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Written by Mae Bristow - 25 June 2024

24 affordable private dining rooms in London

London isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind when you utter the words 'affordable dining'. The city of gold leaf steak, meals you need to remortgage your house for (only you probably don't actually own a house), the land of 'press for champagne' buttons that have been well thumbed by Russian oligarchs.

Well, bottle your despair up for now, because these private dining venues make the capital a little more affordable.

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1. An affordable fine dining gem: House of Percy


House of Percy prides itself on its affordable private dining experience of Asian Fusion cuisine within a historic building in stylish Fitzrovia, just around the corner from Goodge Street Station. Enjoy Cantonese flavours and classic cocktails, from traditional Dim Sum to modern creations like Sichuan-style lobster.

House of Percy occupies the former esteemed early 20th-century White Tower restaurant – a meeting point for London's creative culture, home to

painters of the Vorticist movement to literary luminaries like Augustus John and George Bernard Shaw. Today, the modern Cantonese restaurant & cocktail bar has transformed the historic site into private dining rooms for any occasion.

The Shanghai Lounge located on the first floor is a dedicated restaurant & cocktail bar blending contemporary elegance and traditional charm with a total capacity of 40 guests. The dark & moody Charlotte Room is a fully exclusive private dining room with a capacity of 30 guests, and the petite Fitzroy Room is ideal for business meetings and intimate of get-togethers with a total capacity of 14 guests.

A London private dining experience that doesn't break the bank.

2. For a bellyful of Japanese, without an empty wallet: Apothecary East

Old Street

Apothecary East is a Tokyo-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar. Located in Shoreditch just a short walk from Old Street Station, this tavern celebrates Japanese cuisine.

With a range of light bites and dishes, taste a selection of sushi and sashimi, Hirata steamed buns or skewers from the robata grill. Apothecary East's extensive menu also caters to vegans.

A private room is available for hire for up to 35 guests where you can enjoy the buzz of the restaurant alongside your intimate dining experience. With live DJ-ing by Spiritland every weekend, make an event out of your meal.

Party menus starting at £30 per person.

SOHO dirty bones party
SOHO dirty bones party

3. New York eats without leaving zone 2: Dirty Bones


If you're looking for affordable and delicious grub look no further than Dirty Bones. With venues in Shoreditch, Soho and Carnaby, this chain is doing something right.

Inspired by the bar scenes of New York, this trendy restaurant offers many American staples, specialising in burgers, chicken sides and salads.

Look for deals such as the £5 burger, holiday specials or try their unlimited Wing Wednesday: As many chicken wings as you want for £15. Enjoy brunch or their vast cocktail mix.

Choose from multiple private dining rooms or hire the entire venue to bring the Big Apple to your plate and save a few bucks.

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4. Classic pub grub that doesn’t break the bank: Bow Street Tavern

Covent Garden

Hungry for classic British dishes? Head to this iconic pub that dates back to 1763.

A short walk from Covent Garden tube station you will find five floors full of history and traditional food. We’re talking cider-battered fish and chips or steak and ale pie (and maybe an apple crumble to follow).

This venue caters to vegans and has a full drink inventory. With affordable roasts every Sunday and Wing Wednesday (1kg of wings and a pint for £12), you can have a full stomach without an empty wallet.

Private dining is available for up to 18 people. Bow Street Tavern venue offers a great deal (and a Gin Terrace) in London's centre.

5. Eat like you’re about to engage in a horrific naval battle (on a budget): The Admiralty

Trafalgar Square

Enter this venue and step back in time to The Battle of Trafalgar. With its interiors inspired by HMS Victory, this pub certainly tells a story.

The Admiralty is newly reopened after a devastating fire last year. It is back after a refurbishment with a new lease on life. It has two private dining rooms available including the exclusive Admiral's Cabin, with seating for up to 16 people.

Specialising in homemade pies, The Admiralty offers a range of fillings in its shortcrust cases, accompanied by a hearty plate of mash and gravy. Try exciting combinations and if it’s not for you enjoy some traditional pub nosh. Sausage and mash? or beer-battered cod?

So whether you want corks popped or pints pulled, head toward Nelsons Column in Trafalgar and settle in for a meal.

6. Indulge your orientalist fantasy, without liquidating those assets: Cinnamon Bazaar

Covent Garden

Cinnamon Bazaar is an exciting eatery in the centre of Covent Garden. Inspired by India’s spice markets, this venue offers a blend of old and new flavour combinations.

