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Written by Luke Bull

October 27, 2022

Some thrilling private dining rooms in London

Some dinners are so special, they deserve a room of their very own. At HeadBox, we'll help you hire the perfect private dining room for you and your guests, whether you're celebrating with colleagues, entertaining clients, or hosting a gathering of friends and loved ones. Find respite from the riff-raff and feast with panache and privacy at one of London's beautiful private dining rooms.

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1. London's mozzarella bar: Obicà St Paul's

St Paul's, London

Few things get us excited like fresh mozzarella. What if, and trust us here, there was a bar dedicated to the stretchy, rich cheese? Well, there is.

The internationally distributed Obicà group have brought their focused approach to quality Italian food to London's cathedral district, with deli-style food joining pizza, pasta and salads on the menu. The draw, though, is of course the Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP, and we fully suggest you go for the Mozzarella Bar Experience as a minimum – trust us.

Obicà St. Paul's is set up for private and corporate events, offering dinners and cocktail receptions, meetings and birthday parties for small and large groups.

2. The private dining room with a spectacular view: Vinoly Room

Monument, City of London

Atop the Walkie Talkie's Sky Garden, in the heart of the City of London, the elegant Vinoly Room sits within the Fenchurch Restaurant and hosts up to 16 guests. The contemporary British menu, from head chef Michael Carr, is well-regarded: think turbot, guinea fowl, beef tartare, lobster and scallop, with a select few veggie-friendly options. With a main course at around £40 and starters at £20, this is one for the expense account.

3. The private dining room for high-steaks meetings: Cooks Room at Hawksmoor Borough

Borough, London

From sky-high-dining to down-and-delicious: head beneath the Borough outpost of the acclaimed Hawksmoor steakhouse mini-chain to host a feast in the Cooks Room. Uniquely, you'll be alongside an open-plan kitchen so your guests (up to 18 of them) can bask in the sizzle and scents of the preparation process. And although you're welcome to order from Hawksmoor's standard menu, hire of the Cooks' Room offers a one-off opportunity to order the 'Beef Feasting menu', which they describe as the 'ultimate' in Hawksmoor cooking.

You'll find roast oysters, 35-day dry-aged prime rib, Black Forest baked Alaska and more on this belt-loosening culinary adventure: missing it surely would be a terrible miss-steak.

4. The private dining room to cure the blues: Quo Vadis' Blue Room

Quo Vadis might be a private members club, but their private dining rooms are available on select dates, and we're particularly taken with the soothing, sapphire decor of the Blue Room. Seating up to a dozen diners, there's a traditional English menu of seasonal ingredients, and a special 'working lunch' menu if you're looking for something a little lighter: gourmet sandwiches, smoked salmon, almond tarts and the like.

Larger parties (of up to 32) can instead dine in the adjacent Marx Room.

5. The private dining room for cheese lovers: Orrery

Marylebone, London

Or rery? Oui, really! This fine French restaurant in London's Marylebone offers a 16-person private dining room fit for any occasion spéciale. Enjoy elegant cooking from head chef Igor Tymchyschyn – such as a risotto of Jerusalem artichoke, a halibut ceviche or veal ossobuco – a mere stone's throw from Regents Park.

An extensive wine list (with some truly indulgent selections across the 22 pages) and a legendary cheese trolley round out the Orrery's seductive offer.

6. The private dining room for a pizza party: The Oak

Notting Hill, west London

For a more relaxed private dining experience, head west to The Oak in the heart of Notting Hill. This gorgeous pub room can entertain groups of up to 20 in their first-floor private dining room.

Hosts are invited to shortlist a menu in advance, offering guests on-the-day choices between three possible options. You might opt for some of their classic Italian dishes – ragu, linguine, risotto and tagliata – or, for a laid–back pass-the-slice occasion, a selection of gourmet pizzas. The cocktail menu, courtesy of the adjoining bar (which can also be hired for mingling-style receptions for 55 pax) is packed full of classics and some inventive homegrown twists.

7. The private dining room for an authentic Chinese fine dining experience : Salon Noir, Park Chinois

Mayfair, London

Salon Noir at Park Chinois offers an authentic Chinese fine-dining experience right in the heart of London.

The private dining room, which seats 9, is lit up by a magnificent Baccarat Chandelier. A gleaming Makassar Ebony table occupies the centre of the room and the white Carrara marble fireplace completes the look. You can hire the space for yourself and your luckiest friends.

