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Written by Mae Bristow - 16 November 2023

Our selection of the best King's Cross private dining

King’s Cross is an area that has reinvented itself in the past few decades to be the meeting point of old and new, where beautiful 19th-century Victorian architecture now exists alongside modern buildings.

You might only visit King’s Cross to catch your train, but a closer look at the area will show that it has a vast amount of restaurants offering exquisite private dining rooms.

From dining right above the Eurostar trains in St Pancras station to overlooking Regent’s Canal, King’s Cross is more than just a train station with Harry Potter paraphernalia. Check out these unique private dining rooms for your next event—just don’t miss your train!

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1. An experience to rave about: The Cross

King's Cross, London

The Cross is a multifaceted venue for entertainment, food and events. It’s located down the street from King’s Cross station, five minutes from its original spot in the ‘90s that was known for its infamous raves. The Cross traded its wild lifestyle of the past in favour of a six-storey house with a restaurant, club, cocktail lounge, and roof terrace with 360-degree views of London’s skyline.

The first-floor restaurant and lounge are available for exclusive private dining from Friday to Sunday and have a capacity of 50 seated and 100 standing. Complete with beautiful chandeliers, exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling French windows, the space feels relaxed and elegant.

The Cross has several spaces available for exclusive private hire including the Red Room and the Roof Terrace. The Red Room on the third floor is an intimate, dimly-lit space that evokes a moody cocktail lounge, and has a capacity of 20 seated. The Roof Terrace, with a capacity of 30 seated and 70 standing, is the jewel in the crown with its panoramic views of London.

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2. A piece of railway history: The Carriage at the Great Northern Hotel

King's Cross, London

The Great Northern Hotel has been in the heart of King’s Cross for almost 170 years. It’s a Grade II listed building and the oldest railway hotel in London. Despite all the years that have passed, the hotel still has that elegant charm and detailing from when it was originally built—but now with a contemporary touch to it.

The Carriage, located on the first floor of the hotel, with a capacity of 16 seated and 30 standing, is one of several spaces available for private dining. It’s an intimate room with dark green walls and blue-accented furniture. There are also two Lounge rooms opposite The Carriage which can be hired for larger events.

This King’s Cross private dining experience offers modern British classics with subtle French accents in honour of its proximity to the Eurostar and comes complete with an extensive wine list that even a Parisian would approve of.

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3. A taste of the Mediterranean in King’s Cross: Vinoteca

King's Cross, London

With almost 200 wines on its ever-changing menu, Vinoteca near King’s Cross station draws inspiration from the wine bars in Spain and Italy—nothing like a little vino to feel inspired. The floor-to-ceiling windows and industrial-style lighting give the space a modern touch, setting it apart from other wine bars.

The mezzanine is available for private dining and wine tastings for up to 35 guests. The space comes with a long wooden table to make the experience feel cosy, and the expansive windows allow for a lot of natural light.

A King’s Cross private dining experience for wine lovers, we don’t think anybody would object to a private party at a wine bar. Did somebody say Scottish mussels and white wine?

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interior of st pancras brasserie and champagne bar by searcys kings cross london private dining

4. Europe’s longest champagne bar: St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys

King's Cross, London

Searcys is located on the upper concourse of St Pancras International and has stunning views overlooking the station’s unique architecture. It’s also home to Europe’s longest champagne bar which is quite an accomplishment at 98 metres long.

Inside the main brasserie, the Glass Room is available for semi-private dining hire. It's an ideal location for smaller celebrations for around 20 to 30 people. The room has a thick curtain separating it from the main dining area and the gold-coloured touches and furnishings give the room that elaborate feel we want from a fancy champagne bar.

Indulge in modern British cuisine, champagne and caviar, and when everybody has celebrated enough, well, there’s no shortage of trains for the journey home.

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5. The ever-trendy modern meets industrial event space: Drake & Morgan

King's Cross, London

Right across from King’s Cross station, Drake & Morgan is a bar and restaurant with a warm, relaxed ambience within an industrial setting of wood floors, high ceilings, and unique light fixtures.

