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.
Canning Town & Star Lane
Only available for midweek hire. A new institution for the arts based in the heart of East London's, Canning Town. Home to music and creative studios and a 550 capacity state-of-the-art performance space. https://www.instagram.com/fold.ldn/?hl=en
Highbury and Islington
COVID-19 update: In light of recent government recommendations, it's with huge sadness however that we'll be temporarily closing our London venues (Soho, Holborn and Islington) with immediate effect. We feel this is the best decision for all our colleagues, their families, and every one of you - our fantastic customers that we're lucky enough to welcome through our doors and into our private karaoke rooms. If you have an existing booking, our team will be in touch. If you want to ask us anything in the meantime, please don't hesitate to get in contact via We'll be monitoring developments closely to keep you informed of any changes, but for now we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during this troubling time. We're lucky enough to be able to offer home entertainment alongside our bars. So if you're stuck in the house and looking for something to do, then maybe try turn cabin fever to disco fever. For a month's free subscription to our online karaoke service, head to our online karaoke player at https://www.luckyvoicekaraoke.com/ and enter code LUCKY20 And if you want to get some serious practice in for when our private karaoke rooms are back open, then check out all our home karaoke kits here https://shop.luckyvoice.com/. You can get a further £5 off using discount code SINGSAFE ----------------- Lucky Voice is not just another karaoke bar, it's a place to cut loose, be yourself, and sing from the heart - let yourself embrace the true meaning of karaoke! With 9,000+ songs waiting for you in our private karaoke rooms, it’s time for you to take the stage and show us what you’re made of! There's even a 'Thirsty' button meaning no queuing at the bar, all food and drinks will be delivered straight to the room. You can also add on one of our many food and drink packages to add that extra spark to your night. also has a large bar area separate from our private karaoke rooms which can be used for your event.
Camino Monument is located in the heart of the City, a short walk from Monument and Bank stations. Our spacious yet cosy space makes a great spot for business drinks and light tapas lunches, or hearty meals that stretch into the night. Come down after work for a glass of sangria or two on our bustling terrace, and pitch up on one of our old wine barrels. Camino Monument also makes the perfect location for parties, and makes a great space for business meetings and events.
The London Reign situated on Piccadilly is a stunning club, bar, venue and also just happens to be London's first showclub. This gorgeous venue was once a cinema 100 years ago and then the infamous The Red Fox cabaret club in the 1930's. The atmosphere inside along with some key design features pays homage to the glamour, fame and theatrical and show past. Known as 'the club where famous people go', we also offer the most amazing events venue and have held events for worldwide brands as well as personal celebrations. Spectacular performances mingle with state of the art lighting and sound and indoor pyros. We can accommodate parties of up to 400 for a standing drinks reception and 100 for a seated dinner. Our space is divided into two main Floors: the Mezzanine (up to 100) that looks onto the main floor (up to 300) capacity. Alongside a fantastic events food and drinks menu we have our very own incredible Teppanyaki grill with dedicated chef who uses his culinary skills with flames and fire as a performance showcase. Corporate events, launches, networking, afterwork drinks, wrap parties, premiers, we are THE go to place !
Lumiere London has opened its latest venue – on the prestigious Grosvenor Place in Belgravia, walking distance from Hyde Park Corner and Victoria Station. The space has been fully refurbished to make it ideal for meetings, workshops and product launches that need a touch of extra flair. Further assets include the Palladio Meeting Room and an exhibition space in the former bank vaults. Luscious fabrics, discrete lighting and designer pieces transfer the original vault rooms on the lower ground floor into a unique break-out area, ideal for smaller groups and in the future intended for art exhibitions. Established in the actual bank vault, the Palladio Room offers the perfect space for private meetings and conference calls, its beautiful wallpaper, fabulous mirrors and the print of the original Buckingham Palace making this a one of its kind experience.
Body and Soul is a unique and creative event space located in the heart of Clerkenwell. Our main space has high vaulted ceilings and large windows flood the area with light. The room can be adapted to suit your needs, with sofas to lounge on and tables allowing for both informal group work and formal events. Our versatile training room features double-aspect sash windows, kept empty to ensure we can furnish it to suit your needs. Our lower ground is a lively, fun space with plenty of natural light and the option of indoor football, table tennis and ping pong.
The is a dry hire venue with a beautiful blank canvas you can transform the space to fit your style and creative vision. We have a carefully selected list of caterers, mixologists and other suppliers who we will be happy to discuss further with you. Alternatively you can bring in your own suppliers, subject to relevant paperwork. Our onsite Event Manager will be on hand to help you ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. Events must be finished by 1am & additional charges apply for security and waste collection. The marquee can host up to 150 guests standing or 120 guests seated. The gallery can accommodate up to 80 people at one time (across the four floors). Please note there is no lift in the building and to access the first, second and third floor you will need to climb a set of stairs.
The beautifully designed private dining room ‘Percy’s Den’ is perfect for meetings, breakfast, lunch or dinner, presentations, corporate events or private parties. Percy’s Den comes equipped with a fully stocked bar, high speed Wi-Fi, 60” HD TV, Mac mini and a Bose sound system.
A stunning grade two listed building with open, contemporary interior and period features. This venue is comprised of multiple studio and event spaces, a unique blend of Edwardian elegance and modern aesthetic. The three large halls and meeting rooms connect via a mezzanine and grand staircases. Both of the largest studios open onto a beautiful private garden. The event spaces are ideal for glamorous product launches and fashion shows, or alternatively offer a large creative space for workshops and conferences.
