Our latest installment of venue ideas in which to host your Christmas party, this time we are crossing the river and heading South. Known for its yummy mummies, trendy neighbourhoods and constantly described as ‘up and coming’, we think it can rival more central more locations for a Christmas bash to remember. Whether you fancy dining amongst works of art, up 100ft above the streets or in an old tanning warehouse, read on to see our pick of 10 of the best Christmas party venues in South London.
Dine amongst art work
Tucked away just off the Kings Road, the Saatchi Gallery is an iconic Grade II listed building, with pillared entrance and modern interior. The nature of the rooms dictates that when planning an event you have a blank canvas with which to build your event around. Choose one of the 11 gallery rooms or hire exclusively for up to 1,500 guests for a sit down dinner or more informal standing reception.
Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Sloane Square (0.2 miles)
The Roof Gardens and Babylon
Garden 100ft above Kensington High Street
Kensington Roof Gardens is sure to wow your team, whether they’ve been before or not. Don’t be put off thinking it’s more of a summer venue, the dedicated events team will decorate with as many fairy lights as you desire. A heated marquee can be set up outside, or skip the cold completely and hold your event in the bar or the Babylon private dining room for up to 12.
Where: 6th and 7th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.1 miles)
Opulent Asian bar and restaurant
If you can’t quite decide between bar or restaurant, Buddha Bar blurs the boundary; Pan-Asian cuisine, music and mixology, they won Best Restaurant Bar at the 2014 London Club & Bar Awards. Available for exclusive hire for 400 or for smaller groups in the bar/restaurant or private dining room, planning your event here is sure to give you style points.
Where: 145 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.1 miles)
Overlook the Tower of London
With views of the Tower of London, Le Pont de la Tour is a prime location south of the river for a Christmas dinner – the name means ‘the Tower of London’ in French. If you want something a bit different to your standard dinner, arrange a wine tasting or sit down meal amongst the hundreds of bottles which line the walls. The heated terrace can host a drinks reception before heading inside for fine French cuisine and, of course, lots of wine.
Where: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.5 miles)
State of the art entertaining
One of the more corporate venues in this guide, you can’t argue with the appeal of the Science Museum. A drinks reception amongst technology, this is where the Queen sent her first (and only?!) tweet. The Museum can host any number from 10 to 2,000 guests, what about the Wellcome Wing with it’s interactive news gallery or Energy Hall which can have personalised messages on the LED Energy Ring, branding on plasma screens and your own choice on the colour-phasing ceiling.
Where: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.4 miles)
Private dining in a seriously stylish hotel
The Ampersand Hotel is a stylish venue in South Kensington, known for it’s unpretentious, relaxed environment. Various rooms are available for private hire; the Library (12 seated), Games Room (20 seated) complete with table tennis table and the Wine Room (10 seated) in which to sample wines from the wine cellar. All can come with canapes, bowl food, festive music and Christmas crackers.
Where: The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER, United Kingdom
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.1 miles)
A cool converted warehouse
Want to go South but not toooo far South? Tanner Warehouse is a space you can really make your own. Exposed brick and polished floors make this a cool place a bit different to your standard hotel conference room. The former tannery and chocolate factory has a full bar and can host from 40-300. And because it’s right by London Bridge station, your colleagues will thank you the next day when they’ve only had a short tube ride home.
Underground theatre/gallery/kitchen space
Shortlisted for the ‘Best Events Venue 2015’, The Vaults at Waterloo is a highly versatile events space which can cope with up to 1,000 guests across 7 events spaces. The Vaults have hosted supper clubs, underground cinemas, cabaret nights and balls so can most likely plan your dream event too, all under the arches of Waterloo station. Close to the station yes, but don’t let that trick you into thinking you’ll make the last train.
The wow factor
If you want gasps when guests arrive at your Christmas party, Hutong will provide this for you. Way up on the 33rd floor of the Shard, Hutong is a Chinese restaurant promising panoramic views with your spring rolls. The venue itself can accommodate 100 guests seated or 340 standing but for a more intimate event the private dining rooms each seat 16 and 24.
Where: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Bar with an urban vibe
Just by Southwark tube station, Union Street Cafe is an industrial style restaurant serving Italian food prepared in their open kitchen. Head downstairs into the bar for cocktails and admire the artwork on the walls, all done by local artists. The living room feel would suit a friendly group of colleagues, up to 60 seated and 80 standing but if you really want an intimate and memorable event, get in touch about their cocktail masterclasses.