For those of you who enjoy interacting with the kitchen team, you’ll get no better chance than at Aulis. Every diner at this tiny eight-seater Simon Rogan restaurant sits up at the counter in front of the kitchen. The main man’s trusted team offers an experimental foodie experience like no other. Up to eight people can enjoy learning about their food while it’s being cooked, and trying a carefully paired array of wines. Pricier than other options on this list, this is an experience to be savoured by a small party of fine diners.
16a St Anne’s Court, Soho, W1F 0BF
Great for a leisurely dinner with a hint of extravagance, Black Roe is a modern Asian Poke bar and grill in the heart of Mayfair. Private diners eat in the Rambutan Room, which will transport you to eastern Asia with its deep red interior and onyx dining table. Menus showcasing the best of Black Roe can be tailored to your group’s taste, with drinks supplied by the resident mixologist.
4 Mill Street, Mayfair, W1S 2AX
A big player in Soho’s competitive pool of pan-Asian restaurants, Japanese-Peruvian hybrid Chotto Matte has a modest menu of sharing dishes available in one of its private dining spaces. The Lava Room has its own Dispense and Tostadita Raw Bar, as well as its own waiting staff. A top choice for sushi lovers.
11-13 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4RB
This 18th-century Soho townhouse has five distinctive rooms for a range of events from small romantic dinners to large-scale birthday celebrations. The four-seater Chefs’ Room is the most sought after, with dark-wood wine-stocked cabinets adorning its walls. With carefully chosen period furniture and individualistic design in each room, you’ll feel like you’ve fallen into a live-action game of Cluedo.
21 Romilly Street, Soho, W1D 5AF
Gezellig translates as ‘an atmosphere, which allows good times to happen’. This restaurant has two private dining rooms, each decorated in an eclectic style that will make you and your companions feel as if you’re sat in the comfort of your own home. Only you’re not: you’ll be in a stylish hotspot, dining on a menu of classic European dishes. The Library seats up to 16 people and is a great choice for a cosy winter supper.
193-197 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7BD
If you’re familiar with steamed bun specialist Bao, this is its foxier sister restaurant in Soho. The table tops can be converted into the Chinese tile game Mahjong – after you’ve enjoyed a selection of Taiwanese bites. The set menu in the private Mahjong rooms boasts dishes not available on the main menu. For a reasonable price, diners get three hours to enjoy everything on offer.
30 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DL
CHARLES DICKENS MUSEUM
Dine where great novels were once written – at the London home of Charles Dickens. Dinner guests get the chance to look at a collection of Dickens’ belongings and explore his home. This dining experience is run by the Social Pantry and is part of its collection of great party venues.
48-49 Doughty Street, Holborn, WC1N 2LX
THE IVY COVENT GARDEN
At the original Ivy, the private room has had a refurb. It now features a flamboyant bespoke bar surrounded with contemporary artwork. Chef Gary Lee’s menus change seasonally and can be adapted to suit your event. Music can feature as well, with the option of a jazz band or pianist.
1-5 West Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9NQ
The last word in refined urban hotels, the Hoxton is a serene space that has been cleverly designed with guests in mind. The Dining Room is spacious and versatile for any type of event you want to create. It can hold up to 12 people and is well equipped to take you from board meeting into dinner party.
81 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HU