A LOT of new restaurants opened in London in 2016 - which means plenty of new private dining spaces opened up too. We've picked some of the most interesting spaces from 2016 worthy of any party planner's notice. And if that's not enough, you can see what opened in 2014 too.
The hottest new thing
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
This is the latest opening from the people behind The Ivy. What may well be 2015's hottest new restaurant has possibly one of the most impressive private rooms too. Not only does the room have its own private bar, but it has TWO of the largest coral reef tanks in the world and you'll get complimentary flowers too. One to book if you REALLY want to impress people.
Seats: Up to 20-48 or 60 standing.
Menu: One menu for the whole table, with several to choose from.
To book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7307 5904.
65A Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA
We've seen a few restaurants take over sites from banks over the past few years, but few have done it with the style of Blixen in Spitalfields. We particularly like the look of their private dining room which is housed in a room that used to be the bank's safe.
Seats: Up to 18.
Menu: Special menus plus a flexible minimum spend.
To book: Email email@example.com or call 020 7101 0093.
For candelight dinners
21 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 7HA
This new City Italian is from the same people behind the popular Manicomio restaurants and is already winning a lot of fans, including Grace Dent. Their private room is in the basement surrounded by wine cages and with some pretty moody lighting too.
Social Wine and Tapas
39 James Street, London W1U 1EB
We were quite impressed with Jason Atherton's latest and as with most of his restaurants, there are private dining options. You can either opt for a wine tasting in the top floor tasting room or you can match that with tapas either there or in the basement semi-private room.
Seats: 8 in the Tasting Room and 10 in the semi-private basement room
To book: Call 020 7920 7901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who don't like to queue
Barrafina Drury Lane
43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AJ
The latest in the much beloved series of Barrafinas (which offer some of, if not the, best tapas in town) is the second to come with a private room. This one features a small bar and kitchen too, so you can bring some of the theatre from upstairs to the party. Most of the dishes here are sharing dishes such as the whole milk fed lamb. And there are a range of pinxtos to pick at for a party too.
Seats: Between 8 and 28 on one or two tables.
To book: Email email@example.com or telephone 020 7440 1456
For elegant city folk
The Alphabeta Building, 14 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AH
The new Modern Pantry sees Anna Hansen come to the City with a restaurant that we loved for its eclectic menu. At the far end of the main restaurant is a huge room, flooded with light if you're here for a lunch, that can be closed off for privacy, yet still have the vibe of the main restaurant.
Seats: The private room can seat up to 24 (with a minimum of 20).
Menu: A set menu is provided and must be ordered in advance.
To book: Call them on 020 3696 6565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For high-end Indian
73 St. James's Street, London SW1A 1PH
The original Chutney Mary in Chelsea was pretty special, but this relocated version is impressive as well, with no expense spared, including two pretty huge private dining rooms. There's a small bar in each, so you can gather for pre-meal drinks.
Seats: The Club room can seat 18-32 on one or two tables and the Crystal Room seats 10-16.
To book: Use their online form.
For BBC (and nearby) folk
113 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QQ
Portland has been hugely popular since it opened, not least with the nearby BBC but also getting a VERY rare full marks from AA Gill. The seasonal menu has five seasonal shared starters followed by a main and dessert chosen for the table.
Seats: 8-16 people.
Menu: A £50 set menu for the whole table.
To book: Use their online form.
Smith & Wollensky
The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam St, London WC2N 6HT
This is the first UK restaurant from the popular US steakhouse and they've taken over the rather lovely Adelphi building, just off the Strand. It's very plush inside and has three private rooms of varying sizes, depending on how big your shindig is.
Seats: Churchill: 28, Roosevelt: 50, Liberty: 25 (more if standing).
To book: Apply with their form.
For a Fitzrovian party
Percy & Founders
1 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF
This new restaurant just off Oxford Street and with an ex Murano chef features all manner of private and semi-private rooms - pretty much the entire place can be booked one way or another. But it's the Percy's Den which strikes us as the main room here - properly private and with its own stocked bar. .
Seats: Percy's Den seats up to 25.
To book: Email email@example.com or call 020 3815 6700.
For being down by the river
Le Pont de la Tour
36G Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
Le Pont de la Tour has long been a riverside favourite but it also got a massive revamp this year and a lot of new fans to boot. The two private rooms got an overhaul too - there's the Salon Privé at the end of the restaurant and a semi-private room by the wine cellar (surrounded by wines).
Seats: Salon Privé up to 20 and the wine cellar up to 30.
To book: Call 020 7940 1833 or use their online form.
A classic revamped
1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ
While quite a few restaurants are getting a new lick of paint at the moment, the extremely lavish revamp of The Ivy was the one that really turned everyone's heads. The newly revamped restaurant is very hot once again and the upstairs private room also got a complete overhaul too by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The biggest change is the newly added bar but the whole room has been changed - while still feeling unmistakably like the Ivy.
Seats: Up to 60.
To book: Call 020 7307 5783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org