Nov 4, 2013

More Private Dining Rooms in The City for Office Christmas Parties

A Further Selection Of Office Christmas Party Venues In The City Of London..

Halloween is over, Bonfire Night is this week, furniture commercials are appearing on TV during ad breaks promising December delivery and M&S are slowly erecting seasonal displays detailing their new range of vol-au-vents. That means Christmas is well and truly coming.

We’ve already published some deals and a few blogs about the perfect private dining venues for the festive season in London. At this time of year, it’s predominantly businesses and organisations prepping for their festive parties. Off the back of our blog a few weeks back about private dining in The City (the hub of London business) it’s time to roll out a few more suggestions on where to party at Christmas with your office posse.

One of the most exciting new dining experiences in London right now, smack bang in The City on Bride Street, is Aveqia. This place prides themselves on offering up “a unique way to conduct business”. The idea comes from Sweden, where it’s had roaring success, and is named using a mixture of Latin phrases that basically translates as “welcome to the table”.The concept of this venue is that their guests – whether there for business or pleasure – come to enjoy a day of tasting, designing and preparing Michelin standard, Scandinavian inspired foods. And what could be more Christmassy than something Scandinavian themed – home to pine trees and sleigh bels and snow. They have a Krug Kitchen (named after the champagne) in which you and up to ten guests will travel on a journey through the senses preparing a 4 course meal and sipping champagne on the way. This is clearly an experience for the smaller office team, but it’s a fantastic bonding opportunity and allows plenty of room to allow your creative juices to flow. There are larger private dining options at Aveqia too, with an 80 person restaurant takeover option at the top of the spectrum. At Christmas, Aveqia see a trip to their establishment as a way to reward teams that are visiting from work. The Krug Kitchen option has a festive twist to it, or you and your party can take part in a bar takeover with cocktail masterclasses. Whatever the case, you’ll be served a delicious seasonal menu, prepared by the restaurant’s head chef.

For something magnificently grand scale, and a stark contrast to the smaller more intimate setting of a kitchen masterclass, check out Herbert Berger at Innholder’s Hall. Chef Berger comes fresh from establishing 1 Lombard Street (another spectacular Christmas venue with its domed roof giving you a fantastic canopy of twinkling stars to decorate your dinner table) as one of London’s top venues for private dinner party hosting. He prides himself on presenting his diners with seasonal, local produce, which he tries to source close to The City. The Innholder’s Hall is a location steeped in history and grandeur, which was built in 1473. This setting brings Christmas back to the old London traditionalism that the The City displays so well during the festive weeks. Their December package runs throughout the month, giving you lots of opportunity to fix in a date that will work for your company. Their 3 course menu, which can be arranged for either lunch or dinnertime, will be served to your guests in the regal banquet setting and will include everything from mulled bellinis and Christmas petits fours. Take a look at The Great Hall to host your larger group, and peruse the menus that offer up delicious choices such as spiced salmon and roast lamb chump.

Why not take Christmas down to the riversie? Northbank is situated next to the Millennium Bridge, close to The Globe theatre and the Tate Modern, with St Paul’s Catherdral round the corner. It’s perfectly located if your office is in the heart of The City. It’s not too far yet allows escapism as you will find yourself suddenly on the banks of the Thames, looking out over the frosty water. The menu takes its inspiration from Cornwall sourced recipes and produce. You’ll find hearty Cornish meats and meads on the menu, alongside styleish New York cocktail mixes too. Bring 10 guests or more for private Christmas dining or fill the venue up by hiring the whole place and inviting up to 175 guests. Their Christmas menus boast such dishes as Dartmouth mackrel terrain, poultry with roasted celeric and stuffing, and Cornish glazed rarebit.

Searcy’s have several venues across the capital. But nothing can quite beat their charm at Christmas with their bespoke design on holiday favourites, bringing a mixture of traditionalism and uniqueness to recipes, dinners and decor. At any Searcy’s venue at Christmas you’ll find bedecked boughs draped around, candles lit, sumptuous turkey, glistening cranberries and delectable festive desserts. For the ultimate in City dining at Christmas, truly encapsulating the aura of the executive district, head to Searcy’s at The Gherkin. This glassy venue will be found on the 38th floor of this impressive infrastructure that towers above London and appreciates it fantastic style and spectacular scenery. Either host a lunchtime do and enjoy the ins and outs of London’s architecture in daylight, or create a magical glistening atmosphere as you dine looking out over The City at night. The staff boast a vivid imagination which will help you to realise your visions for your Christmas event. The Searcy’s institution really shines at Christmastime and what better way to celebrate both London and a successful year of business than by combining the grandeur and scope of The City with a gorgeous meal with your colleagues.

One might look beyond the business-like doorstep of The City when booking up for your company Christmas event, but why bother when you’ve such an abundance of choice at your fingertips.