Franco’s review

This iconic Italian restaurant at the top of Jermyn Street has been around for over 60 years. The secret of its success is that it is essentially the Italian restaurant you always hope you will find round the corner, yet so rarely do, and its private room is the same. Located in the basement, what Franco’s private dining room lacks in natural daylight, it more than makes up for in understated Italian trattoria ambience.

From its parquet flooring to the sage green curtains with rust colour trim lining the walls, its large distressed mirrors adding the feeling of space to the room, its classic wall lighting and wine cages at the back of the room – the décor all conspires to create an informal yet elegant and comfortable room. Similarly the simple white tablecloths and napkins, with traditional table settings and armless grey bucket chairs with wooden frames are unpretentious yet add a refined air.

The room also has an LCD TV which can be used for presentations, while the main restaurant’s music can be played or isolated with Ipod docking and CD player for guests to bring their own selections instead. There’s also air conditioning and dimmable lighting to ensure the perfect atmosphere. The room is L-shaped and can be used as two separate rooms, although there is no direct access to the second room, however this can be used for up to 16 while the remainder of the room is used as part of the normal restaurant. In total it seats up to 55 guests.

There’s no room hire, although there may be a minimum spend depending on the time and date of event. Menus are bespoke, created as a limited choice a la carte for over 14 guests, the full a la carte for fewer. Pre-ordering is possible, as are 3-3-3 choice or 4-4-4 choice menus. Breakfast meetings can be arranged from 7am including everything from full English to coffee and pastries.