Now that in-person events are back on the agenda, we're voting to give the age-old office party formula a snazzy makeover. There's no reason to stick to awkward small talk over punch and nibbles when the most exciting venues in the country are on our doorstep!
If you're looking to shake things up at your next office do, here are 7 of our favourite venues for getting people socialising. Whether it's a high-octane, activity-based event you're after, or something a little more refined (but certainly not retiring), you'll find the perfect place for it here!
Looking for a smooth route to social success? Get ready to 'bowl' your team over (we had to) with a knock-out round of ball-rolling at All Star Lanes! Maker of champions, forger of rivalries, home of delicious food and drinks, this venue has it all, including an outdoor terrace, 'Midnight Lounge', and restaurant serving legendary all-American fare.
With a huge capacity of up to 500 guests, a private event here guarantees entertainment for everyone in attendance, and plenty of opportunity for speeches and socialising. Allow attendees to roam at leisure between the restaurant, lounge, and lanes to ramp up the excitement and make this party an event that'll go down in your company's Hall of Fame.
Location: White City
Capacity: 500 reception; 350 dining
Like to keep an element of focus at your office events? Draughts specialises in board games, so whether it's strategy, communication, or public speaking you're looking to foster... We're joking - partly! This hip, arch-ceilinged venue is ideal for a totally fresh take on company socials, with an in-house bar to stoke the competition, and 2 floors of tables to conquer the games on offer.
If you're looking for something fun-filled and intimate, this venue has entertainment 'on draught', with over 1000 board games to keep everyone engaged and in on the action. Perfect for smaller company parties that really allow colleagues to get to know each other, this spot is a contender for the ultimate close-knit office do. Plus, with cocktails and sharing platters to seal the deal, as well as a fully stocked bar, this venue is checkmate!
Capacity: 150 dining; 200 standing
So hot-off-the-press it hasn't even opened its doors to the public yet, Clays is set to be the coolest new kid ever to grace its Moorgate block. Ever wanted to try clay pigeon shooting? Thought it was something you could only do in the country? Think again! This indoor extravaganza puts the sport straight on the menu, with 9 shooting pegs (private booths), bringing a dynamic digital version to up to 320 guests at a time.
Whether you're an expert at targets or lack the coordination to tie a shoelace, after a few of Clay's hotly-anticipated cocktails we guarantee everyone will fancy themselves a hot shot! Throw in some sharing platters and a dose of office competition, and this event is sure to go off with a bang!
Capacity: 320 standing
For something a little more laid-back (after all, we aren't all graced with sporting prowess), 12 Hay Hill offers a fantastic range of rooms to suit everyone's interests. From a beautifully-decorated bar area complete with an extensive drinks menu, to a lounge with a portable DJ booth and space to party the night away, there's no telling where the night will take you!
Treat guests to a sit-down dinner with the venue's acclaimed menu, before getting them up and dancing with a DJ set - or go the whole hog and have canapés on the roof terrace to welcome attendees in style! Whatever the order of the night, a sophisticated office party here is bound to impress!
Capacity: 100 dining; 150 standing
Situated in just about the most iconic location on offer, the interior of the Trafalgar St James hotel easily lives up to its prestigious location. An office party here can take endless directions, with event spaces on offer to suit any size or style of party, including a part-covered rooftop terrace with a stunning outlook over London.
For smaller gatherings, Room's stunning glass walls and intimate table setting is a perfect spot for an office do exuding elegance and excellent food and drink. Have a bigger team to fit in? The glamorous Rockwell bar and lounge features comfortable seating amidst an exotic jungle aesthetic, making for a unique socialising space. It also has catering covered, with a cocktail menu, canapés, and bowl food at your fingertips to keep everyone happy!
Location: Trafalgar Square
Capacity: 110 dining; 200 standing
Looking to take your party even higher than the rooftops? How about setting it in the most distinctive building in the London skyline, in the aptly named The View From The Shard? With event spaces available for exclusive hire on the 69th and 72nd floors of the tallest building in London, guests will be greeted with a breath-taking view across the city.
Perfect for a drinks reception with a heady difference, this spot isn't going to be forgotten in a hurry! Plus, as a blank canvas space it's up to you to decide what to do with the evening: music, dancing, entertainment, and catering are all in the air, meaning the sky's the limit for a party here!
Location: London Bridge
Capacity: 350 standing
From sky-high spaces to subterranean settings, there's something in London for any soirée, and if your guests don't have quite enough of a head for heights for The View, The Vaults provide an equally cool, reassuringly grounded venue for a hip office do. Located beneath the warren of Waterloo, these connected underground spaces are the perfect environment to cut loose!
Featuring 9 different arches, each conveniently named for their appearance so you can't get lost (think 'The Foody One' and 'The Bricky One'), the space can be transformed into whatever environment you envision for your party. DJ sets galore; mini golf below the train tracks; a pop-up food market: the world's your oyster with this venue, and with a colossal capacity of up to 1000 guests, you can bring the whole company!
Capacity: 100-1000 standing
Why settle for satisfactory when your office party could take place in one of these sumptuous spaces? Whether it's activities you're looking for, or a setting with food and flair in abundance, the venues on this list are guaranteed to impress!
Haven't quite found what you're looking for? Check out some of our other top locations for an office party here, or get in touch to enquire about any of these offic-ially outstanding venues today.