The summer is on the way out. It's tough. It's not something you or I or any of us want to accept. And yes, there may be a few glimmers of sunshine, a few rays of hope that the summer might suddenly get Indian. But Autumn officially begins on September 23, and that's that.

The silver lining on these gathering Autumn clouds is that Christmas is coming. Winter coats, cotton scarves, mulled wine and tangled fairy lights - they're on the way.

And, perhaps more importantly, so is your Christmas party. Get it booked now, and start getting excited. Here are 5 amazing London venues to pick from.

1. The Porchester Hall

The Porchester Hall

The Porchester HallRoyal Oak

Up to 600 of you can pack into this party palace, where the robes are velvety and the walls are wood-panelled. You'll be within an atmosphere of opulence - think sparkling chandeliers and polished floors - and you'll be able to get everyone dancing. Even the quiet ones.

This is one of the definitive Christmas party venues, perfect for large-scale company events. Get involved as soon as you can.

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OPSOBaker Street

OPSO, rejuvenating Greek cuisine with their unique take on tapas, is a brand new addition to the London events scene. The interior decor - a beautiful array of wooden stools, cross-thatched metal and spiralling vines - is a stunning accompaniment to the zesty and vivacious food that they're currently serving up.

You can get 50 of you around the table in OPSO's Larder for delicious Greek dishes. With all the turkey you'll be faced with this Christmas, OPSO will be just what you're craving.

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3. The Science Museum

The Science Museum

The Science MuseumKing's Cross

The Science Museum's epic chambers of marvels is an unexpected venue for events. But they're making use of their astounding collection and rich atmosphere by welcoming private parties.

Widely celebrated as one of the world's great museums dedicated to science, this venue has the prestige and scale for a truly unforgettable Christmas party.

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4. Stephens House & Gardens

Stephens House & Gardens

Stephens House & GardensFinchley Central

Expansive, rolling gardens surround the site of Stephens House. They're a beautiful array of green pastures. But come Christmas, when you're huddled inside, it's the gorgeous interior that you'll really care about.

Intricately painted ceiling beams hang overhead, oil paintings are lit through the wood-framed windows, regal carpet under foot. Only 20 minutes away from The City, it feels like a proper escape while being easy for everyone to get to. Take a look.

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5. Town Hall Hotel

[Town Hall Hotel

Town Hall HotelBethnal Green

This has to be one of the most beautiful modernised buildings in London. An arching ceiling encases a double-height open space, split apart with contemporary glass dividers and decorated with modern furnishings.

Their sense of style is best seen through their stunningly beautiful Instagram account, which really showcases the vision of the designers at Town Hall Hotel. This visual panache and attention to detail is implemented with equal care across each of their amazing space.

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