Christmas party venues in London
Find the ultimate office party venues for hire this festive season
Uh-oh, the party season has arrived and you haven’t booked your office Christmas party! But don’t panic just yet: well, not until you’ve read our ultimate guide to the best party venues in London anyway. Whether your office is north or south of the river, and whether you want speakeasy opulence, a suits-all DJ bar or something just that little bit different, we’ve got your festive frolics covered. Quick – get in before they're fully booked!
Best party venues in West London
21 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ
Hip west London folk are grateful for this small, basement club. A cross between an underground arts centre and a cocktail haunt, Notting Hill Arts Club pulls in a cross-London crowd of arty types and cool kids. It almost single-handedly keeps this side of town on the radar thanks to its mid-weekers YoYo! and Death2Disco, plus new nights like the heavy rockin' Raw Power and future-thinking electronic bash, Talking At Me. You can reserve one of their four booths for up to eight people each at no cost.
19 Kilburn Lane, London, W10 4AE
A star among the legion of pub-clubs thanks an alternative programme of art auctions, burlesque life drawing and late club nights which make it more than just a good local spot. Its latest addition, a private karaoke room, is particularly excellent for a girl’s night out, or you can hire the opulent dining room with catering from their hugely popular restaurant team. Alternatively there’s the upstairs music room or downstairs Victorian-style reading room to choose from.
177 Portobello Rd, London, W11
Remaining laudably tongue-in-cheek while the rest of Ladbroke Grove drowns in chi-chi spots, Trailer Happiness on Portobello Road is not a cocktail bar as such. With its deliberately tacky decor (Tretchikoff paintings galore) and DJ hatch, it’s far too informal for that. What is serious, however, is the tiki bar’s cocktails, most of which are rum-based. It’s an intimate space, but book The Den, a separate space at the back for up to 25 people, and you won’t get squished.
265 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA
This is one of Earl’s Court’s original folk coffee shops with an unrivalled rock pedigree, having played host to Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix back in the ’60s. The club is designed for live music; it has a fantastic PA, stage and lighting. The high-ceilinged art gallery space is also available for private dining, while the charming Shackleton room in the café can be reserved for special occasions. There’s a secret garden upstairs too. Take advantage of the fantastic catering and book in-house finger food.