 2024

Our selection of the top Covent Garden private dining rooms

Covent Garden–once flower market and now the central flower of London. It's historic cobbled streets are favourited by tourists, Instagrammers, and Londoners alike for its picturesque architecture of old London housing the shops, cafés, restaurants, and bars of new London.

Covent Garden is a small area but its winding streets are filled with many wonderful little places to find. We've set out to document our favourite Covent Garden private dining rooms and present them to you below.

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browns covent garden private dining london
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1. A historic private dining room in London's historic heart of Covent Garden: Browns

Covent Garden, London

Browns Covent Garden offers a truly bespoke private dining experience with four individual rooms in its historic Grade II listed building: the Barrister's Courtroom, the Judge's Chamber, the Judge's Study, and the handsome Spey Bar.

The opulent Barrister’s Courtroom accommodates 48 seated guests and 60 for standing receptions. The elegant Judge's Chamber accommodates 40 seated guests and 50 standing, and the understated and refined Judge's Study accommodates an intimate number of 12 seated guests.

Lastly, and one of our favourite spaces, the Spey Bar can accommodate 70 seated for a sit down private dining experience and 80 for a canapé reception and comes with its own private bar, a beautiful and traditional period piece. As the name would suggest, it has over 100 different whiskies, everything from the traditional whisky dram to distinctive whisky pairings with herbs, botanicals and fruits.

Enjoy a truly bespoke Covent Garden private dining experience at Browns from the exclusivity of its historic rooms to the fine quality ingredients of its select and bespoke menus to the carefully selected musicians and performers the Browns event team can arrange for your special occasion or high-end corporate vent.

lockes covent garden
lockes covent garden

2. No keys required: Lockes Covent Garden

Covent Garden, London

Lockes – the Covent Garden cocktail & pizza bar you didn't know you needed. Private hire professionals with party packages, the good folks over at Lockes know exactly how to cater for your party, whether it's a personal birthday bash, corporate event, or a team dinner.

The entire venue comprises an upstairs and downstairs cocktail bar with outdoor seating at the ground level. You can book the ground floor which can accommodate 100 guests, the downstairs cocktail bar which accommodates 60 guests, or the entire venue with a total capacity of 160 guests.

Lockes offers a standout variety of party packages with options such as the Aperitivo Milano ideal for 16 guests which comes with 8 pizzas, 2 meat and cheese boards, 15 beers and 3 bottles of Prosecco, and the packages increase in number of guests to 25, 40, and finally 60 guests with the Aperitivo Napoli package that comes with 35 pizzas, 10 meat and cheese boards, 60 beers, and 10 Prosecco.

Central location, cocktails, beers, Prosecco, and pizzas, Lockes are all about throwing parties, you and yours just need to arrive and do the laborious work of indulging in drink and pizza.

gilgamesh covent garden private dining london
gilgamesh covent garden private dining london

3. Opulence worthy of the epic tale of Gilgamesh

Covent Garden, London

Gilgamesh is a restaurant and bar that has spared no expense in maximalism decor and a rich aesthetic that evokes the ancient epic tale from which it takes its name. Sophisticated cocktail lamps lend the place a low-lit cocktail bar ambience and the menu reaches the far corners of ancient civilisation with Pan-Asian flavours of Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian cuisines.

Gilgamesh is available for exclusive and semi-private hire for dining, drinks, and canapé events. The decadent lounge bar can accommodate up to 50 for a seated private dining experience with a shared set menu. A full venue hire can accommodate up to 150 across Gilgamesh's many lush booths with shared set menus. And for a standing drinks and canapé reception the restaurant can accommodate up to 250 guests for a luxurious Covent Garden private dining experience.

floral leicester square private dining london
floral leicester square private dining london

4. A Covent Garden private dining experience full of Peruvian flavour: Floral by Lima

Covent Garden, London

With a capacity of 12 seated guests, we love the private dining room at Floral by Lima–the sister restaurant to Michelin-starred Lima. It has everything we want from an exclusive dining experience: mood lighting, understated decor, stunning presentation on the plate, and bursts of flavours in the mouth.

Expect a high calibre of presentation, delicate designs, ambiance, and superb hospitality. If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing Peruvian food, Floral by Lima is a reason to make it so.

tuttons covent garden private dining london
tuttons covent garden private dining london

5. A unique setting for Covent Garden private dining: Tuttons

Covent Garden, London

Tuttos is a more laidback brasserie in atmosphere, its signature red leather booths in its restaurants are evoked in the red leather of its chairs in its two highly unique vaulted private dining rooms below. The vaults have been decorated in an almost opalescent mother-of-pearl-like sheen that feels a little fantastical and far removed from the brasserie above or the busy streets of Covent Garden.

The vaulted private dining rooms can accommodate 20 and 30 respectively and Tuttons are on hand to create truly bespoke menus crafted around contemporary British cuisine that are suitable for the occasion, whether that be a private meal, a corporate meal, or standing canapé reception.

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6. Perfect for small gatherings and celebrations: Olea Social

Covent Garden, London

Olea Social is a popular Covent Garden restaurant and bar just moments from the Underground station. It has several spaces on offer for private hire but when it comes to private dining we recommend the semi-private Bar area which has an accommodation of 45 standing.

