Our pick of the best venues for private and intimate dining in London….

By Helen Brown

Dining in London can be an overwhelming experience. Choosing the restaurant amongst the city’s thousands is never an easy task. Then you get there to find that the crowds have beaten you to the best tables and you can barely hear your dinner buddy. Rewind. Remove those stresses. And take a pew instead at one of London’s most intimate dining rooms. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites for a relaxed, private dining experience like no other.

Private Dining Rooms in London


This modern British restaurant in Hackney is bringing back the supper-club. They serve a no-choice, four-course set menu that changes each week. It feels like a friend’s dinner party where the chefs are actually very good. It’s the first foray into restaurant territory from the supper club Secret Larder founders. James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy deliver a stress-free menu and buzzing atmosphere from one adorable dining area.


Clos Maggiore

Transport yourself to Eden with Clos Maggiore. This intimate restaurant is a hidden oasis in the heart of Covent Garden. Its romantic conservatory is adorned with cherry blossom and becomes transformed at night into a magical haven with candles, starlight, and a crackling fire. The menu features local and seasonal products and is inspired by Provencal Cuisine.



This authentic Parisian bistro is one of London’s most intimate dining rooms. The blackboard menu offers just three choices per course scribbled out in French. The chairs are bentwood, the table clothes red and checked and the food bang on the mark for delivering true bourgeois flavours.


The Shed

The Shed may be located in Notting Hill, but its heart is set in the Sussex Countryside. The restaurant’s ‘Local and Wild’ menu champions seasonal produce that has either been foraged or grown in the founding family’s farm in West Sussex. Plates include Courgette tagliatelle and Chargrilled beef. Each meal is complemented with award-winning English Wines from its very own vineyard.


Kitchen Table

Tucked away at the back of Bubbledogs through a discrete entrance, is the 19 seat U-shaped Kitchen Table. This experience encourages full interaction with the chefs and showcases impressive kitchen theatre. Head Chef James Knappett prepares, cooks and serves a daily changing menu made up of European small dishes. It was awarded a Michelin star in 2014.



Cub offers diners one of the best intimate culinary experiences in London. The Hoxton-based restaurant serves up dishes so beautiful they could belong in an art gallery. Everything on the menu is carefully prepared using sustainable methods and each plate is full of flavour. The line between drinking and dining is also blurred here with options that blend the two together.


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