Let us guess: October's snuck up on you and suddenly you're in a mad rush to book the office Christmas party. Don't worry, it happens to the best of us! Fortunately you've come to just the right place to get some pointers on finding the best festive venues at short notice.
Our venue team are called experts for a reason: they've done the legwork to find the most memorable Christmas party venues to book both months in advance and at the last minute. Raring to get on with the search? Say no more! Read on for our round-up of 7 of the best last minute venues on our radar.
Just because you're short on time, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Exclusive members' club 12 Hay Hill is an all-round stunning setting for a festive event, whether held in its elegant lounge, or intimate dining room. Offering a tranquil, artistic oasis in the heart of central London, this venue is guaranteed to add a touch of class to any event, no matter when it was booked!
Circulate cocktails around the luxuriously-decorated bar, before directing guests to your chosen dining space. Then, once you've enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner, head up to the rooftop terrace or back to the bar for another drink while the tables are cleared away, before regrouping for a night of dancing till dawn!
Capacity: 100 dining; 150 standing
This après ski-themed pop-up party venue is a true winter winner, with live entertainment, delicious food (think French favourites like a tantalising cheese fondue), and festive drinks galore. The star of the show, however, is the Curling Club's ice lanes, set up to offer a hugely enjoyable, fast-paced version of curling, with a scoreboard to keep track of how well you're beating your colleagues!
Situated in Moorgate, within easy reach of anywhere in the city, this venue has all the fun of an Alpine escape, without the extortionate rates and cramped bus transfers! If you're looking for the closest you can get to the après ski experience without hitting the slopes, this superb spot is the answer - plus, who doesn't want to watch their colleagues try to get to grips with curling after a cocktail or three?!
Capacity: 500 standing; 350 dining
Located right in the heart of London's most sought-after postcode, One Birdcage Walk is an impressive and elegant affair. With an entrance hall made of marble - aptly named the Marble Hall - which can cater for drinks receptions and buffets for up to 210, this festive beauty is guaranteed to have guests' jaws on the floor.
And with a series of elegant, wood-panelled dining rooms, like the Council Room (48 dining) and Library (120 dining), continuing to dazzle attendees with a sit-down dinner is a given. As is, we think, everyone having good old dance in the Gallery adjoining the Marble Hall as the evening goes on. But now we've let the bird out of the cage, we recommend booking as soon as possible!
Capacity: 210 reception; 120 dining
If you're after a Bridgerton-inspired dinner and dance, Georgian beauty Dartmouth House is the answer to your time-travelling dreams. With stunning decor throughout, you can opt to keep the event confined to one space, like the duck-egg blue Long Drawing Room, or rent the whole venue to turn its flexible halls and spaces into areas for drinks, dancing, and dinner.
Home of the English Speaking Union, and featuring a distinctly French-style courtyard, Dartmouth House is awash with varied historical influences. The Churchill Room, for example, features dark panelled walls, which makes it ideal for hosting a dance after dinner - though we suspect this part of the night may look more Saturday Night Fever than Bridgerton ballroom!
Capacity: 150 dining; 450 reception
Forget decking the halls with boughs of holly, The Hurlingham Club's gone all out on decking itself with palm trees! The club's Palm Court and Orangery makes for an exotic entrance into your event, with an illuminated glass ceiling and tropical plants to welcome guests out of the wintery landscape outside - a completely unique way to kick off celebrations.
Set your drinks reception and dancing in this space, and host dinner in one of The Hurlingham Club's elegant dining spaces, like The Hurlingham Suite or The Mulgrave Theatre. For a Georgian mansion that's seen a century and a half of events, this venue is bang up to date with all the tech, lighting, and festive treats you could ask for!
Capacity: 700 dining; 500 dinner dance
If you're after a smaller venue for an intimate team dinner, Hackney Coffee Company provides a truly stunning setting in its beautiful Winter Garden space. With long tables, hanging foliage (just imagine dining under a forest of holly, ivy, and mistletoe), and a beautifully pared-back interior, this venue is a hidden gem.
With the option of dry hire or catering provided in-house, it's up to you whether to opt for a traditional turkey dinner or to go with something a little more unique to match the unusual and intriguing aesthetic of this event space. Either way, guests are sure to lap up the atmosphere - and a delicious cocktail or two!
Capacity: 50 dining; 60 standing
Last, but by no means least, allow us to raise the curtain on the Bloomsbury Big Top, a striking and original space for a splendid festive spectacle. Hosted under the canvas awning of a giant circus tent, a Christmas party here is no ordinary event: alongside dinner and drinks, you'll be treated to an aerial display of acrobatics from the performers at Cirque Shanghai!
A firm favourite with guests, a Christmas do here is guaranteed to go down in company history - just make sure you book as early as possible, as this spot is a 'Top' pick for a reason!
Capacity: 600 dinner dance; 1200 standing
December's less than 2 months away, and we're sure that all of these super spaces will be snapped up sharpish if you don't stake your claim in time! See one on this list that you like? Get in touch below to enquire for availability.
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