Looking to do something a little different with your Christmas party? Take your fellow soldiers to Winter Wonderland, where you will feast like kings in a fantasy realm. Blending live performance with a five-course banquet and dancing till late, it's a unique festive treat.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nordic is a great Scandinavian-themed bar minutes from Tottenham Court Road underground station. Smorgasbords, fun and plenty of spirits are in order at Nordic Bar, bringing a touch of apres-ski madness to your festive frivolities.
This year-round winter wonderland offers a stunning and unique backdrop for your Christmas party. With interiors carved with ice, enjoy a few frozen cocktails in unique surrounds before heading downstairs (and back to normal room temperature) for dinner and drinks in the basement restaurant.
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.
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.
Offering delicious contemporary dishes, a stellar drinks list and eye-popping interiors ideal for a celebratory occasion (complete with a wine-glass chandelier), this Mayfair bar and restaurant is the perfect party venue for those looking to pull off something truly impressive this festive season.
For a high-class celebration, head to this sultry spot in Mayfair. Newly refurbished, Black Roe boasts sleek, modern interiors inspired by its contemporary menu of Asian cuisine. Offering private dining rooms with enough space to seat 80 guests and optional Japanese whiskey tasting classes, an event here is guaranteed to be a truly special affair.
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).
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.
Located in the heart of the West End, Aquavit is a high-end Nordic-style restaurant. Serving up a selection of Scandanavian dishes, and with two cosy private dining rooms, this place boasts some serious hygge vibes
Located right in the middle of Shoreditch and Spitalfields, The Ten Bells is the perfect place for an intimate Christmas party. The charming boozer has oodles of history, a quirky and creative atmosphere and is serving some delicious classic grub (trimmings and all).
For a party to go down in the history books (for all the right reasons) check out sexy basement bar, Disrepute. Book out one of the exclusive vaults or wood-panelled rooms for an intimate evening of delicious cocktails and 60s swing-inspired partying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Add a dash of mystery to Christmas partying this festive season, with a trip to The Mind Palace. This exclusive cocktail club is perfect for the curious as you take part in an immersive masterclass to die for, with a Sherlock Holmes-inspired tale of intrigue running throughout.
One of Hackney Central's best-loved pubs, this warm and friendly spot on Mare Street is bursting with old-school charm, alongside a great selection of beers and cocktails, and some tasty grub to stuck into. There are also ten boutique bedrooms on offer for guests travelling from afar.
After a room with a view? It doesn't get much better than Bourne and Hollingsworth's Garden Room. With floor to ceiling windows showing off panoramic views of the city your guests will find it impossible to tear themselves away, if they do manage to however, they can expect to enjoy seasonal cocktails and a lighter take on the traditional Christmas feast.
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.
If you're looking for something a little different this festive party season (without a touch of Slade or Mariah) check out London Steakhouse Company's newly transformed private dining room-cum-poker den. With enough space to comfortably seat 18, you'll be treated to a sumptuous festive feast, before three full-sized poker tables are set up for you and your guests to flutter the night away.
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.
Host your Christmas party in this stunning Grade II listed building in the heart of the city. With it's spectacular decor harking back to Britain's nautical heritage, The Trading House's menu carries this theme on, with an entire G&T dedicated menu, a huge range of craft brews and stunning cocktails, as well as a hearty menu of pub classics.
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.
For a more laid-back affair head to the quaint Rookery Café on Streatham Common. Available for exclusive hire in the winter months, this cosy venue is able to cater for a range of events, offering affordable menus made from the freshest local produce.
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.
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.
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.
Set within the famed Bloomsbury Hotel, this Literary-inspired bar is the perfect place for an intimate Christmas party. Descend the stairs and find yourself in an enchanting fairy-lit cave, complete with an outdoor terrace and a cosy indoor Art Deco-themed drinking den.
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.
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 li