Best Private Dining Rooms in Covent Garden
We love Covent Garden! It’s always buzzing and one of the most densely populated areas in the world when it comes to great eateries. There’s barely a road in the area that doesn’t host a fabulous restaurant and there’s every kind of cuisine you could wish for.
And its rich pickings for fabulous private rooms too, from cosy and intimate hideaways to large function spaces perfect for big bashes and cast parties.
Lap up the area’s theatrical roots with events in private rooms at American themed Joe Allen, with its oak clad, red brick basement walls adorned with original theatre posters, there’s room for 50 seated or 70 as a canapé reception – full menus start from just £30. Equally Tuttons, with its enviable position on The Piazza the recent refurbishment has drawn deep from its theatrical heritage. Its private rooms – Vaults 1 and 2 – seat 18 and 28 and there’s no room hire or minimum spend. Set menus start at £35p/p.
Around the corner it says it all that the private rooms at Rules are named after ‘old regulars’ Graham Greene and John Betjeman. With its decades of playing host to after-show parties and celebrity bashes, its oak panelling, red leather, antlers, sketch artwork and silverware all play host to quintessentially British fare and classic service. The private rooms hold 18 (with room for a reception) and 10 respectively – our top tip is the new daily delegate rate of just £90 – perfect for meetings, brainstormings and readings.
Other iconic spaces that we can’t miss out include The Ivy and its private room for 32-60 seated (100 standing) which takes art deco style and Englishness to another level. We also love the twinkly beauty of Clos Maggiore –London’s most romantic restaurant – which hosts an elegant first floor private room for up to 23 guests seated (30 standing). There’s no room hire and the multi-award-winning wine list is guaranteed to provide something for everyone. The three course lunch menus are a steal at £35, while dinner starts at an equally impressive £45.
Views, Glitz & Glamour
We also love Brasserie Blanc for the best views in Covent Garden, Little B private room’s conservatory style overlooks the Royal Opera House and is perfect for a variety of events, from seated (20) to standing receptions of up to 30 and all accompanied by their French inspired menu created by Raymond Blanc.
For contemporary Spanish tapas Barrafina has two sites in the area, in Drury Lane and Adelaide Street. Their private rooms both have open kitchen views and seat between 8 and 32 guests and the latter even features a chef’s table. The Delaunay’s two private rooms for 8 and 14 provide an elegant spot for intimate dining or convenient bolt hole for meetings in this bustling area. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, here’s no room hire but there is a variable minimum spend.
For a touch more pomp and circumstance Browns Courtrooms on St Martin’s Lane with four private rooms seating from 12-100 are guaranteed to provide a uniquely glamorous backdrop to any event. It’s even got a civil license so brides and grooms can be ‘sentenced’ (to a life of bliss!) together.
For more glitz than twinkle we recommend Balthazar and Asia di Cuba. Balthazar sports its own separate entrance as well as their fab first floor private room for 60 guests seated and menus start at just £50 for three courses (inc tea, coffee & petit fours).
These venues have great ‘wow’ factor and are perfect for after-parties, celebrations, all sorts of partying as well as smaller meetings and intimate dining.