Ideas for office parties in London
Where to have that one-size-fits-all work do: original venues and activities to generate the appropriate team spirit and avoid casualties
Posted: Thu Aug 21 2008
Banqueting HouseFrom December 3 to 11, parties of between 200 and 400 (prices start from £119 per head) can be wined and dined in the Great Hall, with its astonishing ceiling painted by Rubens depicting the awesome Apotheosis of James I. Capacity 400 standing. Hire charge £12,500.Banqueting House, Whitehall, SW1A 2ER (020 3166 6150/www.hrp.org.uk). Westminster tube.
Wimbledon StadiumA fun venue for your Christmas do (and the chance to enjoy an evening of live racing action). Each suite holds up to 28 people. Every booking includes admission, room hire, race card and a hot and cold buffet. Capacity 28. Hire charge from £35 per person.Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, SW17 OBL (0870 840 8905/ www.lovethedogs.co.uk). Bus 44, 77, 156, 493.
Village UndergroundBEST FOR ‘WOW!’ FACTORA breathtaking, expansive space in a former burnt-out Victorian building. The bare-bricked, 10m-high shell can be morphed into any venue you desire, and the tube carriages on the roof (now used as artists’ studios) are a sensation. Capacity 600. Call for hire charge.Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ (07878 062 436/ www.villageunderground.co.uk). Liverpool St or Old St tube/rail.
4 Princelet StreetThis has two outside roof terraces (connected by a spiral staircase) that are perfect for summer, while for winter all the rooms have original working fireplaces. Capacity 140. Call for hire charge.4 Princelet St, E1 5LP (020 7377 5550/www.princelet.co.uk). Aldgate East tube.
Vinyl FactoryThis hip venue has a massive main room plus a 200-capacity back room. Be aware that this is a ‘dry venue’ – you have to supply your own alcohol. Capacity 450. Hire charge £1,000 per day. Vinyl Factory, Phonica Records, 51 Poland St & 45 Foubert’s Place, W1F 7RJ (020 7025 1385/www.vinylfactorygallery.co.uk). Oxford Circus tube.
RoundhouseThis great arts venue is able to host a reception for 200 or a huge gathering of 1,800 and has state-of-the-art AV equipment. Capacity 1,800. Hire charge £1,250-£43,000.Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH (020 7424 6771/ www.roundhouse.org.uk). Chalk Farm tube.
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