Best Private Dining Venue 2018
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
The backstory Bentley’s is a true icon on London’s restaurant scene, and has a long history to prove it. It has sat in the same grand Victorian building just off Regent Street from the outset and kept its remit simple: fine oysters, fresh seafood and fish.
Following a slight downward turn it underwent a change of hands in 2005, when it was bought by Chef Richard Corrigan who well and truly restored it to its glory days. Awarded two Michelin stars, quadruple winner of the Great British menu, caterer to the Queen and Concorde. His passion for seasonal food is matched only by his enthusiasm for ingredients sourced in Britain and Ireland. Richard’s approach is defined by his belief in good hospitality coupled with excellent food.
Located in the heart of the West End, Bentley’s offers five elegant and stylish private dining rooms suitable for both private as well as corporate use.
Up to 60 guests can be seated for a breakfast, lunch, dinner or wedding celebration or 100 for a canapés reception with delectable menus, and attentive service, to really make your event memorable.
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Institute of Contemporary Arts is an iconic venue located on The Mall, just a short walk from Buckingham Palace and Downing Street. It is a creative and culturally significant building with two Regency rooms, a fully equipped Theatre and Cinema spaces available for wide range of events. While enjoying breath-taking views from three balconies overlooking St James’s Park, Big Ben and London Eye, it is a spectacular location to sip champagne and experience fine dining.
The ICA was founded by a collective of artists in 1946 and moved to its present location on The Mall in spring 1968. Over the subsequent decades, the Institute has staged numerous ground-breaking exhibitions. ICA is invested in a programme that speaks to the challenges of the 21st Century, it is also an ethical place to work with a strong sense of community.
ICA is exclusively working with Arnold and Henderson – the real experts in delivering not only incredible food but also a great atmosphere for any event.
Steeped in over 200 years of history, Lord’s is the most famous cricket ground in the world and an exceptional venue for all occasions.
Owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Lord’s combines the traditional and modern in a unique way – a contrast typified by the Victorian Grade II*-listed Pavilion and award-winning J.P. Morgan Media Centre at opposite ends of the ground.
Lord’s Cricket Ground is nothing short of a world-class venue, not only for cricket, but also for private dining events.
April 2018, saw the launch of the Lord’s Dining Club; an exciting new series which honours the age-old pairing of food and cricket. The traditions of Marylebone Cricket Club are coupled with innovative cooking from a line-up of world world-renowned Michelin-starred chefs, who continually redefine their craft and boast nine Michelin stars between them. These events summarise the ambition of the club, and the high standards we expect to deliver to our clients.
In addition, the significant investment in improving the facilities at Lord’s shows the ambition and desire to continually improve. In particular, the quality of the in-house catering, combined with award-winning service, makes Lord’s a cut above the rest.
Searcys at The Gherkin
Newly open for daytime functions, the new sky high rooms by Events at the Gherkin are ideal for dining and celebratory gatherings in the heart of The City.
Sitting high above London on the 38th floor of this Norman Foster designed building, the rooms were aptly named after clouds: Alto, Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus and Nimbus offer stunning vistas, catering excellence and impeccable service. Designed with flexibility in mind, the new rooms provide a space for small, targeted conferences for 10 delegates or larger parties spread across the floor of up to 100 guests. Events, private dinners or conferences at the Gherkin are lavishly catered for with bespoke breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner menus created by Searcys at the Gherkin head chef, Daniel Loftin.
Booked individually the cloud-inspired rooms are ideal for 18 to 70 guests dependent on layout (Boardroom, Banquet, Theatre or Standing), while double rooms or whole floor booking allow for larger gatherings of up to 130 guests. Each rooms offer multiple screens, lapel mics and docking stations, as well as an on-site engineer on hand to ensure presentations go smoothly.
Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe
Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe has been a partner of the iconic Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside for over a decade, overseeing the bar, restaurant and events spaces as well as the theatre’s cafes and tap houses. Three uniquely styled private dining rooms, seating 8 to 70 guests, celebrate the gorgeous panoramic vistas of the River Thames. Whilst each space at Swan has its own look, carefully curated design features ensure a consistent flow from each of the spaces. Chef director Allan Pickett oversees the menus at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe, combining his classical French training with his love of British ingredients. Allan has a particular passion for produce from his home county of Kent and focusing on provenance and seasonality, the private dining menus at Swan celebrate British, well sourced ingredients that harness the fullest flavours of the season.