Private dining at Mere
Private dining at Mere

Wedding receptions for 30 are allowed from 15 August三级成人视频, meaning that the big day for engaged couples just got a little bigger. From venues with wedding licences to private dining rooms and exclusive hire, here are London’s best restaurants for newlyweds to celebrate.

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

The experience

As anyone who has attended his St Patrick’s Day’s celebrations knows, Irish chef Richard Corrigan is London’s host with the most. The pastel-coloured, gold-mirrored Swallow Street Rooms at his Mayfair restaurant三级成人视频 come equipped with a private bar and cloakroom, while a piano and late licence should keep the party going until the wee small hours. There’s also a dedicated events manager to help you plan the big day. 

The Swallow Street Rooms at Bentley's

On the menu

Seasonal dishes created by Bentley’s head chef and overseen by Corrigan. Whether you mix and match from set menus (£64 - £85) or go for a tasting menu (£95), expect the likes of pan-seared scallop with squid linguine, and roast rack and shoulder of lamb with spring peas and wild garlic. Other options include canapés and bowl food. 

To drink

Three wine pairings (£65 - £155) or pick your way around the French-leaning wine list.   

Capacity

三级成人视频30 seated at one table.

Cost

Minimum spend £2,000 for lunch and £3,000 for dinner. 

Reopens 1 October. 11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG;

The Cinnamon Club

The experience

三级成人视频The Grade-II former Westminster Library has two private rooms for parties of 30, so you can take your drinks in The Cinnamon Club’s Library Bar before moving into the Reading Room for a wedding breakfast. The restaurant has a dedicated events manager and is fully licensed for ceremonies; Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral are both nearby if your plans run to something grander. 

The Reading Room at The Cinnamon Club

On the menu

Modern Indian cooking that combines the spicing and sauces of the subcontinent with the best-sourced ingredients from around the globe: tandoor-spiced wild Spencer Gulf prawns with fennel and coriander; pan-seared Gressingham duck breast with coconut vinegar sauce; molten chocolate and cumin mousse with orange sauce and Madras coffee ice cream. There are canapés and bowl food, too. 

To drink

三级成人视频Spice-friendly Indian wines sit alongside an impressive selection of bottles from the rest of the world, with intriguing producers selected to excite rather than impress and a strong emphasis on sustainability.

Capacity 

30 in either the Reading Room or Library Bar.  

Cost

三级成人视频From £3,000 for 30 people at lunch and £4,500 at dinner.

30-32 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BU;

Elystan Street

The experience

三级成人视频Intimate enough for exclusive hire, this Chelsea outpost of Rebecca Mascarenhas and Phil Howard’s neighbourhood restaurant empire is also spacious enough to host a drinks reception followed by a sit-down lunch or dinner. The sun floods through huge windows on nice days, subtle lighting bathes diners in a warm glow when it’s dark outside while the art collection includes works by Henry Moore and Patrick Caulfield. 

Elystan Street

On the menu

三级成人视频Howard creates a bespoke menu for each occasion and the organic ingredients yield deeply flavoured plates of modern British cooking that have won Elystan Street a Michelin star. Squid ink bucatini with sardine vinaigrette, orange zest and golden garlic crumbs might be followed by the signature breast of duck with a tarte fine of caramelised endive.   

To drink

Big-name European wines (François Raveneau Chablis, Château Margaux Bordeaux) sit alongside more offbeat offerings from the rest of the world. Seasonal cocktails, meanwhile, might include a vesper martini made with a cordial of hand-picked elderflowers.

Capacity

Exclusive hire for 30 or a private dining room for 14.

Cost

From £3,000 for exclusive hire at lunchtime.

43 Elystan St, London SW3 3NT; 

London Shell Co

The experience

三级成人视频Take private dining into an entirely different element with a five-course lunch or dinner cruise along the Regent’s Canal. From its mooring by Paddington Basin, the Prince Regent – a charmingly converted barge which can be hired exclusively – sets sail on a candlelit cruise, puttering from Little Venice to Camden Lock and back again, sunlight dappling the ceiling as weeping willows trail past in the water. 

London Shell Co

On the menu

The fishy focus suits the aquatic surrounds – scallops with seaweed butter, cod with butterbean purée and sprouting broccoli – though meat eaters and vegetarians aren’t ignored either in the likes of roast pork tenderloin with capers and aioli, or potato gnocchi with burnt Roscoff onion, pine nuts, pecorino and sage. 

To drink

三级成人视频Co-owner Harry Lobek is a former sommelier at Pollen Street Social and his idiosyncratic wine line list includes a brace of British sparkling magnums, as well as lesser-known European regions and grape varieties.  

