The Handbook
The Handbook

Looking for somewhere special to book for a last minute Christmas party with your social bubble? We’ve rounded up 18 of the best venues you can still book in for to really see in the season in style.

Dalloway Terrace

Dalloway Terrace has been given a festive makeover courtesy of McQueens Flowers and you’re going to want to snap a photo or two for the ‘gram here. Expect to be surrounded by white birch trees, dried flower ‘icicles’, thistles and snow dusted foliage, while enjoying seasonal cocktails thanks to their collaboration with Belvedere Vodka. Our favourite being the Keeping Cosy, a warming mix of Belvedere Vodka, Amer Picon, Velvet Salted Caramel and Thomas Henry Coffee Tonic topped with white cotton candy. 

On the food front, the menu has been given a festive twist, with hearty wintry dishes. Spotlight dishes include the Roasted Wild Venison with braised red cabbage, celeriac mash and Madeira jus; Grilled Cotswold Chicken Breast, Jerusalem artichoke mousseline with wild mushroom and truffle fricassee; and Chateaubriand Centre-Cut Fillet with king oyster mushrooms and black truffle jus for two.

Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, WC1B 3NN
Website: www.dallowayterrace.com 

The Athenaeum

Whether you’re on the search for a last minute festive break in the city or you want to celebrate in style with a festive feast with your social bubble, The Athenaeum has the answers to all of your prayers. 

Book in for a private dining experience and sample one of their fine festive menus, all quirkily named after Christmassy foliage and characters. Or, simply book in for an afternoon tea with a festive twist. Expect gingerbread macarons, mince pies, clementine and prosecco trifle, and even mini mini chocolate Christmas trees. Cute.

Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ
Website: www.athenaeumhotel.com

Park Chinois 

For unforgettable moments in seriously luxe surroundings, Park Chinois is a destination venue with serious wow-factor. Grab your housemates, loved one or social bubble and head down for a festive experience like no other. Book into one of the decadent private dining rooms, or simply settle in for one of their afternoon soirees, equipped with an Asian three-course menu and exquisite immersive entertainment.

Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Website: www.parkchinois.com

Amazonico

Amazonico has our festive seal of approval, thanks to its glorious seasonal outdoor installation and tempting yuletide offerings. Book in for a feast with loved ones and start your night with their festive cocktail, The Jungle Bell Mojito, a delicate blend of mint infused Ciroc Vodka, spiced mango and orange christmas cider and finished with cinnamon smoke. Choose from their selection of sharing plates and dishes, and really make a night of it. 

Our favourite dishes include the Aguachile, a Mexican style stone bass ceviche, avocado cream and jalapeño; Patacones Mechados, crispy plantain, pulled pork and achiote seeds; and Picanha Rodizio, a Brazilian style grilled rump steak.

Where: 10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
Website: www.amazonicorestaurant.com

Aqua Nueva 

Book in for a last minute Christmas do at Aqua Nueva and you won’t be disappointed. As soon as you step through the door you’re greeted with a beautifully decorated gold and white Christmas tree. The terrace boasts spectacular views across London, perfect for snapping up a photo or two for the ‘gram, plus they’ve got a delicious festive menu serving a delicious selection of Northern Spanish small plates. Expect their award-winning Black Seafood Croquettes to be making a tasty appearance. Wash them down with the Masataka cocktail, a mix of Nikka days vanilla and coffee, Galliano, maraschino luxardo and Cocchi Torino. Yum.

Where: 5th Floor 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll Street) W1F 7EB, W1B 3BR
Website: www.aquanueva.co.uk

London Stock

Celebrate Christmas in the style it deserves with London Stock and feast on their 10-course dinner tasting menu for just £65. The Wandsworth favourite combines modern British fine dining with Asian cooking techniques, and the result is breathtaking. For something a little lighter, try their seasonally changing lunch menu, where guests can select three stunning dishes for only £30.

Highlights from the menus include but aren’t limited to, Venison Tartare with truffle, blackberry, egg yolk, buckwheat; Roasted duck breast with cherry, hibiscus and baby gem lettuce; and Scottish Mackerel with barbecued beans, hazelnut, kohlrabi & beetroot.

