James Diment, Head of Projects & Operations, Chillisauce
We've been organising Christmas parties for the past ten years and some our favourite venues have included London Zoo, Tobacco Docks and Edinburgh Castle. The venues are iconic in their own right and the perfect setting for a memorable party.
This year we will be considering other unique venues such as The Crystal, The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe, Under the bridge, Warner Brothers Studio’s and a personal favourite is the Gherkin with their first ever Christmas theme; a snow globe.
Theming can be expensive, so we suggest finding a venue that is already themed on your preferred concept, for example, Bloomsbury Ballroom set in the 1920’s or a Vegas Casino. If you are going for a theme, provide a dress code for guests so they are a big part of creating the desired effect. A buffet instead of a three-course meal is always more cost efficient and candles or fairy lights can be very effective in setting a mood.
Kat Allso, venue co-ordinator, Venuepot – a DRP company
For a theatrical and immersive experience and something slightly different to the standard Christmas party venue, the Vaults in Waterloo is a great option. The venue offers tailored Christmas parties or the option to plan something yourself with a quirky, urban vibe. It can cater for large groups of between 250 to 900 guests and the food is amazing.
My favourite part of the whole experience is the myriad of ‘secret’ rooms that appear on the night, each with a different theme and experience. It definitely made for an interesting night. Also it’s a really central location with great transport links in the heart of Waterloo.
Katrina Rannard, events design director, BI Worldwide
The Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons is a stunning grand country mansion situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton. Owned by Chef Raymond Blanc, Le Manoir offers one of Britain’s finest gastronomic experiences all within beautifully decorated dining rooms - perfect for a Christmas dinner party.
In the winter, guests can enjoy an open fire, which ensures a warm welcome and festive atmosphere. Guests could also pop to St Mary’s Church next door to enjoy a private Christmas Carol Concert.
Having previously hosted a Christmas party at the Shakespeare’s Globe, it is a wonderful venue for a festive celebration within the heart of Central London. Take a private tour of the world famous Globe Theatre by a Shakespearean actor ending in a private room at the top, overlooking the scenic River Thames and city.
Enjoy a Christmas meal with a modern twist whilst two actors entertain all of the guests by reading a ‘modern day version’ of Shakespeare’s most famous and humorous plays.