Jan 28, 2022

Private Dining In London

Introduction to booking private dining rooms in London

The ending of England’s Plan B regulations on 27th January signalled the full relaxation of Covid restrictions in England. As a result of this welcome move London restaurants with private dining rooms are witnessing a surge in enquiries for group dining events.

Booking a private room at a restaurant in the capital city can often seem a formidable challenge, not least of all due to the sheer number of venues in the many districts of London and the diverse range of cuisines on offer to suit differing budgets ranging from gastro pubs and casual dining restaurants to some of the best private dining rooms and Chef’s Tables at decidedly pricey upmarket & Michelin starred restaurants in London.
Corporate organisations booking private restaurant rooms are used to doing so – such is the popularity of private dining for corporate events in London – but for many people this is the first time that they will have booked a private dining room for a group dining event with family or friends such as a birthday celebration, hen or stag party meal, afternoon tea or wedding reception meal posing a lot of questions which we will attempt to answer in this article.

What is private dining?

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Private dining is quite simply an event where guests are able to dine in the privacy of a space away from other restaurant guests. Such private event spaces are typically designated private dining rooms, sealed off from other restaurant users by a closed door, sometimes on a different level from the main restaurant such as a floor above. Other private dining event spaces are semi-private dining rooms separated from the main restaurant by curtains or screens or in a raised level or alcove. For the right price, many London restaurants are also available for private exclusive hire.

What is a private restaurant?

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Restaurants offering exclusive hire are essentially operating a private restaurant service – i.e. the only diners in the restaurant are those invited to the private dining event. Holding a group dining event with exclusive hire of a restaurant serves to emphasise the exclusivity of the event and London restaurants with a range of capacities for private dining events are often available for exclusive private hire. Whilst being suitable for smaller events of up to 50 guests, restaurant exclusive takeover is particularly suited for larger private dining events of up to 150 guests.

Which restaurants have private rooms?

Whilst it is true to say that not all restaurants and pubs in London have private function rooms, a large number of them do. It is always worth checking on a restaurant’s website whether they have a ‘Private Dining’ or ‘Events’ link on their navigation bar as restaurants with private dining rooms will always generally show that they do on their website.

How much does private dining cost?

It is normal for a restaurant to charge a room hire fee for use of their private dining room. Whilst most restaurants charge a room hire fee others waive the fee entirely or do so based on agreed minimum spend.

Guides to booking private dining events in London

Our guide to booking London private dining rooms goes into more detail on private function rooms at venues in the capital and our definitive guide to private dining event planning details everything that you need to know on the subject but were afraid to ask.

Established in 2008, Private Dining Rooms is the oldest and most trusted online resource for booking private dining rooms at restaurants, hotels & gastropubs in London and cities throughout the United Kingdom. Our venue finding service is free of charge and we can be contacted by telephone on 020 7305 5044.