Nov 8, 2014

Alternative London Restaurants For Office Christmas Parties – Part 1

The annual office Christmas party is often one of the working year’s highlights. With so much to offer in the Capital, and so many interesting options, why not plan to do something really different and memorable this year.

At this point, we have a confession to make – we started this list as a ‘top five’ but there were so many great venues, we felt we had to increase it to a top ten! So don’t forget to look up the second half of this blog – part 2 – with an equally compelling list of funky, cool and unique venues.

So here are our first top five picks for a fantastic alternative Christmas party night, guaranteed to blow the socks off the boring old turkey dinner with a cracker and some ropey red wine.

Dirty Bones – Kensington

First up is Dirty Bones, just of High Street Kensington. This earthy, retro chic basement den offers a private dining room for up to 34 or exclusive hire, Christmas menus featuring hot dogs, ‘bone’ selections and chicken stacks as well as live music from 9 (Thurs, Fri and Sat) which almost guarantees an impromptu dance or two.

The Princess Victoria – Shepherd’s Bush

Further out west is The Princess Victoria in Shepherd’s Bush. Taking modern pubs to a new level, the PV is winning awards left right and centre as – it’s not just gastro but great vino too. One of the most popular local pubs, its stunning upstairs private room – for up to 70 – has been impeccably refurbished and is perfect for a relaxed Christmas party, with everyone spilling out into the main pub afterwards for continued revelry. The main pub can also be hired exclusively for up to 200 standing or 140 seated.

Hixter – City of London

In the City, Hixter is sure to be one of this Christmas’s must-visit venues. The uber-cool 70-s style Mark’s Bar in the basement can be hired as a private room and is perfect for a dress down City bash, whilst still guaranteeing the impeccable cuisine that Mark Hix is so famous for. Seating up to 60 or 100 standing there are even feast menus and surf n turf options. It’s really too good to miss

Ice Bar London – West End

For the truly brave and adventure hungry why not try Ice Bar London. Guaranteed to be memorable, the Ice Bar is, believe it or not, actually a bar made wholly of ice. Guests are given jackets to keep warm and canapé receptions for up to 40 minutes can be ‘enjoyed’ in -5C. For the remainder of the evening, the rest of the venue comprises other areas available for private hire (for 80 or 30 guests seated) where parties can enjoy more normal temperatures, show off party frocks and enjoy dances.

Babylon at The Roof Gardens – Kensington

Finally for those with ‘high’ Christmas expectations, you cannot get any finer than Babylon at the Roof Gardens. A totally unique semi-private space for up to 30 guests or exclusive hire for up to 100, the trees, gardens and flamingos make hard to believe you’re actually 7 floors up on a roof. It’s guaranteed to give guests the ‘wow’ factor and have them talking about the party for years to come.

The above venues are just a few of the alternative venues for Christmas parties listed in Private Dining Rooms. View our previous blog on exclusive London restaurants to host your Christmas party. We also offer a complimentary venue finding service to help our visitors find the perfect private room for their event.

Please feel free to call our Events Team on 020 7305 5044.