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.
This stunning 3300 sq ft converted bank complete with period feature ceilings, situated in the heart of Mayfair, is complete with original ornamental ceiling features combined with industrial exposed pipework creating a remarkable contemporary interior. Located in the heart of Mayfair, and a six-minute walk from both Green Park and Oxford Circus, this is a prime location in one of London’s busiest luxury shopping districts. Situated next door to some of the city’s most renowned locations and the most elite brands in the world on New Bond Street and Berkley Square. The gallery provides a unique atmosphere for those looking to host a premium event. The pristine interior of a white space gallery makes it the ideal venue for press and brand launches, conferences, private dining, fashion shows, exclusive parties and memorable functions. The gallery is complete with grey polished concrete floors, white walls and adjustable lighting throughout the space. This venue is well-equipped for your events with a street-level entrance, kitchen area and large professional LED screen.
The Groucho Club, located in the heart of bohemian Soho, has several event spaces available for private hire by both members and non-members alike. It is in the ideal location for private parties, private dinner party, birthdays, weddings, drinks receptions, BBQs, conferences, and meetings. Unique and unusual, this venue is perfect for those looking for a quirky and beautiful venue in a central London location.
The Siding is a versatile blank canvas venue located under a railway arch just a 4 minute walk from London Bridge station. The space caters perfectly for private parties, fashion exhibits, shows rooms, gallery space, photo/video shoots and product launches. We have an impressive late licence, 4 poseur tables, a cocktail and quickserve bar. We also neighbour with 10 different street food vendors who can all provide events catering. If you are looking for prime location and a truly adaptable space then The Siding is for you.
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.
Embodying all the elegance and grace of the Edwardian era, this period venue exhibits immense light and sophistication, creating a simply breath-taking effect for your event. The Lindley Hall is an iconic venue in central London providing the perfect setting for any occasion. The venue has capacity for up to 700 guests and is entirely flexible; perfectly suited to a truly unique event.
The Art and Ecology Pavilions are two stunning contemporary green roofed venues. Set within the natural surroundings of Mile End Park, they are unique and flexible spaces in an unspoiled tranquil setting. Just a five minute walk from Mile End tube station, they are an oasis in the heart of east London. Perfect for exclusive events for staff and clients. The Pavilions have facilities for auditorium format presentations. They are ideal for conferences, Exhibitions, networking, and professional development events. Both Pavilions are dry hire venues and can be personalised for your bespoke events. We can work with your own choice caterers and do not charge corkage. The Art and Ecology Pavilions are also fully licensed for wedding ceremonies.They can be configured for a range of events including corporate events, product launches and gala dinners. Perfect for private family celebrations, including wedding ceremonies, receptions and memorial events. The Pavilions host public access events such as live performances, makers markets and art exhibitions. Large, light, and airy, The Art Pavilion is a flagship gallery space. It offers exhibitors flexibility for installation of work in a variety of media. The gallery can accommodate an event and workshop programme alongside your exhibition. The pavilions overlook lakes and have direct access to Mile End Park. They can both accommodate mobile catering vans for a street food vibe. The Art Pavilion offers reception and catering space on a private island. The Pavilions are fully accessible and have step free access to all areas and outside spaces. An induction loop is available. Both venues have loading and unloading areas. There is no guest parking at The Ecology Pavilion with limited spaces at the Art Pavilion. Due to The Pavilions proximity to good transport links we encourage guest to use public transport, arrive on foot or by bicycle. The Pavilions are a short walk from Mile End underground station on the Central, District and Hammersmith and City Line. Several bus routes stop on Grove Road and Mile End Road.
Our Underglobe space is situated directly beneath the Globe Theatre – right in the belly of the beast. By day it houses Globe’s Shakespeare exhibition, but at night it comes alive as one of London’s exclusive hidden events spaces. With a sweeping staircase, private mezzanine and secret river-side entrance we can happily host up to 350 guests seated and 450 standing for exclusive Gala dinners, award ceremonies or decadent wedding parties. Complete with a full-sized model oak tree and full sound, lighting and projection systems, the Underglobe has everything your event needs to go off with a bang. Our Underglobe becomes an even more magical space during Christmas, with a new theme every year, this 2020 our guests are immersed in a secret underground forest lay covered in snow. Welcome to a magical evening of feasts, fairy tales and enchantments! With lunchtime packages starting from £75+VAT per person, and evenings from £110+VAT, our festive packages include everything you need for your party. Please note that the Underglobe is only available for evening events.
KITCHEN TABLE The Kitchen Table is a home-inspired kitchen for those round-table meetings that require some hearty, home-cooked food delivered from our restaurant, or created bespoke by a dedicated on-hand chef. Capacity: 10 PRIVATE DINING ROOM The Private Dining Room on the fifth floor is a multi-purpose space with a mid-century finish that is perfect for intimate meetings and exclusive lunches & dinners. Capacity: 8 DRAWING ROOM The Drawing Room on the third floor is an understated lounge-inspired environment with a homely feel that is designed for those meetings where inspiration flows from relaxation. Capacity: 10 BOARDROOMS The spacious, more traditional boardrooms at Mortimer House combine a luxurious interior design and are equipped with all the high-tech amenities you would need for your meeting. Capacity: 8
Sager + Wilde | Hackney Road is a Wine Bar in East London with exposed brick work and wooden floors. It's the perfect space for standing drinks parties and events. It's even got a small outdoor area for summer evenings. We also have turntables so you can choose to play vinyls all night or create a Spotify playlist for our Sonos system. Food-wise we are known for our Charcuterie and Cheese boards along with our Cheese toasties.
