The joy of London’s events scene is that because it’s so extensive, even some of the very best venues can fly under the radar somewhat, avoiding the onslaught of the vast crowds that regularly descend on the most popular and sought-after spaces and retaining a feeling of exclusivity for those in-the-know. Here are a few such gems that we think you should keep an eye out for.
Fox Fine Wines is a stunningly stylish wine bar and restaurant set within a listed building rich in unique architectural touches. The friendly and knowledgeable in-house staff will advise you on the best tipples to go alongside your tasty food, and with a 24-seat dining room on the ground floor and an intimate lounge above it adding up to offer a maximum capacity of just 60, this is an ideal venue for a more low-key gathering. Easily reached from throughout the city, Moorgate tube station is within mere stumbling distance.
Chiswell Street Dining Rooms is a bright and airy modern British restaurant and cocktail bar which is available for exclusive hire at the weekend. The understated elegance and luxury of the design brings a touch of country living to the heart of the city, with the 100-person capacity space working best with small groups. Moorgate and Barbican are the nearest public transport links, both reachable in just 5 minutes on foot.
Roma brings the flavour of passion of Ancient Rome to modern-day London, with a whole range of Roman inspired dishes (some even prepared using traditional techniques) on offer at this unique concept restaurant and wine bar. In fact, the wine is just as important as the food, as each variety on offer has been traced back to the very same vineyards across Europe that the Romans used themselves. For an even greater sense of decadence, you could hire out the exclusive lounge, with its seated booths, private bar and raised stage area.
CORE boasts 3 distinct rooms across 2 floors, as well as an additional outside terrace. Each of the spaces on offer comes complete with its own quirks and features, meaning there’s a style to suit every occasion, though there’s a feeling of warmth and immersion throughout courtesy of the likes of wooden furnishings and exposed brickwork. The venue’s versatility has seen it play host to events as varied as quiz nights, birthday dos, corporate gatherings and Christmas parties, amongst others.
The slate floor and soft seating at the Threadneedle Street member of the Brasserie Blanc family makes it feel at once both relaxed and effortlessly chic. The main restaurant is double-height and glass fronted, enhancing the contemporary flair and ensuring that the space is light and airy. There’s a mezzanine level which is perfect for private hire, with other highlights including bespoke lighting from France, a wine wall, a cheese counter and an open kitchen which makes the venue feel vibrant and alive.