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Written by Luke Bull - 10 October 2023

The 13 best black tie Christmas party venues in London

What better time to dress up in your finery than the Christmas period?

Sure, sometimes you just want to lounge about in sweatpants, hair tied up, Gossip Girl on the TV. We've all been there. But sometimes, in that rare magical Christmas air, it feels right to get up, slip into something chronically uncomfortable and make a truly over-the-top entrance.

These venues will provide you with the perfect backdrop to hosting a black-tie Christmas event that would make the Clintons blush.

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1. A historic black tie Christmas party venue: Banqueting House, London


Many places are called historic, but few truly are. Banqueting House, the last remaining building from the Palace of Whitehall, is one of them.

With its intricate chandeliers, high ceilings flanked by pillars, and of course, the pièce de résistance – the Charles I commissioned art painted across the ceiling by Peter Paul Rubens, this venue seems like the right place to revel in the season’s festivities like royalty.

Banqueting House was quite literally built for entertaining, so in the spirit of its original design, let the entertainment live on, with 380 guests for a regal Christmas party that you won’t soon forget.

2. Engines at the ready for this black tie Christmas party venue: Exhibition London


One of the coolest things about London is that it’s home to so many repurposed buildings. Former power station turned museum? Got that. Banking headquarters turned hotel? Check. Car park turned multi-level marketplace? Yep. A former engine room turned venue? You’re looking at it.

Right in the heart of West London, Exhibition London sits just across from Westfield White City. Mixing the modern and the industrial – be prepared to see classic arched windows and exposed brick walls alongside lighting rigs.

Be transported to this Christmas party venue – feast on their extensive Christmas menu, sip on a choice of wine, beer, and cocktails and get your requests in early at the DJ booth.

3. A 19th-century Christmas party venue: Soane Hall and Galleries, One Marylebone


27 feet high. Intricate mosaics that could have only come from a church. A dome ceiling. Stained glass windows. Pillars on every side. Chandeliers in every room.

One Marylebone sits proudly at, that’s right, 1 Marylebone Road. The 19th-century venue and former church was designed by the British architect John Soane in 1826, but much like Grandma’s top-notch recipes, the building remains (pretty much) the same.

It’s no doubt a grand building. Now picture that, but with decorations, lights, festive food and drinks, and up to 200 guests arriving for a black tie Christmas party to remember.

4. A 5-star black tie Christmas party venue: The Ballroom & Meeting Terrace, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London


Black-tie events and 5-star hotels go together like salt and pepper, it’d be wrong (or at the very least, a little weird) to have one without the other.

Set against the backdrop of Hyde Park, you’ll find the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, chandeliers, and painfully-detailed pillars, the ballroom is a classic spot for festive black-tie parties.

Circular seating arrangements make for a comfortable dinner (plus easy pre-and-post dinner mingling) and when the food has been tended to and a few drinks have been had, the meeting terrace awaits with open arms (and fresh air).

Now, all that’s left is to decide is, who’s on the guest list?

5. A truly grand black tie ballroom: Grand Ballroom, The Landmark London


The beautiful and elegant Grand Ballroom provides an extensive area catering for up to a maximum of 750 Guests for a cocktail reception and up to 500 Guests for a dinner.

This stunning and cavernous ballroom in one of London's most iconic hotels would prove a picturesque setting for any festive party that goes above and beyond the usual affair.

750 guests can be catered for in an elegant hall that is lit by chandeliers resembling something from Tolstoy. Take advantage of the Landmark Hotel's excellent service by organising a bespoke black tie event for Christmas, and make it one to truly stick in the minds of your guests.

For those who wish to divide this large room, an acoustic soundproof wall can be drawn across the centre of the room, giving you intimacy without compromise.

6. A Timeless Black Tie Christmas Party Venue: The Royal Horseguards Gladstone Library

Embankment, London

The Royal Horseguards Gladstone Library sets the stage for an elegant and grand black-tie Christmas party, accommodating up to 350 guests. Located near Embankment station, this spacious venue exudes an aura of elegance.

The library boasts exquisite architecture and a captivating ambience that sets the stage for an unforgettable evening.

The Royal Horseguards Gladstone Library, located at One Whitehall Place, proudly stands as the original home of the National Liberal Club, infusing the venue with a rich historical backdrop. Steeped in history, the building itself tells a captivating tale, adding a touch of nostalgia to the event.

As guests step into the library, they are greeted by a charming atmosphere, enhanced by the presence of its extensive collection of books. This magnificent space pays homage to its namesake, William Gladstone, a four-time British Prime Minister and the founder of the National Liberal Club. Guests can mingle amidst the literary treasures while savouring the ambience and enjoying the festive cheer.

So, step into this remarkable space and celebrate the holiday season in style, surrounded by the timeless beauty of The Royal Horseguards Gladstone Library.