For private parties of 12 or more, try the Khari Baoli Private Dining Room. With multiple set menus available, you can stimulate your tastebuds whilst remaining within budget.

Choose Calcutta spiced crab or Watermelon chaat to accompany dishes such as their renowned Lamb Roganjosh Shepherd’s Pie. With bottomless brunch available on Sundays and an extensive wine list, this is not one to miss.

Private dining menus starting at £35.00 per person for a minimum of 12 people.

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7. Coast down the Iberian peninsula (for less!): Ibérica


For the taste of España head to Ibérica. This restaurant is a stone's throw away from Victoria Station and specialises in cured meats.

Here you can try specialist Jamón Ibérico, a ham which comes from the acorn-fed Iberian pig. Enjoy classic tapas such as tortilla and paella alongside more experimental cuisine such as hake tempura.

With sharing plates that work well with group dining, private hire is available. Choose between three private rooms or rent the entire venue. Additions such as a class on the art of Ibérico ham carving are available to enhance your experience.

iViva las tapas!


8. Eat cheaply with wine: Vinoteca


Try Vinoteca, for foodies and wine lovers. With all products sourced locally, this spot serves British dishes with a European twist.

Enjoy an exciting menu serving dishes such as Suffolk lamb steak or Harrisa roasted courgettes. Private dining is available with this restaurant flexible to booking numbers. Choose from a vast selection of wines or take part in wine-tasting sessions with experts who can guide you through your meal.

Best of all, there is a bottle shop at the back if you've found your new favourite wine, so buy 5 and take them home with you.

Event menus starting at £35 per person and canapé menus starting at £18 per person.

Searcy's at The Gherkin, private room in London
Searcy's at The Gherkin, private room in London

9. Dine privately inside a pickled cucumber: Searcys at the Gherkin


For a taste of the high life, head to Searcys at the top of the Gherkin. Choose between 5 luxury private dining rooms and enjoy a meal in one of London's highest landmarks.

Using seasonal and local produce, Searcys serves traditional dishes such as lamb and trout alongside a full wine list. Try different champagnes paired with your chosen meal or if you want a lighter visit, afternoon tea is available with 360-degree views.

Impress your guests and explore the Iris Bar at the very top of the Gherkin, with space for up to 50 and a range of cocktails. Enquire now to host your private banquet with panoramic views of the city.

Morning from £75 per person + VAT, afternoon from £99 per person, evening from £140 per person.

BAO Borough borough market cocktail bars
BAO Borough borough market cocktail bars

10. Ever wanted to feel like a thrifty dumpling, cosy in your own private and affordable space? Presenting: BAO


For small plates with a big taste try BAO.

With their latest digs next to Borough Market, this is the third venue BAO have to offer, alongside the others in King’s Cross and Soho.

Inspired by late-night grills in Asia, guests can try drinks such as grape larger or dishes like Taiwanese chicken, alongside a range of their signature buns. Think beef short rib or chicken nuggets bao buns.

Private dining is available for up to 24 guests or hire the entire place for 120. This borough hides a secret subterranean KVT-themed karaoke room so make an event out of your dining experience.

Karaoke Room Private Dining:

Prime Time (Weds-Sat from 5) at £199

Martinée (Weds-Sat before 5) at £99

Off-peak (Sun-Tues all day) at £69

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11. Dine privately and cheaply surrounded by water and hipsters: Barge East

Hackney Wick

For a unique dining experience, step aboard a 120-year-old barge in Hackney Wicks Canal.

This Dutch boat features a menu of seasonal British food, sourced from their sustainable canal-side garden produce. Guests can enjoy the floating restaurant, rain or shine, and take a stroll through the bankside gardens.

With room for 90 guests, the barge is also available for private hire. For more intimate occasions, rent smaller areas such as The Captain's Cabin or The Deck.

Try locally sourced grub in the British sunshine (hopefully), for much cheaper than a cruise.

The Barge: £1500 to £5000

The Terrace: £1500 - £5000

The Gardens: £1500 - £4000

Lower Deck: From £1,500

The Canopy: From £800

Captain’s Cabin: From £250

Rooftop: £500


Sample Chef's Tasting Menu: £55 per person

Sample Canapes: £25-35 per person

Group 2-3 Course Menu: £35-40 per person

coal rooms best private dining room london
coal rooms best private dining room london

12. You won’t need to start a coal business to afford private dining here: Coal Rooms


A short walk from Peckham Rye Station lies Coal Rooms. This restaurant is housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building and boasts an open kitchen with a bespoke coal-fired grill.

