Top 5 London restaurants for corporate groups

C&IT takes a look at some of London's most exciting restaurants for meetings and private hire.

Top 5 London resturants for groups
Top 5 London resturants for groups

The Noodle House, Shaftesbury Avenue
The recently opened Noodle House is one of the West End’s more innovative private dining experiences, with a diverse selection of cuisine from Southeast Asia and its own dedicated events team. Guests are able to reserve a private dining space equipped with bars and a tea station, which is operated by its very own team of baristas, coffee makers and tea ‘enthusiasts’.

Wary that the food and a fully stocked bar can sometimes be distracting whilst being spoken at for 45 minutes, The Noodle House has state-of-the-art A/V technology including sound, lighting, free internet and TV screens to incorporate the necessary facilities for effective meetings.

The Noodle House is situated at 117 Shaftesbury Avenue and is the first of the Dubai-based chain to open in the UK.

Steam & Rye, City of London
In November 2013, model Kelly Brook and London nightclub founder Nick House opened their joint venture Steam & Rye, an American prohibition-themed bar and restaurant.

Located in the old Bank of New York building in The City, the venue dives deep into its Americana theme with a main hall modeled on New York’s Grand Central Station and an Eastern Pacific steam train dining carriage. The Main Hall has a standing capacity of 300 and can seat up to 150 with the capability for drinks receptions and dinners with live music and, for the adventurous, its own mechanical rodeo bull. Because, why not?

Private dining rooms are also on hand. The Cargo Hold hosts up to 70 people; the newly opened Beamish’s Study is ideal for smaller groups of 10-20; and the 1st Class Cocktail Carriage, located in the basement via a winding spiral staircase, takes 60.

Core, Bank
Late Night London’s latest addition to its portfolio, Core, is located on Queen Street, adjacent to Bank tube station, and opened its doors in April. Core aligns with the venue operator’s style of distinctive and urban interiors with added New York metropolis themes.

Lunches, dinners and drink receptions can be hosted throughout Core’s event spaces, with a maximum capacity of 400 across every room. Individually, the ground floor can host up to 60 people, while the lounge can host more than double that with 150. The outside terrace, which will be in popular demand in good weather, has room for a further 40 people.

MASH, West End
Located in London’s historic West End, MASH is Soho’s take on the modern American steakhouse. Groups can enjoy a range of event spaces that offer everything from a semi-private dining experience to exclusive of the whole restaurant.

Located in the main hall of the venue, the semi-private dining room seats up to 24 guests and although secluded enough to ensure privacy, the group won’t be too isolated from the vibrant atmosphere at the front of house. Alternatively, if privacy is paramount to the meeting, then an exclusive private dining room for up to 18 guests beside the restaurant’s wine cellar is also available. The capacity for exclusive hire of the venue is 350 people seated or 450 for a standing reception. A canapé menu is available, as well as a vast and detailed wine and cocktail list.

Devonshire Terrace, Liverpool Street
Situated inside Devonshire Square and five minutes from Liverpool Street station, Devonshire Terrace offers private dining in a spacious and mellow setting amidst one of the Capital’s most vibrant areas.

Devonshire Terrace combines both indoor and outdoor spaces with a range of group options. Individual rooms seating up to 20 people and larger rooms seating up to 40 each have heated balconies and a private side bar can accommodate 80 people for a standing reception.

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