Our Best 8 Group Dining Restaurants In London
Looking for a restaurant for a birthday lunch or maybe you want to treat the whole family? Here’s your guide to group eats in London.
Berlusconi-inspired debauchery in Battersea and Covent Garden (main picture). There are dancing waiters, cocktails served in giant horses’ heads and karaoke when the whole place turns into a nightclub after dinner. Book the late sitting for antipasti and (surprisingly good) sourdough pizza, and make sure any group over six is a mix of both signoriand signore or you won’t get through the door.
Group sizes: 6-20
Really good for: 20-something birthday parties.
More Info: www.bungabunga-london.com
All-out glamour in one of London’s prettiest dining rooms. Booths right at the heart of the buzzing space can seat up to eight, and there is also a table for 12 in the main restaurant – not to mention several private dining options. It’s part of the Jason Atherton stable, so you can expect polished service and precise (modern European) cooking too.
Group size: 6-12
Really good for: Mixed age groups.
More Info: www.editionhotels.com
It’s summer all year round in Blixen’s covered – and, more importantly, heated – back garden, where the largest table seats ten. Snack on truffle popcorn over cocktails to start (these guys shake up a mean martini), then tuck into the likes of seared beef carpaccio with anchovy, parmesan and crispy shallots, or corn-fed chicken with roasted Jerusalem artichokes.
Group sizes: 6-10
Really good for: Weekend brunch (10am-5pm) or a birthday celebration.
More Info: www.blixen.co.uk
Big-ticket dining at bus ticket prices – just off Piccadilly Circus. Corbin and King’s homage to the grand Parisian brasserie was made for group dining. The menu’s an all-pleaser, service is swift and the vast space has plenty of room (you can seat a whopping 20 guests on the large table at the back). And at £9.75 for two courses off the set menu, there’ll be no quibbling over the bill either.
Group sizes: 6-20
Really good for: Kicking off a night out in the West End.
More Info: www.brasseriezedel.com
Loud and lively. Tramshed’s younger bro is a bit of a live wire. Stuffed with modern art and expensive-looking furniture, it’s a pretty smart gaff (you can certainly get dressed up without looking out of place) but it’s also refreshingly relaxed. Groups of up to 12 can tuck into chicken and steak from the à la carte. Larger groups can book a private dining room.
Group sizes: 6-12
Really good for: Daytime celebrations. Weekday lunch costs just £9.95, while Saturday brunches come with ‘bottomless’ Prosecco and Bloody Marys.
More Info: www.hixterbankside.co.uk
Pizza East Shoreditch
Urban by numbers. Concrete and steel frame a buzzy dining room full of long, shared tables that always pack out. Groups of 13-18 can have a ‘pizza party’, with a generous amount of antipasti, salads, pizzas and desserts to share, in the semi-private area to one side; parties of 12 or less are treated like any other table.
Group sizes: 6-18
Really good for: Carb-loading before a Shoreditch bar crawl.
More Info: www.pizzaeast.com
L.C. at Climpson’s Arch
Just like the Som Saa team before him, Leandro Carreira has stayed at Climpson’s Arch longer than originally planned (last we heard, his residency had been extended into December), yet fans of his gutsy Portuguese food keep queuing up. Groups of more than eight, however, can book ahead – you’ll also have a choice between ordering from the à la carte or a set menu.
Group sizes: 8-16
Really good for: Groups who don’t need an occasion. Stand in line or bring a crowd? It’s a no-brainer.
More Info: L.C at Climpson’s Arch
Riding House Café
Meed-ya canteen (it’s just around the corner from Broadcasting House, and great for spotting celebrities popping in after interviews at the Beeb). While creative types jostle over booths with room for Macbooks, groups are accommodated on a 20-seater kitchen table right by the door. Plenty of small plates and large mains to share make for fun, interactive dining.
Group sizes: 6-20
Really good for: Tapas-style meals with cocktails. The daily-changing House Hard Soda (£5) is particularly good value.
More Info: www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk