Private Dining: The Five Finest Discreet Dining Locales in London

While London boasts some of the finest and most opulent restaurants in the world, there are times when only the most exclusive or discreet of dining experiences will do. For times like this, you need a private dining room. From custom-made menus, to your own personal chef, to a switch that changes the interiors to fit your mood, and your own secret entrance: having a secret dining space is only the beginning.

Pearl Restaurant and Bar

Located at celebrity chef Jun Tanaka’s Pearl Restaurant and Bar, Silhouette is a wonderfully elegant and glamorous space for up to 12 guests. Patrons sit intimately around a large circular table on pearlescent leather seating while a breathtaking hand-strung pearl chandelier hangs central to the room. The space was formerly the grand entrance to the Grade II listed building and today there is still something magical about this place that puts everyone in an extravagant and hugely glamorous mood.

252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN. 020 7829 7000

The Dorchester

Over in prestigious Mayfair, The Dorchester hotel has been attracting celebrities, world leaders, and the well connected of British society since the 1930s. London’s original private chef’s room, The Krug Room, is however a surprisingly modern hideaway of red leather and floor-to-ceiling glass screens. The view of the kitchen shows Chef Henry Brosi preparing tailor-made menus but with a flick of a switch, the screen becomes opaque, transforming The Krug Room into a totally private setting.

The Dorchester, Park Lane, London, W1 1QA. 020 7319 7071


With three private dining rooms to choose from and all with a private entrance, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s promises an exclusive and discrete dining experience. In keeping with the rest of this elegant hotel, the Art Deco furnishings exude 1930s sophistication. For those wanting to experience the most exquisite of world-renowned cuisine, private dining menus are available on request. This could easily be private dining in London’s most luxurious restaurant.

Brook Street, London, W1 4HR, 020 7499 0099

Aqua Nueva

Few restaurants can get bigger than the vast 17,000-square-foot space that you’ll find Aqua Nueva. Leaving Regent Street below, you’ll ride an unmarked James Bond-style lift to the fifth floor of the iconic Dickens & Jones building, walk along an enormous illuminated corridor, pass endless chandeliers and glittering lights until finally reaching your ultra-stylish private dining space. Everything here suggests excess, fun, and lavishness.

240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), London, W1B 2EL. 020 7478 0540

Galvin at Windows

Located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows has become renowned for world-class cuisine, superior service, and spectacular views of the city. Chef Andre Garrett has created seasonally inspired menus based around modern French cuisine and earning the restaurant a much deserved Michelin Star. For more intimate dining and for the best views, The Balcony is the place to see and be seen. Indeed, sitting here guarantees that you’ll attract attention.

22 Park Lane, London, W1 1BE. 020 7208 4021