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Written by Mae Bristow - 13 November 2023

15 Private Dinings with a view

One could argue that Britain's famed dishes don't scream refined cuisine. No shade to the pies, roasts and fry-ups.

However, despite this, London has become one of the undisputed culinary centres of the world. And what could be better than having your own intimate space to enjoy the delights the capital has to offer while looking over the city.

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1. Dine privately with views of the Thames, on the Thames: Woods Quay


Moored on the River Thames, Woods Quay is located between Cleopatra’s Needle and Waterloo Bridge. It is the newest addition to the Woods’ Silver Fleet collection and provides panoramic riverside views from the Houses of Parliament all the way to Southbank.

Its private dining space, The East Wing, has a capacity of 56 and provides an intimate experience as the guests watch Michelin-trained chefs as they prepare culinary masterpieces. For larger gatherings, the West Wing bar can be privately hired, accommodating up to 90 guests.

Complete with a wraparound outside deck and a well-stocked bar serving cocktails and spirits, what better way to indulge than with a private dinner on the River Thames?

toklas terrace private dining in london with a view
toklas terrace private dining in london with a view

2. A Temple terrace view: Toklas

Temple, London

Mediterranean restaurant & bakery, Toklas, offers a 100-cover sun-facing terrace in the heart of Temple just round the corner from the Strand and Temple station. The glass doors of the Toklas restaurant open out onto an expansive pergola-covered, plant-filled terrace with views of London's prettiest buildings from centuries past.

This semi-private space designed by Miria Harris is complete with a retractable awning and heaters in autumn and winter and feels like a secret garden of a sun trap with an outdoor bar in spring and summer. Stunning views by day, lovely and candle-lit by night. The space is contemporary, upscale yet still relaxed. A top-class private dining space in London with ambiance, views, and a standout menu.

3. Dine like your on the French Riveria: Le Pont de la Tour

London Bridge

Just along from Tower Bridge, Le Pont De La Tour is a haven for those seeking a French-inspired culinary experience. Traditional cooking meets innovation at this riverside destination.

The interiors are 1930s meets Parisian chic. Take in views of the Thames and across the city as you enjoy your meal.

For intimate gatherings, the Salon Privé offers a private dining space accommodating up to 20 guests while The Wine Cellar has seating for 30. With over 300 bottles of wine filling the space, it makes for an impressive backdrop to your event.

Impress your guests by hosting arrival drinks in the atmospheric wine cellar or on the sunny terrace.

Minimum Spend: starting at £50 per person for lunch and £66 per person for dinner

4. Cruising and dining with river views: London Shell Co.


For a unique private dining experience that celebrates the deep blue, head to Regent’s Canal to London Shell Co.

Docked in Paddington, guests can enjoy intimate dining on a refurbished Prince Regent canal boat looking out down the Thames. This floating restaurant offers a seasonal menu that shifts throughout the year, focussing primarily on fresh seafood.

The whole barge has a capacity of up to 80 guests with the private dining room accommodating groups of 12-20 for intimate affairs. Carefully curated wine, cocktails and spirits are served alongside for a luxury experience.

With its opening coinciding with the 200th Anniversary of Regents Canal, get there in time to try their selection of British wild game alongside treasures from the sea.

All aboard!

Minimum Spend: starting at £3,000 depending on day and number of guests

The Vinoly Room, a private dining room in the Sky Garden, London
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5. A dining room in an iconic skyscraper: Vinoly Room


The elegant Vinoly room sits atop the Walkie Talkie's Sky Garden, in the heart of the City of London.

Nestled within the stylish Fenchurch Restaurant, this elegant room is perfect for hosting intimate gatherings of up to 16 guests.

Indulge in a contemporary British menu crafted by renowned head chef Michael Carr, featuring dishes such as lobster and beef tartare with a selection of vegetarian options available. With main courses priced at around £40 and starters at £20, the Vinoly Room is one for the expense account as you look over the city.

Minimum Spend: starting at £1,375 depending on day and time of day

searcys at the gherkin best private dining rooms london
searcys at the gherkin best private dining rooms london

6. An intimate private dining room with a big view: Searcy’s at the Gherkin


For a contemporary venue with panoramic views of the cityscape, try Searcy's at the Gherkin and dine privately in a London landmark.

Perched atop one of the capital's most recognizable skyscrapers, Searcy's is located on the 38th floor of the skyscraper and offers five private dining spaces. A menu of locally sourced seasonal dishes can accompany the London views. With space for up to 140 guests, Searcy’s can accommodate intimate gatherings or big bashes.

For a treat, head up to the Iris bar, Searcy’s jewel in the crown, and sip on a tipple from their fully-stocked menu whilst taking in the scenery.

Minimum Spend: morning from £75 per person + VAT, afternoon from £99 per person, evening from £140 per person.

