Private Dining with Searcys13 July 2021
What is it that makes private dining so special? We believe that when done right, it brings together the best aspects of hospitality, service and fine dining that you’d find in a high-end restaurant, with the personalisation and bespoke elements of hosting your own dinner. Private dining is also a vital tool in building relationships – it is the host’s reputation and future success at stake, after all. So, as private parties, corporate dinners and intimate gatherings of all shapes and sizes get back underway, we’re thrilled to be re-opening our many private dining rooms across London. Across our long-standing venues such as St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne, to the brand newly launched event space The View at the Royal College of Surgeons’ HQ in central London, Searcys’ teams of chefs have been hard at work to prepare these spaces to welcome you once more.
IMPECCABLE SERVICE WITH A HUMAN TOUCH
John Searcy understood this when he founded the company back in 1847. ‘Gentle, courteous and masterful’ were the words used to describe our founder John Searcy’s character, and these traits are all still fundamental to the Searcys brand personality today. We’re enormously proud of every step of the Searcys story, and alongside the flawless quality we deliver at our private dining events, our heritage is what continues to open the doors of some of the UK’s most prestigious establishments to us today. Our priority is making sure the host feels relaxed and supported, the guests are very well looked after, and a well-choreographed service is delivered.
BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDS, JUST FOR YOU
Though Searcys’ own history dates back more than 170 years, the story behind many of our unique dining rooms is many centuries older. Heritage is at the centre of what we do, and our private dining rooms in some of the most beautiful and unusual surroundings give you access to spaces that you otherwise would not be able to visit.
A TOUCH OF INDULGENCE
We also create bespoke and seasonal menus for all manner of weddings breakfasts, work dos and dinner parties, tailored to you so they can be as formal or relaxed as you like. Each of the venues boasts a carefully crafted menu, where our Searcys chefs have created British modern menus, brimming with flavours and our own signatures, from a beautifully executed Searcys smoked salmon, crab, candied fennel, or a hearty Creedy Carver chicken pie or Kruger Estate sirloin steak to a delicate Searcys Victoria sponge and indulgent Malted bread pudding with tonka bean ice cream, peanut caramel.
JOIN US FOR A TOUR…
…of some of the best private dining rooms in the capital, as we travel through time from the 18th-century banqueting rooms of Vintners’ Hall to the glass-faced dining rooms at the top of The Gherkin in the heart of the City.
The Honourable Artillery Company
The HAC is a six-acre estate in the heart of London, a rare historic manor house established by Henry VIII. There are six rooms within the 18thc Armoury House which can be hired for small dinners up to 40. (While the largest space, the Prince Consort Rooms, is also an option and seats up to 400 guests).
10-11 Carlton House Terrace
This striking Georgian townhouse overlooking St James’s Park is home to The British Academy. A spectacular Grade I-listed building located in the heart of Westminster that has ten beautifully appointed rooms with original stucco features, fireplaces and a sweeping staircase to welcome your guests from. Choose from the relaxed atmosphere of the Reading Room to the more formal surroundings of the Council Room.
Modern and iconic, the city skyscraper offers five private dining rooms on Level 38 with incredible London views across the city and seasonal menus showcasing the best of British cuisine. The flexibility of the rooms and ability to join them together allows five-course feasts, birthday parties, wedding celebrations and board dinners of all descriptions, as guests enjoy five-course feasts with Champagne pairings, or lighter corporate lunches and breakfasts.
St Pancras Brasserie
The Art Deco-styled Brasserie and Champagne Bar in St Pancras’ iconic concourse has private a Champagne Tasting Room, ideal for small occasions and wine tastings of up to 14 seated guests, the Glass Room for up to 20 seated guests, and the semi-private Kitchen Bar, an open plan space accommodating up to 50 seated guests. Within the grand Victorian station, it makes for a unique taste of London’s railway history.
The home of the wine trade in England and one of the founding Livery Companies in the City is steeped in history, with records dating back to a grand banquet held for the Kings of England, Scotland, France, Denmark and Cyprus there in 1363. The private dining rooms are situated in what is now Five Kings House, adjacent to the Hall. It was built in 1911 as Thames House for the Liebig Extract of Meat Co. Ltd, the makers of Fray Bentos Corned Beef (Uruguay) and, later, Oxo. Hire of this beautiful dining room includes our stunning Roof Terrace, where you can enjoy cocktails with dramatic views of the Thames and the City of London, most notably St Paul’s Cathedral. Dine-in wood-panelled splendour with up to 25 people.
30 Euston Square
In a stunning central London location, 30 Euston Square’s Grade II-listed venue ticks all the boxes for hosting private dinners. For dining with decadence chose the charming and historic Heritage Rooms for an intimate VIP event. Or for something more elaborate, the stunning State Rooms are sure to impress your guests, as they gaze out over the London skyline from the adjoining Rooftop Terrace.
The View at Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Searcys’ newest destination venue, The View is at the heart of The Royal College of Surgeons in the heart of London. Choose from a range of dining spaces – from small and intimate dinners of 18 to 50 guests in the oak-panelled dining room and historic Library (large 180-person sit down banquets are hosted on the sixth floor looking out over the city below).
Opening after a major refurbishment in October 2021, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple is one of the four historic Inns of Court, providing hospitality to some of the greatest minds in the legal world for over 600 years. Oak-panelled private dining rooms can be reserved for meetings, dinner or celebrations from 10 to 96 people.
Osteria at the Barbican
A modern Italian restaurant within the iconic Brutalist structure in central London, Osteria at the Barbican is ideal for any gathering, from birthday parties to corporate events. The bright and airy restaurant serves regional Italian food, classic cocktails and seasonal pre-theatre menus ideal for a quick bite before one of the Barbicans various shows. The private dining room “vista sul lago” is an intimate space seating up to 18, with an amazing view over the Barbican and lake below.
COVID-19 secure private dining
Over the past 16 months, Searcys has been working hard to implement COVID-19 government guidance to ensure that our event and meeting spaces are safe for you, our delegates, our teams and suppliers. Each Searcys venue receives a “We’re Good to Go” industry accreditation, launched by VisitBritain, which confirms that we adhere to the Government and public health guidance. Furthermore, all Searcys venues are regularly audited and accredited by NAVITAS, our nominated independent health and safety consultancy for compliance in line with our secure safety framework.
Our measures that have been implemented for our teams, contractors and guests include enhanced cleaning regimes, tightened access control, revised event room capacities to support social distancing, and increased wayfinding signage. We have introduced touch-free menus and re-trained our teams to serve food in a new way.