We’ve all seen those festive films where the company Christmas party is a Pinterest-worthy spectacular affair – and clearly very, very expensive.
We don’t all have sky-high Christmas budgets but festive celebrations can be seriously snazzy without breaking the bank. We’ve compiled a list of our top 7 festive venues to get you and your colleagues ready to celebrate in style, and still have budget left over for the all-important eggnog and mince pies!
The Little Scarlet Door is an iconic bar and restaurant in the heart of Soho, with two levels of stunning event spaces to fill with festive flair. Decked out like a New York loft, it features cosy nooks and crannies, nostalgic entertainment, and a quirky vibe that’ll blow even your coolest colleagues’ Christmassy socks off.
In the open plan living room, you’ll find a cocktail bar, arty surroundings, and access to an outdoor courtyard, while if you make your way to the basement, you’ll be met with lavish, comfy seating, a hip, underground vibe, and games like a Nintendo 64 to keep all of your guests entertained. With cocktails and good food on offer in-house, you won’t need to worry about making it onto your team’s nice list this year!
Capacity: 220 standing
Ideally located just a two minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, Wallacespace Spitalfields is a stylish backdrop for an office Christmas party, with quirky and original decor and plenty of space for rocking around the Christmas tree. The venue really comes into its own at Christmas, with festive lights sprucing up the rooftop spaces and making spirits bright.
Whether you choose to host a sit-down meal in one of the sleek event spaces, or head straight to the roof for mince pies and merriment, we guarantee that Wallacespace will have your guests singing your praises – or maybe just carols – all night.
Capacity: 200 standing
It might be cold outside, but inside TOCA Social you’ll definitely keep warm! Your party guests will stay up and moving with TOCA’s high-tech immersive football games. Picture arcade games crossed with a penalty shootout, and you’ll see why players of all abilities will own the pitch. There’s nothing like a good competitive Christmas spirit to get your colleagues up and mingling!
All of that exercise is bound to work up an appetite, and for that, TOCA certainly delivers. Your guests can tuck into the venue’s mouth-watering treats and mobile cocktails whether you’re hanging out on the main pitch or in an executive box.
Capacity: Up to 400 guests
Location: North Greenwich
Bowling All Star style is leagues ahead of your local neighbourhood bowling alley. All Star Lanes – White City is renowned for its legendary parties, and Christmas gatherings are no exception.
There’s no end of entertainment at All Star Lanes. Along with their 10 bowling lanes, they also boast several Karaoke machines and a live DJ. So, whilst you can enjoy unlimited games if you so choose, there’s plenty to do whilst your guests rest up their bowling arms. This glamorous setting is also the perfect place to indulge in a drink whipped up by one of All Star Lanes’ dedicated mixologists, or peruse the vibrant dinner menu.
Capacity: Up to 500 guests
Location: White City
If you’re after something with a bit of old-school glamour, Swingers West End offers the perfect balance of entertainment and style. With a centrepiece of quirky mini golf taking place against a backdrop inspired by the 1920s English Riviera, there’s enough going on to keep everyone entertained, and the photos are guaranteed to be smashing!
With space for up to 600 guests, as well as a terrace and private event spaces to hire, your guests are sure to have a ball – and best of all, it won’t break the bank! Check out the Pergolas for a private base, or go wild and hire the whole venue to make your event really shine!
Location: Oxford Circus
Capacity: 600 standing
No.11 Cavendish Square is an impressive venue for high-end festive dinners and celebrations, but it’s surprisingly affordable, making it a cracking choice for Christmas events.
With a range of beautiful, well-equipped event spaces on hand to host your party, as well as a dedicated in-house team, your Christmas party is guaranteed to be a huge success in this stand-out space. Plus, with the stunning Orangery being a perfect location for a sit-down meal, guests can look out for sleighs – or, you know, helicopters – through the glass roof.
Capacity: 300 standing
If your company rocks casual vibes but still wants something special for this year’s Christmas party, take a look at Studio 9294. Situated in trendy Hackney Wick, this former dye factory is as quirky as its surroundings. Studio 9294’s roomy Number 90 Bar and Kitchen exudes the ever-popular industrial aesthetic. Why not use some some of the space to host a live band, and treat your guests to the restaurant’s renowned food and drinks?
Smaller parties aren’t excluded from the fun either, as Studio 9294 features a great out-of-the-box party option. After all, who would turn down an invitation to a boat party? Hiring The Number Nine Group Boat is great for a small drinks reception or a Christmas dinner; its rustic charm is just the perfect backdrop for some cosy festive decorations!
Capacity: Up to 300 guests
Location: Hackney Wick
From team activities to a casual drinks reception, our top 7 picks of budget-friendly Christmas party venues will help you book the perfect venue in no time.
If you’d like to know more about any of these venues, or want to explore more options, don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our venue experts.