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Check out our list of top Corporate Christmas party venues. with unique Xmas venues in London ranging from rooftop gardens and warehouse spaces in the east end to swanky bars in Central London:... Christmas Party Venues in London | Canvas Events Christmas Party Venues in London | Canvas Events

Christmas Party Venues in London

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The office Christmas party is the biggest social event of your work calendar, and it’s important to get right. It helps your colleagues and employees feel valued, and it’s an opportunity to thank them for the hard work they’ve put in over the year.

Depending on your budget, you may want to go low-key or really splash out and celebrate. Generally speaking, your colleagues will prefer a higher food and bar tab and a less swanky venue, than going somewhere really nice and then having to pick up some of the bill themselves. This isn’t a given though, so it’s worth checking in with your colleagues.

  • Covent Garden

    The Gallery at h Club

    Standing 300
    Theatre 100
    Dining 100
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  • Oxford Circus

    The Den

    Standing 120
    Cabaret 40
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  • Somerset House

    Somerset House

    Standing 350
    Theatre 100
    Dining 100
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  • Bethnal Green

    Canvas London

    Standing 300
    Theatre 200
    Dining 110
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  • Kings Cross

    The Lighterman

    Standing 100
    Dining 60
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  • Bankside

    MV Pearl of London

    Standing 360
    Theatre 150
    Dining 180
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  • Harrow

    Speech Room

    Standing 200
    Theatre 550
    Cabaret 80
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  • Goodge Street

    The Collective Venues - The Terrace

    Standing 35
    Theatre 25
    Dining 15
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  • The City Thames

    The Oyster Shed

    Standing 400
    Theatre 80
    Dining 160
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  • Borough

    Borough Top Floor

    Standing 200
    Theatre 100
    Dining 100
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  • Soho, Piccadilly

    Karma Sanctum Soho Roof Terrace

    Standing 70
    Theatre 35
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  • Barbican

    Sadler's Wells

    Standing 300
    Theatre 1500
    Dining 120
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Planning an office Christmas party venue in London:

If you’re looking to get the holiday season started with a bang, try following our Corporate Christmas party checklist:

Step 1: Choose a date! Like, now

You would be surprised by how quickly the best Xmas party venues get booked up. We help people organise their work Christmas do all year round - yes, some people start looking in January. The most popular time of year to book a venue tends to be July through September, but it’s never too early to start looking around. Most importantly, you’ve got to pick a date. Funnily enough, the most popular date for Christmas parties tends to be the first Thursday of December, so you’ll need to book well in advance to snag it. Alternatively, think about picking a different date to make sure as many people can come to your party as possible.

Step 2: Plan a budget Chances are, if you’re the person organising the party, you’re not necessarily the person who’s setting the budget. Some decision makers are tempted to get you to start planning before stating what the budget will be, but that just tends to waste everyone’s time. Even if you just get a ballpark figure it’s really helpful to have a guide price so you can know where you’re starting. There’s not much point planning an elaborate three course meal if you’ve only got £15 per head as a budget.

Step 3: Get some initial ideas & venues Once you’ve got your budget - either as a total spend, or as a spend per head - you can start putting together some ideas. The bigger your team or company, the harder it can be to plan something really unique. But if you get your ideas together in advance it will make it easier to execute your cool ideas.

Step 4: Canvas opinions The main decision tends to be between a sit-down meal, or a big bar tab. Colleagues that are game for a beer will likely prefer to put the budget behind the bar and get going, but your non-drinkers are likely to feel a bit left out. There’s lots of reasons why some of your attendees won’t be drinking, and it’s a good idea to make them feel like the party is for them too. Ask around at work and see if there’s a strong preference either way. But do remember that whichever option you go for, if you are expecting heavy drinkers it’s a good idea to provide some food, or you’ll be running around dealing with comeuppances all night.

Quirky Christmas party ideas at the venue:

Ugly Christmas jumper competition

Okay this idea isn’t necessarily going to set the world alight, but it’s a really fun and easy way to break the ice and get the conversation flowing once you’re out of the office. It can be really tempting to slip into work mode and chat about projects, especially if your team doesn’t tend to socialise together regularly. Offer fun prizes to those who wear the ugliest jumper, and maybe add bonus points for the worst dancing, or do an ugly jumper catwalk.

Treasure hunt

Usually reserved for Easter activities, a treasure hunt is great fun whatever the time of year. Hide baubles around your venue and offer a bucket of beer or even a half-day of annual leave to whoever collects the most. Set a time limit so it doesn’t just peter out, and watch your colleagues go racing around looking for decorations. It’ll get competitive!

Brunch or afternoon tea

A big night out on the tiles isn’t right for every company. If you’re looking for something a little less messy but still special, why not have your Christmas party during the day? There are some beautiful brunch spots and venues that offer afternoon tea, and they’re likely to be more flexible with their availability at that time of year. Plus you can send everyone home early afterwards and they’ll all think you’re the best. It’ll be easier for your colleagues with childcare commitments or who commute long distances too.

Finding an unusual Christmas party venue:

Activity bars Disclaimer: these venues are the ones that tend to get booked up the furthest in advance. And for good reason; they’re a great option! Activity bars can span the gap between doing something fun, encouraging mingling between teams, offering something to sober colleagues whilst still having a bar close by. Popular choices include karaoke and pool, but there’s also bowling, darts, and even axe throwing. If you’ve got a less sporty crowd, why not have a look at arts and crafts options? Who wouldn’t want to go home with a poorly painted festive plate.

Themed venues

Themed venues have got a bad rap for being a bit cheesy, and in many ways, rightfully so. But what time of year is more perfect to embrace it? Lots of venues get decked out for Christmas, but some spaces take it to the max and go full Alpine Ski Lodge to get you in the mood. Or you could buck tradition completely, and take a look at Tiki Bars, circus themed venues, or even a boat. Tis the season to do something different!

Warehouses and vacant spaces

For experience event planners, it can be really fun to take a blank canvas or vacant space and really make it their own. There are loads of dry hire venues available in London, so if you’ve got good connections to suppliers there’s lots of fun and flexibility to be had. Be warned - this option requires considerably more organisation and potentially budget, but if you’re inviting clients and are hoping to inspire with a bespoke event it’s a great opportunity to wow them.