With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about where to book for your festive celebrations. Whether you’re looking to host an intimate private dining experience, a cocktail reception or a gala dinner, we’ve picked out our top East London venues that offer the perfect backdrop for your Christmas revelries.
If you’re looking to add a bit of theatre to your Christmas party then Trapeze should be your go-to venue. Set over three levels, with an extravagant circus style theming, the venue boasts a mezzanine, a bar and kitchen space and a basement club which can fit 50, 250 and 180 respectively. The venue has played host to some of the world’s top artists including Sancho Panza and Maxi Jazz, and has a creative cocktail list and menu to boot.
One of our favourite rooftops in London, the Queen of Hoxton never fails to delight with its rotating themed bi-annual pop up. This year they bring us a Moroccan Medina inspired by the far-flung desert realms and the romantic splendour of Marrakesh. They will be creating a treasure trove of babouche slippers, chimineas, twinkling lanterns, cushions and drapes, all set inside their cosy wigwam. Their ground floor will also be given a festive décor twist, and can host up to 225. This is available for hire alongside the roof to provide the perfect party package. Guests can be treated to spiced hot buttered rum or shimmering gold pomegranate bellinis and can sample a menu of halloumi fries, lamb and apricot tagines or a rainbow vegan mezze board.
Last Days of Shoreditch is a collaboration between RED Gallery and Rob Star of Eastern Electrics and is a street food market with a star-studded series of DJ line-ups. There are eight private areas available for Christmas parties whether it’s for 10 people or 100. The whole venue can be booked for 700 guests. Each area is individually themed, so whether it’s the Bowie Bauhaus or the Elvis Sunset room that floats your boat, you know you will have a great backdrop for your festive celebrations.
One of the most well respected cocktail bars in London; Callooh Callay has an extensive menu including creatively named cocktails including Hackney Carriage, Runaway Man, or Crusader. It’s quirky, it’s cosy and it’s also home to the Secret Palace of Humbug room hidden behind a wardrobe. They have two spaces to hire, The Upstairs Room and The Back Lounge for 30 or 60 respectively and the full venue can be hired for 150.
For a Christmas party with a twist the Zetter Townhouse is a great option! Set in a Georgian building, this 13 bedroom hotel is also is home to a cocktail lounge, a games room and a dining room. The games room can fit 50 for cocktails or 30 for private dining, and also benefits from a small courtyard and sound system. Their opulent dining room is perfect for a special Christmas lunch, where the doors can be thrown open to their award-winning cocktail lounge.
This former railway station in Shoreditch has now opened its doors as a 7,000 square foot hire space. Operating by day as a photography studio, it also doubles up as a spectacular dry hire warehouse space for events. The studios can accommodate between 30 and 1,250 and can provide the perfect backdrop for a fully themed Christmas party.
Featured in every top opening list in 2017, The Curtain Hotel is an edgy and stylish venue for your Christmas celebrations. Their ballroom fits 200 seated, perfect for a gala dinner, or their screening room is ideal for a cocktail reception. They also offer suites for events, with exposed brickwork and leather Chesterfields which provide a relaxed setting for a festive gathering.
With one of the best views of London’s skyline, Ace Hotel’s 100 room is a spectacular setting for an intimate Christmas lunch/dinner or a cocktail reception. With private access to a panoramic terrace, guests can enjoy unrivalled views of the Gherkin and Heron Tower. Catering is provided by their Nordic style and well-respected restaurant, Hoi Polloi.
For more Christmas venue inspiration check out our top private dining rooms in Soho and London’s top winter pop ups. If you would like to book any of these venues or are looking for more inspiration then don’t hesitate to contact us on +44 (0) 207 424 3333