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Londons Best Venues For Christmas Corporate Events

November 1, 2019 by Sophie Braybrook

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The capital’s streets are adorned with twinkling lights, a festive buzz has flooded the city and London’s coolest bars are getting busier by the day.

For you, this probably means the pressure’s on to throw a festive blow-out event that will impress your team. So, what are London’s best venues for Christmas corporate events?

Studio 9294, Hackney Wick

Hackney Wick’s Studio 9294 is a unique art-covered venue comprised of two warehouses (Studio 92 and Studio 94) and one covered canal-side space that has a view of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Tucked away in the East End’s trendy Hackney Wick, this enormous venue has a capacity of up to 600 people and has attracted brands like Vice, Redbull and YouTube in the past.

Why is Studio 9294 one of London’s best venues for Christmas corporate events?

This winter, Studio 9294 has teamed up with Pop Up Crazy Golf to transform Studio 92 into a games room that’s perfect for the big kids within all of us. Think nine-hole crazy golf, pool tables, table tennis and retro arcade games. How better to celebrate Christmas than with a little company competition?

This venue is complete with DJ equipment, a projector, microphones, a state of the art sound system and food and drink packages, however, if you’d rather hire your own, themed cocktail bar and really get into the Christmas spirit, they’re not stopping you.

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Getting there: 0.2 miles (or a 4-minute walk) from Hackney Wick Overground. Or, of course, you could take a boat right up to the terrace.

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The Main Gallery at the Vinyl Factory, Soho

This is one of London’s best blank canvas venues for your Christmas event.

Our favourite thing about blank canvas spaces is the creative potential they offer. Want your own personalised bar with a branded drinks menu? Throw out all the stops and hire a premium corporate bar and a talented team of ice-carving mixologists to create your branded Christmas concoctions.

Why is The Main Gallery one of London’s best venues for your work Christmas party?

No Christmas party is complete without a photo booth, some Santa hats, Christmas games, Wham and Maria on full volume and mulled wine behind the bar, and The Main Gallery has room for all of this and more.

If you need a little help with your branded drinks menu, check out our cocktail recipes for inspiration.

NB: the Main Gallery is only licenced until 11 pm.

Getting there: 0.3 miles (or a 5-minute walk) from Oxford Circus Station.

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The Cutty Sark, Greenwich 

A party aboard one of the world’s most famous ships? Sign us up!

The Cutty Sark has been preserved, restored and is now situated within London’s gorgeous Greenwich. With views sweeping the Thames, this heritage site is one of London’s most iconic venues.

Why is the Cutty Sark one of the best venues for your London work Christmas party?

As one of the most iconic venues in London, your staff will always remember spending their work Christmas party dining and dancing underneath the Cutty Sark’s magnificent hull.

Hire the entire space or book your place at a shared party by Smart Parties.

Getting there: 0.1 miles (or a 3-minute walk) from Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR Station.

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Circus, Covent Garden

A wonderful and wacky experience awaits you and your team. After the Pan-Asian dining is drawn to a close, contortionists, fire-breathers and hand-balancers take to the stage.

Every minute of this circus act is magnificent, however, for a truly memorable experience, we recommend you request seats at the table stage.

Yes, a dining table really does transform into the stage, and those sat around it get the front seats at this production.

Why is Circus one of the capital’s best venues for Christmas corporate events?

This venue provides an entire three-course Christmas menu that caters for both vegans and celiacs, so you can relax with the knowledge that everyone in your office will be catered for.

Read more: Vegan Drinks Guide

Larger offices can hire the entire place for a truly extravagant soiree. Specialising in private parties, the team here pay great attention to detail when curating personalised events.

Getting there: 0.1 miles (or a 3-minute walk) from Covent Garden Underground.

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Humble Grape, Battersea/Fleet Street

Uncork the Christmas spirit in your office with a night of wine tasting. Humble Grape has hosted a multitude of Christmas parties for teams as small as 10 people, so, whether you’re looking for team-building exercises or a more relaxed wine pairing night, they’re the perfect bunch to help you organise your event.

Why is Humble Grape one of London’s best venues for your work party?

While wine-tasting usually ends similarly to a night down the pub, the initial intention to improve your wine knowledge is always there, and the Humble Grape staff will definitely be able to teach you a thing or two.

Maintaining a close working relationship with the wine producers, all staff are regularly trained to ensure they have a vast knowledge of their subject matter.

Sourcing hand-crafted wine from sustainable, family-run vineyards, all wine served at Humble Grape is biodynamic and organic, so there shouldn’t be any issues when it comes to catering to your team’s preferences.

NB: Humble Grape’s wine-tasting is exclusively at their Battersea and Fleet Street branches.

Getting there: Battersea branch: 0.4 miles (or a 9-minute walk) from Clapham Junction. or Fleet Street branch: 0.2 miles (or a 5-minute walk) from Blackfriars.
Alternatively, host the event within your own office and they can bring the party to you!

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Mr Fogg’s Train Carriage, The Strand

Planning another Christmas party and struggling to think of something different from previous years? Mr Fogg’s train carriage-turned-watering hole should do the trick.

Why is Mr Fogg’s Train Carriage one of London’s best venues for Christmas corporate events?

With a selection of incredibly Instagrammable cocktails inspired by the North Pole, the Sahara Desert and the Great Barrier Reef, everything inside the Train Carriage (including the machine that starts making your drink at the press of a button) is sure to impress your team.

