May 11, 2021

Reopening of London Private Dining Rooms on 17th May

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday that indoor hospitality at restaurants and pubs in England will recommence on 17th May.

The announcement confirmed the next step in lockdown easing – officially known as Step 3 – as originally set out in the roadmap for easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England of 22nd February 2021.

Private Dining Rooms in London Open For Business

The green light for the resumption of indoor hospitality caused event venues to breathe a huge collective sigh of relief as it signals the return of private dining events to London.

The Rule of Six Indoors

The latest relaxation of lockdown means that people will be allowed to meet indoors at English restaurants and pubs in (a) groups of up to six people from mixed households and (b) larger groups from no more than two households.

Wedding & civil partnership receptions and other significant life events of up to 30 guests in a Covid-secure indoor event space will be allowed from 17th May onwards with up to 30 guests allowed outdoors.

Restrictions on groups of people from mixed households dining outdoors will also be removed with effect from Monday 17th May, subject to a limit of thirty people.

Private Dining Room Guidelines After 17th May

This new step of Covid-19 lockdown easing means that private dining rooms in London will reopen from 17th May, subject to the Rule of 6 per table.

This will permit indoor group dining events of more than 30 guests seated at tables of up to six guests per table with 1 metre social distancing between tables.

Private Dining Rooms are working closely with London restaurants regarding industry interpretation of the Step 3 lockdown easing guidelines.

We will be publishing updates until 21st June 2021 when the final Step 4 complete relaxation of lockdown restrictions regarding the number of guests permitted at private dining events in London is due to be applied.

For help in finding a venue for your event you can call the Private Dining Rooms events team on 020 7305 5044 or email us via our free Venue Finding Service contact page.