Whether gathering friends and loved ones together for a celebratory occasion or arranging a smart business lunch, a well-appointed private dining room that combines excellent food with style and exacting service is essential. From delicious, tailor-made menus served in chic, exclusive enclaves to more laid-back but preciously personal arrangements, our selection of London’s best private dining rooms are all within a stone’s throw of Hotel 41, opposite Buckingham Palace. Here are our recommended private dining rooms in London for your next special get-together.
The Rubens at the Palace
Home to a chic portfolio of some of London’s most prestigious private dining rooms, The Rubens at the Palace offers personalised service alongside a carefully curated menu of elegant courses. It’s really the thoughtful touches and attention to detail that sets The Rubens at the Palace’s Private Dining experience apart. An exclusive team of staff ensures that every need is met, from preparing the perfect Dirty Martini to presenting a côte de boeuf precisely to requirements.
The airy atmosphere of the Conservatory at Daphne’s, situated in well-heeled South Kensington lends this private dining room a relaxed charm. Dishes here are exquisitely prepared and feature comforting British classics with Italianate twists. Cornish lamb is served with salsa verde, and crisp rosemary roast potatoes are a popular side. Seating up to 50, it’s ideal for a friendly, laid-back gathering with a sophisticated edge.
The Private Room at The Ivy in Covent Garden is a smart oak-panelled enclave designed with exacting tastes in mind by Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki. Situated above the celebrated restaurant, which has been a popular haunt among celebrities and artists since its humble beginnings as an Italian café in 1917, this is one of London’s most coveted private dining rooms. Alongside a well-executed menu of British classics, The Ivy’s signature stained-glass windows and a gleaming well-stocked bar that lend this establishment its charm. Request a jazz trio to accompany a convivial lunch or intimate soirée for added sophistication.
Bob Bob Ricard, Soho
Bob Bob Ricard does indulgence exceedingly well. Its interiors are all sumptuous velvet drapes, ambient lighting and Art Deco finishes reminiscent of the Orient Express. It’s delivered with a wicked sense of humour, with its “Press for Champagne” buttons an anecdotal quirk. The private dining room is modelled on the Royal Dining Carriage of the esteemed train, and seats between nine and 16 guests. Menus are an interesting medley of Russian and British classics, such as beef wellington and chicken Kiev, served, of course, with plenty of fizz.
The City is the beating pulse of the capital’s financial district, and it’s here that the self-proclaimed “best steakhouse in London” is situated. Hawksmoor seats up to 22 people in its exclusive wood-panelled private dining room. The steak here is butter-soft, the seafood is ocean-fresh, and the wines are expertly paired. For larger parties up to 160, exclusive venue hire is also available.
For easy access to London’s best private dining rooms, stay at Red Carnation Hotels’ Hotel 41.
Image credits: lead image © Paul Winch-Furness. Private room at the Rubens © Red Carnation Hotels. Daphne's private dining room © Paul Winch-Furness. Bob Bob Ricard private dining room © Bob Bob Ricard.