Itâ€™s that time of year again! Time to start planning the office Christmas party. Any corporate event is a challenge to plan. But when your colleagues are looking forward to an all-singing-all-dancing festive blowout, the pressure is really on. Avoid disappointment this festive season, and read our guide to planning the best Christmas party in London.
Planning the Christmas Party
Before you book anything, there are a few things you need to consider:
Check the expectations of your boss
So your boss is thinking swanky rooftop cocktail bar and youâ€™ve booked a wild night of karaoke. Sounds like someone (mainly your boss) is going to be disappointed. Before you start planning the occasion, have a conversation to outline expectations.
Be clear on the budget
Set a budget with your boss. This will help you to prioritise the essentials and help when it comes to making cutbacks. You probably wonâ€™t be able to splurge on everything.
Plan, plan, plan
Donâ€™t leave bookings to the last minute. Organising an office Christmas party in London needs to begin a few months in advance.
Donâ€™t forget who the party is for
While youâ€™re in the planning stages, really think about your colleagues. What do they enjoy doing? What will appeal to them the most? You wonâ€™t be able to please everyone. But you can do your best to please the majority.
Office Christmas party ideas London
So itâ€™s time to choose a Christmas party venue. There are so many amazing venues in London to choose from. So, weâ€™re here to give you some inspiration!
Address: 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD and 241 Old Street, London, ECIV 9EY
Looking for something a little different? If fine-dining and discos donâ€™t really suit your wild work pals then Bounce could be your Christmas miracle. Bounce offers up Christmas dinner sliders, mince pies and cocktails to warm your insides. Play ping pong, dance like thereâ€™s no tomorrow and wear your very worst Christmas jumper. Basically, anything goes. You can party in the main space or, book an exclusive area, a private room or hire the whole venue.
Address: 13 Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PG
Itâ€™s time to party like itâ€™s 1946. Youâ€™ll have a spiffing time at the best 1940s post-war bar in town. With spaces available for private hire or the option to hire the whole venue exclusively, Cahoots is a cracking Christmas party idea. Sip on Christmas themed cocktails and enjoy scrumptious seasonal canapes. Have a good old knees-up enjoy some seriously swinging music!
Christmas at The Deck
Address: National Theatre, Upper Ground, Lambeth, London, SE1 9PX
This year, the National Theatre will be launching their rooftop venue- and weâ€™re expecting great things! Vintage style decor will provide a theatrical feel to the evening, while mesmerising circus performers and the photo booth provide the entertainment. Food and drink options will vary depending on the package purchased. You could choose the standing up dining option, which includes decadent canapes and bowl food. Hoping for something thatâ€™s a little more extravagant? Book a seasonal five-course dinner complete with all-inclusive house wine, beer and soft drinks.
Address: Forge, 24 Cornhill, London, EC3V 2ND
Keep things simple and plan a Christmas night at The Forge. This impressive venue boasts a cosy interior, scrumptious menu options and plenty of room to dance the night away. From small gatherings and dinners, private dining rooms to full venue hire, there is something to suit everyone at The Forge. Menu options include a traditional Christmas dinner, buffet food, bowl food or canapes. Looking to kick-start the party atmosphere? Add more sparkle to your evening and book a cocktail masterclass for your party to enjoy.
The Book Club
Address: 100 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
Party in the East Endâ€™s super cool conventional arts institution. This open-plan Victorian warehouse conversion is the perfect place to dance the night away. Decorated with Christmas trees, twinkling fairy lights and boughs of holly, the festive vibes will be well and truly flowing. The ground floor has plenty of open space for guests to socialise, eat and drink. The ping pong room is also a great hit with guests. But whatâ€™s a party without music? The basement is decked out with a dedicated DJ and dance floor. Hire your own area of The Book Club for smaller office Christmas parties. Or, the whole venue space can be hired which holds up to 450 people.
Address: 60 Druid St, London SE1 2EZ
The traditional Christmas party evening of dinner and dancing isnâ€™t for everyone. Perhaps your colleagues enjoy something a little different? Just 10 minutes walk from London Bridge next to Maltby Street Market, youâ€™ll find Doodle Bar. This quirky restaurant bar and art space is perfect for a low key, relaxed vibe. The interior consists of exposed brick and giant chalkboard walls and guests are encouraged to explore their inner artist and draw and doodle on the walls. Enjoy an evening of live bands, good chat and ping pong. You can even explore Maltby Market and devour some tasty street food.
Address: 64-66 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP
Get into the spirit of Christmas and watch a classic festive film on the big screen. Hire one of our screens and enjoy an exclusive showing of your choice. Although weâ€™d recommend of the Christmas classics, such as Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life, The Grinch or Home Alone. There are many different options to choose from to add a little extra glitz and glamour to the evening. You may choose to add on a drinks reception, or utilise the PA system and host your very own company awards night.
The Magic Roundabout
Address: 16 St Agnes Well, London EC1Y 1BE
Looking for a one-stop shop for all things food, drink and music? Book your Christmas party at one of Londonâ€™s most unique nightlife venues. Situated right in the middle of Old Street Roundabout (hence its name), this popular party space offers mouthwatering street food, gorgeous cocktails and craft beers. Not to mention an award-winning line-up of DJs to bring the place alive! There are lots of different areas in the venue which are all dedicated to different decades. So, guests can take a â€˜magicalâ€™ tour through the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. For a psychedelic Christmas bash, hold your work festivities at The Magic Roundabout!
Address: 31-33 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BN
For a unique experience, book your office Christmas party at Londonâ€™s Ice Bar! It may be -5 degrees at the bar but youâ€™re guaranteed a warm welcome. Ice Bar London is a sensory experience, with everything made of ice! From the walls, cups and decorations everything you see and everything you touch is made from the purest ice. This magical place will transport you from Central London to the Swedish Arctic. The standard Christmas party package includes a 3-course meal and a 40 minute Ice Bar experience. Looking for even more of a â€˜wowâ€™ factor? Well, additional packages include ice sculpting, cocktail making, vodka luges, photo booths and Husky dogs...
Address: Millbank Tower, 21 â€“ 24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Perhaps youâ€™re hoping to plan a stylish affair? A Christmas party that is more than just mince pies and mulled wine? Altitude 360 could be just the venue youâ€™re looking for. Located on the 29th floor of Westminsterâ€™s tallest building, it has spectacular views across every corner of London. A popular event space, it is described as a â€˜blank canvas.â€™ This means that you have the freedom to theme your Christmas party in any way you like! As well as a truly unique space, the sophisticated food and drink menu sets the mood nicely.
Address: 89 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HX
Located in Central Shoreditch, Trapeze Bar is a great venue for a quirky Christmas knees-up. The circus-themed bar is set over three different levels, offering a cocktail bar, club and kitchen. Guests can choose from a varied Christmas menu, which includes canapes and scrumptious sharing platters. The entertainment at Trapeze is something a little different. Think spellbinding silks and trapeze acts, as well as world-class DJ sets. Add a new kind of glitz and glamour to Christmas this year!
Address: Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 6NU
There are plenty of great Christmas party restaurants in London. However, the backdrop enjoyed by those who dine with Bateaux is truly unique. Watch the city sparkle as you journey down the iconic River Thames and pass by Londonâ€™s impressive landmarks and attractions. We have Christmas party packages to suit both small and larger groups and we even have a dedicated event planner to assist you. Sit back and enjoy our fine-dining menu with a glass of wine in hand. Throw a Christmas party to remember with Bateaux London!
Whichever way you plan to spend your workâ€™s Christmas party this year, we hope itâ€™s a good one!