The best Christmas party venues in London

It might not be Halloween yet, but if you want a decent venue for your Christmas party you need to book now. Don’t panic! Here’s our guide

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Forget #winteriscoming, what about #thestaffparty is coming? Like winter and childbirth, we tend to forget the embarrassments brought about by the annual staff Christmas party. (Why else would we keep subjecting each other to flashing reindeer jumpers and excruciating Michael Jackson impressions?)

Thankfully, these seven awesome joints will add some class to your party. We just can’t promise you won’t do anything you regret…

BUDGET OPTIONS

The Loop Bar
Central
From £17.99pp

The Loop Bar describes itself as offering “three floors of pure partying”, pretty great if you’re a massive company on a budget. It’s also great if you’re a small business looking for somewhere it a bit buzzy, so as to absorb any awkward silences that might occur (unlike one Christmas party I attended where we sat in an empty, yes, empty hotel foyer in Piccadilly Circus). Yep, not working there anymore.

Lucky Voice
Soho and Islington
Varies

If in doubt, book karaoke. The Lucky Voice website claims, rather boldly, to do the best Christmas parties in all of London. And having been to at least two here, I’m inclined to agree. This option suits a boozy crowd (ahem), so be careful if you’re on a tight budget – and remember you still have dinner to provide first. That said, you can always ditch the turkey and opt for pizzas at Lucky Voice instead. 

MIDRANGE

Bistrotheque
East
From £40pp

Bistrotheque has been an East London, go-to favourite for some time now. Nice thing about this converted-factory-turned-restaurant-bar is that it’s classy and cool – so should keep everyone happy. Plus, it now comes with a new dining room that’s just itching to prove itself by hosting fabulous Christmas parties.

Dabbous
Noho
Varies


Achingly cool, uber chic and bang in the centre of London, Dabbous’s basement bar is great for big and small Christmas parties. Book for groups as big as 100 or as small as two and dance the night away in this trendy ‘Noho’ institution. For dining, Dabbous can accommodate up to 15 people upstairs in the restaurant and 10 people downstairs in the bar.

Kettners
Soho
£49.95pp

From Noho to Soho – Kettners is a veritable institution that first opened its doors in 1867. Now if those walls could talk! Get glammed up and enjoy the decadent private dining rooms housed in this Grade 11 listed building. (Maybe leave the giant elves ears at the door.)

BLOW THE BUDGET!

The Deck, National Theatre
Southbank
From £100pp

If my boss took me to a rooftop winter wonderland urban Narnia with views across the River Thames, I would, well, work even harder than I already do. I mean, this is on top of the National Theatre after all – it’s going to be dramatic. The standing reception option includes ‘Lion Fish’ - roasted halibut with buttered sprout tops and ‘Magical Boroa potato’.

The House of St Barnabas
Soho
Varies

Non-members can still book the upstairs rooms at this legendary, historic building – but not for long! The HOSB will soon be fully members-only. This, the fact that its founding members include Rob da Bank and Gilles Peterson, that Jarvis Cocker regularly plays there, and it’s also a charity that helps get people back into work, makes it all-around great place to have your Christmas party.  

 

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Jo Egan

    Some great options here - extra advice is to get a venue find agency to do a free search & comparison of London Party options on your chosen date - regardless if you want a table somewhere, private dinning, shared party theme or somewhere exclusive - they will search all bars, nightclubs, hotels, restaurants, unusual venue etc and have all the latest special offers & deals.Try http://www.hoteldesk.co.uk/posts/2014-christmas-parties/

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