Getting there: 0.2 miles (or a 3-minute walk) from Charing Cross Station.

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Bunga Bunga, Battersea

If sharing pizzas and sipping cocktails sounds like a winning combo to you, then look no further, because Bunga Bunga is well-known for its pizza-making experiences.

Trust us with this one – you knead this in your life (couldn’t resist this)

Why is Bunga Bunga one of London’s best venues for Christmas corporate events?

Everyone loves a pizza party, so treat your tastebuds and learn how to make one of the nation’s favourite dishes from scratch. The Bunga Bunga team will be on hand to top up glasses and keep the party popping.

NB: pizza-making is only available at Bunga Bunga’s Battersea branch.

Getting there: hopping on a bus is your best bet – Parkgate Road bus stop is just outside the venue.

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Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals, Fitzrovia

Boozy bottomless brunches have become common-place in London, but have you ever had a tipsy tea? Treat your team to a quintessentially British afternoon within the oasis Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals.

Why is Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals one of the best work Christmas party venues in London?

Your team will appreciate escaping this harsh British winter in favour of a selection of sandwiches and cakes, alongside precisely one hour and fifty-nine minutes to consume as much gin or champagne tea as they desire.

The gin teas are made up of Hendrick’s gin steeped in a teapot and complemented with Christmassy liqueurs, mixers and spices. The (slightly more expensive) champagne tea is a similarly exotic, expertly-chosen mix of flavours, with the addition of champagne for that fizzy finish.

Read more: A Millennial’s Guide to Sparkling Wine

Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals is dressed to impress for Christmas corporate events. The flora and fauna that has been collected from across the globe is dressed with fairy lights and flickering candles adorn the venue.

This venue can be hired for up to 225 people, but if you’re a small party in search of an exclusive tea party for your team, we recommend hiring The Glasshouse.

Getting there: 0.2 miles (or a 4-minute walk) from Goodge Street Station.

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Paint Jam’s Pop Up Art Studio, Various Locations

An immersive painting workshop might sound like a pretty wild card but bear with us. Not only will the paints and creativity be flowing, but the prosecco and mulled wine will too.

Why is Paint Jam one of London’s best venues for Christmas corporate events?

Art projections, DJ sets and a festive-themed pop-up bar accompany this art class. Paint Jam promises the perfect environment for team mingling as well as ensuring you’re treating your team to something a little different from last year.

Getting there: 0.3 miles (or a 6-minute walk) from Kilburn Park Station.

Mrs Fogg’s Below Deck and Engine Room, Liverpool Street

So you’re familiar with what Mr Fogg has to offer, but you’ve not met his Indian wife. Legend has it that after venturing from India to London on a Victorian steamship, the pair established a distillery inspired by their trip.

Need to kick back with a tipple in hand after a year of hard grind? Mrs Fogg welcomes you to her Victorian-style East End Tavern.

Why is this one of London’s best venues for Christmas corporate events?

This is a venue with a difference, just head below deck to see the venue’s real quirks. Large enough to host its own private, speakeasy-style bar yet intimate enough to be packed with industrial intricacies, the Engine Room is an impressive space.

Home to the fully-functioning distillery, make sure you try Mrs Fogg’s creation – her very own gin elixir.

Getting there: 0.2 miles (or a 3-minute walk) from Liverpool Street Station.

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Christmas in New York at Evolution London, Battersea

Avoid the admin of planning your own event and grab a table or two at Christmas in New York at Evolution London.

Why is this one of the best events for your London work Christmas party?

Be transported from the Big Smoke’s Battersea Park to the Big Apple’s Central Park as soon as you step foot inside Evolution London. Total immersion into the festive atmosphere will be sure to get you and your team in the Christmas spirit.

After canapés and an exceptional dinner, hit the casino table, dancefloor or dodgems to create memories with colleagues.

Want the whole place to yourselves? Hire the entire venue for up to 2,000 people seated.

Getting there: 0.7 miles (or a 13-minute walk) from Battersea Park Train Station.

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The Conservatory at the Barbican

The Conservatory at the Barbican is the perfect backdrop for your Christmas celebrations.

This unique location is home to tropical fish, turtles and over 1,800 plant species. Palm trees, dangling foliage and vines adorn the space, and after the sun goes down, the twinkling lights look magical among the greenery.

Why is the Conservatory one of London’s best venues for Christmas work parties?

This centrally-located haven is being transformed into carnival-inspired Christmas party this year, so expect street food stalls serving exotic dishes and Latin music and dancing.

With three hours of unlimited wine and beer, this party is the perfect way to celebrate the year’s successes before your new year’s resolution has you counting the calories in alcohol or dry January sees you giving up the good stuff entirely.

Getting there: 0.3 miles (or a 6-minute walk) from Barbican and Moorgate Underground.

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Apres at Magazine London

Can’t escape to the alps this year? No worries, Smart Parties are bringing Folie Douce (or, Dolie Fouce) to you.

Transforming Magazine London into a winter wonderland, you can expect alpine lodges, sprinklings of snow from the suspended ski lifts, a star-lit ceiling and more.

Why is Apres at Magazine London one of the capital’s best shared Christmas work parties?

Enjoy an unforgettable night of team bonding over canapés and a luxurious three-course meal before heading over to the roaring fires for a catch-up, hitting the dancefloor or enjoying the exhilarating entertainment. Booking a table is pretty much all the party-planning necessary from your side.

Getting there: 0.2 miles (or a 5-minute walk) from North Greenwich station.

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