Bala Baya


Mon - Fri / 12 - 3pm + 5 - 11pm
Sat - 11 - 4pm + 5 - 11pm
Sun - 11 - 4pm + 5 - 9pm


For group bookings over 20 people, please email us.

Adventurous Middle-Eastern Eating

With an undeniable sexy vibe, Bala Baya combines low-lit ambience with a party energy. Our Middle Eastern inspired menu brings a taste of the Eastern Mediterranean boarder to London with fresh, vibrant dishes designed for sharing, great cocktails (including our signature Gazoz!) and a party atmosphere from midday to midnight.

Inspired by Bauhaus architecture, Bala Baya has created a unique space that allows you to experience the sun-kissed youthfulness in the heart of Southwark.



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    Looking for private dining in London that stands out from the crowd?

    Are you checking out private function rooms in London for your party or event, but you’re after something a bit different?

    Let us introduce you to Bala Baya – one of the most exciting eateries in town. Tucked away in the Old Union Yard Arches, a stone’s throw from Southwark station, you’ll find us – a Middle-Eastern style restaurant that is effortlessly casual and cool.

    It’s true, you can find plenty of restaurants with private rooms in London, so what makes us special? Good question! Where to begin – the decor, the atmosphere, the drinks, the music, the food? (Let’s not forget the food!) You’ll find Bala Baya to be unique and surprising in many delightful ways – a tantalising taste of Middle Eastern promise that will make you compelled to return to experience it again and again.

    What to expect when celebrating at Bala Baya

    When searching for a private hire venue in London, you’ll find that Bala Baya has something special to offer.

    Designed by the multiple award winning Afroditi Krassa, our Bauhaus-inspired interior architecture is a sight to behold. Our ground floor area and bar can seat 30 diners and hold up to 50 standing guests and features a full view of our open kitchen. There is also access to our outdoor terrace area – perfect for those long, sultry summer evenings. Our delightful terrace area can also be heated when the unpredictable English weather is a little less accommodating – nothing can put a damper on our famous Bala Baya warmth!

    Our stunning Mezzanine floor is a stylish open space that can accommodate small, intimate gatherings and large scale parties alike; perfectly made for private dining in London. With the capacity to hold 60 seated diners and 100 standing guests, the Mezzanine is an ideal place to hold your private soirée, celebration or corporate event. For an unforgettable experience in a beautiful private dining room in London, Bala Baya is always an outstanding choice.

    Move over fine dining – make way for fun dining

    Our watchword is inclusivity and our passion is for food, people, love, and fun. Although our head chef Eran Tibi has an impressive resume as a formally trained Le Cordon Bleu London chef, we are not yet another stuffy fine dining establishment – far from it. If you want stuffy waiters and formal conversation – that’s really not our style. Here at Bala Baya you can let your hair down and enjoy a private dining in London experience that is fresh, modern, informal, friendly and welcoming.

    We take our food and service seriously though – it’s just that we don’t believe excellence has to be associated with pretension and stiff formality. We are all about happiness and good times, particularly for sharing unique and fun dining experiences with the people you care about. Be sure to check out our unique sharing menus; the ideal way to get the most out of our amazing and tasty dishes. 

    Of course we also have a vegetarian and vegan sharing menu – no one is left out at Bala Baya. And if you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know as we are always happy to accommodate your wishes. We want you to have the best time possible. If you’re looking for restaurants with party rooms, you’ll find us to be the dream destination for your group event – large or small.

    Modern private dining hire in London

    Let yourself be swept away to the bustling and sun-bleached streets of the Middle East. Drink in the warm and welcoming ambiance, the intoxicating background soundtrack of house and dance music and the rich, enticing fragrance of incredible dishes.

    Prepare your taste buds for traditional Middle Eastern cuisine but with a modern, progressive twist. Fill your table with small plates of olives, pittas, hummus, Persian dumplings, chickpea dishes, fresh, mouth watering vegetables, magnificent herbs and spices. Sample our desserts including Burnt Babka with blackberry compote, or our Midnight Malabi – a delicious creation with coconut, black tahini, morello cherry, vanilla, rose, white rum and a sesame brittle.

    For drinks we have a terrific selection of  wines and beers as well as sparkling cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. For a real taste of Eastern Mediterranean culture, why not try our gazoz, a refreshing beverage made with our own small batch syrups, fresh, seasonal fruit, herbs, spices and flowers. Our gazoz is a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds. This amazing drink is naturally non-alcoholic, but of course we also do a ‘naughty’ version by including Prosecco, vodka, gin, or Arak. Give it a try – you’ll be glad you did.

    We are available for parties, events, and groups large or small. We are located in Southwark – an amazing district that offers so many things to see and do, so if you’re planning a celebration and you want to finish your day at a fabulous restaurant, you’ll find us just a hop and a skip away from Southwark station.

    For an unforgettable experience of private dining in London that’s fresh, bright and fun – this is the place to be. Come for the food – stay for the joie de vivre!