If you are planning an intimate gathering where you want good food and great company to be the stars of the show, take a look at these small yet memorable venues.
The private dining facilities available on the first floor at Les Deux Salons in Charing Cross can accommodate groups of anywhere between 4 and 30, but throughout the venue there are several corners, alcoves and raised areas that can be booked out for small groups, giving you plenty of options. Be it lunches, post-theatre suppers, private parties or corporate functions, the classic and understated elegance of the space makes for a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Exposed brick walls, a marble topped bar and a gorgeous garden space are among the highlights you can expect to find at 584 on the popular Kingsland Road. This enviable location puts it just moments from both Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland stations, making it easy to reach via public transport from throughout the city. The capacity of just 80 helps the venue keep its sense of charm without swarming you with people, allowing for gatherings with a more personal touch between you and your guests.
A bustling all-day restaurant, BIRD’s downstairs bar has a casual yet characterful feel that is ideally suited to events with a more laid-back approach. Though they specialise in free range fried chicken, doughnuts, craft beers and cocktails, bespoke menus and offers are available upon request should you have a specific idea in mind. You could opt for a seated dinner or a standing drinks reception that encourages more mingling amongst your guests. Found in Hoxton, the closest rail links include Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street.
One of the city’s best hidden gems, The Kitchen Library is nestled above Mark Hix’s renowned Tramshed restaurant. Perfect if you want your guests to be wined and dined in a venue that offers a feeling of exclusivity and prominence, here you can watch as a delicious bespoke menu is prepared by a top chef, before the food is paired with equally tempting wines and cocktails, providing a chef’s table experience for just 12 people at a time. A luxurious offering in the heart of East London, the nearest tube stop is Old Street.
Offering top quality hospitality as well as tasty food and drink, The Chapel Bar has become a firm favourite as a meeting space for the local community. Lovingly restored, it has a bright, fresh feel and additional outside space that mean its appeal extends to events as varied as corporate conferences and wedding receptions. A late licence lasting until 5 am is already in place, making it a great choice if you are planning to carry on the fun well into the wee small hours, whilst the close proximity to Angel and Kings Cross stations is sure to come in handy.