Belgravia. Come Dine With Me.
Belgravia is a foodie scene’s utopia. The restaurant market is packed with inviting and exciting dining concepts, but when it comes to finding somewhere to dine for a special occasion, we understand that private dining options can sometimes be a little overwhelming. To assist you in planning your next celebration, we have assembled our top picks in the area to provide you with a shortlist of the Journal’s favourite private dining rooms.
The Wellington Arch, Apsley Way, W1J 7JZ
This is one of the most unexplored private dining room spaces in central London and is perched right on the edge of Belgravia. Originally built as the entrance to the royal residence of Buckingham Palace, it later became a victory arch proclaiming Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon. Upon arrival guests can gaze from beneath to see where they are about to dine and see the Angel of Peace descending on the ‘Quadriga’ – the four-horsed chariot-of war.
The top of the arch provides an array of spaces varying in size to accommodate bespoke parties. For a seated dinner, the Upper Quadriga Gallery can accommodate up to 36 guests on multiple round tables but if you’d prefer all your guests on one long table 22 guests is the maximum.
With views of Buckingham Palace Gardens and the iconic London skyline, guests can enjoy a special Champagne reception on the balconies and delight your guests from start to finish by using a whole host of interesting suppliers that are trained to work in the historic setting of the grand arch. Dine here to join previous hosts including the likes of David Beckham, who held a Haig Club pop-up in the space, who chose The Wellington Arch for an unforgettable Belgravian dinner party.
Mosimann’s, 11B West Halkin Street, SW1X 8JL
An article on private dining in Belgravia wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Mosimann’s, the everdelightful London capital of Swiss dining. With more than 25 years of culinary excellence under its belt, Mosimann’s is a real staple of Belgravia’s restaurant scene and with seven private dining rooms, there’s a lot to offer for celebrations. In a unique twist of quality, each of its rooms is sponsored by distinguished brands such as Lalique, Bentley and Montblanc, all housed within the beauty of a former Presbyterian church. We highly recommend the Parmigiani Fleurier Room for dinner parties of up to 30 guests with the room’s show-stopping chandelier and its respectful décor you will be hard pushed to disagree the lasting impression of how well this architectural space celebrates its ancestry. The natural daylight that floods in through the old church windows makes it perfect for an elegant luncheon or dinner with friends and family.
Boisdale of Belgravia,15 Eccleston Street, SW1W 9LX
Boisdale of Belgravia brings the Scottish fire to the locale and no one does whisky, tartan and live music better in the local area. This Scottish restaurant features the tartan identity that can be seen across their multiple restaurants and makes the ideal hang-out for drinks, jazz music and hearty food. Upon entry, the welcoming interiors of Boisdale will provide a brilliant first impression for guests invited to any dinner party as they pass through the spaces to dine in one of the four private dining room spaces available. The Jacobite Room on the first floor is decorated with a distinctive design of deep reds and greens plus rich mahogany panelling, embellished with a dash of Macdonald tartan. This private dining room is perfect for parties with up to 22 guests and offers complete privacy while still immersing guests in the Scottish elegance that Boisdale has prided itself on since 1898.
Pétrus,1 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8EA
This is the Belgravian Michelin-starred offering by Gordon Ramsay’s empire and Pétrus prides itself on exquisite attention to detail, immaculate presentation and a menu by head chef Larry Jayasekara that delivers intense and clean favours.
Petrus’ Kitchen Table is all about the extravagant; think theatrical meets personalised and intimate service all wrapped into one to produce a stand out dining experience.. Its Kitchen Table offers the best of the private dining experience but seats guests within the hubbub of the main restaurant. Only eight guests can sit at the kitchen table so choose your company wisely as you will be sitting down to a seven-course bespoke menu that will be created merely a few metres from your seats. A personal sommelier will also be there to help you choose wines that complement your menu. If you find only eight guests is a little too restrictive, take on the whole venue for a party up to 50 guests and enjoy the delights of Petrus all to yourself!
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