Top 10 Places for an Office Christmas Party in London
No matter where you work, what you do or how Scrooge-like you may be, there’s one annual event you can never escape – the office Christmas party. If you need additional ammo to persuade Brian from HR that the office is no place for a party then here are 10 venue suggestions to stoke the fire.
The Escapologist is styled as part ‘modern day Victorian men’s club’ and ‘part Masonic lodge’. The spaces available for you and your office to enjoy include the ‘Grand Hall’ and ‘Lavish Vault’ or the whole venue can be hired exclusively. The Covent Garden cocktail joint features a boozy cocktail menu divided into ‘premium’ and ‘party time’ so the good times should be seamless. Christmas packages start at £17.50pp for Good Finger Food, options. You can add sweet and savory canapes, cheeseboards and desserts. Golden Tickets for drinks are £5 each. All-inclusive drinks package starting at £50pp.
Best for: partying like a Victorian (there is not historic theme here).
Address: 35 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LD
Not the typical Christmas party venue (considering it’s nestled in the heart of Dalston) but Ray’s Bar is bang on the money for a bold and boozy festive celebration. If you follow the drinks menu as intended you and your colleagues will be kicking things off with a three-course cocktail experience. The cocktail list is split into aperitifs, mains and desserts, and mains are only drinkable post-midnight, so you might want to grab a slice of downright delicious pizza from Voodoo Ray’s upstairs.
Best for: guaranteed hangover.
Address: 95 Kingsland High St, London, E8 2PB
Contact: 020 7249 7865
Website: Ray’s Bar
Why not celebrate the festive season in Ancient Roman style. Roma launched in September with a truly unique concept; bring 2000-year-old flavours of Ancient Rome to London. You and your colleagues can tuck into an array of charcuterie, cheese boards and small plates prepared the Roman way or take the quick route to the inevitable and sample Romas extensive cocktail menu and wine list. As an added wow factor – Each and every wine has been traced back to the very same vineyards that the Romans would have drunk from themselves.
Best for: partying like a Roman.
Address: 14 New London Street, London, EC3R 7NA
Contact: 020 7488 2807
Bounce Shoreditch is an ideal setting for a Christmas knees up. You can squeeze 100 people into this sporting (ahem) haven. This popular Shoreditch haunt offers Christmas guests ping pong, fine cocktails and food to boot.
Best for: table tennis – obviously.
Address: 241 Old St, Greater London EC1V 9EY
Contact: 020 3657 6525
The riverside rooftop destination, The Deck, has been transformed into the ‘Moonshine Micky’s Speakeasy’ for the office party season. Based around a prohibition-style secret speakeasy the space incorporates exposed brickwork, dark wood, old-fashioned signage, prints and rugs for an authentic take on liquor haunts of the past. There’s even a ‘mug shot’ photo booth.
Best for: stunning views of the Thames and City skyline.
Address: National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Contact: 020 7452 3796
The Jam Tree
The Jam Tree in Chelsea and Clapham has private rooms for festive gatherings large and small. Work drinks parties can be catered with hot buffet trays and canape platters and larger parties can enjoy a whole Christmas hog served with pit roast potatoes, lashings of bourbon apple sauce and all the seasonal trimming.
Best for: a Christmas spit roast (minds out the gutter please)
Address: 541 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW6 2EB
Contact: 020 3397 3739
This might not be the grandest or most obvious of venues for a ‘Christmas do’. However, for festive frolics you can lock down their ‘Private Games Room’ which is complete with a vintage karaoke machine, old nintentos, self-serve beer kegs and private bar – what more could you want?
Best for: a cocktail-fuelled game of Goldeneye.
Address: 5 N Wharf Rd, London W2 1LA
Contact: 020 7723 8080
For all the culture vultures i the office – you can hire The Tanks (up to 600 guests), The Members Room (up to 300), The Restaurant (up to 200), Level 10 Viewing Terrace (up to 150), The Turbine Hall and Bridge (up to 1,500) and more.
Best for: a brush up on your history of art.
Address: Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Contact: 0207 887 8689
With two 9-hole courses full of loops and jumps, 5 cocktail-drenched bars and 3 amazing food vendors, Swingers is the perfect place for idle office chit chat. Patty & Bun are introducing a Christmas burger exclusive to Swingers that will feature buttermilk fried turkey breast, sage and onion stuffing (rolled patty shaped and crisped up), pickled red cabbage, crispy bacon, brussel sprout and sausage relish and a delicious bread sauce mayo. Le Bab are bringing a Venison shish to the festive table with cavolo nero kimchi, jerusalem artichoke crisps, cranberry & chilli jam and a venison mayo, and to round off the meal, Pizza Pilgrims will be offering up a funky Mincemeat Calzone – a Neapolitan take on the traditional mince pie.
Best for: swinging (in the traditional sense)
Address: 8 Brown’s Buildings, London EC3A 8AL
Contact: 020 3846 3222
Junkyard Golf Club
Located on Brick Lane, Junkyard Golf Club is an underground crazy golf haven supplying caddies, private bars and hours of entertainment. The putters have tackled wacky, twisted courses assembled from bonkers castoffs whilst enjoying street food and guzzling tasty cocktails.
Best for: Uninhibited and inebriated crazy golf.
Christmas is a time for giving right? Mr Foggs creates that perfect (and much swankier) Christmas Carol vibe, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The open fire will make you feel like you’re visiting your grandparents and the live music at the piano will keep you entertained well into the early hours. It’s the perfect, cosy and hidden speakeasy.
Best for: gin, copious amounts of gin.
Address: 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, London, W1J 6JD
Contact: 020 7036 0608
Hello again Michelin Starred chef, Karam Sethi. The food guru strikes again and gives traditional Indian food a modern twist in his new venture, Sethi focuses on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill that’ll be sure to warm you and your co-pals’ cockles. The resto is themed after the colonial gymkhana clubs in India and is littered with history, atmosphere and a sense of occasion.
Best for: Christmas dinner with a twist
Address: 42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH
Contact: 020 3011 5900
With over 200 rums to choose from this is the perfect spot for a festive office bash. The well-stocked bar features a plethora to choose from, with household staples such as Zacapa and Diplomatico to21-year-oldold Appleton Estate. The West London haunt was inspired by 1920s – 40s Cuba, Havana to be exact. The nostalgic Caribbean theme is stamped throughout the decor, with a vintage-look lounge taking centre stage inside (available to book for 40 guests).
Best for: rum, rum and….. rum.
Address: 31 Duke St, Marylebone, London W1U 1LG
Contact: 020 7935 3303
100 Islington, sister of the similarly named numerical haunt in Hoxton, has just recently re-launched after a makeover. This cracking Islington haunt has a back room for private hire or you can go all out and take the whole place over. The cocktail menu is not to be missed, particularly the Overproof Hurricane.
Best for: versatile drinks
Address: 270 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2UQ
Contact: 020 7226 1118
Website: 100 Islington