7. Merry & Chic: The glamorous Black tie Christmas party haven at One Moorgate Place

Moorgate, London

Looking to dazzle in your finest attire at a Black tie Christmas party? Step into a world of sophistication and merriment at One Moorgate Place, a venue available for private hire for your Black tie Christmas extravaganza.

This venue comes alive with elegant Christmas decor, boasting a mesmerising symphony of twinkling lights and captivating centrepieces that transport you to a festive wonderland. With a generous capacity of up to 400 guests and special Christmas packages to choose from, it's an excellent excuse to dress up and revel in the joy of the holiday season.

8. Black tie Christmas party venue at the home of England rugby: Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham Stadium, the iconic home of England Rugby, is not only a sporting haven but also an extraordinary venue for Black tie Christmas parties. With its array of unique spaces, including suites boasting stunning views of the famous pitch and central London skyline, it sets the stage for an unforgettable holiday event.

Immerse yourself in luxury as you sip on exquisite cocktails and indulge in a carefully curated wine list at the opulent bar. With a capacity of up to 700 guests, there's room for everyone to join in the fancy festivities.

Elevate your celebration with their exclusive Christmas party package, adding a delightful festive twist to the evening. Don your finest attire and ring in the holiday season at Twickenham Stadium.

9. Elegant Black tie Christmas party venue in Shoreditch: Boundary Shoreditch

Shoreditch, London

Black doesn't always have to kick off within the historied walls of London's more canonical haunts.

Nestled beneath the vibrant streets of Shoreditch lies Below Boundary, the hidden gem of Black tie Christmas party venues. This elegant room is adorned with double-vaulted ceilings, exposed brickwork, and a magnificent marble floor, creating a sophisticated and luxurious ambience for your classy Christmas celebration.

With a capacity accommodating up to 150 guests, there's plenty of space for everyone to revel in the festivities. It's an impeccable opportunity to dress to impress and join your friends and colleagues in raising a toast to the holiday season. Soak in the merriment at Below Boundary and make your Christmas party an affair to remember.

10. Premier Black tie Christmas party venue: The Hyde Park Room at Thistle London Marble Arch

Marble Arch, London

The Hyde Park room at Thistle London Marble Arch is an elegant venue where Black tie Christmas parties come alive. Immerse yourself in its bright and airy atmosphere, accentuated by high ceilings and a dazzling chandelie. Adding to the festive charm, the red and green carpet invokes the spirit of the holiday season.

Indulge in a luxurious experience with a dedicated reception area, exceptional catering, a fully stocked bar, and an array of exciting entertainment options.

This expansive room accommodates up to 500 guests, offering ample space for everyone to embrace the joyful Christmas spirit. Dress to the nines and relish in a night of celebration as you mark the holiday season in style at the Hyde Park room.

11. Don your Black tie and step into this Christmas wonderland: Brewer’s Hall


For a realm of merriment and festive enchantment, try The Christmas Lodge at Brewer’s Hall which is conveniently nestled near Moorgate tube station.

This Black tie Christmas extravaganza unfolds in the oak-panelled room which provides a timeless charm in an elegant yet cosy holiday-inspired setting. As the crackling fireplace casts a warm glow, enjoy the aroma of their artfully crafted spiced mulled wine, designed to transport you and your guests to a state of pure holiday bliss.

With a capacity of 120, this intimate venue creates an atmosphere where guests relax in the magic of the holiday season.

12. A Black tie Christmas party of majestic grandeur: The Great Hall at Merchant Taylors’


Situated near Bank tube station, the Great Hall at Merchant Taylors' boasts a rich history. Pre-dating the Fire of London, this building has hosted grand receptions for over 700 years.

Prepare to be mesmerised by the stained glass windows, lofty ceilings, and magnificent chandeliers that exude opulence and splendour. With its captivating backdrop, the Great Hall sets the stage for an unforgettable Christmas event that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Accommodating up to 380 guests, there is an abundance of space to revel in of the holiday season. Embrace the festive spirit by dressing to impress and immerse yourself in the ambience of this venue that embodies grace and grandeur.

13. An enchanting black tie Christmas party venue on the Thames: Old Billingsgate


Nestled in the heart of London near Monument tube station, Old Billingsgate is an idyllic venue for your Black tie Christmas party.

Housed within a historical building, guests will be enchanted by its sky-lit ceiling and views overlooking the Thames and South Bank. Take in the panoramic sights from the private riverside terrace and look over the iconic London skyline featuring Tower Bridge and The Shard.

Boasting a generous capacity of 500, it's an ideal space to immerse oneself in the Christmas spirit while dressed in their finest attire. With its triple height ceilings, pillars, and elegant architecture, Old Billingsgate provides a beautiful backdrop to your Christmas celebration.

Find the best in London for an Xmas night to remember.

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