The five private dining rooms situated on level 38 of the iconic Gherkin building offer unforgettable views of the London skyline. Booked individually, the cloud-inspired rooms are ideal for intimate dining celebrations for up to 20 guests. Private dining events at The Gherkin are lavishly catered for with bespoke breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that bring to life Searcys' passion for British produce and seasonality.
Lord's are opening the doors of the Player's Home Dressing Room as a brand new event space at the Home of Cricket. Located within the historic Pavilion, the Dressing Room is a completely unique venue to hire. Overlooking the world-famous pitch and most recently the scene of England's sensational ICC Men's Cricket World Cup victory, the Dressing Room can be transformed into intimate events for up to 12 guests with a six-course menu or receptions for up to 40 people catered for by the award-winning in-house team. The Dressing Room presents a truly unique opportunity to host events.
An intimate, central London setting with book-lined walls, The Seamus Heaney Library in named after the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, playwright and translator, who was a regular guest at the hotel and personally opened the refurbished room in July 2011. A unique and atmospheric space, it houses hundreds of first editions dating from the 1930s as well as a range of 20th century classics. The air conditioned wood-panelled room has ample natural daylight and is furnished with Lutyens designed "spider back" chairs, parquet floors and a long oak table
Most people would agree that there is nothing better than a slap up meal. All of life’s major milestones and celebrations are almost always centred around food and more and more people are turning to private dining rooms to take the hassle out of hosting.
Private dining rooms provide a unique and intimate setting for your guests and you can tailor your dining experience to suit almost any occasion, large or small. Here at Hire Space our selection of top restaurants and tasting venues is guaranteed to get your mouth watering.
Planning the perfect private dining party is far from a walk in the park, but it’s definitely a lot of fun. Whether you’re organising an afternoon tea in a leafy garden courtyard or a large corporate party, the devil is most definitely in the details. Tips and tricks for hiring a private dining room or restaurant:
Writing a guest list will help you create a budget and find the right-sized venue (a small private dining room for 20 people, an entire restaurant for a large group, etc.)
Think outside the box. You no longer need to limit yourself to traditional restaurants and hotels, although they are the obvious and most straightforward option, be creative and you will find lots of alternative options such as loft spaces, outdoor terraces, galleries, studios, theatres and pop up restaurants.
Think about the type of space that would best suit your event. What vibe are you trying to create? Rustic & family or high-end luxe?
Would you want to use an external catering or restaurant? Shortlist venues that offer the style of food you’d like at your event. Are you interested in locally sourced, field to fork fare or more traditional options; Italian, British, Nordic, fusion, etc.
Don’t forget to ask your guests for dietary requirements in advance of the event. Find out if you can do a menu tasting and whether the in-house catering team can accommodate special dietary requirements (halal, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, etc.)
Make sure you know what is and isn’t included in your booking (ask about what furniture and equipment you can use, as well as who’ll provide the linen, tableware and service staff). Some venues can also have hidden fees and charges such as corkage, service and waste disposal fees, cake-cutting fee, late licence fee, etc.) and if VAT is included.
Find out if there are any vendor restrictions (some venues may have noise or decor restrictions, or penalise you if the clean up is unsatisfactory)
Think about any special requirements you have (i.e. do you need a piano, AV equipment, a stage?). Consider whether you need a rain plan (this is essential if you intend to hold your private dining event outdoors).