Whether it's a birthday, a corporate event or just an intimate catch up with friends, the scope for private dining is vast and varied, particularly in the heart of London. To give you a taste of what's on the menu, we've picked our top venues to suit a variety of occasions, from business lunches to company dinners.
No need for an appetite for venue-finding: you'll find all you need here. From upmarket pubs to elegant State rooms, feast your eyes on these fantastic spots and get ready to treat your guests to an evening they won't forget!
The Italian Greyhound is on course to be one of the top contenders for our favourite private dining space in London. Located in the enviable environs of Marylebone, and with a tastefully minimal interior, the atmosphere of this artistic haven is miles ahead of the pack. And don't let the unassuming decor fool you: the freshly-prepared, authentic Italian food created here each day is out-of-this world - we bet it'll have your guests hounding you for another invitation!
Capacity: 50 dining
Brewers' Hall is a fantastic choice for private dining events if you're looking for something more traditional. Not only does this historic venue boast incredibly picturesque and stunning Tudor architecture, but its comfortable dining rooms make it the perfect place to enjoy a meal with colleagues or friends.
With award-winning catering and a choice of locations, ranging from intimate dining spaces to the large Livery Hall for larger banquets, it's the ideal venue for an unforgettable evening or lunchtime event. Plus, with easy access to convenient public transport hubs, you'll have no problem getting guests home!
Capacity: 86 dining
Aquavit London is a perfect choice for private dining events, with its award-winning Nordic menu featuring the finest seafood, game and Scandinavian delicacies. From stunning terraces to spectacular spaces, every minute detail has been carefully crafted to offer a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting an intimate dinner party, guests will be able to enjoy an atmosphere of sophistication and style.
Location: Piccadilly Circus
Capacity: 100 dining
For something a little more intimate and exclusive, check out the sumptuous secret space in Malmaison London. Malmaison's private dining room is located within the Chez Mal restaurant on the lower ground floor of this Grade II listed hotel. Comfortably seating up to 14 guests with three feature walls of antique mirrors, the private dining room offers flexible levels of privacy, perfect for discreet business lunches or a more relaxed occasion that allows the restaurant atmosphere to flow through.
Capacity: 14 dining
You'll find Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street in the centre of the hustle and bustle of the City. It's a firm favourite for business lunches and corporate dining, as it serves up a perfect blend of ambient surroundings and truly impressive food, all with a side of comfortable seating and views across the restaurant's floor.
The mezzanine level can be hired exclusively for larger events, or you can opt for exclusive use of the venue's double-heighted, glass-fronted restaurant space. With bespoke menus designed by Raymond Blanc, the venue provides an elegant dining experience that puts French cuisine front and centre.
Capacity: 140 dining
If you're after something grand and elegant, The Insurance Hall is a stunning backdrop for a private dining event, with oak panelling, an abundance of natural light, and stained glass windows charting the history of insurance companies, past and present.
The venue also features plenty of tech to take your dining event up a notch, including an automated blackout system, adjustable lighting, and a 13ft front projection screen. With a reception lobby to welcome guests, and a fixed stage in the Great Hall, it's an impressive spot for large private events - and lunch locations don't get much more convenient than this central venue!
Capacity: 160 dining
The National Liberal Club is a seriously sumptuous venue for private dining, offering a blend of Victorian splendour and modern versatility. The Club's stately rooms, adorned with period features and elegant details, provide a backdrop of timeless elegance for any event - including a grand piano once played by Rachmaninov.
The Dining Room, with a capacity for up to 200 guests, is perfect for larger celebrations, and the NLC's impeccable service ensures that every dining experience is seamless, making it an ideal choice for those seeking an event with a real sense of occasion and grandeur!
Location: Charing Cross
Capacity: 120 dining
So there you have it: 7 fabulous venues for hosting a seriously special Central London private dining event. From the ornate to the excitingly modern, these spaces are guaranteed to offer up the ideal spot to entertain your guests.
If you've found your choice among our specials of the day, enquire with the venue for availability. Still browsing the menu? Check out the other top London private dining spots we can serve up, or get in touch at the button below for some more suggestions. Bon appetit!
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