Ultimate Guide to Christmas Party Venues in London

It’s that time of year to start thinking about finding one of the best Christmas party venues in London to host this year’s festive event! Whether you want a lavish venue for the office Christmas party or just want to organise a small December get-together then this it the best place to start your search. We’ve uncovered some of the best options from fancy private dining rooms and swanky bars for a few celebratory drinks, to cosy London pubs and restaurants that can put on a real festive feast – so welcome to your little black book for London Christmas party venues that’ll make this year’s event, the best yet!

Planning the office Christmas party can be a daunting task. It’s the one time of year everyone can leave the troubles of the working day behind and relax ready for the festive season to begin. So finding something that everyone will enjoy is a mammoth task – but luckily for you HeadBox are here to save the Christmas party day! Whether you want a traditional evening filled with mulled wine and mince pies, or if you’re looking for something a little different, then this ‘Ultimate Guide to Christmas Party Venues in London’ is a great place to start. We’ve uncovered 25 of our favourite places to escape the cold winter weather where you and your guests can sit back, relax and party. Let’s get this festive show on the road, shall we?

Tis’ the season to drink!

First up we have some of our favourite London bars to hire which will create the perfect backdrop for your Christmas party! When we think about the cold weather that the festive season brings with it, there’s nothing better than hiding away in an underground bar with a cocktail (or two!) to get you in that merry mood. Or standing around a cosy fire in a traditional British pub with a glass of mulled wine exchanging the best, or shall we say worst, Christmas cracker jokes. Whether you want to hire exclusive use of an entire bar or are thinking more along the lines of booking a large area then these are some great venues that can host your Christmas drinks.

The George, Andaz Hotel 

a traditional pub venue with a wooden bar, tables and chairs. the back wall has a grand painting hanging on it with golden decor around it.

There’s nowhere better to host your next Christmas party than in one of the best pubs to hire in London! This quintessentially British venue, on the corner of Liverpool Street and Bishopsgate creates a unique atmosphere for your Christmas do. With original architecture of oak panelled walls and the crafted Victorian ceilings, your guests will be in awe of the traditional interior of this venue whilst enjoying a festive tipple and classic comfort food. The George provides a warm and welcoming venue in the city where your team can let down their hair and enjoy themselves this Christmas after a year of hard work. The George can accommodate up to 26 seated guests for dining or 40 guests for a standing reception.

Lounge, Apples and Pear Bar

a quirky underground bar with mirrors and photos hanging all along it.

The Apples and Pear Bar is one of the best Christmas party venues in East London that’s sure to impress your team. The Lounge Bar can accommodate up to 65 Guests and comes fully equipped with state of the art sound systems, Wi-Fi, screen and a fully stocked cocktail bar to kick start the festive celebrations. As one of the best Christmas party venues London has to offer, Apples and Pear Bar can arrange top London DJs or live music for your event as a sure fire way to secure the best entertainment for your party. The Lounge Bar also has a full sound and PA system so they can plug in your own Christmas playlist and keep the festive hits running all night long.

Mezzanine, Banker 

a mezzanine bar with a kaleidoscopic ceiling. the white walls have photo frames running along the side of the walls

If you are looking for a cosy British pub to hire with an amazing private room in central London then the Banker is an ideal venue for this year’s Christmas party. Occupying a prime spot envied by other London pubs, The Banker sits right on the north bank of The River Thames. The Banker has a beautiful mezzanine that is ideal for Christmas parties or drinks with the office.

Bar Rumba

a nightclub bar which is lit up with blue and red lighting

Hide away from the harsh winter weather and jump straight into a lively and vibrant venue that will kick start the celebrations. Bar Rumba is the perfect centrally-located venue to hire for your Christmas party in London if you’re looking for something a little less traditional. Bar Rumba can accommodate up to 455 guests so is perfect for when you need to get the whole company together for one big office Christmas party.

Barsmith

a snazzy london bar with a zig zag tile patterned on the front. There are glasses hanging from a rack above the bar which has seats pushed up against it.

Make 2017 a big one and get the whole team together for an evening of festive themed Pizza, sharing boards, cured meats & cheeses and an incredible range of infusion cocktails & craft beer at Barsmith in Clerkenwell. London Christmas parties will never be the same again once it’s been hosted in this quirky bar. Barsmith has 3 separate areas to hire, so you can choose the options that’s best for you whether it’s one of the smaller function rooms to hire or the whole venue! If you just want a small get together with your team then you can just reserve a small area at the bar if that suits you better.