Where: 2 Bubbling Well Square, Ram Quarter, Wandsworth, SW18 1UQ
Website: www.londonstockrestaurant.co.uk

Where: 11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, SW3 2RJ
Website: www.hansbarandgrill.com

Hans’ Bar & Grill

Christmas cheer has arrived at Hans’ Bar & Grill and they’ll be bringing diners a tempting two- and three-course menu, all with a festive finish of course. Begin your night with the Cured Scottish Salmon, compressed English cucumber, yuzu and caviar, before making your way through the Norfolk Turkey with all of the trimmings. Don’t forget to leave room for a delicious pud too, nothing quite beats a Christmas pudding with brandy butter and red currants. 

Those looking to spend Christmas not slaving away in the kitchen should book in for their Christmas Day dining too. 

116 Pall Mall 

116 Pall Mall is renowned for its Christmas party offerings, but with restrictions this year banning large gatherings, they’re doing Christmas a little differently for 2020. For those looking for a fun virtual way to spend your Christmas do safely, book in for 116 Pall Mall’s virtual party offerings. Expect all of the festive games, fun entertainment and a luxury hamper delivered straight to the doors of attendees, which are fully customisable. A fun way to celebrate Christmas from afar. Find out more here. 

Or for those looking to celebrate with their household, head down to the restaurant and catch the breathtaking 12ft sparkling Christmas tree in person.

Expect all of the festive games, fun entertainment and a luxury hamper delivered straight to the doors of attendees.

Where:  116 Pall Mall, St. James’s, SW1Y 5ED
Website: www.116pallmall.com

Kindred

Add a little sparkle to your Christmas party and head to our favourite members’ space in Hammersmith, Kindred. With community and connection at the forefront of the club’s focus, Kindred has crafted a seasonal experience you won’t want to miss. 

Head Chef, Romula Silva has crafted a three-course festive menu, championing the best of British cooking with a festive twist. Enjoy a mulled wine or one of Kindred’s signature Christmas cocktails on arrival, before diving into the sharing style menu. The main course is built around sharing, choose from the Tomahawk Steak, with mushrooms and peppercorn sauce; Roast Duck Crown, served with pulled duck leg bon bons; Roast Monkfish with capers and almonds beurre noisette; or a board of Roasted Celeraic and Squashes, nuts and seeds sprinkled with truffle oil. All served with all the usual festive trimmings. Find out more here. 

For those looking to tap their toes to the beat of festive music should book in for Kindred’s Jingle Bell Jazz night on the 23rd. Wrap up your Christmas festivities with your social bubble, enjoy mulled wine a’plenty (a free one is included if you have a membership!) and get your toe tapping on. Find out more here. 

Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BW
Website: www.wearekindred.com

Bocconcino

Every ounce of Bocconcino has been covered with festive foliage and Christmassy decorations making it the perfect spot for a last minute Christmas party with your friends. The menu has been dusted with festive flavours; indulge in a four-course menu with bruschetta to share and a complimentary welcome glass of bubbly. Choose from a choice of fresh fish and seafood, tender meats, and veggie options, before saving space for an Italian sweet treat.

Where: 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8ED
Website: www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

Nobu London Old Park Lane

Those looking to take the ease out of Christmas Day should head to Nobu London Old Park Lane where you’ll be able to feast on your Nobu favourites omakase style or pick from the a la carte menu. 

Dishes include Toro Tartare with caviar; Sashimi Trio of sea bass dry miso, yellowtail jalapeño and tuna tataki tosazu; Black Cod Miso; and A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef. There’s also a vegetarian option too filled with goodies you won’t be able to resist. 

Steer away from the traditional Christmas menu and try something new with Nobu.

Where: 19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1LB
Website: www.noburestaurants.com

Gillray’s 

Ditch the cooking this Christmas Day and head to Gillray’s for a feast with all of the festive trimmings. With a backdrop of the River Thames, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, you won’t find a Christmas Day quite like this one anywhere else. 