The refined menu features rich and hearty cooking, including a selection of roast dinners that have earned the restaurant high praise. While Coal Rooms Peckham is known for its meat dishes, it also caters to vegetarians.

With a private room available for up to 34 guests, this space invites an intimate dining experience without costing an arm and a leg.

Group dining menus starting at £45 per person.

13. Impress your broke vegetarian friends with this affordable private dining option: BUBALA


If a Middle Eastern mezze calls, Bubala answers. Named after the Yiddish for a term of endearment, Bubala is a vegetarian venue that makes no apologies for it.

Its small plates are anything but ordinary. From the halloumi with black seed honey to the burnt butter hummus with radicchio and blood orange, every dish is packed with unique flavours. Don't forget about their cocktails, like the spicy chilli martini.

With plates designed for sharing, hire a private room for up to 24 guests and taste them together. And with affordable prices (£3 for laffa flatbread and £7 for babba ganush), you won't have to break the bank to enjoy a delicious meal.

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14. Dine privately under a train, without dying or going broke: SAMA Bankside


To find SAMA Bankside head south of the Thames and look where Southwark Street meets Blackfriars Road. Hidden under the arches, this trendy venue lends itself to the exposed brick and industrial silver pipes.

With a British-Caribbean fusion menu, dishes like pineapple slaw and rice and peas are popular, as are bottomless brunch on weekends and beer pong daily.

Private dining is available with SAMA Bankside open to hosting all events and sizes. Enquire now to view their canapes and explore a huge drinks list.

Lisboeta best private dining room london
Lisboeta best private dining room london

15. Private dining when you're broke but love Portugal: Lisboeta


Spread across three floors, this Fitzrovia restaurant offers an array of smaller plates featuring traditional Portuguese pesticos. Lisboeta’s produce is all sourced straight from Portugal, including their wine, where they serve some unique vintages.

Their menu focuses on dishes from the seas and shores of Portugal, including the chouriço-laced kale soup, Caldo Verde, and Nuno’s inimitable black pepper Pastel de Nata.

Lisboeta offers private dining options for groups of 10 to 60 guests with a sharing menu. And whats more, if you love it you can sign up for their monthly lunch special that showcases the best of Portuguese cuisine.

The Adega private dining room menu: £95 per person.

16. Because pasta is affordable, right?: Bancone

Covent Garden

Bancone is a bustling restaurant in Covent Garden that serves up fresh, handmade pasta daily.

Their menu features Italian-inspired dishes, including olives, focaccia, and a delicious duck ragu. Bancone also has a unique selection of wines from lesser-known vineyards and cocktails focussing on Vermouth, Bitters, and Campari.

Private dining for up to 8-12 is available with larger plates and bowls of pasta of to be shared. Enjoy authentic Italian food with others, just as Nonna would have wanted.

Private dining menu: £45 per person

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17. For kebabs that don't just taste good because your'e plastered: Berenjak


This restaurant takes its inspiration from Tehran's hole-in-the-wall kebab houses and has held a Michelin Bib Gourmand since 2019.

Berenjak’s menu features flatbreads, kebabs and traditional khoresht. Along with their tasty food, they also serve Persian-inspired bespoke cocktails and shots.

With many sharing plates and chargrilled dishes, Berenjak makes a good place for private dining. Hire out the nestled Hayat (meaning garden) space for up to 16 guests for an authentic Persian dining experience in Soho or head to their sister branch in Borough.

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Luca best private dining room london

18. Take your dining pals on a trip to Italy without paying for the flight: Luca


Located near Farringdon station, Luca is a unique restaurant which offers British cuisine with an Italian twist.

Look away now Italians as this restaurant does break a few traditional cooking rules. With UK-sourced ingredients you will find Orkney scallops alongside Cornwall turbot.

Guests can hire the glass-roofed terrace for up to 20 people for bright day meals or cosy evening dining. Alternatively, the pasta room is available for 10 guests for a more intimate experience or hire the entire venue for a large banquet.

Minimum Spend:

The Terrace: £250 per person

The Garden Room: £1,200

The Pasta Room: £1,600

The Dining Room: from £150 per person

19. Stylish, and affordable darling!: Bluebird Cafe


Bluebird Chelsea, located in the vibrant Chelsea district of London, is a popular and affordable bar and restaurant known for its modern European cuisine. With a captivating array of both classic and innovative cocktails, alongside an extensive food menu that encompasses vegan and vegetarian options, Bluebird caters to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

From the enchanting garden oasis on the terrace to vibrant and modern decor inside, this space can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. And don't forget to treat yourself to their tantalising bottomless brunch deal every Saturday, where you can savour an array of delicious dishes while toasting a leisurely weekend.