Dado 54

an brick walled venue with a red leather banquet seating around the edge - there are wooden coffee tables in the centre of the room and a long mirror on the wall

Dado 54 is the perfect London venue to hire if you’re looking for Christmas party venues in the City – this Space is housed in a 200-year old, grade II listed building which makes the perfect backdrop for a unique venue for a festive shindig! Dado54, with it’s quirky exposed brickwork interior as well as vintage decorative arts, offers a modern and cool space to host your Christmas party. The bar is known as the place ‘where magic happens’ in a London venue that has everything you need to host the perfect Christmas night out with your colleagues after a long year of working hard.

Basement Bar, Fanny Nelsons 

a dark bar setting with three men sitting around small tables in the middle of a conversations. the red brick walls have low-lit lights hanging on them

The Basement Bar at Fanny Nelson’s  is a great venue for a Christmas party that your guests will fall in love with this festive season. Fanny Nelson’s has a quirky and secret basement bar which is the ideal spot for Christmas parties with a VIP edge when hired exclusively. The venue benefits from its own bar and staff and has a 40 person capacity; choose from either custom designed 3-course festive menus or order some informal sharing platters for some light bites during an evening of amazing cocktails, wines and beers.

The Harrow

a traditional london pub which is perfect for hosting a Christmas party venue

Traditonal London pubs are the perfect backdrop for Christmas parties, and The Harrow is a 300-year-old traditional pub which is ideal if you want a historic venue to hire for a one of a kind Christmas event. The Harrow is able to accommodate groups of between 20 and 100 people in a variety of different settings and the warm and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect escape on a cold winter’s evening after work. There’s a great menu with some pub grub classics and your festive treats as well as a long drinks list to ensure all your guests leave feeling merry! You will find The Harrow just just off central Fleet Street.

Taproom, London Fields Brewery 

a small and quirky tap room with wooden tables dotted around the room that are set up for a dining event. There are vases on the table with yellow daffodils.

Want to host your Christmas party in a venue who pride themselves on providing the best holy trinity that is beer, food and music? The Taproom in London Fields is one of the best Christmas party venues London has to offer. The Taproom serves up amazing craft beers that’ll kick start the merry festive feeling into your colleagues as well as their ‘Ultimate Beer Food’ menu, that matches their brews with beautiful, tasty treats. The Taproom at London Fields Brewery is tucked away under the arches with the closest railway station being London Fields – so there is direct access from Liverpool Street station. Hire this unique London venue for up to 75 guests for your work Christmas do.

Cartizze Bar, Mews of Mayfair 

mews of mayfair elegant bar which has blue and purple leather cocktail chairs pushed up against it.

The Cartizze Bar at the Mews of Mayfair is another great Christmas venue in London’s prestigious area of Mayfair, set down a road of cobbled streets which in the Winter is decorated beautifully to set you off in the Christmas mood from the very beginning of your event. If you want to organise a night of light bites and amazing drinks for you and your team then this is the place to host it in. Whether that’s hiring the whole bar exclusively, or bringing a small team together to soak up the atmosphere of one of the best bars in Mayfair. Mews of Mayfair has a team of master bartenders who all specialise in combining seasonal ingredients with the finest spirits to create amazing cocktails that your guests will be in complete awe of! This Space can hold up to 25 guests for a Christmas party that won’t be beaten in many years to come.

Oriole Bar

The Oriole Bar is a great space to host a Christmas party in a venue with a great warmth, mystery and magic about it – perfect for a night to escape the cold winter weather and get straight into the festive season. Once you enter this top London bar you and your guests will forget the outside world and have a great time, so get your Santa hats and crackers at the ready!

Treat your hardworking team to a Christmas party in a place where the combination of charming décor, amazing refreshments, and glowing hospitality will guarantee you have the best Christmas event your office has ever seen. Oriole is found underneath Smithfield Market located within walking distance of Farringdon, Chancery Lane, Barbican, St Paul’s and Blackfriars stations so is perfect for a central London office Christmas party in a top London bar. Don’t just take our word for it, this venue has been awarded the title of ‘Best New International Cocktail Bar’ at the Spirited Awards in 2016 and ‘Best New Bar in the City’ in the DesignMyNight Awards so you know the office Christmas party will be in safe hands.

It’s party time

These next venues are for the bigger companies where an area in a quirky London bar just won’t cut it – here’s some of our HeadBox top picks for the bigger London party venues where the whole office can eat, drink and be merry!

LSO St Lukes

a large church venue which is set up for a giant party - there are several round tables with chairs around them set up for a banquet. Hanging from the ceiling are large chandeliers with glass balls.

LSO St Luke’s is one of the best party venues London has to offer for your festive shindig in Shoreditch. The stunning LSO St Luke’s is set back from the bustling street of the City in a historic building which can conceal London’s most elegant Christmas party! Guests will arrive and walk through the venues magnificent entrance beneath an impressively-lit Hawksmoor spire, then continue into the beautiful Jerwood Hall with it’s inspiring and unique architecture that really will impress your entire guest list.