The London EDITION offers a range of luxurious contemporary event spaces that are the ideal stage for high-end corporate and private events - from anniversary dinners and product launches to board meetings and investors’ dinners. Studio 2 is extremely versatile and can accommodate a variety of set-ups tailored specifically for each individual event. With a maximal capacity of 80 standing guests, you can hire the space for unforgettable standing receptions, parties, formal dinners and presentations. A boardroom set up, Studio 1 is perfect for meetings, private lunches and intimate dinners up to 12 guests.
Gabeto is The Cuban Spirit of Camden Market. This recently refurbished restaurant and bar combines class and cool with amazing interior design that’s perfect for Instagram! From high-level dining booths to eclectic retro furniture fused with naturally elegant period features and funky, local inspired art – Gabeto is Camden’s trendiest events venue. Set over 2 floors with outdoor terrace space ,Gabeto is one of the most flexible and highly sought after events spaces in the market. From product and car launches to fashion shows and intimate high-end dinners, our expert team can create your bespoke event and be on hand to make sure it goes exactly to plan.
Here at The Montague, we are lucky to have a wonderful outside area overlooking peaceful gardens. If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate you summer party or make the most of the festive season in London then our themed Ski Lodge or Beach Bar is the place to be! From mid-November, our famous Ski Lodge transforms into a winter wonderland complete with everything you need to get into the festive spirit. In the summer, join us on the Wood Deck at our incredible pop-up Beach Bar, complete with real sand, summertime cocktails and delicious BBQ food. This space is perfect for large parties and tailored to your requirements - call us and let us create an experience that you and your guests will always remember.
Venue Video Profile The Victorian Bath House is Camm & Hooper’s fourth event space in The City of London; located on Bishopsgate Churchyard, a stone's throw from Liverpool Street Station, this unique venue will be up and running in full swing for the festive period. The Grade II listed space will host standing receptions up to 150 guests and seated breakfast, lunch, dinner and roadshow groups from 20 - 90 people. The opulent décor at The Victorian Bath House is mirrored in our menu. Victorian food ideas mixed with a modern twist and a touch of decadence are the hallmark of our dishes. Our menus truly offer something for everyone and every occasion.
COVID-19 certification Harrow School Events is delighted to announce that they have been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 certification. This is a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure customers that our business adheres to Government and public health guidance. The Alex Fitch Room is the most enchanting room at Harrow School. As part of a War Memorial building, the entire contents of this room were donated by the Fitch family in memory of their son. This unique space can host 20 guests for an intimate private or corporate dinner, with a superb wood clad backdrop. Alex’s portrait is hung above the fireplace, the light above it is never put out in respect for the fallen. All proceeds from the hire of this room go towards a bursary for a Harrow boy. Related Venue: Speech Room
Mail Rail at The Postal Museum is an award winning venue in Farringdon, Central London. Available for exclusive unique venue hire, our inspiring venues are suitable for all corporate, experiential and private events. For more than 100 years, Mail Rail was hidden from view. Now you have the chance to experience the secret space for yourself – the ambition, dedication and ingenuity that makes it truly unique space. Mail Rail is an immersive subterranean venue which has maintained many of its original fixtures including exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings, archways and authentic railway features. This industrial event space also contains a mini exhibition gallery with numerous interactive displays for guests to experience during their event. Highly adaptable it can be hired for product launches, award ceremonies, corporate events and gala dinners. The unique 275 capacity venue also provides guests with an exclusive opportunity to enhance their event experience with an underground miniature train ride through the secret 100-year-old Mail Rail tunnels
Due to its size, layout, and unique physical features, Hoxton Arches is well suited to a wide range of events such as product launches, fashion shows, photography shoots & filming, performances, indoor markets, receptions and parties. The space can be hired bare-bones, with props, decorations, and other required items brought in, or our event managers can be employed to outfit the space to your specifications. Also, as we are closely connected with the contemporary art world, there is an option to hang original artwork on the walls in order to provide a stunning visual backdrop to your event. Originally created as an exhibitions venue, Hoxton Arches is ideally suited to the display of both 2D and 3D artworks. The venue comprises of over 2,000 square feet of hanging space, with most walls measuring over 10 feet in height. The entire space is fully fitted with adjustable flood lighting, matte white walls and grey concrete floors throughout. Hoxton Arches is available to hire for short-term exhibitions and events, or for longer periods subject to availability. Pricing for hire is determined on an ad-hoc basis as each event is unique and tailored to a wide range of requirements. Please contact us for details.
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.