The Duck de Chine is a great way to start the three-course meal. Stir-fried pak choi to follow and finally, be surprised by dessert specially picked by the pastry chef.

More of the best private dining rooms in London

Do you have a dream private dining experience? The right private dining room can make or break your culinary adventure. Browse the very best of private dining rooms in London and you could be eating al fresco with your friends or tasting a cutting-edge menu in your own chic private space. Hiring a private dining room near you has never been easier. From large restaurant dining rooms to cosy little cafes and brasseries, experience the best London has to offer. Have a look at these stunning private dining rooms and get some ideas for where to have your next event. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best London venues respond to your enquiry.

How to hire the best private dining rooms in London

Planning a private dining event in London? We all love a busy restaurant – the atmosphere and buzz of London’s dining venues contribute to the capital’s well-earned reputation as a global foodie powerhouse. That said, sometimes the party or dinner requires a bit more privacy. Fear not, the best of London’s restaurants offer intimate and private dining rooms alongside their more public spaces. Let this guide ease you through the process and get you one step closer to that perfect first bite.

What kind of private dining experience are you looking for?

There are a lot of options out there and, to be honest, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. No one wants to spend their free time scrolling endlessly through venue after venue, desperately trying to make a decision based on a thumb-sized photo of some canapés. To make the most of your time it’s worth having an idea of what kind of food you’re looking for in your private dining event. Do you want to put on a full gourmet spread to impress at your corporate lunch? Or are you and your friends looking for a private space to have a few drinks, a quick bite to eat and… a few more drinks?

It’s important to discover any dietary restrictions and convey them to the venue as soon as possible. Or, alternatively, let us know any allergies or preferences you have and we’ll ensure only relevant venues reach out to host your private dining event.

Top tip: It’s also worth considering some of the less traditional private dining options. London is host to a wealth of food venues that let you take part in the cooking process. How does tossing your own pizza dough sound? How about making pasta from scratch? There are lots of venues that get you involved in the cooking process and don’t worry - you won’t have to wash up after.

Know your budget

The key to planning a successful private dining room is budgeting well. No one likes nasty surprises at the end of a good meal so make sure you know your upper spend limit before you order that last helping of profiteroles. A budget should be allocated per person – this gives you maximum control over both the overall cost and the implications of that for each guest. HeadBox will do all the calculations for you and make sure everything stays within your set budget.

Location, location, location

London is a sprawling city, with each area having its own distinctive feel and character. Consider this when searching for a venue – luxury, high-end venues will tend to be in the central areas of London, whereas the boroughs might be more appropriate for a big, easy private dining room that won’t break the bank. Transport is also key. If alcohol is going to be involved then you’ll want to be in easy reach of public transport or, for the super organised, book your taxis before to guarantee a swift arrival and departure.

Make sure you set the agenda

This is your private dining event – you should set the criteria for the venues to meet. Want an outside area? Natural light flooding the room? Have a preference on seating style? Tell us exactly what private dining experience you want, where you want it, and when you want it. We’ll do the rest.

A private dining experience is simply where a restaurant or food venue provides you with your own secluded space to enjoy without the bustle of the larger restaurant. Whether it’s a private dining room or your own private dining hall, the option allows you to enjoy restaurant standard food alongside the privacy you might expect at home.

The best private dining rooms in London will be the ones that fulfil the criteria you set out. With this in mind we’ve listed a few that cater to common private dining specifications:

SushiSamba Lounge – Located within walking distance of Liverpool Street, SushiSamba allows you to make exclusive use of the 39th floor – giving you unparalleled views over the city of London whilst you consume your body weight in delicious sushi.

Daphne’s, The Conservatory is a West London staple. Offering an array of Venetian-inspired foods, Daphne’s is a charming all-season venue that really feels part of the neighbourhood. They also allow dogs, as if you need any other reason to book.

Boundary Rooftop – Moving eastwards towards Shoreditch lays the sublime Boundary Rooftop. Come rain or shine this breathtaking dining area allows you to make your private event extra special.

Prices of private dining rooms vary according to location, restaurant type and the size of your party. Per person, the price range tends to be between £50 and £200. It’s worth noting that a lot of venues will set a minimum spend (either overall cost or per person). Set your budget before you enquire to make sure you’re only hearing from the relevant dining venues.

There are lots of ways to book a London private dining room. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best private dining rooms in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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