To get the party started you can go for some relaxing music that will filter around the room and start bringing out the great selection of signature canapés and bowl food for your guests to enjoy. And when evening guests finish eating, the party can really begin when the DJ picks up the tempo and bashes out some real Christmas classics!

Victorian Railway Arch, Minories

a large brick work pub with various tables and chairs around it

If it’s a quirky underground venue you’re after for this year’s office Christmas party then the Old Victorian Railway Arches at the Minories are available for private hire! This breathtaking Victorian railway arch housed in the historic Minories pub at Tower Hill includes a private bar, dance floor, DJ booth, projector screens, variable lighting, plentiful furniture and break out areas including outside seating – so there’s nothing else you will need to host the best Christmas party to date.

We all know the key aspect to any great Christmas party is the food – and the Minories has that down! They offer up amazing catering options from the in house kitchen team so they can whip up a festive feast or some delicious Christmas themed canapes for you and your guests to tuck into.

Ski Lodge, Montague on the Gardens,

a traditional ski lodge with snow on the ground and snowmen at every corner. There is ivy and mistletoe hanging from the ceiling with fairy lights in amongst it to create a festive feel to the venue. There are skis proped up in the corner and shot glasses with a bottle next to it on the wooden bar.

Our next stop on this whistle-stop tour of Christmas venues is a little more traditional. Step inside the Montague Ski Lodge and get transported to the perfect winter scene. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine as you step right into the heart of the festive season, this winter party venue is transformed into a magical ski lodge; with pine trees, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks, piste maps and strings of fairy lights and lanterns. The centrepiece is a bar serving a selection of beverages from Schnapps, flavoured vodkas, mulled wine to new hot chocolate cocktails! So if it’s over the top Christmas cheer you want, then this is the London Christmas party venue for you.

Cucumber, Sea Container Events

a large venue with a floor to ceiling window overlooking London. The floor is white with grey and patterned triangle on it and there are a few cocktail tables posted around the room.

Sea Containers Events are well known for hosting some of the best Christmas events in London. Their Cucumber room is the most exclusive at their venue offering a sleek space for your evening of festive fun – whether that’s for seated lunch or dinner or an evening reception with mulled wine and Christmas canapes! Situated just across the bridge from Blackfriars station and a short walk away from both Waterloo or Southwark stations this ideally located London venue hire is perfect for corporate Christmas events in the City. Your delicious Christmas meal will be brought to you by award-winning independent caterers, Green & Fortune – so you can be sure that these delicious seasonal menus will get your guests in the festive mood!

Shaka Zulu

Shaka kulu is a quirky restaurant with aztec print sofas and chairs all around the room. The walls have craved wooden detailing and there are aztec tiles on the ceiling

At the opposite end of the Ski Lodge spectrum, you have Shaka Zulu which can be hired exclusively for your next corporate Christmas party in London’s top and largest South African restaurant. The lower floor of this stunning venue is complemented by a display of 20ft high warrior statues and the Mezzanine level offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the stunning braai restaurant. Carved wooden murals cover every inch of Shaka Zulu’s walls and ceiling making it a beautiful space to host your unique Christmas event. Shaka Zulu has become one of the most sought after venues in London so don’t miss out on the chance to host your amazing Christmas Party 2017 in this amazing venue.

Festive Feasts

Our favourite part of Christmas, as we suspect is the case with most people, is of course the food! Stacking your plate with as many pigs-in-blankets as it can possibly hold down and then still managing to squeeze in a plentiful portion of Christmas pudding all washed down with a beautiful bottle of your favourite wine is a festive must! So, we couldn’t possibly leave out these Christmas foodie favourites could we! We’ve found some of the best private dining rooms and top London restaurants that will whip you up a Christmas lunch or dinner that will leave your guests talking.

Main Restaurant, Buddha Bar

a large buddha statue is mounted onto the wall of a restaurant which is dimly lit and filled with dark brown furniture.

If you’re tired of the more traditional Christmas feast, then take a look at the main restaurant at the Buddha-Bar. This elegant venue is perfect for a Christmas treat with a pan-Asian twist. When hired exclusively the main restaurants can seat up to 160 guests for an exclusive Christmas dining experience that you won’t get anywhere else!

Magnum Room, Cabotte 

a wall is stocked from floor to ceiling with bottles of wine in a built in fridge. The walls of this private dining room are blue and the deep brown tables has purple chairs around it.

Next up we have a real wine lovers paradise – with a unique wine list of over 600 wines! Cabotte Wine Bar & Restaurant is the new French gem of the city and the perfect choice for this year’s Christmas dining venue just 5 minutes from Bank tube station. Offering Christmas lunch and dinner options, the Magnum Room is on the first floor of the Cabotte restaurant with it’s very own Chef’s Table giving you an inside view of the Cabotte kitchen, whilst also surrounding you and your guests by some of the rare wines from the Cabotte cellar. With space for up to 12 guests to dine, this is a great intimate space for a small team’s Christmas celebrations.