The Lighthouse is one of London’s newly refurbished venues, situated at the heart of Camberwell on Camberwell Road. First opened as The Regal Cinemas in 1940, changed to the ABC Cinemas in 1961 then later bought and managed by Gala Bingo, the venue has played host to a number of events and shows such as “Billy the Kid” and “Wicked, Wicked”. Following on from its recent refurbishment by its new owners, the Grade II Listed Building now boasts of a splendid and classy, yet modern Art Deco, which is suitable for the use of most events and even community functions. This venue is one that has started creating a huge buzz in London’s Venues sector, with modern and state of art facilities to host a huge array of events, shows and functions.
The Science Museum is an amazing exhibition space, with astounding galleries and creative blank canvas spaces, combined to make a unique and inspiring London venue for corporate or private hire. Take advantage of a diverse range of spaces and unparalleled opportunities for accessible, exciting event experiences in the cultural heart of the capital. You can hire: One or more of our ten uniquely themed galleries or brand-new suite of Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries for evening hire, Our 400-seat IMAX Theatre, available for daytime and evening hire and ideal for product launches and presentations. Our new dedicated events space Illuminate, available for day-time and evening hire perfect for meetings and conferences of up to 400 individuals as well as unique evening receptions and dinners. Our recently refurbished Smith Centre which contains a large salon, boardroom, large meeting room and courtyard area. Available for daytime and evening hire.
We Are Big Chill House. We are a large Victorian Pub event venue in the heart of London’s King’s Cross. We are pretty much everything you could want … delicious food and drink, events, offers-a-plenty, great beats, two-step dance floor, free Wi-Fi, all-year-round terrace and guaranteed good vibe.
**NEW TO MARKET RIVER THAMES TERRACE EVENT VENUE** Riverfront Terrace is a brand new, hidden gem venue on the Southbank.. A 3 minutes walk from Waterloo and with unique views of London on our custom built terrace overlooking the Thames.. The perfect venue for summer parties, press events, product launches, as well wedding receptions and private events. The setting cannot be bettered, especially on a sunny day when the light plays on the Thames and the crowds pass by on the embankment.. Book to impress and improve your life NOW! x
About Hawksmoor Spitalfields restaurant & private room This Spitalfields steakhouse has wooed much of London since opening in 2006; word-of-blog has only served to create an even bigger buzz around the restaurant and its food. A case of the emperor’s new clothes? We think not.’ Time Out Spitalfields was our first restaurant, and the general view is that it is where the ‘Hawksmoor spirit’ is best embodied – many of the staff have worked there for years and would never consider elsewhere. Great steaks, amazing private room that takes up to 60 seated, great drinks and an amazing atmosphere, full of people who desperately care whether you enjoy your evening. Spitalfields's private room has the capacity to take 60 seated and is available for private hire Monday - Sunday. Can be hired for corporate functions, birthday dinners, trainings, Christmas party or just simply meat-fulled parties. Their menu is versatile, with a rich seafood and vegetarian selection. About Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar - Winner International Restaurant Bar Tales of the Cocktail 2016 & 2019 Located in a former illegal strip club, our basement bar has been home to a crack team of cocktail-geek bartenders for the last 4 years with both the bar and the people winning numerous accolades as amongst the best the world’s cocktail industry has to offer. Our newly launched menu features numerous Hawksmoor classics from what we think of as our ‘gin years’ including Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew and Marmalade Cocktail. Spitalfields Bar is available for exclusive hire with a capacity of 40-50 seated or 80 standing. Available Monday to Sunday making it the perfect space for birthday parties, informal events, tastings, brand activation & fashion events. Their in-house events manager will co-ordinate every aspect of your event and support you throughout the planning process. No hire fee required, quotes based just on minimum spends. Bar food is a greatest hits list of the best from all our bars over the last decade, including short-rib nuggets (a Time Out ‘Top 10 Dishes in London’), burgers, dogs, lobster rolls and poutine.
Noho Studios is the West End’s most versatile blank canvas events and exhibition space. Perfect for product launches, pop ups, photo shoots, dinners, exhibitions, screenings, receptions and presentations. Only a two minute walk from Oxford Circus, Noho Studios offers a shop window space and fully brandable frontage with direct access into 2,800 sq/ft of event space with high ceilings, characterful white brick arches and white walls that can be tailored to suit any type of function or event.
Folklore is a superb live music venue and bar in the heart of Hoxton - 186 Hackney Rd. is an incredible corner spot with Shoreditch just 10mins walk, Hoxton overground less than 5 and bustling Columbia Rd. and Brick Lane a few paces away. Gorgeous raw brick walls, rustic up-cycled bar and candle-lit interior will have you instantly in love with the front bar, with a secret 100 capacity live music space in the back to keep guests dancing til late. Events are our pride and joy - our personable, friendly and experienced approach to private and promoted parties has seen hundreds of successful events take place under our roof. Birthdays, welcome homes, club nights, live music promotions, product & brand launches, fashion shows, film locations, showcases, screenings, or just an old fashioned knees-up - we can handle a lot! We have secure storage with separate entrance if required; internal and external catering can be provided and our beautiful venue is licensed until 1/3 a.m. We're always looking for new ideas and connections - get in touch!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.