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
Searcys Knightsbridge is the perfect hideaway for your private dinner or drinks reception. With the ability to host a maximum of 100 guests for a dinner and 200 guests for a drinks reception, 30 Pavilion Road is the perfect venue for your exclusive event. Invite guests to the Library for Champagne and canapes before guiding them to the spacious Ballroom for dinner. Whether you are celebrating a private party or a corporate dinner, Searcys at 30 Pavilion Road is the ideal venue for you.
The Reading room is perfect for private dinners because the room has a wonderful high ornate ceiling, a central chandelier, large windows and a stunning view of the Mall over to Horse Guards Parade. The alcove section in the Reading room is perfect for a pre dinner reception and the main space can either be a boardroom dinner or on our round tables.
Located above the hustle and bustle of St Pancras International Station, opulence and sophistication exude from this truly hidden gem. Our restaurant can be transformed into a spectacular private dining space for exclusive hire for any occasion, from corporate events, Christmas Parties, birthdays or any private dinner you may be planning for your occasion. Select one of our seasonal menus or have us create you a bespoke package to suit your requirements.
Room 30 houses the Gallery's most iconic Spanish paintings by artists such as Veláquez and Zurbarán, including the fabled Rokeby Venus. Situated just beyond the Central Hall, Room 30 is a perfect space that can host an elegant reception for up to 300 guests or a dinner for 220 guests.
The Ivory Vaults are perfectly situated for private parties, as well as exclusive or shared corporate events. Our in-house catering team can offer your own bespoke menu produced in our large on-site kitchen. Our style of food can be drawn from anywhere in the world - modern British to rustic Italian; spicy Moroccan to authentic Indian. Catering options include formal dining, buffet, canapés, shared platters, bowl and finger food. We offer bespoke packages for corporate events or larger productions and venue finders who are looking for a unique historic venue situated in central London.
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).