If you're after some waterside partying, look no further than Camden's Lockside. Whether you're in the market for a sit-down meal, or a festive buffet alongside mulled wine and gingerbread cider, this is the perfect venue for a seasonal bash. There are even festive beer pong and karaoke options available.
Christmas Party Venues
Christmas party-planning is no mean feat. With the ever-looming threat of a poorly churned out three-course dinner at a painfully quiet venue where the conversation is as dry as the turkey, the stakes are high. What you need is a lively location where you can drink, dine, dance and be merry; making it a festive event for everyone to remember (for all the right reasons). To help you along the way, we've created a list of the very best party venues in London, from hidden cocktail bars to immersive experiences and swanky high-end restaurants. We apologise in advance for the headache the next morning...
Regardless of whether you've been naughty or nice this year, inmates at Alcotraz cocktail bar will find themselves banged to rights and behind bars. The ultimate immersive Christmas party, this place is offering bespoke cocktails and an unforgettable evening of dressing up in orange boiler suits and sneaking around behind the warden's back.
A firm fave for its unparalleled party spirit, incredible sing-along experience and menu of luscious libations, Piano Works is an excellent choice for a Christmas party in London. Whether you're more of a Mariah or a Slade, this place will have you and your guests leaving with a sore throat, tired legs and unforgettable memories.
An elegant townhouse in the heart of Soho, Six Storeys has (you guessed it) six floors bursting with unique rooms and bars. Their experienced team of chefs are happy to create bespoke menus to suit your event, and can also provide extensive vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options to suit.
Set in a Victorian Turkish Bath House, Shop, Drink & Do combine quirky entertainment, sumptuous food and delicious drinks. If you're after something a little different, head here and book yourself into a dance lesson, pottery workshop or wreath making class, before working your way over to the bar and partying the night away to their in-house DJ.
There are plenty of great places to enjoy a Christmas party in London, but none quite as charming at The Rose. This Fulham boozer boasts rustic interiors and gastro fare, and their Christmas menu includes all the classics, as well as a festive sharing platter (complete with turkey wings, pigs in blankets and gammon and cheddar croquettes).
Located in Shoreditch, Brindisa is bringing a slice of the Mediterranean to London. Give Christmas a European spin with sharing plates, fine wine and an open kitchen at this sociable and easy-going spot. There's also a sister restaurant in Soho if you fancy something more central.
Private members club Eight Bank will be putting on the suavest Christmas parties in the capital. Head down to this exclusive members lounge where the staff will be on call to cater to your every demand - expect Champagne, canapés and endless Christmas cheer.
Whether you're after a sit-down sumptuous feast, a laid-back buffet or finger food and a DJ, The Crosswall is a flexible and central party venue. Located just a few minutes away from Tower Bridge and the River Thames, this contemporary restaurant is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Located a stone's throw away from Moorgate in the heart of the city, The Jugged Hare is known as one of the best game restaurants in London. From succulent steaks, to guinea fowl kiev and their famous whole red grouse, this place is a meat-eater's wonderland.
This boozer is the perfect space for intimate events, with both private dining room and exclusive hire options. The Hat and Tun is brimming with festive fun; think deep comfy armchairs, roaring open fires and even a shuffleboard table for a post-dinner perk up.
A landmark building amongst London's skyline, a party at Iris Bar is as striking as they come. Wow your guests with free-flowing Champagne, contemporary dishes, and of course, unparalleled views of the sun setting over London from the building's domed glass walls.
The Looking Glass is a cosy cocktail den located on Hackney Road in Shoreditch. Hidden behind a life-size looking glass, the bar is constantly buzzing with mischievous fun. The in-house expert mixologists here are armed with the best spirits, fruits and spices, and are able to flair together a long list of delectable cocktails. Great for a quirky Christmas party, this is one East London cave is well worth checking out.
Nothing quite says Christmas like cocktails, and no one does cocktails quite like Dirty Martini. With bars in Covent Garden, Islington and St Pauls amongst others, that shlep from the office to the venue will be kept to a bare minimum. If you're looking for a late-night Christmas party space that blends unique interiors with high-end drinks, this is a sure-fire find.
Looking for the perfect venue in the City? This London spot is serving up a cracking cocktail selection and Asian dim-sum alongside gorgeous interiors and attentive service. Set menu packages start from only £14.95 with additional discounts for those who are organised enough to get their booking in early.
Located in the heart of Mayfair, Heddon Street Kitchen is always a top choice. As for Christmas? This time of year is no exception, as the Gordon Ramsay restaurant serves up the likes of steamed sea bass, chestnut pappardelle, chocolate mousse and plenty more.
Powderkeg is a friendly neighbourhood bar based in the heart of Battersea. While relatively small in size, this place has a constantly buzzing atmosphere and heated terrace out front. They are able to cater to a range of party sizes and have a menu full of mouth-watering finger food, as well as serving up freshly baked Joe Public pizzas.
If you're keen to ditch the turkey and experience something a little different this year, head to the Wild West and try your luck at dice and card games at the Moonshine Saloon immersive cocktail bar. Available for private hire, your party guests will be made to don cowboy hats and bola ties before being treated to a selection of bespoke libations, as long as the Sheriff doesn't see, that is.