Drake & Morgan’s private dining room is nestled in its basement bar and is great for cosy events. The room has a wall of mirrors and can seat up to 45 people. The basement bar and upstairs restaurant can also be hired with a total capacity of 300 people.

This King’s Cross private dining hire features a seasonal menu with an emphasis on grilled dishes and a love of cocktails—menus we can get on board for.

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6. The vibes of a NYC loft: Hicce

King's Cross, London

Hicce—pronounced ‘ee-chay’—means ‘of the moment’ in Latin, and this King’s Cross restaurant definitely lives up to its name. It’s owned by two long-time friends who had a dream of opening a place of their own. The restaurant is quite simple on the inside with exposed brick, wood chairs, and an industrial ceiling with exposed air ducts and artful lights.

For private dining, Hicce has a private dining room located underneath the main restaurant that can accommodate between 12 to 22 people. With shelves of books and artwork on display, it very much gives the vibes of an art museum gift shop—but that just adds to the atmosphere.

The minimalist decor follows through to the menu which focuses on small sharable plates cooked over an open fire. Minimal menu it may be, it’s packed with flavour and there’s a dish for everybody. From the decor to the food, this is a casual and rustic King’s Cross private dining spot.

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interior of the lighterman kings cross london private dining

7. Three storeys and a spectacular view on every level: The Lighterman

King's Cross, London

The Lighterman overlooks Regent’s Canal and Granary Square, the heart of King’s Cross. It’s a contemporary gastropub complete with the requisite seasonal high-quality menu of British classics. Inside, it has a modern and elegant interior with subtle touches of industrial.

It certainly is not your average restaurant, with three floors, a wrap-around terrace and a bar, it's quite a big establishment with multiple spaces available for private hire.

You can have your event overlooking Regent’s Canal at the indoor portion of the canalside bar. It's great for events of up to 32 seated and 40 standing. But if you need more space and the weather is nice, consider booking the entire canalside bar and terrace for a capacity of 60 seated and 100 standing guests.

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camley street natural park kings cross london private dining

8. A slice of nature in central London: Camley Street Natural Park

King's Cross, London

Camley Street Natural Park is not your typical venue for King’s Cross private dining. After all, it's a two-acre urban nature reserve that is surrounded by the bustling part of central London between King's Cross and St Pancras—but that’s what sets it apart from other private dining venues.

The Kingfisher Suite is a light and airy space that overlooks Regent’s Canal and the nature reserve. With a capacity of 60 seated guests and 120 standing, it's great for hosting seated dinners or receptions. For more room, consider The Canopy, which is surrounded by a wildflower butterfly bank. It has a capacity of 120 for a banquet and 150 standing.

The Camley Street Natural Park will have your guests forgetting they are still in central London. Plus, the profits raised from private hires go towards helping protect London’s wildlife. So, it's a win-win.

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exterior of st pancras hotel the midland grand dining room kings cross london private dining

9. No horses involved: Riding House Bloomsbury

King's Cross, London

The Riding House Bloomsbury is a restaurant and bar a short walk from King’s Cross station. Its interior is very rustic and industrial with exposed air ducts, wood floorings, an abundance of hanging plants, and an equally rustic and seasonal menu to match.

The Courtyard private dining room is located at the back end of the restaurant and can hold about 12 people seated. It's a quaint little room that is great for private lunches or dinners. For a larger event, consider the Stage, a raised semi-private area at the back of the restaurant that can host 30 guests seated.

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Do you have a dream private dining experience? The right private dining room can make or break your culinary adventure. King's Cross 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 hiring a private dining in King's Cross, London

Hiring a private dining room in King's Cross, London provides an intimate and exclusive setting for a variety of events, from corporate dinners to special celebrations. With its vibrant atmosphere and culinary diversity, King's Cross boasts a number of restaurants and venues that cater for private dining experiences. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about hiring a private dining room in King's Cross, including pricing considerations, seating arrangements and more.

1. Search for private dining rooms in King's Cross:

Start your search with HeadBox by researching private dining rooms in King's Cross. Choose from a list of venues known for their cuisine, ambience and positive reviews from previous guests. Consider factors such as location, capacity, facilities and menu options when evaluating potential venues.

