You may have seen our previous guides to Christmas party in venues across North, South, East and West London. The final in this series, here we have rounded up 10 of the best bars, restaurants, private rooms and blank spaces to host your Christmas party in. Whether a civilised dinner fits the bill or you need somewhere that will keep up with the dancing and debauchery that has become the norm, read on for some suggestions…
Cabaret and jazz
For something a little different, Brasserie Zedel is a great choice. The Crazy Coqs has been called “London’s most exquisite cabaret venue” and with its’ black, red and white Art Deco interior we can see why. Arrange for entertainment to hit the stage and wow your guests as they eat or drink at small tables. The Crazy Coqs is available for day hire only, and check out Bar Americain too for an equally impressive and authentic 1930s venue.
Where: 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)
If you need somewhere appropriate for bosses and juniors alike then you can’t really go wrong with one of Smith & Wollensky’s three private dining rooms – the Theodore Roosevelt room comes with a dedicated barman. This classic American steakhouse do smart entertaining well and can cater for an intimate sit down meal as much as they can a drinks reception with canapes.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Cocktails in Covent Garden
This is one for fun offices. Or for offices who want to be fun. Dirty Martini comes into its own at this time of year, once the lights are dimmed and party dresses donned. Not only can you hire out an area with various drinks packages, you can book the whole venue (up to 400 guests) or arrange cocktail making classes if you want to ensure everyone gets involved.
Where: 11-12 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.4 miles)
Make your own history
If Christmas isn’t reason enough to justify hosting an event at the Tower of London, then we don’t know what is (OK, maybe a wedding…). Various rooms are available for hire and we can’t think of a more memorable place. Hopefully you’ll only end up legless, not headless.
Where: The Tower Of London, London, EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.2 miles)
Indian in Piccadilly
A sophisticated Indian restaurant in Piccadilly, Mint Leaf is available for exclusive hire (220 seated) but we like the Jaipur private dining room the most because it seats 60 yet manages to still feel intimate. Espresso Martinis from the slick 22 metre cocktail bar is an ideal way to start the evening, before moving on to cardamon marinaded grilled venison and Tandoor roasted duck breast or festive set menus.
Where: Suffolk Place, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
James I’s former drinking den
Banqueting House on Whitehall is part of the Historic Royal Palaces, and like most historic buildings, it bears some secrets. The Main Hall was built in 1622 for James I to entertain guests in, fast forward a few hundred years and it’s your turn. Dine under the grand Reuben ceiling and sneak off into the vaulted Undercrofts when you’re there – this was James I’s private drinking den.
18th Century converted warehouse
In between the City and Shoreditch, Old Bengal Bar is in the characterful 18th Century Old Bengal Warehouse, which also houses New Street Grill steakhouse, seafood restaurant Fish Market and New Street Wine Shop. They take cocktails seriously here, try the Assam Tea Lemonade with Belvedere Pure, St. Germain, Matcha Green Tea, Lemon and Soda in a semi-private reception for 30-50 guests or exclusive standing reception for 140.
Private members club
Home House is a private members club right by Hyde Park and offers exactly the type of event you would imagine. A favourite for weddings and conferences, the venue is ideal for larger events and sit down meals. For intimate events, consider The Vaults; golden lighting and a tortoiseshell bar is described as ‘a discreet and timeless playground’.
Where: 20 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LW, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.4 miles)