The biggest party of the year deserves something special and nothing feels more exclusive than wining and dining the night away with your nearest and dearest in one of London’s lavish private dining rooms. With a number of top chefs and hip restaurants under its wing, British cuisine has really come to the forefront and you are spoilt for choice in the capital. So whether it’s the latest hot spot or an age-old institution, for the food or the decor, we’ve made it easy for you by picking out our favourite private rooms for a luxurious New Year’s Eve bash.
When Mayfair’s favourite pub re-opened its doors in October they added a new private room for up to 14 to their dining repertoire. Head upstairs to The Club and you’ll stumble into an opulent room that resembles a Victorian art collector’s den dripping with chandeliers and antiques. Combine this with a New Year menu of game and rich British cuisine and you have a recipe for a luxurious evening soiree in one of London’s most opulent districts.
Stylish New Year revellers in search of extreme decadence will fall head-over-heels for the new Club Room at Bob Bob Ricard. Made to the original David Collins design, which took inspiration from the dining carriages of the British Royal Train, it’s a riot of glass and mirrors complete with ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons where 16 guests can clink glasses over dishes of British and Russian cuisine.
If you’re looking for understated glamour then select 10 good friends and head to Marcus Wareing’s Knightsbridge stronghold. One of Britain’s finest Michelin-starred chefs, Marcus has given his Chef’s Table a recent spruce-up with a more laidback set up opening directly onto the main dining room. Although not entirely private, you get to savour his award-winning food served upon a striking white porcelain table and enjoy front row seats to all the kitchen action.
East London has its own fair share of gastronomic hot spots but The Council Room offers a truly unique dining experience. Housed within the old Town Hall, it was formerly the Council Chamber and today up to 20 people can hold culinary council surrounded by the tiered rows of green leather seats and desks. Mix this with the exquisitely creative food from the Corner Room restaurant and you have the makings of a stylish New Year to remember.
Located in the heart of London’s theatre land, The Ivy is a long-celebrated favourite of the capital’s intelligentsia, you can’t get more sophisticated than The Private Room. Inside is an ode to classic British gentry with wood panelling, stained glass windows and a baby grand piano to welcome you. Head Chef Gary Lee is London born-and-bred and serves up modern British dishes worthy of any special occasion.
For those looking for a truly show-stopping dining experience then The Ritz is a benchmark of glamour in London and has been a go-to for the glitterati since 1906. The William Kent Room is its signature private dining space and comes ornately decorated in Italian Renaissance style in shades of regal red and gold. It also boasts glorious views over Green Park as you and 23 guests banquet on Executive Chef John Williams MBE’s exquisite British fare around the hand-crafted mahogany table.
You have no less than seven different private options at the legendary Mosimann’s – already a world renowned dining institution and Royal Warrant holder – but our favourite has to be the Garrad room nestled in the building’s domed belfry. For over 275 years, esteemed British jewellers, Garrad, have been adorning nobility and royalty with their magnificent gems and this private room pays homage to the name with arches of soaring silver, a glittering silver fireplace and silk-covered walls.
Nicole Harley is Editor at The Epicurean.