Despite its compact size, the City of London is packed with buzzing restaurants and cosy lit rooms for a group dinner. In this post we’ve picked some of our favourites that offer top private dining options for your Christmas and summer events…
Chef Vivek Singh’s city edition to the Cinnamon Kitchen collection sits among the skyscrapers in Devonshire Square, where a new seasonal Indian menu is served among a variety of spaces. A beautiful alfresco terrace sits up to 45 in the warmer months with indoor space for up to 250 among the restaurant.
The South Place Hotel’s Michelin star restaurant is a favourite among the city boasting a rooftop terrace, open kitchen and skyscraper panoramas. The entire restaurant or semi-private areas can be hired including the 14-seater Chef’s View which includes a tour of the kitchen and exclusive tasting menu.
For a sense of the outdoors in a cosy rainproof room, Ivy City Garden provides solace from the busy streets among its instagrammable interiors. The Garden Room can host up to 50 guests looking out over Bishopsgate Gardens.
Laid back and typically British, Coin Laundry is a neighbourhood joint serving classic flavours over two floors. Exposed brick and casual furnishings make it a stylish space for up to 150 guests including a basement bar with a late night license and seating for 60.
Sky Garden’s signature restaurant is a bright, elegant venue for private dinners where up to 40 guests can enjoy classic menus among the luxury interiors. For a secluded standing event, the terrace invites 30-130 guests to drink against the skyline.
Situated in the Old Bengal Warehouse, this stylish space is an intimate backdrop for private events. Tailored tastings can add extra flair to your event among the collection of wine and spirits, perfect for smaller groups or an exclusive hire for 80 guests.
Famous for its fantastic steaks and trademark wooden and leather interiors, Hawksmoor’s city restaurant is a classic choice for a private event. Whether it’s an intimate dinner in their opulent private room for 22 or an exclusive hire for 160, Guildhall guarantees style.
One of London’s most high-end Chinese restaurants, Yauatcha offers a variety of options for group dining. Enjoy the drama of an open work kitchen, overlook Broadgate Circle under a canopy, indulge in impressive cocktails and snack on dim sum. Small groups of 8 to large parties of 320 can be accommodated throughout the restaurant as well as two terraces and two bars.
You can’t picture the City of London without the beloved Gherkin building and so naturally Searcys’ private dining spaces are among city favourites. Aptly named after clouds, the four rooms look out over the capital and can combine to host groups of 18 to 100 guests.
For a completely classic affair, The Mercer offers a smart collection of private dining rooms named after furnishings that feature among their traditional décor. Groups of 6-120 can sit across the two floors with seasonal menus to suit.
For those colder nights, get cosy at The Anthologist where fur cushions and festive foliage take over. As well as semi-private or exclusive restaurant hire, a private dining room rocks a 1950s kitchen for up to 40 guests.
SUSHISAMBA is all about colour, energy and of course great food, all delivered at the peak of 110 Bishopsgate. Private dining can be held in the mezzanine lounge for 40 guests or for a large group, the iconic main dining room accommodates 160 exclusively.
Aviary’s rooftop restaurant is a stylish choice for private dining. Two Penthouse Palm Rooms comes with their own private roof terrace, seating 14 people against the city skyline. Additional spaces include the Aviary Lounge for up to 30 or brightly lit Glass Box where up to 50 people can enjoy drinks.
Split across two floors, Kitty Hawk is available throughout the week for private events with four versatile spaces including a back room wine bar. Small groups will enjoy the privacy of a cosy dining room whilst large groups of 500 can take over the whole venue.
This botanical restaurant is a floral lover’s paradise with a huge choice of event spaces. A chef’s table, private vaults and dining room are just some of what’s on offer among the hidden alcoves and patterned walls. Groups of all sizes can be hosted from intimate dinners of 20 to large groups of 500+.
Spectacular views are matched with an elegant backdrop in City Social’s duo of private dining rooms atop Tower 42. Opulence is guaranteed in their space for 22 whilst a theatrical view into the restaurant kitchen is enjoyed from the Chef’s Table. The entire restaurant can also be hired for up to 300 (120 seated) as well as City Social bar.
For venue enquiries or assistance with your next event, don’t hesitate to contact one of the Banks Sadler team on +44 (0) 207 424 3333