The Private Dining Rooms you need to know
9 November 2018
With the arrival of the proverbial chill that comes along with winter, and the increasing frequency of classic Christmas tunes on the radio; Londoners prepare for the most joyful, and stressful, time of year — the holiday season. 
We all know the very specific anxiety that comes with the weighty responsibility of booking a restaurant for your Christmas dinner. Regardless if you are booking a restaurant for your friends, family  members, or even your old high school mates you haven’t seen in over a decade; one cannot escape the pressure to get it right. After all, Christmas only comes once a year, and Auntie Linda from Shropshire only comes down to London once every two to three years. (phew!) So, if you are the one tasked with the weighty responsibility of booking the venue for Christmas dinner, then we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up some of London’s most stylish private dining rooms, so you don’t have to. These beautiful, spaces are perfect for an intimate yuletide soirée; and will surely impress both the Christmas loving Londoner and the Merry out-of-towner.
1.The Ninth
We’ve already included The Ninth on list of best restaurants, and rightly so. Chef Jun Tanaka certainly hits the spot with this culinary gem in Fitzrovia. The Ninth’s private dining room’s exposed bricks and wine cabinets, low atmospheric lighting, flexible table/seating arrangements, and the perfectly executed fusion menu, make it the perfect spot for an un-pretentious and un-cliché Christmas meal.
2.Merchant’s Tavern 
Located in a converted Victorian Warehouse in Hoxton, at first glance nobody would guess that the Merchant’s Tavern is one of Shoreditch’s best restaurants. Helmed by Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick, the Merchant’s Tavern takes the ‘tavern’ menu to another level. Its private basement dining room, The Storeroom, is a lovely space that can accommodate up to 22 people. Try out the feasting menu, and add some Christmas tunes played on their classic analogue stereo system. 
This Mayfair haunt has taken Indian cuisine to new culinary heights, but their private dining space takes fine-dining to new (literal) lows. Located on the lower ground floor, underneath stunning arched ceilings, Gymkhana’s private two dining vaults features antique mirrored walls, inviting red leather banquettes, and a bespoke Michelin star menu paired with handpicked wines from Gymkhana’s sommelier — now that’s festive. 
4.Coal Rooms 
We love a good conversion, and the Coals Rooms is exactly that. Located in a converted Grade II listed ticket hall in Peckham, the Coal Rooms offers up a hearty meaty menu that will surely fatten you up for the winter. Hailed as the best roast in London, the Coal Rooms features a 40 day aged Sirloin and a melt in your mouth Lamb shoulder. So good it will surely satisfy even the most ravenous gaggle of hungry nieces and nephews. Not to mention, transforming an old ladies loo into one of the most beautiful private dining rooms in Peckham. 
Minus all the first-degree clichés, Luca is a wonderfully contemporary slice of Italy in London. Stepping into Luca’s private garden room is like stepping into a courtyard in the middle of Florence in the summertime. (Luca is also one of Florence Welch’s favourite London spots — so I guess that makes perfect cosmic sense) Their private dining space overlooks the open kitchen, where the sumptuous aromas of pasta al denies and fresh made pesto greet the moment you walk into the door. The romantic garden courtyard is both cozy and atmospheric, and you’d be hard done finding a better private dining room in town. 
Words by Hannah Tan-Gillies 


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