When it comes to private hire events, Bluebird Chelsea offers a perfect blend of sophistication and playfulness with its Bluebird room that accommodates up to 30 guests for seated events or 40 guests for standing gatherings.

Minimum Spend: £60- £75

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Flesh and Buns Oxford Circus Affordable Private Dining Rooms London

20. A literally named affordable restaurant: Flesh & Buns

Oxford Circus

Situated at the bustling centre of Oxford Circus, Flesh and Buns is where you can satisfy your cravings for both Japanese classics and exciting new creations. Their menu boasts a mix of traditional favourites and innovative dishes, but make sure not to miss out on their legendary Korean fried wings and the iconic Lucky Cat cocktail.

Step into a world of indulgence as the restaurant's ambience immerses you in an anime-inspired atmosphere. And if you're planning a special gathering, their private room can accommodate up to 18 people, offering an exclusive setting for your event.

Oh, and here's a tip: Don't miss their bottomless brunch deal on Saturdays, a great way to enjoy a fantastic feast while saving some dough.

Set menus starting at £35 per person.

21. A modern Indian private dine: Cinnamon Kitchen

London City

Conveniently situated near Liverpool tube station, Cinnamon Kitchen London is a culinary gem that marries tradition with innovation. Headed by renowned chef Vivek Singh, whose three best-selling cookbooks have earned him a dedicated following, this restaurant is a go-to destination for food enthusiasts. You may even recognise Chef Vivek from his appearances on BBC's Saturday Kitchen, where he showcases his culinary prowess.

At Cinnamon Kitchen, expect a delightful fusion of authentic Indian flavours and Western techniques that will transport your taste buds to new realms of deliciousness. Don't miss their signature Punjabi samosas and the tantalising Welsh lamb curry.

With its private room for hire, Cinnamon Kitchen offers a versatile space for special occasions for up to 18 guests. The restaurant's creative and dynamic aesthetic sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience.

Event menus starting at £38 per person.

22. Where history meets gastronomy: George St. Tavern: Churchill's Dining Room

Liverpool Street

Nestled near Liverpool Street station, the tavern emanates a cosy, inviting, and authentic atmosphere that takes you back in time. Sit back, indulge in their award-winning Shepherd's Pie, and sip on their top-notch ales that deserve a toast, all without breaking the bank.

George St. Tavern provides exclusive access to its comforting and familiar ambience with its private dining room for hire. They also offer a buffet spread filled with classic pub dishes that cater to your guests' diverse tastes. Indulging in the rich flavours and warm hospitality that define this hidden gem, you can gather with up to 80 people and experience the true essence of its charm.

23. Affordable, with liberal amounts of butter: Saltie Girl: Mirror Room

Marble Arch

Located in the heart of Mayfair, London, Saltie Girl is a captivating restaurant that invites diners into an enchanting world of elevated subaqueous charm. With its alluring decor and attention to detail, the restaurant immerses guests in an atmosphere that echoes the beauty and mystery of the sea.

Saltie Girl is renowned for its exquisite seafood cuisine, featuring a tantalising array of fresh oysters and mouth-watering lobster rolls. Each dish is meticulously crafted, showcasing the finest flavours from the deep blue.

For those seeking an exclusive experience, Saltie Girl offers a private room for hire with a capacity of 18. This intimate space provides a secluded haven for gatherings and celebrations. As an extra touch of luxury, guests are greeted with complimentary champagne upon arrival in the private room.

Event menus starting at £60 per guest.

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blanchette best private dining room london

24. A french break to rest your feet and fill your belly: Blanchette


Escape the buzz of London for a moment in Blanchette’s private dining space - The Jungle Room.

Blanchette is a French Bistro, which showcases classical french food with an innovate twist. The dishes are full of fresh colour and playfully presented to showcase seasonal produce.

With space for up to 14 people this spot is ideal for intimate dining events. Guests can enjoy the room's character while surrounded by an intricate jungle mural and rustic furniture.

Stimulate all your senses with music a large part Blanchette’s ethos. For a friendly atmosphere and authentic cuisine book now.

For an incredible private dining experience that won't blow the bank, check out the best cheap private dining options London has to offer

Dining out in London doesn't have to break the bank. London is packed with cheap private dining rooms that will feed you and your friends whilst keeping you well under budget. We've taken some of the best and worked with them to ensure you can enjoy the thrill of your own private dining room and still have money for the train home.

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