If you're looking to let loose after a year of hard work, run away to Circus, and enjoy an evening of drinking, dining and dancing to the backdrop of some awe-inspiring performances. The menu here has a focus on Pan-Asian cuisine and is designed for sharing - just don't be surprised if an acrobat hops up onto your table mid-way through your main course.
Find your fill of festive cheer this jolly ol' season and mosey on over to ever-popular Jamie's. With restaurants also on Suffolk Lane, London Wall and Ludgate, wherever you're based you'll be able to take advantage of one their many Christmas menus, including a bucks-fizz breakfast option for those who can't commit to an evening.
If you're looking for an easily accessible venue in the City, look no further than The White Swan. The team at this pub and chophouse have thrown a fair few bashes in their time, and are able to expertly craft a bespoke evening to match your needs, with mezzanine, dining room and full venue hire options available.
Add a touch of glamour to your Christmas gathering by heading to the stunning Nobu in Shoreditch. The space can allow up to 240 guests who can revel in the sleek decor while sipping on expertly-crafted cocktails and indulging in world-renowned Pan-Asian cuisine.
Give your Christmas party a Franco-themed makeover at Le Bar in Smithfield. The food is an award-winning mix of French tapas with changing plat du jours, washed down with a carefully created wine list of the very best French wines.
Although relatively new on the London luxury hotel scene, The Dixon has already made quite the impact. Originally a police station and magistrates court, the space has been transformed into a modern and light restaurant and bar, serving up a selection of European-inspired dishes.
Inamo Camden can be identified by its cosy outdoor igloos, lit up with fairy lights and adorned with fluffy blankets. Book an igloo for an intimate dinner with a difference, and enjoy a feast of Asian Cuisine, alternatively head to their central Soho spot for some futuristic-themed dining.
From historical boozers in the City through to cosy and comfy lounge bars in the East, Fuller's is a top choice for a Christmas party in London. Add on the fact that they have 20% off on certain December dates, and you're onto a winner.
Set beneath the ever-popular contemporary Indian restaurant, Cinnamon Kitchen, Anise is a sultry basement bar perfect for private parties. Your group can settle into a cosy booth or book the entire venue out, complete with Indian-inspired nibbles, sparkling cocktails and sharing martinis.
This gorgeous grotto comes courtesy of the Small Beer Brew Co. Head to the world's first small beer brewery and you will have a hopping great Christmas party complete with an enchanting backdrop, classic beers and a dedicated team to help you plan your event.
With venues in Soho and Shoreditch, Ballie Ballerson offers some of the best Christmas party experiences in London. Head down to one of their locations for the chance to get you groove on surrounded by cocktails, pizza and huge ballpits.
Huckster is a huge multi-space venue inspired by the bustling streets of downtown Manhattan. If you're after a laid-back bar to drink and dance (and sing) the night away, head here for affordable drinks packages, a huge selection of finger food and mouth-watering sharing platters - with the added bonus of a karaoke room!
Celebrate the festive season with an enchanting evening at this plush Clapham spot. With room for up to 80 guests, Lost Society will be sure to transport you and your fellow gang of merry gentlemen away from the wet streets of London with its neon-clad walls, floral installations and brooding jungle-inspired interiors.
One of the top West London spots for a Christmas party, this friendly Kensal Rise bar offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, alongside tasty food, drinks and great private hire options. The bistro also boasts a huge fairy-light festooned terrace which can be covered for the winter months.
Shoreditch-based independent cocktail bar, Apples and Pears is decked out with neon lights, stunning art and quirky decorations. With various different spaces available dependent on your party size, the team here are also more than happy to help you arrange for a great DJ or live band to ensure that the dance-floor is filled all night long.
If you're looking for a Gatsby-style 1920s venue, head to Leadenhall Street's Grace Hall. An imposing space, once home to the banking company Grace & Co, this place is now the perfect setting for your Christmas festivities. Whether you're looking for a private dinner for 10, or a show-stopping party for 600, the team here will be able to assist you every step of the way.
Sitting on the banks of the River Thames in Putney, The Duke's Head is a cosy pub that offers a quaint spot to unwind and recharge in. Acting as the starting point for the famous Oxford and Cambridge boat race, the bar is drenched in rich history and is full of rowing related antiques. From turkey dinners to classic Christmas puds, it's perfect for an easy-going Christmas party.
Located in a former public toilet, WC Wine & Charcuterie Bar is the perfect place if you're looking for somewhere a little different for your 2019 Christmas celebrations. Serving a huge selection of red and white wines, along with a menu of mouth-watering charcuterie platters, head here for an evening of Mediterranian sophistication.
Rock your way around the Christmas tree at Belushis Hammersmith this festive season. With affordable prices and a feel-good vibe, it's no wonder they've become a fave with outposts in Shepherds Bush, Greenwich and Camden. For a casual Christmas get-together, this place is a no-brainer.
An exclusive cocktail bar atop the Dorsett City Hotel, Jin Bo Law is a swish and sultry venue with sweeping views right across the City of London. Depending on your group size you can hire out the entire venue complete with a roof-top terrace. Additional options include Djs, Champagne sabrages, fire dances and even oyster shuckers. Venue's don't come more luxurious than this.