No matter what Andy from Accounts says, no expense should be spared on the annual office Christmas party, a night of debauchery and potential firing. As corporate offices tend to be a little drab and clinical, we’ve put together a list of 9 of The Best Clubs to Hold Your Christmas Party in! What better place to enjoy the festivities in than one of London’s hottest clubs – Grab Hannah from Hospitality and get planning!
High Street Kensington (0.4 miles)
What: A Great Place to Get Schloss-ed
Why: Bodo’s Schloss is London’s best après ski club, featuring Austrian pine wood and lederhosen-clad staff to add that extra air of authenticity. We all love a white Christmas, so why not pretend you can actually afford to go skiing after shelling out on Christmas presents for your 15 aunties and get lost in the Austrian awesomeness of Bodo’s!
Where: 2a Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT
Cirque le Soir
Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
What: Clownin' Around at Christmas
Why: The whole process of Christmas can feel like a bit of a circus, so why not latch on to that tenuous link and make your office Christmas party a circus themed affair? Cirque le Soir offers up an ideal venue for festivities and features internationally renowned acts and performers, including those who dabble in angle grinding, fire breathing, sword swallowing and contortion. Thankfully, if you want to plan a party here, you don’t go through the performers, but will instead deal with the more mentally stable party planners. Cirque le Soir can accommodate exclusive events catering to 200 – 499 people, perfect for larger companies!
Where: Cirque le Soir, Ganton Street, London
Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
What: Liberal With the Booze
Why: Based in the heart of Fitzrovia, Libertine plays host to some of the capital’s best DJs. They also have some pretty cool technology on hand, including a huge 50ft LED screen along one wall (why not have a slideshow of embarrassing staff photos?) and an LED ‘globe’ on the ceiling, which can play graphics and videos, as well as special messages, like ‘Hey Linda, slow down on the Jaeger’s’. Boasting four separate but interlinked spaces, catering for anything from 40 to 575 people, Libertine is perfect for companies of all shapes and sizes.
Where: 4 Winsley Street, London, W1W 8HF
Voltaire Cocktail Bar & Vaults
Blackfriars (0.3 miles)
What: Cigars at Christmas Time
Why: Everyone knows that it’s freezing in December, especially in England. Never fear though office ravers, Voltaire champagne bar and cigar terrace is here to help. With their rich, opulent décor featuring fur throws and velvet chairs, you’re guaranteed to feel warm and snug (plus, the alcohol coat will help). Catering for up to 200 guests, Voltaire is available for both exclusive and partial hire.
Where: 19 New Bridge St, London EC4V 6DB, UK
What: Mexican Madness
Why: Ok, so ‘Mexican’ might not be the first theme that comes to mind when you think about Christmas, but one thing we do know about our South American friends is that they love to party. Tonteria is a Mexican tapas lounge and tequila nightspot on Sloane Square, which is a fantastic place to hold your Christmas fiesta, with a twist! Offering up mouth-watering Mexican tapas alongside deadly, but delicious tequila cocktails, Tonteria is guaranteed to get your whole office having a very merry Christmas – emphasis on the merry!
Where: 7-12 Sloane Square, Chelsea, SW1W 8EG
What: A Very Sloaney Christmas
Why: Juju Chelsea is a sophisticated and glamorous choice for your office Christmas shindig. Guaranteeing a VIP experience and with plenty of flexibility on party size, Juju is great for seasonal festivities! If you’re a big business, you can have the entire ground floor to yourself, with a capacity of 300 and if you’re a smaller company, the club’s VIP room hosts up to 30 revellers. Plus, there’s a Private room featuring very festive gold-leaf walls and its own bar (a Christmas present we wouldn’t mind receiving.)
Where: 316-318 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UH
What: For a Happy Mess
Why: Joyeux Bordel, translated is happy mess, fitting really for a Christmas party, because let’s all be honest, the club isn’t going to be the only mess by the end, yep we’re looking at you. Part of the Experimental Group, you can expect insane cocktails, vintage spirits and an extensive Champagne list, hurrah! The vintage sound system with an emphasis on vinyl. The music programme is eclectic taking in many genres such as Afro, Soul, Funk, Disco and Boogie until the early hours – but with all the Champagne no one is going to be going home early are they?
Where: 147 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3QE
What: Ghosts of Christmas’ Past
Why: This multilevel nightclub harks back to the Victorian era, when London was a hotbed of masonry. This is not an obvious choice for a Christmas party, but that is part of its charm – surprise your office with a themed party! Plus, there is no shortage of space at this venue, with the main room accommodating 450 people! Offering Christmas menus for the festive season, you can line the stomach before your evening of partying.
Where: 8-9 Argyll Street, Soho, W1F 7TF
What: Escape to the Sun This Christmas!
Why: If the thought of a damp and drab December doesn’t exactly motivate the team in your office, then why not transport them to a tropical paradise for your Christmas knees-up? This bar is unashamedly kitsch and is decked out with themed decorations, from exotic shell lampshades hanging over the bamboo bar, to rattan screens. The venue can host between 80-450 people and also offers its Treetops section for more intimate parties, catering to 25 people. Truly awful Hawaiian shirts are encouraged.
Where: 18 Chancery Lane, City of London, EC4A 3BQ