London’s Most Unique Private Dining Experience in Sandeman’s Historic Port Cellars

Sandeman Quarter, which includes the newly renovated The Don Restaurant and Bar 1790, has launched the City of London’s most unique private dining spaces within the listed cellars that were once the home of Sandeman Port on St Swithins Lane.

With a rich history dating back to the 16th century, the Sandeman Quarter provides a truly exceptional dining experience that combines delicious cuisine with historical charm.

The Barrel Cellar – A Perfect Setting for Lunches or Dinners

The original Sandeman vault, where George Sandeman marked the first-ever cask, has been converted into a stunning dining space perfect for private lunches or dinners.

With a capacity of up to 26 guests for seated events and 50 for standing events, the Barrel Cellar provides an intimate and cosy atmosphere. The Cellar’s historical significance is reflected in its décor, which features a stunning brick vaulted ceiling and an original sandstone floor.

The Sandeman Room – Ideal for Wine Tastings and Private Dinners

London's Most Unique Private Dining Experience in Sandeman's Historic Port Cellars

The Sandeman Room is a characterful dining space that boasts a fully stocked wine rack and portraits of the Sandeman family.

With a capacity of up to 16 guests, the Sandeman Room is ideal for private wine tastings, lunches, or dinners. The original 18th-century barrel hoist adds to the room’s historical significance and charm, providing an unforgettable dining experience.

The Medieval Cellar – An Exclusive Tasting Environment

The most exclusive private dining experience at Sandeman Quarter can be found in the Medieval Cellar. Dating back to 1580, this cellar was once used to roll casks of port from ships to the cellars.

Now, it has been converted into a unique tasting environment that can be hired for exclusive tastings. The Medieval Cellar’s historical significance, combined with its unique atmosphere, makes it an exceptional space for an unforgettable dining experience.

Mouth-Watering Menus Created by Head Chef Toby Lever

The Sandeman Quarter offers mouth-watering menus created by Head Chef Toby Lever, who was formerly the head chef at Lutyens. Private dining menus are created using ingredients from either The Don’s kitchen or Bar 1790‘s kitchen.

London's Most Unique Private Dining Experience in Sandeman's Historic Port Cellars

The Don’s menu is inspired by modern European cuisine and focuses on seasonal ingredients. Bar 1790‘s menu has a strong Portuguese influence, and together they offer an extensive range of options to cater to everyone’s tastes.

Extensive Wine and Port List Curated by Head Sommelier Max Cohn

In addition to the delicious food, the Sandeman Quarter offers an extensive wine and port list curated by Head Sommelier Max Cohn and David Gleave, MW, who is the chairman and founder of Liberty Wines.

The selection includes a range of the finest Scottish whiskies, port-based cocktails developed by the current George Sandeman in Oporto, and an eclectic champagne list devised by expert Simon Stockton, Charles Heidsieck Champagne.

London's Most Unique Private Dining Experience in Sandeman's Historic Port Cellars


If you’re looking for a truly unique and unforgettable private dining experience in the heart of London, the Sandeman Quarter is the perfect choice. With its historical charm, delicious cuisine, and extensive wine and port list, you are sure to have a dining experience that you’ll never forget.


The Sandeman Quarter

19-23 St Swithins Lane

London EC4N 8AD