7. A vibrant dining experience with a dramatic view: Decimo

Kings Cross

Nestled on the 10th floor of The Standard Hotel, Decimo offers an enchanting dining experience looking over the city.

With its floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views, this space is a sight to behold. Guests can enjoy Decimo's menu, a blend of Mexican and Spanish cuisine, which can be customised to suit your event. Curated wine and cocktail pairings are also available.

Its semi-private area presents the best of both worlds for its guests, providing them with their own intimate setting while still immersing them in the restaurant's ambience. Open until 2 am, Decimo hosts a range of DJs, ideal for those seeking an unforgettable night of revelry.

Minimum Spend: starting at £3,000 depending on number of guests

8. Dine privately with Thames views: The River Cafe


This Hammersmith spot celebrates all food seasonal and fresh paired with Italian wines and French champagne.

The River Cafe boasts a glass patio that bathes the space in natural light, offering stunning river views and glimpses of the kitchen gardens. Watch the chefs in action as the open kitchen brings culinary artistry to life.

The private dining room, seating 18, provides a customisable setting for any occasion. This space holds a hidden gem; their glass-fronted fromagerie. (tightly sealed for no cheesy whiffs).

Enjoy a pre-dinner reception on the outdoor patio, embracing the greenery and even meet the chefs for a memorable experience.

Minimum Spend: starting at £120 per person

Cottons Vauxhall Private Dining
Cottons Vauxhall Private Dining

9. A riverside Vauxhall venue: Cottons Vauxhall

London Bridge

Experience a piece of the Caribbean at this riverside venue along the south bank, just by Vauxhall.

Offering an indoor restaurant, a rum and shack bar and additional seating on the outdoor terrace, you could host a Caribbean themed private event with a group of up to 300.

The Caribbean is evoked through the tropical murals and colourful vintage holiday ads seen around the venue. Its friendly service, tropical bottomless brunches and rum masterclasses have rightly proved popular for those in the know.

10. Majestic views and Michelin food: Galvin at Windows

Hyde Park Corner

Perched on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane is Galvin at Windows. This spot combines panoramic vistas of the capital, including the iconic Buckingham Palace, with high-end cuisine for a luxury experience.

Transport back to the glamour of the 1930s and delight your guests with Michelin-starred cuisine. Private dining options range from small tables for an intimate do to up to 300 if you are looking for something larger.

Adding to the allure, the venue's General Manager is none other than Fred Sirieix, renowned as the Maitre D'of Love from Channel 4's award-winning show, First Dates.

11. Dine privately in the highest dining room in the country: Duck and Waffle

Liverpool Street

Elevate your dining experience at Duck and Waffle located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower—the highest dining room in the country.

With a curated set menu, the dishes draw inspiration from the freshest market ingredients and are designed for sampling and sharing. Indulge in unparalleled views of the London skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows.

The private dining space accommodates up to 16 guests seated or 25 standing. With booking available for any time of the day, guests can enjoy dining from sunrise to sunset.

Minimum Spend: menus starting at £35 per person for breakfast, £45 per person for brunch, and £75 per person for lunch and dinner

12. Multiple rooms with multiple views: Hutong

London Bridge

Experience the authentic flavours of North Chinese cuisine at Hutong, located on Level 33 of the Shard.

With a capacity for up to 120 people, this extraordinary venue offers a choice of views: The Beijing private dining room overlooks the London Eye, while The Shanghai boasts breathtaking views of London Bridge.

With the menu designed for sharing, guests can savour the rich variety of dishes. Immerse yourself in old China's ambience, surrounded by red lanterns and traditional moon gates transport you to a world of enchantment at Hutong.

Minimum Spend: starting at £750 for Shanghai Room and £1,000 for Beijing Room

13. Take private dining to a whole new level: Menier Penthouse

London Bridge

Perched up high, The Menier Penthouse is in the heart of London Bridge. Its light-filled trendy space is styled with greenery and is for you to customise to your event. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide uninterrupted views of the London skyline that are the star of the show.

Multiple layouts are available so you can adapt the space to suit your dining needs. With a capacity of up to 60, it's the perfect spot to impress your guests.

Catering is included with a wide selection to choose from, so you won't go hungry. Plus, there's a balcony for some fresh air to take in those vistas.

14. Riverside views while you dine privately: Skylon


Just a stone's throw from Waterloo station, Skylon provides a picturesque setting with its riverside location. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the space with natural light and offer diners views of the Thames.

Nestled on the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall, this sleek restaurant takes its name from the original 1951 Festival of Britain building. Its imaginative menu showcases British cuisine, utilising seasonal ingredients.

Its semi-private area offers a river view and accommodates up to 50 guests seated. Enjoy its intimacy alongside the buzz of the restaurant.

Head to the heart of the vibrant Southbank for your next private dining event for culinary creativity and modern British architecture.