2. Define your event requirements:

Before contacting private dining venues, clarify your event requirements and objectives. Determine the type of event you're hosting, the number of guests expected, the preferred date and time, budget constraints and any specific culinary preferences or dietary restrictions. A clear understanding of your event requirements will help you narrow down your options and find the perfect venue.

3. Contact private dining venues for availability and pricing:

Contact private dining venues to inquire about availability and pricing for your desired date and time. Provide detailed information about your event, including the estimated number of guests, event duration and any special requests or preferences. Request a quote for the venue rental fee and inquire about any additional services or amenities offered.

4. Understand pricing and packages:

Prices for hiring private dining space in King's Cross can vary depending on factors such as venue location, size, facilities, day of the week, time of day and duration of hire. Some venues may offer set menus or package deals for private events, while others may charge a flat fee for room hire.

5. Explore seating options:

Consider the seating arrangement that best suits your event and the needs of your guests. Private dining venues typically offer a variety of seating options, including banquet-style tables, round tables or a combination of seating styles. Depending on the nature of your event and the number of guests attending, you may opt for a formal dining setup or a more casual cocktail-style reception.

6. Evaluate amenities and facilities:

Evaluate the amenities and facilities offered by each private dining venue to ensure they meet your needs and enhance your guests' experience. Look for venues with features such as a fully stocked bar, professional wait staff, audiovisual equipment and customisable menu options. Make sure the venue can accommodate any special requests or requirements you may have for your event.

7. Check catering options:

Ask about the catering options available at each private dining venue. Many venues have an in-house culinary team that specialises in creating bespoke menus for private events, while others may allow outside caterers or provide recommendations for trusted caterers. Discuss your culinary preferences, dietary restrictions and menu choices with the venue's catering team to create a personalised dining experience for your event.

8. Confirm logistics and services:

Once you've selected a private dining venue for your event, finalise logistical details with the venue's management team. Coordinate set-up and break-down times, access for vendors or decorators, and any special event requirements. Confirm arrangements for catering, beverage service, audiovisual equipment and any additional services or amenities you may require.

9. Review contracts and policies:

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

10. Plan a memorable event:

On the day of your event, arrive at your chosen private dining venue in King's Cross prepared and ready to host a memorable event. Communicate effectively with venue staff, suppliers and event attendees to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for all. Monitor the event closely and deal with any unforeseen issues promptly to ensure the success of your event.

Hiring private dining space in King's Cross provides a unique and intimate setting for a variety of events, from intimate dinners to large scale celebrations. By following the steps outlined in this guide and working closely with the venue's management team, you can create a memorable dining experience that will exceed expectations and leave a lasting impression on your guests. Here's to an unforgettable event at a private dining venue in King's Cross!

Frequently asked questions

Private dining in King's Cross is ideal for a wide range of events including corporate dinners, business meetings, birthday celebrations, engagement parties, family gatherings and intimate weddings. Whether you're hosting a formal affair or a casual get-together, private dining offers a personalised and exclusive experience for your guests.

It's advisable to book a private dining venue in King's Cross as far in advance as possible, especially for popular dates and times. Private dining venues often have limited availability, especially at weekends and peak times. Booking early will ensure that you secure your preferred date and time for your event.

Many private dining venues in King's Cross offer customisable menus and catering options to suit your event preferences. You can work with the venue's culinary team to create a bespoke menu that incorporates your favourite dishes, dietary preferences and special requests. Discuss your culinary preferences and menu choices with the venue's catering team to create a memorable dining experience for your event.

Some private dining venues in King's Cross may have a minimum spend requirement as part of their hire agreement. This minimum spend usually applies to the purchase of food and drink during the event and may vary depending on the day of the week, time of day and length of hire. Be sure to discuss any minimum spend requirements with the venue management when booking your event.

Each private dining venue may have its own cancellation policy, which will be outlined in the rental agreement. It's important to check these policies carefully before booking and to discuss any concerns or questions with the venue management. Understanding the cancellation policy will help you manage any changes or adjustments to your event plans.

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