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.
We create amazing events in luxe environments that are warm, inviting and stimulating. Our beautifully designed spaces are the perfect location to host your next launching events, off-site session, hands-on workshop, guest lecture, panel event, or casual meetup.A boutique coworking and event space with 28 locations around the world. We are all about supporting communities and allowing our members and people we work with to grow organically. We love networking and sharing knowledge through meetups, networking drinks, panels and more.Our quirky spaces allow us to create amazing events in luxe environments that are warm, inviting and stimulating. Our beautifully designed lounges in Shoreditch can accommodate up to 200 guests after office hours on business days, or full days during weekends. Therefore, if you are looking for the perfect location to host your next launching events, off-site session, hands-on workshop, guest lecture, panel event, or casual meetup do not hesitate to reach out to us.
The Function Room at Jones & Sons is an amazing 1100 sq ft space with its own bar, Dj system and AV set up. We seat up to 80 people and hold 150 standing, the venue is perfect for weddings, birthdays or celebrations of all types.
Please note - private events only. All ticketed/music event enquiries should contact the venue directly through their website contact page. Interior This outstanding location is composed of two flexible industrial spaces with high ceilings, on site catering facilities and office / green room space ( please refer to floor plans for further information ) Exterior There is a long outdoor courtyard, street-wise decoration, outdoor area, overlooking the canal, close proximity to Olympic village, toilet facilities, and separate power outputs. The venue has a carpark and ground floor loading areas to accommodate crew parking and the loading/unloading of equipment both inside and outside of the spaces Studio 92 = 2500 sq ft + 4.5m height Studio 94 = 3000 sq ft + 4.5m height
Pergola Paddington Central is a bespoke venue like no other. A unique event space for your next company party. Pergola Paddington is part of Incipio Group which has six unique venues across West London. Hidden urban winter forest ~ drinking and dining in the heart of London, a stones throw from Paddington station ~ 850 seats, self-service dining from 4 fantastic restaurants and 2 bars what more could you want. Summer Party Christmas Party Corporate Event Press Launch Photo shoot We have the perfect location whatever the occasion!
Elephant & castle
Not available: Friday & Saturday evening Situated just a stones throw from London Bridge in the trendy Elephant and Castle area, 103 Gaunt Street is one venue, six unique spaces. The venue benefits from a 24 hour license, outdoor space, award winning AV systems and full event management solutions. The venue features six unique spaces that all have their own identity: The Courtyard – 331m2 heated courtyard with outside bar, tables & chairs The 103 – Double height reception space with aerial walkway, LED screen & projection options The Box – Production heavy featuring, six towering speaker stacks, 4K HD plasma Projectors and screen & an extensive lighting rig The Lounge – opulent seating area overlooking The 103 with own bar and facilities Two other exciting spaces. The venue is hired exclusively as one unit on a 24 hour period hire and our events team is on hand to put together your bespoke package for you.
City of London
The Grubstreet Author is a collection of luxurious new event spaces created and operated by the team behind London¹s leading event venue The Brewery. The venue is situated on what was once the notorious Grubstreet, an area renowned for bohemian writers and industrial print houses.This colourful history has provided the inspiration for the venue, offering a setting that is full of character, rich in history whilst still catering to the needs of a modern event. The assortment of spaces allows Grubstreet to host a range of events for 20 to over 100 attendees in an environment that sparks imagination and excitement. Dining at The Grubstreet Author is an experience all to itself with inspired cooking that thrills with robust flavours and intriguing ingredients. The passion for food is in harmony with the wine, seeing distinctive bottles paired alongside individual dishes. As the choice for corporate events, conferences, product launches, meetings, birthday parties, weddings or private dining there is no alternative to The Grubstreet Author that can offer such exacting levels of quality and service in a truly jaw dropping surrounding.
Sadler’s Wells is a world-renowned dance, performance and events venue. Sadler’s Wells provides a contemporary, vibrant and inspiring venue for conferences, workshops and performances. The venue can hold private and corporate events from 12-1500 guests in rooms including the main auditorium, a studio theatre and various meeting/conference suites. This smart and modern venue has natural daylight, fully integrated state of the art AV with in-house technical staff, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet throughout. Our experienced Events team provides dedicated event management ensuring smooth delivery and success. Clients also benefit from in-house catering providing a wide range of fresh, seasonal menus for a variety of occasions. Sadler's Wells has played host to prestigious companies including Sony Music, KPMG, The Guardian, TEDx and many others. We would be delighted to host your event at Sadler's Wells.
