At the back of this gem on St James’ is the private dining room at Avenue. With a glass window looking out onto the main restaurant and a glass back wall looking out onto Crown’s Passage, it has a clean fresh feel – a great fishbowl to look out from whilst being able to draw the white blinds on both sides for privacy when needed.
The restaurant, which once held the title of the longest bar in London, has been around for 18 years and has established itself as a firm favourite among local businesses and theatre-goers alike. Pre-dinner drinks can be held for private parties at sectioned off areas of the bar, before moving to the private dining room. The main restaurant’s clean white walls are contrasted by the maroon red walls of the private dining room but the artwork remains the same throughout – a collection of works which are for sale and change every two months. The room is simply laid out with linen table cloths, modern minimalist grey and white show plates, with grey water glasses and white and red chairs. Simple flower arrangements are standard, but can be upgraded on request. The room seats 16 on an oval table, 20 in a rectangle or 35 for a standing reception.
There’s no room hire or minimum spend for parties of over ten guests. For fewer than ten guests there’s a minimum spend of £300 for lunch and £500 for dinner. The seasonally changing menus start at £39 for three courses from a 4-6 choice menu and there’s also a two course lunch option for £25. Breakfast meetings start at £20 per person. The raised glass lined balcony area to the left of the private dining room can also be used as a semi private dining area for up to 24 guests, although this is the only part of the restaurant where there is no disabled access, being up four steps. Throughout July and August, Avenue offer their private dining room guests a complimentary champagne reception for up to 20 guests prior to their event.