The nation’s capital is an incredible place full of possibility and potential. We’ve collected the best Christmas party venues London has to offer in 2020.
Did you know one in six companies use office Christmas parties as a means of increasing employee morale? In an age when the employee experience is more important than ever, businesses spend a lot of time and money deliberating over Christmas party venues, wanting to reward their employees and thank them for their hard work. More than simply being a good way to spend time, a Christmas party can help to build relationships, increasing company loyalty and employee satisfaction.
As we haven’t yet reached the summer holidays, you might be thinking it’s a bit too early to arrange your office party. But now is the perfect time to consider your options and put a plan in place to ensure your company Christmas party is one to remember.
If you’re eager to throw an unforgettable Christmas party for your hardworking employees this year, there is nothing more beautiful than London at Christmas time. Whether you are meeting for a festive feast or knocking back a mulled wine, the hustle and bustle of London give the festive season an exciting edge.
Our venue expert, Robyn Gannon, has put together a comprehensive list of the best Christmas party ideas and locations in London for 2020.
Located in the Heart of London, Savage Garden boasts spectacular views from its 12th-floor Pink Gin Terrace. From this height, your employees can take in the panoramic views of the city while indulging in delicious, imaginative cocktails inspired by London’s streets and culture. Far from the standard corporate office party, a Christmas bash at Savage Garden offers a unique atmosphere that will keep your employees talking for months. An amazing range of food and drinks from the hotel restaurant menu complete the affair.
Why not throw this year’s festive office celebration at one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in East London? This London venue boasts a great mix of classic historic charm and modern, spacious design. Created by the same architects who designed the Houses of Parliament, the Andaz Hotel has seven bars and restaurants as well as 14 spaces set across many floors for events — from large areas to intimate rooms.
At the Andaz Hotel, you will enjoy five-star cuisine complete with professional sommeliers to ensure your team has the best time. With so much choice on offer, you have the flexibility to plan and design an event perfect for your Christmas corporate party, whether you are looking for simplicity or to throw a grand themed event.
Many levels below ground, Ivory Vaults is one of those places that really help your corporate Christmas stand out. Wow your staff and clients with celebrations at this — one of London’s most iconic Christmas party venues. Located in the historic St Katherine’s Docks near the Tower of London, it is the perfect place for a fun and quirky time. This stunning, 10,000-square-foot historic venue is suitable for up to 450 guests. Step into a medieval wonderland this Christmas, complete with jesters, knights, acrobats — even dragons.
If you’re looking for an extensive blank-canvas venue for your office Christmas party, Dock X is the perfect place. Located in South East London, Dock X has an incredible catering team but is also open to external catering suppliers; one of the few venues that allow you to hire your own people. It can rig backdrops and large set builds to create a unique experience and boasts an integrated AV system and in-house audiovisual team to make sure your party goes off without a hitch. The venue is over 34,000 square feet in size and offers a capacity of up to 1,500 standing guests. It’s one of those few central London Christmas party venues that are perfect for large company parties.
Once the home of the Evening Standard, Printworks is now a popular location often used for fashion shows, concerts and films — and, of course, as an exciting Christmas party venue. Christmas parties at this location take place in The Press Halls, which retains its original machinery and industrial interior features. The venue offers spectacular lighting and sound production, from wash lights to LED colour-changing lighting columns. Seventy lasers spread the full length of the dance floor, so it’s the perfect location if your employees want an opportunity to dance the night away.
Looking like something out of a movie, Roundhouse is a beautiful 173-year-old Grade II listed former railway engine shed located in Chalk Farm. Currently a performing arts and concert venue, the circular building impresses with breathtaking original features and is perfect for private and corporate events. The Circle Balcony provides a stunning vantage point of London below. The experience includes full event management, caterers, spectacular theming and scenery and a state-of-the-art disco.
Described as an “eclectic rooftop bar overlooking the River Thames and London’s skyline”, this venue (formerly Rumpus Room) is located on the 12th floor of Sea Containers London. 12th Knot offers a cocktail bar that celebrates delicious seasonal ingredients, a live band and stylish seating. Enjoy South Bank’s vibrant energy among striking decor and panoramic views this Christmas. A fantastic place to get people together to chat and enjoy relaxed vibes.
This private members’ club offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Located in the heart of Soho and discreetly hidden, the Century Club boasts Soho’s largest rooftop terrace, which offers incredible views of the West End. However large your private party might be, the team at Century Club is extremely versatile and will work with you to provide the perfect backdrop for your Christmas party. At Banks Sadler, we love to pick exclusive-feeling venues with the finer details that are also flexible. Century Club is one of those places.
OXO2 is a wonderful contemporary event venue on the South Bank with space for up to 480 guests, panoramic views of the City and the River Thames, award-winning in-house catering, gallery-style spaces — and an incredible dance-floor. This iconic and prestigious space offers an inspirational setting for you to enjoy your Christmas party in style. Fire up the disco and complete the experience with their in-house DJ.