Ideal for smaller dining events and gatherings that want some privacy whilst also benefitting from the atmosphere of the main bar and terrace space. The space has floor-to-ceiling windows that loon onto St Martin's Lane. The menus feature quality ingredients showcasing contemporary British fare.

Find the very best of Covent Garden's private dining rooms

Do you have a dream private dining experience? The right private dining room can make or break your culinary adventure. Covent Garden is packed with fantastic dining rooms, all with their own particular aesthetic and cuisine. 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. 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.

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Your guide to renting a private dining venue in Covent Garden, London

Located in the heart of London's West End, Covent Garden is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere, rich history and eclectic dining scene. Whether you're planning an intimate gathering with friends, a corporate dinner or a special celebration, hiring a private dining venue in Covent Garden offers an unparalleled experience. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about finding and hiring the perfect private dining venue in Covent Garden, from understanding prices and seating arrangements to navigating the booking process.

1. Research private dining venues in Covent Garden:

Start your search for the ideal private dining venue in Covent Garden with thorough research. Use HeadBox to explore the wide range of options available in the area. Consider factors such as venue ambience, menu, capacity and location within Covent Garden. Reading reviews and testimonials from previous guests can provide valuable insight into the experiences of others and help you narrow down your choices.

2. Define your needs and preferences:

Before you begin the selection process, take some time to define your specific needs and preferences for the event. Consider the size of your guest list, desired ambience (e.g. casual, upscale, intimate), dietary restrictions and any special requirements you may have. Clarifying these details in advance will streamline your search and ensure you find a venue that perfectly matches your vision for the event.

3. Budget and pricing:

A clear budget is essential when hiring private dining rooms in Covent Garden. Prices can vary significantly depending on factors such as the venue's location, size, facilities and catering options. Take the time to request quotes from several venues and carefully consider what's included in each package. Be sure to ask about any additional fees or minimum spend requirements to avoid any surprises later on.

4. Explore venue amenities:

When evaluating potential private dining venues in Covent Garden, consider the amenities offered by each venue. Does the venue have audio visual equipment for presentations or entertainment? Is there on-site parking for guests, or are there parking facilities nearby? What about Wi-Fi access or wheelchair access? Evaluating these amenities will ensure that the venue can seamlessly accommodate all of your event needs.

5. Menu selection and catering options:

One of the highlights of hosting a private dining event is creating a delicious menu for your guests to enjoy. When choosing a venue, explore the catering options and menu choices available. Whether you prefer a plated dinner, a buffet or interactive food stations, make sure the venue's culinary offerings match your tastes and dietary preferences. Many venues offer customisable menus to suit your specific preferences and requirements.

6. Seating Setup and Layout:

The seating setup and layout of your private dining venue play a crucial role in the overall guest experience. Consider the flow of the event, the size of your guest list, and any specific seating arrangements you may require. Common seating setups for private dining events include banquet-style, round tables, or a combination of both to accommodate different group sizes and preferences. Work closely with the venue's event coordinator to create a seating plan that maximizes space and enhances guest comfort.

7. Touring Potential Venues:

Once you've narrowed down your list of potential private dining venues in Covent Garden, schedule site visits to tour each location in person. This gives you the opportunity to assess the ambiance, decor, and overall atmosphere of the venue. Don't hesitate to ask questions and discuss your event requirements with the venue coordinator to ensure that it meets your expectations.

8. Booking Your Venue:

After carefully evaluating your options and touring potential venues, it's time to make your decision and secure your preferred private dining venue in Covent Garden. Reach out to the venue's event coordinator or manager to discuss availability, pricing, and booking procedures. Once you've confirmed the details, review and sign any contracts or agreements to finalize your reservation.

9. Customizing Your Event:

With your private dining venue secured, it's time to start customizing your event to make it truly special. Work closely with the venue's staff to personalize the menu, decor, and any additional details to reflect your unique style and preferences. Whether it's selecting floral arrangements, choosing table linens, or creating a signature cocktail, these personalized touches will elevate your event and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

10. Enjoying Your Private Dining Experience:

On the day of your event, relax and enjoy the fruits of your planning efforts as you celebrate in style at your chosen private dining venue in Covent Garden. Trust in the venue's experienced staff to handle all the details seamlessly, allowing you to focus on making memories with your guests and savoring every moment of your special occasion.

Frequently asked questions

Payment and cancellation policies vary from venue to venue. Be sure to check the terms in your contract, including payment schedules, deposit requirements and cancellation deadlines, to avoid any misunderstandings.

Many private dining venues in Covent Garden can provide entertainment or live music to enhance the atmosphere of your event. However, it's important to check with the venue coordinator for any restrictions or guidelines regarding entertainment arrangements, noise levels and licensing requirements.

Whilst the hire of the private dining venue is usually the most significant expense, it's important to enquire about any additional fees or charges that may apply. These may include service charges, gratuities, corkage for outside drinks or additional equipment hire.

Some venues may have guidelines or restrictions on external decorations or signage to maintain the aesthetics and integrity of the venue. It's important to discuss your decorating plans with the venue coordinator to confirm any guidelines or restrictions in advance.

Private dining venues in Covent Garden are often equipped to accommodate special requests such as cake cutting ceremonies, audio visual presentations or speeches. Discuss your specific requirements with the venue coordinator to ensure they can be accommodated seamlessly during your event.

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