Off the Strand
About The RSA House Just off the Strand, the stylish Georgian home of the Royal Society of Arts is a highly versatile venue. Its Great Room – think domed-glass ceiling and period paintings – has movable seating that enables it to host events ranging from conferences to gala dinners. The striking and spacious Vaults can also be used for drinks receptions, meetings and dinners. In total, the venue has 11 spaces to choose from, and all come with the latest AV kit. It's also worth noting that the venue has a new coffee shop, Rawthmells that's ideal for casual business meetings.
Located right behind the Tate, this space is now the relocation of the previous Gallery. Ever wondered what it might feel like to be in a creative New York Loft. Well wait no longer, and come and experience it right from London.
The Hope and Anchor is perfectly situated between Brixton and Clapham and is the perfect unique venue in London for any event or party. With two floors including a private room and our enchanting garden, we offer individual heated outdoor huts, two outdoor bars and have ample space to accommodate all needs. We have space for private drinks parties, meetings, work gatherings or as event space for hire. With a focus on cocktails, burgers and finger food we can tailor bespoke packages and offer personalised service for any event all in our exiting, fun bar complete with DJs and late night drinks.
BMA House – modern events with heritage, placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do. A beautifully bright and spacious Grade II listed building designed in 1911, our magnificent venue boasts 22 unique and versatile spaces, all fitted with cutting edge AV technology. A strong balance between the old and new is at the heart of our offer. New technology, new thinking on nutrition and new ideas about what an event space can be merge with real heritage and a proven track record to create the story of BMA House today. From small meeting rooms to full conferencing spaces for up to 320, it is a favourite for Conferences, Meetings, Award Ceremonies, Summer, Parties and Weddings. We’re incredibly passionate about our food. Healthy meetings being our ethos with delegates’ wellbeing at the forefront of all menus, our talented chefs have created mindfully nutritious menus which focus on sustaining concentration and nourishing delegates with wholesome food. We are also fully stocked on ideas for any event or individual requiring vegan or vegetarian dishes. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury just a stone’s throw away from mainline stations Euston and Kings Cross, our superb location suits both national and international conferences.
Warehouse style cocktail bar and rooftop hideaway in Hackney with huge windows and heated terrace that looks out onto the far-reaching views of the Capitals skyline. NT's is available for private hire 7 days a week offering a range of bespoke services and venue features, including food, drink, entertainment and more to ensure you create the perfect event or party.
ONLY TAKING BOOKINGS FROM OCTOBER 2020 ONWARDSA hidden gem in the heart of the city, and a 3 minute walk from Barbican tube and St Pauls tubes. The Lounge can host up to 80 guests for drinks and canopies, with an outside terrace, ideal for summer parties! This whole venue is available for exclusive hire for up to 220 people.. with a long bar, roomy dance floor and a stunning outside terrace. Ideal for corporate and private parties, press events, product launches, breakfast meetings, presentations, and wedding receptions.
Arundel House is owned by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and is perfecty situated just opposite Temple underground station. With great views over the river Thames, Arundel House is the perfect venue to host your conference, dinner or drinks reception. Our conference facilities have just undergone a major refurbishment in January 2013 and state of the art technology installed. The rooms are light and spacious and stylishly decorated.
City of London
The Brewery has consistently been recognised as one of London's leading venues for over half a decade and has received prestigious awards for its service levels, planning and food and beverage offering. As the capital's ultimate event venue the Brewery has hosted events ranging from government conferences, corporate product launches, star-studded charity events and prestigious award ceremonies. The choice of six rooms, in the heart of the City, caters for 30 to 1600 people in a setting that marries 18th century architecture with cutting-edge technology and an attitude that sets the pace of the event industry. The Brewery prides itself on its unsurpassed food and beverage offering. Straight-talking menus use fresh, seasonal produce sourced from across the British Isles and Europe. Dishes are cooked simply and served elegantly; maximum taste, minimum food miles. The Brewery has worked hard to provide clients with a Corporate Social Responsibility policy that is achievable and measurable for all of their events, large and small. Just by making the smallest of changes, the Brewery can help to make a big difference in the global events sector. Testament to this is the venue has achieved the British Standard ISO 20121:2012 Event Sustainability System.