For those wanting an afternoon tea with a festive twist, head over to The Library and indulge in homemade festive scones, traditional pudding and Christmas mess. Sit back and soak up the seasonal greetings set amongst the 4,000+ original books from the former library of the Greater London Council. That’s one to impress your friends with.

Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Website: www.gillrays.com

Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BA
Website: www.circuslondon.uk

Circus

For a Christmas party with a difference, book in for Circus, the Covent Garden restaurant that’s all about the entertainment as much as it is about the food. Take your party up a notch and become immersed in the amazingly outrageous pop-up circus, while enjoying a tasty four-course Asian style feast. 

Expect everything from aerialists to hand balancers, fire-breathers to hula-hoopers, and one hell of a fun 2020 party.

The Milestone Hotel & Residences

The festive season is in full spirit at The Milestone Hotel & Residences this December. For those looking for a sweet and savoury bite, sample the festive royal afternoon tea and feast on the likes of mince pies and spiced apple and gingerbread mousse. 

For any James Bond lovers out there, try your martini shaken, not stirred with Cheneston’s one-of-a-kind five-course menu, inspired by the original Ian Fleming novels and expertly recrafted by Richard. Running on the 21st December, each plate is taken from a different Fleming novel to tell its own tale. 

The hotel is also open on Christmas Eve with a carol singing performance, plus Christmas Day for those looking to take the stress out of the festive cooking.

The festive season is in full spirit at The Milestone Hotel & Residences this December.

Where: 1-3 Kensington Court, Kensington, W8 5DL
Website: www.milestonehotel.com

Heddon Yokocho

Forgo the usual Christmas trimmings and book in for a last minute Christmas party with your social bubble at Heddon Yokocho. They’ve pimped up their menu, offering an alternative festive feast with three courses, plus a drink for just £24.50. 

Start with the Edamame with hakata yuzu and seasalt, or the Chicken Karaage, before picking your choice of ramens, including the indulgent Tokyo Shoyu, made with soy-based chicken and pork broth with BBQ pork belly. Those with a sweet tooth can opt for Sake Kasu Affogato or Mochi Ice Cream available in matcha, black sesame, yuzu, coconut and vegan chocolate. Yum.

Where: 8 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BU
Website: www.heddonyokocho.com

Aqua Kyoto 

Located just off Regent Street, Aqua Kyoto has been given a festive makeover, with the rooftop abrim with twinkling lights overlooking the city’s skyline. Serving deliciously unique Japanese dishes alongside carefully crafted cocktails, it’s one of London’s most exciting destinations. Enjoy their delicious three-course festive menu presenting a combination of omakase sushi and sashimi alongside signature dishes including the mouth-watering rock shrimp tempura.

Where: 5th Floor 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
Website: www.aquakyoto.co.uk

Sea Containers London 

Determined to bring you the best of the festive season is South Bank’s favourite, Sea Containers London and their seasonal offerings. For a last minute getaway, book in for their special Bundle Up offer complete with festive add-ons, from the Festive Spirited Tea in Lyanness or try Bodega Rita’s festive sandwich. For a little party get together with your loved ones, head to Sea Containers Restaurant and sample the sharing menu, abrim with everything from Loch Duart Salmon Tartare, black mayonnaise and garlic chive; and Roasted Beetroot Homemade Ricotta, bitter leaves, walnuts and orecchiette winter truffle and mushroom sauce. 

Where: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
Website: www.seacontainerslondon.com

The Prince Akatoki

Looking to take the hassle out of Christmas Day cooking but want to stay inside in your pjs all day? Look no further than TOKii’s Christmas delivery menu. The team has designed two special menus you can enjoy from the comfort of your home, from a five-course Christmas dinner to the Christmas Cheer menu. In restaurant dining options also available. 

In the lead up to the big day, there’s plenty to get involved with too, from the festive-themed afternoon tea to spiced Christmas tipples, to the festive menu running throughout December.

Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, Marylebone, W1H 7FD
Website: www.theprinceakatokilondon.com 


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