Four of the best... last minute Christmas party ideas

As the gears of the Christmas season begin to grind, C&IT checks out four last minute venue ideas for groups looking to get into the festive cheer.

Speakeasy at Porchester Hall
Speakeasy at Porchester Hall

Apres Ski Lodge at Basement, The London Edition

For Christmas and New Year The London Edition’s Basement venue has been transformed into a wood-panelled après ski lodge complete with snug throws, lanterns and antler heads. Up to 100 guests can be accommodated to enjoy a selection of punches from The London EDITION’s award winning bar, the Punch Room, including Dickins Hot Punch-with earl grey tea and grapefruit and lemon oleum – and glasses of prosecco.


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Sharing boards of cheese, charcuterie and crudities will be served alongside bowls of risotto and warming pie from The Berners Tavern kitchen. The full bar and state of the art sound system make it an ideal venue for festive office and corporate parties. The ski lodge will be available from 23 November until New Year’s Eve.

London Dungeon shared party

Up to 150 people can enjoy a terrifying christmas party with Merlin Events London at a shared London Dungeon party. On either 7, 8, or 9 December guests will be welcomed to a champagne drinks reception at the Riverside Rooms at County Hall, which overlooks some of the most famous landmarks in the capital including Westminster Palace.

A guest character from the London Dungeon will then escort party-goers to a themed dining room for a three-course menu courtesy of Food by Dish with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks. Dinner is followed by a 30 minute VIP Dungeon Experience featuring Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper and highlights such as Drop Dead: Drop ride to Doom, a  ride with a free fall vertical drop. The evening wraps up with a DJ session lasting until just before midnight. Prices range from £104 to £132 per person.

Christmas party at Suite ME

For planners looking for a christmas party like no other, Suite ME at Melia provides a luxurious and intimate setting for up to 30 people.  Guests will take the lift up to the top floor and step inside a penthouse, complete with panoramic views of the London skyline through a glass dome.

Welcome bubbles will be served alongside luxury canapés with access to a semi-private area in the Radio Rooftop Bar where the party will keep going until the early hours. Two lucky guests can stay overnight and enjoy an ‘anti-hangover breakfast’ in bed the next morning as part of this exclusive offer. 

Speakeasy at Porchester Hall

Porchester Hall is giving christmas guests the opportunity to step back in time to the prohibition era with a 1920’s themed speakeasy party. Party goers will be welcomed with ‘moonshine’ cleverly disguised in tea cups, a cabaret singer accompanied by a 1920’s live band, Charleston flapper dancers and the opportunity to play cards at the casino tables. A prosecco reception will be followed by a three course seated dinner for up to 380 guests or bowl food for up to 450 people with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. Later on in the evening, a disco complete with a DJ brings the party back to the present day with dancing until late.

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