With fewer than 10 weeks to go until Christmas, the festive season is almost upon us, and people are beginning to dig out their glad rags in time for the office party. But are they missing a trick?
What if – now hear us out – you had your shindig in January? It’s long been the practice in the retail and hospitality industries, and there can be some real benefits:
- You may save money on venue hire and catering, and you’ll have more flexibility when it comes to dates.
- It’s a great way to say thanks for the past year and set the tone for the year ahead. Plus, you can combine it with a kick-off and resolutions
- The top venues that are usually snapped up for the whole of December back in March are often available in January so you can check out some really exciting spots, rather than going with an overpriced, underwhelming local pub!
- Most crucially, it'll keep the party spirit alive into the dark depths of January, when social occasions seem to vanish into thin air!
So without further ado, here’s a selection of the best venues to consider for a January party.
Nestled in the heart of London, the F1 Arcade's Briefing Room is an exhilarating venue that can accommodate group sizes ranging from 30 to 90, and is equipped with 8 Racing Simulators, a private bar, casual lounge seating, and dining space. Drawing inspiration from the glamour of the F1 circuit! the F1 Arcade promises a premium experience with a sleek venue design, complemented by top-notch food and drink offerings.
Capacity: 90 standing
Located on Greek Street in the vibrant heart of Soho, The Little Scarlet Door exudes an ambiance reminiscent of a New York loft-style apartment infused with quintessential British charm. Spread across two levels, the venue boasts an open-plan living room and kitchen, complete with a kitchen bar adorned with hanging pots and pans, comfortable seating, exquisite artwork, and access to a courtyard.
The lower ground floor houses the Basement Studio, which features another bar, a vault, plush seating, captivating artwork, and a games area equipped with a Nintendo 64 - perfect for a revitalising January gathering!!
Location: Tottenham Court Road
Capacity: 243 reception
Situated in three beautifully restored Victorian railway arches, The Steel Yard offers a flexible event space in the heart of London, easily accessible from Cannon Street station. This venue has hosted world-renowned DJs, unforgettable award ceremonies, and immersive virtual events. The Steel Yard stands out with its adaptability, allowing for complete customisation of the space based on event requirements, complemented by its impressive in-house production capabilities.
Capacity: 450 standing
Incredible, immersive fairground venue, Fairgame, invites guests to become kids again in a private funfair playground, accommodating up to overgrown children for a New Year's bash! The venue boasts an expansive riverside terrace, three bars, and ample space for guests to unleash their inner child and revel in the festivities - plus, there are prizes to be won! Roll up, roll up!!
Location: Canary Wharf
Capacity: 600 standing
Positioned in the (somehow always Christmassy-feeling) district of Bloomsbury, the University of London Venues is a beautiful art deco building that offers truly enchanting spaces for a January Christmas party. With a grand interior, secluded outdoor gardens, and an easy-peasy Zone 1 location, this venue offers a serene escape from the urban hustle of January! It's perfect for keeping the festive spirit going throughout the year!
Capacity: 220 dinner dance
Situated in the heart of the city, The Insurance Hall's Great Hall is nothing short of majestic. With oak panelling and magnificent stained-glass windows adding a touch of historical grandeur, it's an ideal backdrop for a January Christmas party that aims to impress, and promises an unforgettable festive gathering - whenever you choose to celebrate here!
Capacity: 300 standing
Experience Victorian opulence at The National Liberal Club's Dining Room, which can host up to 200 guests for receptions. Adorned with decorative paintings, statues, and a Victorian period interior, the NLC offers a touch of timeless elegance, making every event truly unforgettable. It's a rare gem that you're unlikely to be able to book for December so make the most of it by snapping it up for your party in January!
Capacity: 200 reception
January Christmas parties are a great idea if you're looking for something a little different - you'll likely find better deals, top-notch venues, and give your team a boost in the process!
Still looking for your perfect spot? Check out our top unusual Christmas party settings or get in touch with our team for more recommendations below!
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Jessamy channels her passion for sustainability and cultural events into shining a spotlight on innovation and inspiration in the events world, and heading up Hire Space's sustainability committee.