Even the most prolific rule-breaker (and that’s obviously not you) would have struggled to keep their social life going at pace over the last year. The pandemic has crushed everything in its wake except for the vaccines and our determination to get all our friends back together in one place. So why not throw a party?
Post-Pandemic parties are set to explode as greater and greater numbers are able to mix indoors. Come June 21st (fingers crossed) we’ll be cheek-to-jowl again and why not celebrate this new-foundd freedom. And who hasn’t missed a birthday or two, a wedding reception, or special day while in lockdown? Best make up for spare time at one of these venues…
The Kimpton Fitzroy
A serious party requires a ballroom! Once restrictions are lifted in June the huge ballroom at The Kimpton Fitzroy will be perfect for hosting everyone you’ve ever met in one place, with room to spare.
Hotel ballrooms are invariably dark subterranean affairs, often with low ceilings invoking an NCP car park rather than a state banquet. Not at The Kimpton Fitzroy which is as tall as it is bright and airy.
If you’re not looking to feed the 5,000 then the hotel also has eight smaller space out to hire, including the stunning Palm Court.
Where: 1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE
Meeting the ‘the summer of alfresco’ moment perfectly is the Century Club. Not only does the club enjoy one of Soho’s most perfect outdoor spaces, peering down onto Shaftesbury Avenue, but the club used lockdown as an opportunity to add a further al fresco terrace. Which makes the Century Club quite possibly the best place to hold an outdoor party.
Of course there are plenty of other options at the club, not least the green room, but the roof has to be the star.
Where: 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 6LQ
A party isn’t a party until there’s karaoke. So why not cut to the chase and head to Lucky Voice?
Where: 52 Poland Street, Soho, W1F 7NQ (also in Holborn and Islington)
Four Seasons Ten Trinity
The imposing entrance at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will wow your guests whether you’re inviting hundreds for a baller ball-room bash or for an intimate meal in a private room.
Our personal ‘serving suggestion’ is to hire one of the residences. Replete with huge terraces, the one to four beds offer stunning views, ideal for entertaining.
But don’t let that put you off taking your closest friends to dinner at restaurants, Mei Ume or two-Michelin starred La Dame de Pic London.
Where: 10 Trinity Square, The City, EC3N 4AJ
Searcys At The Gherkin
The Gherkin is such a feature of the London skyline that it’s sometimes easy to forget that it’s more than just a landmark, it’s also the ultimate party venue.
Helix, the restaurant atop the iconic vegetable-shaped structure, can be full booked as quite possibly the ultimate in London party venues, or else gather your intimate friends and family with a long window table and oggle the scenery as it unfolds below.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, The City, EC3A 8EP
West London members’ club Kindred is even named in honour of the people you most want to celebrate the return to normality with. Gather your kindred together in one of the club’s five event spaces.
Or, rather than celebrating with your nearest-and-dearest, the club suggest you could instead meet some brand new Londoners.
Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BW
Keep it informal in splendour, at COYA Mayfair. Surely the best way to re-emerge into the post-pandemic world is to gather up your most fun friends into one place, and nosh on Peruvian cuisine!
Which, it turns out, is far more diverse than simply Marmalade sandwiches. COYA Mayfair have unleashed their Inca Trail brunch every Saturday after a pandemic hiatus and it’s a feast for the senses.
The experience is a journey through the smells, tastes, sounds and sights of the Peruvian Inca Trail. Over the four hour meal you’ll be joined by ‘wild animals’ in the rainforest, enjoy the Cusco City inspired Pisco Bar and Lounge before heading into the restaurant to down bottomless stree-food-esque canapés, free-flowing Veuve Clicquot Champagne and cocktails all backed by a Latin inspired soundtrack from the resident DJ.
The Machu Picchu themed restaurant’s three-course menu, is the pinnacle. made up of our signature dishes and desserts.
Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
Where better to toast the end of Covid than standing beside a taxidermied peacock? It’s impossible to be dazzled by Amazonico. The rainforest themed restaurant is as indulgent as its decor.
Private dining in the ‘secret’ club below the restaurant takes things to a new level (namely -1) to for a memorable meal for six to 16 quests.
Seriously lush, in both the real and West Country sense of the word.
Where: 10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
The Rubens At The Palace
If you normally average a catch-up dinner with your friends once every couple of weeks, then you can perfectly make up for a lost 52 weeks with a 21 course tasting menu.
The Private Chef Series sees the hotel closest to Buckingham Palace roll out a 21-course omakese tasting, Indian fine-dining banquet and an English Grill interactive kitchen tasting to help ease you back into normality.
The experiences include canapes and a glass of Champagne upon arrival in The Leopard Bar (itself a thing to behold) before what’s likely to be the best culinary evening you’d had since March 2020.
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
116 Pall Mall
If you’re going to throw a party, throw a party in style, am I right? In which case you’re going to need a venue to match. Step forward 116 Pall Mall.
In the heart of the West End, , the magnificent building has played host to all manner of show-stopping parties, drinks receptions, birthdays, dinners, hen celebrations, premieres, launch parties and anything in between across both corporate and private events. So where could be better?
Host up to 1,000 guests (you are excused for having less maximalist plans) and with numerous packages to discuss, speak to their team to create a bespoke party!
Where: 116 Pall Mall, St James’s, SW1Y 5ED
Where: Stroude Road, Egham, Berkshire, TW20 9UR
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate
The private dining room at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate’s Kona restaurant is a haven from the hustle and bustle of rainy London.
Ideal for hosting friends in its elegant private dining room which offers a sophisticated dining experience.
The interior is elegant, part exotic and part homely and welcoming. You’ll immediately feel welcome and want to welcome your own guests for a post-lockdown get-together.
Where: 54 Buckingham Gate, St Jame’s, SW1E 6AF