Capacity

35.

Cost

Minimum spend £2,500.

Sheldon Square, London, W2 6PY;

Noizé

The experience

三级成人视频Formerly Dabbous, this corner site is now under the watchful eye of Mathieu Germond, who used to be the co-owner and sommelier of Pied à Terre on nearby Charlotte Street and has hospitality in his bones. Globe lights, velvet upholstery and a handsome walnut cabinet look the modern bistro part in the ground-floor dining room, and there’s a bar downstairs for drinks before and after. 

The downstairs bar at Noize

On the menu

Canapés of Cheddar-stuffed gougère puffs with drinks ahead of sophisticated European classics. Signature dishes include crab and basil ravioli with leek fondue and bisque, suckling pig belly with crackling and tarragon-infused pomme purée, and apricot and hazelnut tart. Menus start at a very reasonable £39.  

To drink

三级成人视频Choose between an entry-level wine list of approachably priced classic grape varieties or a ‘Special’ list of prestige bottles (including some stunning sweet wines), subject to a £50 mark-up. 

Capacity

三级成人视频45 when full, and 30 comfortably. 

Cost

三级成人视频Minimum spend £4,500.

39 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2SF;

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden

The experience

Take your drinks on the terrace of Petersham Nurseries’ West End emporium三级成人视频 before heading into the adjacent private dining room of the Covent Garden lifestyle destination. The restaurant is licensed for weddings while the venue’s events team includes an in-house floristry department whose dramatic displays bloom from every corner of the bar, shop, deli and wine merchant. 

Seasonal Italian cooking at Petersham Nurseries

On the menu

Seasonal Italian cooking that reflects not only the Slow Food philosophy but the heritage of Petersham’s owners-cum-curators, Francesco and Gael Boglione. Monkfish crudo with fresh chilli and nasturtium flower might be followed by Haye Farm lamb with artichokes, while excellent vegetarian options (fried courgette flowers, tomato carpaccio) evoke the spirit of the original Petersham Nurseries in Richmond.  

To drink

三级成人视频The sommelier offers a personal consultation and tasting of wines chosen from the onsite Italian specialist Petersham Cellar. 

Capacity

35 in the private room (minimum 20 guests); the restaurant is also available for exclusive hire. 

Cost

From £3,000.

Floral Court, London, WC2E 9FB;

Trinity Upstairs

The experience

三级成人视频Ground-floor Trinity may have the Michelin star but the more casual Upstairs is the nicer space, with a wall of picture windows filling the room with sunshine and daylight filtered through the canopy of trees lining Clapham’s Polygon. Food is prepared in an open island kitchen while the restaurant’s events team can look after everything from wine selection to flowers.

Trinity Upstairs Credit:  Jude Middleton Photography

On the menu

The intricately presented dishes of full-on flavour balance the elegant with the earthy. Salad of globe artichoke, blood orange, puffed rice and burrata curds might be followed by roasted Sutton Hoo chicken with white asparagus and vin jaune sauce, and salted caramel custard tart.

To drink

An impressive collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy as well as small quantities of ‘Chef Cellar Wines’, fine wines handpicked by chef Adam Byatt to complement his cooking and sold at close to cost price.

Capacity

30

Cost

Minimum spend from £250/£800 for lunch/dinner on Mondays to £1,000/£3,000 for lunch/dinner on Saturdays. 

Reopens 4 August. 4 The Polygon, London, SW4 0JG;

Mere

The experience

Masterchef Monica Galetti is a master hostess, too. Start with canapés and Champagne (a blanc de blancs produced specially for Galetti by Duval-Leroy) in the snazzy ground- floor bar of her Fitzrovia restaurant Mere before heading downstairs to the light and bright dining room for a four-course meal and wine pairing finished off with coffee and Mere chocolates.

Blackcurrant parfait at Mere

On the menu

Galetti creates a bespoke feast of contemporary fine dining for couples, incorporating their favourite flavours. Signature dishes include tortelli with wild mushrooms, confit chicken and Marmite, butter-poached lobster with peanut sauce, and hokey pokey dessert (like a Kiwi version of a Crunchie).

To drink

Galetti’s husband David used to be the head sommelier of Le Gavroche三级成人视频 and pairs wines from a list that offers a thorough exploration of the most innovative producers from both the Old and New World.

Capacity

50 when full, and 30 comfortably.

Cost

Lunch from £7,000, dinner from £12,000.

74 Charlotte St, London W1T 4QH;

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