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The Best Restaurants For Groups in London


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The Best Restaurants For Groups in London

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Looking for a restaurant to host your birthday dinner? Or just dining out with a big group? It can be hard to find somewhere to accommodate – so we’ve done the hard work for you. Here is our guide to the best restaurants for groups in London, including cosy private dining rooms, fun birthday restaurants, and classy group-friendly dining spots…

     

VIVI

VIVI

Recently opened in the remodelled Centre Point near Oxford Street, VIVI pays homage to the swinging sixties – the era in which the building was originally built. It’s a large, beautifully designed space, with opulent chandeliers, vibrant art covering the walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, reflecting the eclectic spirit of the sixties. This is paired with an expansive retro-style menu, which offers everything from breakfast to afternoon tea to dinner, with group menus available serving up the likes of duck à l’orange, scampi with breaded langoustines and risotto with leek and potato. The spacious layout lends itself perfectly to group dining too, with long sharing tables which can accommodate 9-64 guests, and semi-private dining rooms for smaller, more intimate parties. vivirestaurant.co.uk

Blues Kitchen

The Blues Kitchen

Let dinner merge into partying at Cajun BBQ bar and restaurant Blues Kitchen. Their Brixton branch has leather booths which seat up to eight guests, while a private dining room can host 10-15, complete with your own dedicated server. Sharing party platters are recommended here, with both meat and vegetarian options on offer: ‘Wings and Things’ features buffalo wings and BBQ pork ribs, while veggies can tuck into blue corn chips and dips, grilled broccoli and sweet potato fries. The best bit? After dinner you can stay and party into the early hours – live blues and soul music plays every night, so bring your dancing shoes! theblueskitchen.com

Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga

Dancing waiters, karaoke and lots of pizza: Bunga Bunga is made for birthdays. A homage to Silvio Berlusconi, it’s an outrageous and bold venue – so not the best choice is you’re after a civilised affair. But if you’re looking to host a fun dinner which turns into a big party, this fits the bill perfectly. Menus are designed to be shared, and on Fridays and Saturdays there’s a surprise entertainment act, which could be anything from contortionists to drag queens. bungabunga.co.uk

Chicama

Chicama

The sleek younger sister of Pachamama, Chelsea’s Chicama has a candlelit private dining room which seats 8-12 guests. Being placed right next to the kitchen means enticing scents waft through, and you can pretty much see your dishes being made, which makes the dining experience all the more special. Chicama’s menu is similar to its Notting Hill sibling: Peruvian cuisine served small plates style, but the difference here is there’s no meat, just fresh fish, seafood and vegetable dishes. chicamalondon.com

Dishoom

Dishoom

     

A visit to iconic Indian restaurant Dishoom usually comes with a price: a long queue, due to the no-reservations policy. But if you’re going with a group of 6 or more, you can book a table, allowing you and your gang to swan smugly past the hungry line. Inside you’ll be met with trendy interiors, a buzzing atmosphere and – most importantly – delicious food. Our highlights? The okra fries, paneer curry and signature house black daal. dishoom.com

Berners Tavern

Berners Tavern at the London EDITION

A baroque ballroom with a huge gilded chandelier centrepiece, Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern is one of the grandest dining rooms in London. If you’re in a group of eight or less, opt for one of the restaurant’s booths in the main dining room, where you can marvel at the ornate ceiling and gold framed art covering the walls as you eat. There are also private dining spaces seating up to 14 guests, featuring long dark tables, rose upholstered chairs and atmospheric lighting. bernerstavern.com

Brasserie Zédel

Zedel brasserie

An Art Deco Parisian brasserie just off Piccadilly Circus, Brasserie Zédel is a rare find: high-end dining at low prices. It’s a glamorous setting, all marble and brass, with grand mirrors and plenty of pink-clothed tables dotted around the large dining room. These are ideal for groups, particularly as there’s a fixed price three-course menu available for just under £14 – with steak as the main. brasseriezedel.com

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