Minimum Spend: starting at £55 per person

15. An Art Deco dining space with a view: City Social

Liverpool Street

Located a short walk from Liverpool Street, City Social is on the 24th floor of Tower 42 and offers breathtaking views of London.

The restaurant features the best of British cuisine, with multiple private dining menus serving refined Michelin-starred dishes. Its Art Deco-inspired interiors create a buzzing ambience as customers flock to its bar.

Three private dining spaces are on offer. Choose between the Private Dining Room for 30, Private Suite for 22 or the exclusive Chef's table for just 11 guests for the most intimate of experiences.

Minimum Spend: starting at £85 per person

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Guide to hire private dining in Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf, known as London's financial district, is also home to a vibrant culinary scene. Private dining in Canary Wharf offers an exquisite experience for events of all kinds, from corporate gatherings to special celebrations. In this guide, we'll provide you with essential insights on how to hire private dining spaces in Canary Wharf.

Define Your Event:

Before you embark on your search for the perfect private dining space, it's essential to define the nature of your event. Are you hosting a formal corporate dinner, an intimate family celebration, a product launch, or a casual get-together? Knowing the purpose of your gathering will help you select the ideal private dining space.

Online Platforms:

There are an endless amount of websites that will provide you with a rundown of the best private dining venues in Canary Wharf. It can often feel a little overwhelming searching through these sites. That’s why at HeadBox we work with the best venues and will circulate your event details directly to them. You’ll hear back from trusted venues that have availability and cater to your event. If only it was always this easy.

Location Matters:

Canary Wharf offers a range of private dining venues, each with its unique character and ambience. You can choose from upscale restaurants, waterside venues, rooftop settings, or traditional British pubs. The location you select should align with the atmosphere you want to create for your event.

Budget Considerations:

Your budget will play a crucial role in determining the private dining space you choose. Private dining costs can vary widely depending on the venue, the size of your party, and the type of event you're hosting. Some private dining spaces offer packages with inclusive food and beverages, while others may charge a rental fee. Be sure to factor in costs like decorations, entertainment, and additional services.

Size and Capacity:

Ensure that the private dining space you choose can comfortably accommodate your guest list. Canary Wharf has private dining venues for intimate gatherings as well as larger events. Always check the venue's capacity to avoid overcrowding.

Amenities and Services:

Consider the amenities and services you need for your event. Some private dining spaces in Canary Wharf provide custom menus, audiovisual equipment, dedicated servers, and private event planning services. Others may offer exclusive views of the Thames or access to outdoor terraces. Choose a space that can fulfil your specific requirements.

Catering and Menu Options:

Review the private dining space's menu options to ensure they align with your guests' preferences. Whether you're looking for a multi-course gourmet meal, a wine pairing experience, or a diverse menu with international cuisine, make sure the venue can provide the culinary experience you desire.


Think about the entertainment options available in the private dining space. Some venues offer live music, custom playlists, or opportunities for speeches and presentations. Ensure that the entertainment matches the mood and theme you want for your event.

Accessibility and Transportation:

Canary Wharf is easily accessible by public transportation, including the London Underground and the Docklands Light Railway. Verify the proximity of the private dining space to these transport links, making it convenient for your guests to arrive. Additionally, consider parking options for those who choose to drive.

Advance Booking:

Private dining spaces in Canary Wharf can be in high demand, especially during peak seasons. To secure your reservation, book well in advance. Make sure to confirm all the details, including the date, time, and any additional services included in your package.

Personalize Your Event:

Add personal touches to your event to make it memorable. This can include themed decorations, personalized menus, or unique party favours. Ensure your guests have a wonderful time and leave with lasting memories of your private dining experience in Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf offers a variety of private dining options to cater to different event types and preferences. By carefully defining your event, setting a budget, and considering all the crucial factors, you can find the perfect private dining space to create a memorable experience for you and your guests. Here's to a successful and enjoyable private dining event in Canary Wharf!

Frequently asked questions

Most private dining venues are open to personalization. You can add your unique touches, such as decorations, customised menus, and special arrangements, to create a memorable experience for your guests.

Many private dining venues are open to arranging tours or site visits so that you can see the space and discuss your event in person. It's a great way to get a feel for the venue and ensure it meets your requirements.

Booking out a private dining venue in Canary Wharf is easy with HeadBox. All you have to do is tell us what you're looking for, we'll share your enquiry with a suitable private dining venue in Canary Wharf and you'll get messages from venues & match with your favourites. Easy.

The cost can vary widely depending on factors like the location, size, and type of the venue, as well as the services and amenities offered. Private dining venues often provide different packages, including minimum spend requirements, rental fees for the space, or per-person pricing. It's crucial to discuss your budget with the venue to find a suitable option.

Some private dining venues provide entertainment options, such as access to audiovisual equipment, stages for live performances, or custom playlists. Inquire about the venue's entertainment offerings and whether they can accommodate your specific requests.

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