We might be a while away from decking the halls, but Christmas parties (and mandatory mince pies) are always in the back of our minds. After all, you can't leave to chance the festive events that make it the happiest season of all!
As an early gift from us to you, we've put together some of the best venues for cracking Christmas parties to suit any budget or event mood. Even if you're not feeling festive yet, we recommend booking early - these top spots are about to be snaffled up like the last Quality Street on Boxing Day!
Set against the backdrop of the Greenwich Peninsula, Magazine London is a strikingly modern events space, with a colossal capacity of up to 3000 guests. Boasting breath-taking views across the Thames to Canary Wharf, this venue is a blank canvas for whatever event you're envisioning - with 24,000 square metres to play with, your imagination is the limit of what this space can do!
Location: Greenwich Peninsula
Capacity: 1360 dining; 3000 standing
Have some aspiring musicians in your team? Hip music venue Under The Bridge has a reputation for hosting concerts bursting with energy, and a Christmas do here is sure to have guests rocking around the Christmas tree after a glass or two of fizz. There's a 9-metre LED wall for a twist on twinkling Christmas lights, and the venue centres around a large stage which offers plenty of space for speeches, dance-offs, or a good old Christmas carol sing-along!
Location: Stamford Bridge
Capacity: 140 dining; 550 standing
Life is a cabaret, old chum! So come to the cabaret! Get your orders in and prepare for a night of non-stop revelry at The Bloomsbury Ballroom, home of the famous London Cabaret Club, and an incredible setting for a festive fiesta. Just minutes away from Covent Garden, this majestic art deco venue has dinner and entertainment wrapped up, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the show!
Capacity: 220 cabaret; 570 standing
Turn back the clock and party with the rowdy ghosts of Christmas past at Grade II-listed Freemasons' Hall. This beautiful art-deco venue specialises in roaring-20s themed parties delivered by the Gatsby Club, an evening of dancing, live music, and sumptuous catering in the lavishly decorated Grand Temple. With all-inclusive packages to keep the drinks flowing (luckily, prohibition doesn't apply), guests will soon be Charleston-dancing the night away!
Location: Covent Garden
Capacity: 1450 standing
Tired of the same-old office chat at parties? Why not shake things up by throwing some new faces into the mix with a Christmas do at the iconic Madame Tussauds? Have a gossip with the Royals, catch up on the footie with Ronaldo, or fill your Facebook with celebrity selfies! Whatever fantasy you fulfil, Madame Tussauds offers the perfect venue to have guests waxing lyrical about your Christmas party.
Capacity: 150 dining; 350 reception
For companies who march to the beat of their own drum, The Piano Works offers something divertingly different for a Christmas do. In this funky venue, guests are wined and dined concert-style, with a six piece band of live musicians taking requests all night. If your team are constantly updating the office Spotify playlist, a party here is sure to hit the right note!
Capacity: 150 dining; 400 standing
Ideal for a top-up of glamour at any event, the ornate balconies and storied windows of The Hop Exchange's atrium provide an impressive setting for a Christmas party. Dinner dances at this venue are illuminated by a glass roof, and with drinks packages and a live band, guests are sure to be hopping onto the elaborately tiled dance floor all evening.
Capacity: 200 dinner dance; 400 reception
Looking for a venue to hook your guests? With an event at Old Billingsgate, they're sure to bite in their hundreds. Once the largest fish market in Europe, this Grade II-listed building is now a stunning events venue, offering a huge, versatile space in its glass-roofed Grand Hall. For a more intimate event, dive into the venue's vaults, where the subterranean brick arches create a cool spacious environment - no need to play sardines in this expansive venue!
Capacity: 1500 reception; 1200 dining
Although December might seem distant while the sun's out, these venues won't hang around for darker evenings. Get in touch with one of our venue experts today to guarantee a tip-top festive celebration, or check out our other gold-star venues for more options.