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The Best Private Dining Rooms In London

Hosting a special event? Happily CF has rounded up our favourite restaurants in London with private dining rooms.

Whether for a birthday, office Christmas lunch, or simply an intimate catch up with your favourite people, a private dining room adds a sense of occasion to proceedings.

1. Scotts, Mayfair


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Fans of Scott’s famous shellfish and seafood menu, can enjoy it privately in a more intimate setting. The Private Room accommodates groups of 24 guests seated on one long table, or 40 seated on round tables. The decor is suitably grand, walls are clad with gilded and painted glass mirrors, making the space feel even larger and more decadent. The tropical fish tank bar topped with marble is a true centre piece too.

2. 104 Restaurant, Notting Hill


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If you’ve ever dreamed of having the whole restaurant to yourself, the charming 104 Restaurant in Notting Hill is the place to go. Small and discreet, it can accommodate a party size of up to 14. A fuss-free but delicious menu starts at a modest £70 per person, including canapés. Perfect for an intimate birthday dinner, or hen do, simply plug in your own music and go from dinner to dance floor without needing to change venues.

3. Daphne’s, Kensington


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An institution in Kensington, Daphne’s is one of the most romantic restaurants in London, serving as a local bistro to a well-heeled crowd. The elegant Conservatory can accommodate up to 32 guests for a private lunch or dinner, or 50 for a drink and canapés celebration. It is a truly versatile space; in summer, the retracting roof creates an al fresco feel, whilst in winter a blazing fire makes for a cosy haven as guests feast on plentiful portions of pasta.

4. Wild By Tart, Victoria


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Don’t be put off that this warehouse-cum-restaurant is situated in the direct vicinity of Victoria Coach Station, it has become one of the coolest venues for fashion insider parties and off-beat weddings. Founded by Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison, the duo behind bespoke catering company Tart London, food is unpretentious and seasonal, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. There are three private-hire options: the foliage-festooned Mezzanine or The Studio for smaller gatherings, whilst exclusive hire of the entire venue is available for larger crowds.

5. Spring, Somerset House


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Set within in the New Wing of the hallowed Somerset House, a dedicated event coordinator at Spring will ensure every detail of your private event or evening is covered. The Salon – a light-flooded atrium – sits up to 36 guests. Plenty of greenery and strings of fairy lights make for an ethereal, soothing setting. And as for the food? The delectable menu is head chef Skye Gyngell’s love letter to seasonal produce.

6. Brunswick House, Vauxhall

The crumbling grandeur of an antique-filled Georgian mansion, built for the Duke of Brunswick in 1758, provides a feast for the eyes before you even get to the food. Indeed, it is home to Lassco antiques, so it’s populated with chandeliers, eclectic furniture, and conversation-provoking objets aplenty. Hearty British fare is the order of the day and there are many private-dining options from an über-cool wine cellar to The Saloon which seats 72.

7. Blanchette, Soho


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Perfectly sized for an intimate catch up with friends, Blanchette is a hidden gem in Soho on the unassuming D’Arblay Street. The Jungle Room can cosily host a lunch or dinner of 14 guests, against the backdrop of a hand-painted rainforest-themed mural by artist Aldo Gigl. In this dimly lit atmospheric space, tuck in to moreish moules frites and endless glasses of Pouilly-Fuisse.

8. London Shell Co, Paddington


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For an immersive dining experience, the London Shell Co offers a scenic five-course fish supper on its canal-boat restaurant, setting out on a three-hour cruise from the Paddington Basin, past London Zoo, and all the way down to Camden. Dine on hearty fare of fish and chips, smoked cod’s roe, and Cornish hake. Each trip can cater for up to 35 people.

9. HIDE, Piccadilly


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You don’t have to be a large group at Hide – the architecturally impressive three-story restaurant of Michelin-starred Ollie Dabbous – to get the exclusivity of private dining. There are a number of private-dining spaces to choose from: The Broken Room holds a mere four people, whilst The Shadow Room and Reading Room each seat six. If you are catching up with friends after a long time, and don’t want to compete with the frenetic buzz of other people’s conversations, then be sure to seek out Hide.

10. Quo Vadis, Soho


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Quo Vadis is an iconic landmark in Soho, and the perfect location for raucous dinner parties and debauchery. Open for members and non-members alike, the pastel green Marx Room is named after its famous former inhabitant Karl Marx. Open until late, there’s no knowing where the night will take you after…

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