Finding a space for private dining events is a pretty common task given to assistants these days. We are asked pretty regularly to find something different, quiet or impressive. Usually at the drop of a hat and when our organisations have really important clients in town. Private dining spaces are popular and can be booked up month’s in advance so it is always worthwhile having a few tricks up your sleeve when it comes to finding the perfect private dining venue. Here are a few tips…
What impression do you want to make?
Who is attending the private dinner? If it is important clients you may want to book the restaurant of the moment or a venue with a world-class reputation (you’ll have to book these in advance!) Or you may be organising a private dining experience for your team and would prefer somewhere relaxed with good food and wine. Whatever the occasion make sure you have a few objectives from your Executive before you start your search.
Visit the venue
This would go without saying for a larger event, but for private dining experiences you may think it isn’t worth the time to visit the venue. It is! Take the time to go to the venue, look at the space to make sure it works for your numbers and speak to the staff about the set up, menu and timings. If you are not attending the dinner it is much less stressful knowing you have left your Executives and clients in the venue’s capable hands!
Who is paying the bill?
Some Executives want to sign the bill off at the end of the evening, others prefer this process to be a little more discreet. Ask your Exec what they would prefer to do and speak to the venue accordingly.
The extra details
Prior to finalising the details for the private dining event ask your Executive if they would like any little extra touches. For example, this could Champagne and canopies on arrival or post-dinner cocktails. It could be name cards or a seating plan. Make sure you have all of the extra details in place before the event and that you have let the venue know of any special arrangements.
Looking for something different for your next private dining experience?
Here are a few examples of some unique private dining spaces in London courtesy of ITA* Venues.
This beautiful historic building offers abundant charm. Designed by the celebrated Scottish architects the Adam Brothers, it is one of the finest surviving town houses of its type. Sympathetic restoration has allowed the majestic formal rooms to retain all their character and sense of tradition.
The In & Out, formally known as The Naval & Military Club, offers excellent facilities in the heart of St James's. The Club’s abundance of rooms, varying in style and size, provide great versatility for both business and private events, while the secluded Courtyard is a sheer delight for summer soirées and receptions.
Discreetly tucked away on Devonshire Square, Coopers' Hall is a delightful Pre-Georgian Town House in the heart of the City of London. The smallest and one of the oldest City Livery Halls with a history of wooden cask making since its origins in the 13th century, Coopers’ Hall is rich with warmth and character.
ITA* offers a bespoke and free of charge booking service for over 40 of the most exclusive event settings the capital has to offer.
We are linked to these amazing venues by our caterers, Ampersand and Chester Boyd, who provide fabulous tailor-made food to match the prestige of the spaces in which they operate.
From corporate clients to brides and grooms, from event agents to PAs – whoever you are, whatever you need, we’ve got a venue to suit you. To enquire about hiring the ITA* venues, please email William Smith from ITA.