Best venues for a celebration

Let the good times roll.

Cel-e-brate good times. C'mon.

These weren't just the sentiments of Kool, but his entire gang. And they should know, they were in the business of celebrating.

If you've got something to celebrate be sure to get the venue just right - size, atmosphere, style and level of opulence all play a part in creating the right environment to let the good times roll.

So whether it's a birthday, engagement, retirement, anniversary or just the fact that the weekend is upon us - be sure to check out of list of best restaurants to kick up your heels and celebrate.




Sushisamba
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY
Region: City
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: What better place to have a celebration than up in the sky? Sushisamba is on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower and has magnificent views over the city after dark. The menu fuses flavours from Japan, Peru and Brazil, and there are plenty of exotic cocktails to keep the party going.

  • SOUTH AMERICAN
  • 22/100
Sketch Lecture Room & Library
9 Conduit Street W1S 2XG
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: There are three restaurants and two bars within Sketch, all with stunning design. The Lecture and Library Room boasts two Michelin stars, and the Parlour turns into a cocktail bar in the evening. Don’t miss a visit to the egg-shaped cubicles in the toilets.

  • FRENCH
  • 8/100
  • USERS 9/10
Gaslight Grill
339 Battersea Park Road SW11 4LS
Region: Battersea
Nearest Station: Queenstown Road (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: With the look of a 19th century gin palace it’s natural for steakhouse Gaslight Grill and its adjacent bar, Lost Angel, to serve very British cocktails. Studded leather banquettes and dark wood furniture appear to have come straight out of a Victorian-era gentleman’s club.

  • EUROPEAN
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 9/10
Pizza East
56 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JJ
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green

AIL Says: Aside from the top pizzas, this hip restaurant from the Soho House group has a lively atmosphere and the Shoreditch branch has a nightclub in the basement.

  • PIZZERIA
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Hakkasan Hanway Place
8 Hanway Place W1T 1HD
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

AIL Says: Diners don’t just flock to Michelin-starred Hakkasan for the food, it’s also a popular haunt for celebrations because of its chic atmosphere, not to mention the opportunities for star-spotting.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 9/10
Bodo's Schloss
2a Kensington High Street W8 4PT
Region: Kensington
Nearest Station: High Street Kensington (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Inspired by an Austrian farmhouse, celebs like Elle McPherson, David Beckham and Kelly Brook have all turned up to party here. Food is served by staff sporting lederhosen and dirndls, and DJs play dance music till the small hours at weekends.

  • AUSTRIAN
Duck & Waffle
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY
Region: City
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Heron Tower’s top floor is home to this delectable 24 hour restaurant where you can feast on oysters and bubbly at any time of the night. Being on the 40th level means there is some pretty decent scenery from the windows too.

  • EUROPEAN
  • OUR REVIEW 4/10
  • USERS 10/10
Iberica
12 Cabot Square E14 4QQ
Region: Canary Wharf
Nearest Station: Heron Quays

AIL Says: When you’re having a party at a restaurant, tapas are the ideal food. Iberica’s menu is influenced by the cuisine of Asturias in northern Spain, and if you like wine there are over 50 Spanish varieties on offer. The mezzanine level at the Canary Wharf branch is especially suitable for big gatherings.

  • SPANISH
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 9/10
Les Trois Garcons
1 Club Row E1 6HR
Region: Spitalfields
Nearest Station: Shoreditch

AIL Says: It’s busy, trendy, and boasts hugely decadent design - stuffed animals, chandeliers and handbags adorn the place. With its sophisticated French menu wine list, this is perfect if you want to impress your fellow revellers.

  • FRENCH
  • USERS 6/10


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