The Stafford Wine Cellar
Situated beneath the Stafford Hotel in St. James, the 380 year-old wine cellar accommodates parties of up to 44 for candlelit wine-pairing dinners and wine tastings. The space was built by Lord Francis Godolphin in the 17th century and used as an air raid shelter during the Blitz. Along with a display of artefacts left over from wartime days, the cellar houses 8,000 bottles of fine wine curated by master sommelier Gino Nardella.
The Coral Reef Room at Sexy Fish
Asian-influenced seafood restaurant Sexy Fish on Berkeley Square offers private dining for up to 48 guests seated or 60 standing in its Coral Reef Room. The space features chairs and banquettes upholstered in turquoise leather, a bar of veined white marble and two of the largest live coral reef tanks in the world. The menu includes a range of sushi, robata and other seafood dishes and the bar offers one of the world’s most extensive collections of Japanese whisky.
Aulis at Fera
Located inside Claridge’s, Michelin-starred restaurant Fera offers constantly changing a la carte and tasting menus with the majority of ingredients grown in head chef Simon Rogan’s farm in Cartmel Valley. Aulis is a dining room at Fera from which up to six guests can watch Fera’s chefs cook their dishes to order in the kitchen around them. For private parties, Aulis designs bespoke tasting menus specific to guest’s needs.
The Jungle Room at Blanchette Soho
French bistro Blanchette, located in Soho, offers private dining for up to 14 surrounded by vibrant green jungles and blue lagoons painted by mural artist Aldo Gigli. Available for lunch and dinner reservations, with unique menus featuring seasonal dishes such as Pigs in “Blanchette” and Chicken ‘Basquaise’ with Lardons.
The Captain's Table at Big Easy Canary Wharf
Meant to evoke the dining rooms of the tall ships of the East India Trading Company in the 17th century, this venue accommodates up to 26 in a long oak-panelled room with vintage chandeliers and a private dining terrace with loungers overlooking the wharf. The namesake table is eight metres of hand-carved oak, and the menu features barbecue pork and beef cuts, Nova Scotian lobsters and locally caught seafood.
Renovated in 2015 by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, The Ivy has stood in Covent Garden since 1917. Upstairs, the private dining room features a bespoke bar, harlequin stained glass windows, contemporary art fixtures and a small grand piano. On the menu are 10 four-course meal options or a selection of canapés and small dishes. The space fits up to 60 seated or 100 standing, and a jazz trio is available upon request.
Michelin-starred restaurant Trishna in Marylebone serves coastal Indian cuisine and seafood. The 12-guest private dining room features smoked oak walls and marble floors and opens up into the restaurant’s wine cellar. Customisable a la carte and 5-course tasting menus are available, with wine selections by Trishna’s sommelier.
Bob Bob Ricard
Created by London designer David Collins based on the Royal Dining Carriage of the Orient Express, the private dining room of Bob Bob Ricard in Soho seats 10-16 guests. Waiters in pink uniforms serve luxury Russian and English cuisine with a 16oz Prime Black Angus beef roast available for Sunday lunch. The menu features 18 varieties of champagne, literally available at the press of a button stationed at each table. Children under 12 are not permitted inside.
Kitchen Table at Maze
Created and run by the Gordon Ramsay Group, Maze offers European and Asian-inspired small plates, cocktails and sushi and is housed in the Marriott Grosvenor Square in Mayfair. The Kitchen Table private dining area allows parties of up to six to watch as their meals are made in front of them using fresh seasonal ingredients. Menus change daily and can be customised upon request.
Galvin at Windows
Galvin at Windows occupies the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, offering panoramic views of the London skyline and French haute cuisine. The Balcony private dining room is situated at the bay window of the restaurant with floor-to-ceiling views of Hyde Park and West London for parties of 16-30. Menus can be customised to individual needs, featuring dishes such as seared Orkney scallops in pumpkin purée, roasted saddle of Balmoral venison and filet of Gigha halibut.