Alternative London Restaurants For Office Christmas Parties – Part 2
Continuing our foray into London’s best alternative places to have a Christmas party, here are some other great venues that you might choose to consider.
We kick off with the Stafford Hotel’s cellar. It doesn’t get more unique than this – down through the kitchen and caged wine bottles into the bowels of the hotel is the cellar room – a stunning arched space lit with candles and steeped in history. Seated events for up to 44 can be combined with wine tastings and it’s a one in a million room that is guaranteed to stick in the memory.
Back above ground, the creaking staircases of BamBou and its fabulous Asian/Vietnamese menus make for a different kind of evening altogether for up to 30 seated on the first floor dining room. For those wanting a standing reception (up to 60) or a discrete space to retire to after dinner the Red Bar at the top of the building is ideal.
Fancy a James Bond style wow factor for your Christmas party? Why not try Heliot, the restaurant at the Hippodrome Casino on Leicester Square. The former iconic nightclub is now an iconic casino filled with black jack tables and roulette wheels. Heliot’s private rooms allow for privacy during the meal, while guests can spill out into the main bar or restaurant afterwards to soak up the exciting casino atmosphere.
For the more arty and creative, Carrara at The St James Theatre is an exciting new option. Having only opened two years ago, relatively few have discovered its potential for private dining. Up a stunning solid marble staircase is the main restaurant –a light airy space with seating for up to 45, while the theatre brasserie and bar can also be used for standing receptions for up to 200. For parties up to 120 who also want to include entertainment, the studio is ideal as it comes with a stage that would be perfect for a stand up – or dare we suggest it – karaoke.
Finally, for those wanting chic urban design and top tukka, The Dock Kitchen in an old wharf building in Notting Hill is ideal. Steve Parle’s eclectic and ever changing seasonal food is second to none, while the décor by British designer Tom Dixon gives it hip street cred. Takeover half the restaurant for parties of up to 52 or the showroom below the main restaurant can also be used for exclusive standing receptions.