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Top Restaurants for Special Occasions in London

Searching for the best restaurants for special occasions in London? Most people may associate the word “best” with being expensive. For the most part, it’s true, but you always get value for money in return. You do have to pay for the ambience, the exclusivity, the amenities and being treated like royalty. We have here the list of restaurants for birthdays, engagements weddings or proposals that will really surpass your expectations. Some of them can be pricey but with the right planning and location, you would be surprised at how affordable most of them are.

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Restaurants for Special Occasions Hire Guide

On ordinary days, you just want a table where you can enjoy your food and company. However, if you are choosing where to eat in London for a special occasion, you want to make an impression. After all, your guests did take time out to join the party, the least you could do is to make sure they have a great time. What better way than treating them to exceptional food and some amazing cocktails at an exclusive event?

Here are some tips when choosing the best restaurants in London for special occasions:

  • The interior – This is one of the factors that distinguish the excellent restaurants from just the good ones. If you are looking for good restaurants for birthday dinners, the place should have a character to make the day memorable – and photogenic! The pictures, with the restaurant as the backdrop, should be shareworthy. We’re living in the age of social media, after all!
  • The atmosphere – What is your priority? Do you want the royal treatment where your guests feel like kings and queens when they leave the place? Or maybe you’re after a more casual theme so everybody can hang loose? What about the management and the staff of the restaurant, how engaged are they in making sure you all feel at home? Neighbourhood restaurants have perfected the art of giving off that homey feel. But if it’s prestigious private restaurant rooms you want, prepare to pay for that privilege.
  • The location – You may have made sure that everything is perfect. You have scoured for exclusive restaurants in London and decided on one; you invited all the guests on your list, and then you wait with bated breath for the day to come – and in the end, only a handful of people came because the location wasn’t very convenient for them. When it comes to a holiday dinner or a corporate lunch, location is everything. Don’t forget to talk to your attendees to make sure the address is suitable for them and they know how to get there.
  • The price – Unless you are born with a silver spoon in the mouth or just won the lottery, the price would be crucial to your final pick. Fortunately, out of all the factors, this is the easiest to solve. There are many establishments, including romantic restaurants with a view, that can be hired for your special day without burning a hole in your pocket – and we know where to find them.
  • The food and service – There’s really nothing much to be said here except perhaps to state the obvious: most people may love your company but free food is free food. If the food is bad, you get the blame (even if good-naturedly) and not the restaurant. It’s usually a good idea to try the restaurant’s menu beforehand, just to confirm if it’s the right place to celebrate your special occasion.

So, how much does it cost to book a restaurant for a special occasion? The figures vary. You can hire a private restaurant room for the entire day for £60 per person or have your birthday lunch at The Caves at the Belgo Soho for £24 per session. You can also rent a whole venue for £3000 for the whole evening. Some other restaurants work with the minimum spend option, which means you need to spend a certain amount of money on food and drinks while you’re not paying a single penny for using the space. Quite a fair deal, isn’t it? The minimum spend rates vary depending on many factors, including the size of your event, the location of the venue and the general price range of the restaurant. Typically you can expect to pay from around £700 up to several thousand pounds.

What about the most sought-after locations for celebrating special occasions? Rooftop venues are always a popular choice for engagements and intimate birthday dinners. There’s something very intimate about hanging out on the roof deck or on the penthouse suite where you can have an unobstructed view of central London.

The Prince of Wales Feathers near the Warren Street Station is one such place. It can accommodate as many as 60 people for £1000 an evening. Another is the Plateau Restaurant near the Canary Wharf Station, one of the romantic London restaurants with a view. The Grand Connaught Rooms, just a short distance away from the Holborn Station, is the perfect wedding restaurant. It is sure to make you feel very special with the tall arched ceilings, Corinthian columns, and marble walls serving as a backdrop.

Of course, Michelin Star restaurants are also very popular. Think of the likes of Gordon Ramsey in Chelsea, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester at the Hyde Park, and Le Gavroche at Knightsbridge, among others.

Anything else on your mind? We’re answering a couple of the most popular questions below:

I am looking for good restaurants for birthday dinners in London. Any recommendations?
If you are looking for private restaurant rooms to celebrate your birthday, we’re happy to say we’ve already done most of the heavy lifting for you. From local gastropubs to acclaimed restaurants in the West End, you’re sure to pick some really great spots from our venue collection. Your next step is to make a personal visit so you can see the venue with your own eyes and talk to the manager and staff.

Is it possible to book a special occasion restaurant in London if I don’t have a huge budget?
You can book some of the best restaurants in Central London even if you don’t have money to burn. Need an example? For film buffs, The Crown Tavern, which figured on the 2006 movie Notes on a Scandal, is available for hire for as little as £250. Don’t assume immediately that being “best” means being prohibitively expensive. At Tagvenue we’re listing restaurants for special occasions in all price ranges.

Guests Reviews of Restaurants for Special Occasions on Tagvenue

Armani afia
Booked The Ballroom at Upper House
Very much enjoyed our time their, They were accommodating, the space was useful and attended to all our needs. The food was presented well and the bar tender was very helpful. The staff were very friendly and assisted us in everything we needed.

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