The Postal Heritage Trust, an independent charity created to protect and share five centuries of communications history, run the Postal Museum. Located at Phoenix Place, this venue expanded into catering for events in 2004 and is available for private hire in 2020. The Postal Museum’s unique Mail Rail underground space is a Christmas party venue for those looking for something more unusual and unforgettable.
Only a stone’s throw away from Trafalgar Square, this central London venue has exceptional public transport links, making it a convenient choice for your guests. You will love the mixture of Victorian architecture and modern technology. This venue can hold up to 1,000 guests and boasts a ballroom described by English Heritage as “the grandest example of a Victorian ballroom in existence.”
The London Film Museum is a creative, exciting space available for private hire. Celebrate the festive season and thank your employees for their hard work this year with one of the most unique Christmas party venues in London for 2020. With over 100 original vehicles and artefacts spanning all 24 James Bond films, this venue will be a particular favourite for any 007 fans. The Open Gallery is a great choice for a glamorous and glitzy Christmas party, where your guests will enjoy red carpets and arched cellar ceilings. Book early — this world-famous venue sells out fast!
Tobacco Dock is a Grade I listed warehouse in the East End, constructed in 1811 to store imported tobacco. Today, this venue hosts large corporate events, while also being featured in a number of high-profile television shows. Tobacco Dock has 57 flexible event spaces over 16,000 square metres, making it ideal for huge groups. This year, discover a Dream Circus at Tobacco Dock, along with a colourful drinks reception and a festive circus tent, complete with atmospheric lighting. You will also benefit from a four-course seated Christmas dinner and a cast of street performers and dancers, as well as winter cocktails and a complimentary photo booth.
The Brewery has been revered as one of London’s leading venues for over half a decade. Known for its level of service and catering for up to 1,000 people, this venue’s themes are “always risqué, intriguing and, most importantly, different. Clichés and conventions are strictly forbidden.” Including private dining options with an impressive array of food and specialist beverages, this is definitely one of the best Christmas party venues in London for 2020 to eat, drink and be merry.
When it comes to making a splash this Christmas, office parties need to really stand out. The Deck is one of those venues that can help you achieve this goal. Situated on the roof of the iconic National Theatre, The Deck is available for private hire and offers incredible views of London. Though the theme for this year’s season remains a guarded secret, last year’s Pinocchio-inspired Christmas packages were a huge success, and 2020 promises to offer another fantastic winter wonderland experience. Great food, drink, and atmosphere; Christmas at The Deck will make your office party truly magical.
The Steel Yard, with two beautifully restored Victorian Railway Arches, provides high-end in-house lighting, sound system and production, huge mirror balls and cosy seating booths, making it perfect for Christmas parties of up to 450 guests. A great Christmas party venue in London for those who feel a combination of songs, music and loads of dancing will make their event what it needs to be.
This underground party space, concealed beneath the banks of the River Thames, is one of most exciting Christmas party venues in London for 2020. It offers the perfect mix of stylish urban design and contemporary amenities for a modern crowd. Holding up to 900 people, this distinctive venue — known for its exposed brickwork and vaulted ceilings — is ideal for a themed event where large parties can dance all night.
The Hurlingham Club is set in 42 acres of breathtaking grounds, providing an oasis of peace and tradition. The gardens of this members-only club have received a number of awards over the years. Treat your employees to an exclusive Christmas party this year with all the first-class elegance of quintessential English tradition and heritage. The East Wing is available for parties of up to 1,200 people.
This location, known as one of London’s most seductive cabaret cocktail venues, is replete with the glamour of a bygone era. Enjoy a selection of Prohibition-era cocktails and spirits, while taking in a three-course dining experience and a show with a seasonal twist. Give your party-goers everything they need for a mind-blowing night to remember this Christmas with unforgettable food dishes, plenty of entertainment, and much more.
Featuring a sparkling grand ballroom, offering drinks receptions for 850 people, or a private meal for 600, an invitation to a Christmas party at The Londoner is guaranteed to inspire that all-important festive vibe. It promises glitz, glam, and opulence — an events package is what your brand deserves. The Londoner is somewhere that utilises lighting technology to create a true winter wonderland; helping to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Part of the Nobu Hotel Group, the tastefully decorated ground floor dining room of the Nobu Hotel in Portman Square is definitely a Christmas party venue to keep an eye on in 2020. Well-suited for large banquet-style dining experiences that build a sense of refinement, Nobu is perfect for a sophisticated occasion. With a variety of options when it comes to layout and design, including space enough for 700 of your colleagues — and friends and family too — a little artistic inspiration can go a long way here, and make the Nobu Hotel feel like a truly magical Christmas venue.
Banks Sadler is a venue expert. Our experienced corporate events agency has managed thousands of meetings and parties over the years, so we know how to deliver truly engaging events. Get in touch with our events team today and we can help you plan your perfect event — from sourcing venues through to party planning tips like concept theming, and even full event management. Whatever your business requirements, we can help! Contact the Banks Sadler team by email or call on +44 (0) 207 424 3333.