Dirty Bones

a dark restaurants with a quirky tiled floor has beautiful jelly fish lightshades hanging from it. There are brown tables and chairs set up in random formations across the floor

If you want to wine and dine your team this festive season in one of the top London restaurants then why not kick start your Christmas celebration at Dirty Bones in Kensington. This Dirty Bones branch can be found just off of Kensington High Street down a retro neon-lit staircase with its chic subterranean interiors making an unusual Christmas party venue. Serving up NYC-inspired comfort food and playful cocktails with a Christmas twist this is a great place to take your team, whether you just book a large table in the restaurant or go for a big exclusive hire – Dirty Bones can accommodate your Christmas party no matter how big or small your company may be.

The Fox

The Fox is an amazing option for a private dining Christmas event in another top London restaurant where you can wine and dine your hardworking team! The Fox is a premier pub/restaurant, established over a decade ago, which has recently undergone a major refurbishment to create a unique London venue to hire for your Christmas event. This venue is home to an extensive new drinking and dining list of amazing options that you won’t find anywhere else – as well as a new feature Beer Wall – with a large array of Boutique Beers, craft ales and ciders, spirits and wines for you to explore. And of course there’s the delicious food. The Fox is well-known for their amazing Sunday carveries which is the best way to get into the Christmas spirit.

The Orchard Room, The Green Man

The Green Man in Fitzrovia is a London pub which will create a vibrant atmosphere with its vintage character – creating the perfect backdrop for a one of a kind Christmas party. This traditional building has an extensive and modern drinks range with both buffet and sit down meal options available to kick-start the festive season with a bang. This room can fit up to 70 guests standing or seats up to 40.

Underground Station, M Restaurant

a grey private dining room with a abstract painting on the wall has a long brown table in the centre of the room. This private dining tables blue chairs pushed up against it and there is a beautiful bouquet of flowers on a smaller tables at the back of the room.

M Restaurant is a sophisticated venue to host your Christmas party with elegant, top-end food to match! The M Venue, located down the iconic Threadneedle Street in the heart of the City, is incredibly flexible as a venue with playful, yet luxurious decor full of energy and fun! When you and your guests are nestled into the Underground Station you will completely forget you’re underneath a busy London restaurant as you get wine and dined in the VIP room – this is perfect for Christmas party venue hire!

Madison

a crowded restaurant is filled with people sitting under a canapés of hanging flowers

Another great option if you want to host this year’s Christmas celebrations in a top London restaurant. The Madison is perfect whether you want a large group booking or want to go all out with one of their 5 amazing private hire options. This London venue gives off a fabulous and modern New York-style vibe and the restaurant and bar comes complete with spectacular London City views overlooking the historic St Paul’s Cathedral which will be festively decorated to get you and your guests in the Christmas spirit.

Solo, South Place Hotel 

a beautifully set private dining table which has a canapé of ivy hanging from the ceiling. in the centre of the table there is a centre piece in the middle of the table with ivy and candles.

South Place Hotel is a boutique and lively hotel right on the doorstep of Moorgate station – their Solo private dining room is the perfect place to treat your hardworking team to a festive feast. This private dining venue is filled with natural daylight from south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows and has the capacity for seating of up to 20 guests. The table can also be flipped over to make a billiard table to enjoy either before or after dinner as a perfect light entertainment for your private dining event! Because it wouldn’t be Christmas without some mandatory light hearted games, right? Whether it’s for a Christmas lunch or festive dinner with your colleagues this is one of the top private dining venues London has to offer for your next event.

Victorian Bathhouse

the victorian bath house is a regal looking room with red curtains hanging along the walls. There is a long oak table running down the centre of the room which is set up of a private dining event.

We all love a venue with a little bit of history, and that’s exactly what the Victorian Bath House is full of! This is one of the most unique places in London for throwing a private Christmas party to remember. The Victorian Bath House is a unique and quirky party venue with stunning and ornate decor – just moments from Liverpool station. From the secluded victorian courtyard, through to the splendid interior of the Grade II listed Bath House, this is one of the more unique venues of London for any Christmas party.

The pressure may be on to find an office Christmas party venue that will please everyone, but just remember not to panic and always consult your ‘HeadBox Ultimate Guide to Christmas Party Venues in London’ before making any major decisions about this year’s office Christmas party. If you would like more information regarding these or any of our other Christmas party venues  in London (yes, there’s more!) make sure to check out their listing pages where you can message the host directly with any queries or questions. You can also get in touch with our Concierge team on support@headbox.com who are always happy to help!

Merry Christmas!

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