The Jimmy Marks Room at Wiltons

Wiltons on Jermyn Street is the embodiment of what many pre-conceptions of traditional English restaurant would be and the private room does not disappoint. Walking through the oyster bar and green banquette-lined main restaurant, London’s second oldest dining rooms has lost none of its charm – in fact it has aged gracefully and matured with the passing years.

The private room is through the main restaurant and has its own cloakroom, which can also be used as a space to provide guests with a drink before entering the main private dining room. The room’s sand coloured walls are complemented by the rusty red and brown flecks in the similarly coloured thick pile carpet, while the heavy red velvet curtains match the high backed padded chairs and give the room a warm and cosy feel. It could be a dining room in a grand old house – a feeling added to by the artwork, which features a huntsman on a horse hanging proudly above the fireplace at the end of the room and other black and white prints of markets and architectural ruins. The long boardroom style table, which seats up to 20, is covered with white linen tablecloths, and laid with sliver cutlery, candelabras and other stylish tableware as well as Wedgwood china plates. The mahogany sideboard features two lamps with oversize cream shades, again adding to the luxury domestic feel – it’s decadent but not intimidating or stuffy. The room is often used for small wedding receptions, celebrating special events and work dinners and lunches as well as board meetings. It’s telling that this room is often used for low key celebratory lunches after people have received honours from the Queen, a stone’s throw away at Buckingham Palace.

There’s no room hire but there is a minimum spend of £1,500 plus service charge of 15%. Set menus are priced per dish, with the selection providing a range of Wilton’s favourites like native lobster cocktail, Dover sole, and Wiltons fish pie as options, although there is also a three course Wiltons choice menu for £100 including coffee and petit fours. As one would expect with London’s second oldest restaurant, provenance is of the highest importance with Wiltons priding itself on sourcing the best of the best from its fish and meat to its service and even its crockery.

Worth noting is Wilton’s lift to the lower ground floor toilets, providing full disabled access, as are the double doors that separate the area from the main restaurant, cloakroom and private dining room affording the utmost privacy to guests, making it ideal for board dinners or those that want to feel truly secluded.