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April 13, 2023

The top restaurant you can hire out in London

London – once the setting of campfire stories about food nightmares. The land of beige matter covered in brown slop. The origin of horrors such as the toast sandwich, rice pudding, jellied eels and mushy peas. Chefs used to use the Thames as a cautionary tale to their children; food critics would throw their hands up in despair at anglicised bowls of spag bol; even the animals felt cheated, their untimely death leading only to another cracked plate of rubbery chops.

Despair no more! For the lanes and roads of London town are now paved with A la carte menus, you can barely order a sandwich without embarking on a PHD in bread studies.

Anyway, here are some of London's best restaurants that you can hire out. Tuck in.

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1. Tradition meets the London buzz with a Japanese-twist: Junsei


This Marylebone gem serves promotes an ethos of sharing food with those you love. It specialises in traditional yakitori cooked over binchōtan oak white charcoal as well as a range of authentic Japanese dishes.

Taste delicacies whilst enjoying the tranquil and stylish decor. With many drinks to choose from you may enjoy some Sake, sōchū or Japanese whisky with your meal.

Junsei opens at 1 pm, making it ideal for daytime dining and lunches as well as evenings. This spot is available for private hire so enquire for a feast for both your eyes and taste buds.

2. Since November 2020, Joan Restaurants have brought Mediterranean dining to the London restaurant scene


With cuisine inspired by Greek culture and modern Mediterranean favourites, Joan is a bar and restaurant in London’s stylish Shoreditch. You will find all-day dining options such as seafood linguine and roasted aubergine among many other small and large plates. For just £37, you can even enjoy a bottomless brunch with two hours of prosecco.

Alternatively, simply sip a Shoreditch Spritz in contemporary and simple surroundings. London restaurant hire is available with private spaces in The Loft and The Studio for corporate or personal functions.

3. In the thriving hub of Canary Wharf, Hawksmoor Wood Wharf offers high-quality steaks and restaurant hire in London


In the bustling business district of Canary Wharf, you will find one of the best steak restaurants for hire in London. Hawksmoor Wood Wharf is a striking restaurant on the water, with windows instead of walls so you can see the sights that surround you. The boat-like appearance isn’t a gimmick - you will also be impressed by the quality within. Serving British beef and seafood, as well as creative cocktails, this feels like fine dining.

Take advantage of their London restaurant hire for functions, with private dining rooms for up to 20 guests.

4. Steeped in elegance, 33 Dover Street provides London restaurant hire with opulence in mind


When seeking a London restaurant hire with a difference, 33 Dover Street is ideal if you want to channel classic luxury in London’s Mayfair district. Candlelit tables and atmospheric plants and flowers accent the stylish aesthetic.

A late licence makes this a good choice for evening events, where you can enjoy sharing menus, a varied wine and cocktail list, and in-house catering. The Park Chinois kitchen provides a range of flavours. Restaurant hire is available for corporate or private events with seating for 80 guests, and pop-up event space.

5. Cache Cache is hidden away in Covent Garden. This modern speakeasy offers London restaurant hire with a difference


Tucked away in Covent Garden, this speakeasy provides a darkly decadent restaurant hire space. You will not easily spot Cache Cache from the outside, but once within the glamorous and luxurious interior will charm and surprise.

Taking notes from true speakeasies of the past, Cache Cache has a menu of classic cocktails like the Sidecar and the signature Princess Cache. Eat, drink and enjoy some entertainment in opulent surroundings. Or enjoy restaurant hire in London for private events of up to 60 seated or 80 standing for an intimate evening.

6. Live music and London restaurant hire in an upbeat environment: La Rampa brings the flair of 1950s Havana to the capital


Perhaps you wouldn’t expect to find an authentic-feeling piece of 1950s Havana in central London. Oxford Circus is home to La Rampa, where you can experience a piece of Cuba with mojitos and daiquiris flowing freely. Tuck into tacos and churros, among other Cuban classics, and dance the night away to live Cuban-inspired music.

Restaurant hire in London is available for group events, where you can relax in these stylish surroundings. The Palm Room can accommodate up to 45 guests, complete with tropical plants and skylights letting in the outside world.

7. Great for London restaurant hire events: Letting nature in, 14 Hills is a city restaurant filled with charm and wonder


14 Hills is a restaurant and bar that lets London in with views across the city. However, the space is also bursting with natural wonder, where trees and plants play a large part in the decoration. Live music and delicious food are part of the experience, and you can enjoy it privately with London restaurant hire. 14 Hill can be hired for groups of 250 people, or you can dine in a group of up to 22 in the private dining room with wide city views

8. If you are seeking a city space for a range of different foods and restaurant hire in London, Market Halls provide an offbeat venue


Market Halls London may not be an upscale restaurant, but you can find them in Victoria, Oxford Street and Canary Wharf. If you want to discover some of the most diverse street food in the capital, then this should be somewhere to visit. Restaurant hire in London becomes stall hire for special events.

Take your time visiting your local Market Hall and taste everything from authentic sushi or juicy burgers to unique cocktails. For groups with different tastes, Market Halls can suit everyone.

9. With venues across the capital, Hoppers boasts authentic South Indian cuisine and London restaurant hire


Hoppers is a London restaurant chain with locations in Soho, King’s Cross and Marylebone. You can enjoy a taste of South India and Sri Lanka when you sit down in one of Hoppers’ restaurants. The menu includes Jaffna Crab Kari (curry), Rice and Roasts, and sides such as plantain chips and more.

For private events, you can hire space for a function with between 25 to 110 guests. As well as restaurant hire in London for corporate or personal events, there is a range of dining experiences available.

10. Founded by Michelin star sibling duo Chris and Jeff Galvin, Galvin Restaurants offer incredible fine dining


With five venues across London and Essex, Galvin Restaurants are the ideal choice for London restaurant hire with high-quality dining.

Galvin La Chapelle in The City has high ceilings and a modern meets classic French menu. Head to Galvin Bistrot & Bar for contemporary British food in Spitalfields. Alternatively, Galvin at Windows combines stunning Mayfair views with a French menu, or visit Galvin Bar & Grill in Russell Square. Each venue offers something slightly different for a variety of events or dining experiences.

11. Go global in the heart of the city with Arcade Foodhall, where London restaurant hire meets street market culture


You don’t have to be limited to a British menu when you head to Arcade Foodhall. Nestling on New Oxford Street, this central hub has eight open kitchens that you can visit day or night. Tantalise your tastebuds with Mexican, Vietnamese or Nepali flavours, among many others.

You can also take advantage of the London restaurant hire space for events, from groups of 10 to 400 guests. Dedicated event planners can help you with organising your own function, no matter what your party size may be!

The best restaurants to hire in London

London's foodie scene is booming - why not make the most of it and book your own private room in a restaurant, or even hire out the whole space? For a special occasion or casual dining affair, there's nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal with family, friends or colleagues. For your own exclusive private dining experience in London to remember for years to come, check out the top restaurants below for you to book and enjoy.

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How to hire a restaurant in London

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect restaurant in London. Getting the venue finding process down to professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in London.

Frequently asked questions

For restaurants in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Fenchurch Restaurant, Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden - The view of the city, coupled with the sophisticated interior and delicious food promises a fantastic restaurant experience.

The Living Room, Restaurant Ours - With their tasty food and gorgeously decorated living room area which looks over the main restaurant, Restaurant Ours won't let you down.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a restaurant in London. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a London restaurant. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best restaurants in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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