Located on Kensington High Street is a stunning listed Art Deco building. The ground floor is a social retail space, offering a range of high quality Japanese goods and a coffee stand; on the first floor, there is a Japanese restaurant and a Tatami Room; and on the lower ground floor, a Gallery, a Hall and a Library. We provide a unique and prestigious backdrop for a variety of events, with an interior that has been transformed into a stunning contemporary space offering an ideal canvas to engage with clients and activate brands in an iconic setting. With a busy programme of exhibitions created in Japan that focuses on art , technology and design, which can be hired exclusively to enhance any event. The spaces available for hire are suitable for a variety of events, ranging from drinks receptions for 170 guests, conferences for 140 or dinner for 100, to small boardroom meetings for 12 guests. Our diverse rooms are available for hire to organisations, bodies and companies whose activities support and promote Japanese culture, society and business. The Tatami Room has a maximum capacity of eight guests for meetings. As per Japanese custom, shoes are to be removed before taking a seat in this room. The Library has a maximum capacity of 12 guests for boardroom style meetings. The Hall has a maximum capacity of 180 guests for a standing drinks reception. The Hall and Library are fully equipped with Ultra HD screens/projector - perfect for screenings, presentations and branding opportunities. All catering is externally provided – please ask us about our list of preferred suppliers.
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.
The lead up to Christmas is always a busy one, thanks to all the Christmas parties and celebrations going on. The three week run-up to Christmas is when most companies or individuals book their events for, and the most popular days for an office Christmas party are Thursdays and Fridays. Due to their popularity, these days can also be slightly more expensive. If you’re looking for ways to save money on your Christmas party, opting for a less popular day of the week is an easy option.
Christmas party dates book up quick, which is exactly why we suggest you starting to plan your celebrations in advance. We recommend starting your venue search in July to make sure you get your ideal venue and ideal date. If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas party venue, you might get lucky with last-minute offers and deals, but you may not get your preferred diary date, or even your favourite party venue.
For those looking for Christmas party venues that can stay open late, you’ll need to make sure they have a late license. You can filter your search on Canvas by selecting ‘Licensing’ at the top of your search results, and ticking ‘Late License’. The same applies to venues with licenses for loud music, BYOB and civil ceremonies.
For a large corporate company, you’re going to need a large corporate Christmas party venue. At Canvas, we like to make your venue search as easy as possible. Simply use our search filter to input the number of guests attending and the relevant venues will show up in your results. Don’t forget to start planning early though – those large venues and corporate event spaces book up quick. We suggest starting your venue search early in the year to avoid disappointment.
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas party venues in Central London. Depending on the type of Christmas party you are having, the size of your guest list, and the general look of venue you’re going for, you can search through our collection of London’s favourite venues to find something that suits you. Take your pick from some of the most unique venues for a London Christmas party.
Like with any event or party planning, there are some easy ways that you can save money. Whether you’re working with a small budget or if you just want to save in certain aspects of your planning to have more money elsewhere, there are several things you should consider. With your Christmas party venue search in particular, you could consider a dry hire venue and provide your own alcohol, or perhaps factor in the location of the venue and choose somewhere with more affordable prices. DIY is another easy way to save money, if you have the time (and the skills) to cater for your event, for example. Or perhaps make your own decorations to suit your Christmas party theme?
You want to make your Christmas party stand out from the rest – but how do you make sure you’re planning a unique Christmas party? Consider every aspect of your event planning and think about where you can do something different. You can make it easy for yourself by choosing a unique venue – perhaps a London venue with a theme, or maybe just a super quirky event space. London is lucky enough to have a wide range of unique and unusual venues for you to choose from. Also take into account your catering and entertainment ideas, as these are two factors that can also really impress your guests.