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Written by Mae Bristow - 29 November 2023

The 3 best small private dining rooms in London

Ask any insecure husband: bigger is not always better.

This is especially true when it comes to private dining. The cosiness of a snug dining room is often a much more enjoyable affair than a huge cavernous hall. Combine an intimate space with plush furnishing, wax-dripping candles and good company and you've got the makings of a truly beautiful private dining experience.

Here are some of our favourite London private rooms that keep things small.

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Park Chinois Salon Rouge Small Private Dining
Salon Noir Park Chinois london private dining

1. An opulent small private dining experience in the West End: Salon Rouge at Park Chinois

Mayfair, London

Salon Rouge, nestled inside Park Chinois, offers guests a more exclusive way of experiencing the lavish West End establishment. /

Salon Rouge, located in close proximity to Green Park Station, is a small private dining room that exudes an air of sophistication and timeless luxury, inspired by the glamour of Shanghai's supper clubs and cabarets in the 1930s.

With a capacity of up to twelve guests, Salon Rouge is ideal for business meetings, intimate celebrations, or those simply seeking a secluded space to indulge in Park Chinois' meticulously crafted Dim Sum and Wagyu Steaks.

Leave behind the bustling pace of London and immerse yourself in a world of seclusion and opulence at Salon Rouge.

Bocconcino Alcove Table Small Private Dining
Bocconcino Alcove Table

2. A chic small private dining experience with an Italian Flair: Bocconcino's Alcove Table

Mayfair, London

The Alcove Table at Bocconcino offers a chic haven for intimate private dining. With a capacity for up to 8 guests, this vibrant space beckons you to savour the tantalising flavours of Bocconcino's authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair.

Situated near Green Park station, the restaurant effortlessly transports guests to their place

of origin, the idyllic coastal town of Forte dei Marmi. Immerse yourself in a culinary journey as you delight in a mouthwatering array of seafood, meats, handmade pasta, and woodfire pizzas.

The beats of the live DJ bring the spirited atmosphere of the restaurant alive. On Sundays, guests can add an extra zest to their visit by indulging in a bottomless Aperol Spritz brunch.

If bottomless brunch is not your speed, complement your experience with a handcrafted cocktail or a glass of one of Bocconcino’s 300 different wine options, culminating in an unforgettable dining affair.

kahani sloane square small private dining room london
kahani sloane square small private dining room london

3. A small private dining experience with elevated Indian cuisine: Kahani Sloane Square

Kahani is a sophisticated Indian restaurant revolutionising Indian cuisine. The restaurant offers a small private dining room that can accommodate up to 14 for an exquisite meal of light dishes populated with grilled meats, fish, and vegetables from the robata grill and tandoor. Kahani showcases the finest seasonal and traditional British ingredients, and heady spices, through the culinary techniques associated with Indian cooking.

Kahani is located in the fashionable Sloane Square directly opposite the iconic Cadogan Hall. The private dining room overlooks the elegantly ground floor of the restaurant and can be curtained for a more intimate experience.

The result is the very best in Indian food, with meals so delicious diners will want to share – creating a sense of communal eating which for centuries has been the hallmark of superior cuisine.

Whether opting for an intimate experience in the private dining room or dining in the ground-floor restaurant, Kahani is stylish, refined, and relaxed with little touches of the subcontinent in its decor, and Michelin-starred Chef Peter Joseph serves the very best in Indian cuisine.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Booking a Small Private Dining Room in London

For anyone looking to arrange an intimate dining experience in the cosmopolitan city of London, securing the perfect private dining room can be the ultimate game-changer. However, navigating the multitude of options can be daunting, hence this concise guide to help you secure the best spot.

1. Know Your Needs:

Begin with a clear understanding of your needs. How many guests will you be hosting? What's the occasion? What type of cuisine do you prefer? These answers will help narrow down your search and facilitate the booking process. Most private dining rooms in London cater for 10 to 30 guests, so ensure your guest list matches the venue's capacity.

2. Set a Budget:

London offers a wide range of private dining venues, from extravagant Michelin-star restaurants to cosy, budget-friendly bistros. Define your budget early in the planning process. Remember, the cost isn't solely about the food. Consider other potential costs like room hire charges, service charge, corkage fees, and extra amenities like AV equipment if you need it.

3. Choose the Right Location:

London is a vast city with various districts each offering its unique charm. The West End is known for its upscale, fashionable dining spots while East London boasts trendy, modern venues. Consider your guests' locations and pick a central, easily accessible location.

4. Research:

Use resources like HeadBox to get a feel for the quality of food, service, and atmosphere. Don't overlook the value of word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and colleagues. Once you're ready to book, submit all the details to your event via HeadBox and we'll match you with the best small private dining rooms in London

5. Book Well in Advance:

London's private dining scene is thriving, and spots can get booked up quickly, especially during holidays and weekends. Try to book at least a few weeks in advance to secure your desired date and time.

6. Secure the Booking:

Once you've decided, secure the booking by paying a deposit, if required. Make sure to get a booking confirmation, either in the form of an email or a written contract. This should detail what's included in the price, the date and time of your reservation, the cancellation policy, and any other important information.

7. Communicate Regularly:

Stay in touch with the venue in the lead-up to your event. If there are changes in your guest list or if you need to adjust the menu, timely communication ensures that the venue can accommodate your needs.

Booking a small private dining room in London can be an enjoyable process when you know what steps to follow. By adhering to this guide, you're well on your way to organising a memorable dining experience in one of the world's most vibrant cities.

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner, or simply wanting a unique dining experience, the perfect private dining room in London awaits. Happy booking!

Frequently asked questions

The cost varies greatly depending on the venue and menu. It can range from £30 per head at a modest venue to over £200 per head at a high-end restaurant. Some venues also charge a room hire fee. Always ask for a full breakdown of costs.

For popular venues, it's advisable to book at least two to three months in advance, especially for peak times like weekends or holiday seasons. However, less popular venues may be available at shorter notice.

Some restaurants do allow this, but they typically charge a corkage fee. Always check the restaurant's policy before bringing your own wine.

Yes, many venues in London are fully accessible, but it's essential to check this with the restaurant when making your booking.

Service charges are often added to the final bill, and they're usually around 12.5% in London. Some venues include it in their quoted price, but others don't. Always confirm this when booking.

Absolutely. There are many venues in London that offer private dining rooms for small groups, even as small as two people.

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