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The Best Office Christmas Party Ideas In London

The Best Office Christmas Party Ideas In London

The Best Office Christmas Party Ideas in London | 2018

Office Christmas parties.

They’re more than just an elaborate trap set by the HR department.

In fact, when done right, they can actually be amazingly fun for all involved. Even accounting! With that in mind, here are the best places in our fair & festive capital to hold your office Christmas do this year:

Drink, Shop, and Do | King’s Cross

Drink Shop Do - office Christmas party

DS&D is a King’s Cross hive with all manner of drinking, shopping, and doing going on under its roof. For a Crimbo shindig (which can be for up to 240 reluctant lucky employees) they’ll put on a Christmas buffet or sit down dinner with stuffing bites; turkey and ham hock pie; and all the boozy trimmings, plus – get this – bespoke Christmas jumpers, reindeer piñatas, personalised Musical Bingo, and a full-size, bucking Reindeer Rodeo.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 9/10

Baranis | Chancery Lane

A basement cocktail bar with a simple menu of traditional French snacks and a sizeable array of the region’s prime anise-flavoured apéritif, pastis. They also have a gravelled indoor pétanque court, where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball. Simple. Unless you’re, ugh, Betty from sales.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10

Bounce | Holborn/Old Street

Bounce - office Christmas party

Set over 12,000 square feet of a low-lit, neon-painted space in Holborn (and Old Street), Bounce features an impressive 17 ping-pong tables, a 40 foot bar serving seasonally-inspired drinks, a DJ booth and a raised restaurant for overlooking the action. In short, if table tennis was fun before the addition of cocktails, music and all of your drunken colleagues – which it was – then Bounce has done the nearly impossible, and actually made it better.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10

Queens: Skate Dine Bowl | Queensway

Queen's Skate Dine Bowl - office Christmas party ideas

Curling is already excellent. Curling with your workmates actually strapped to the stones is another thing entirely. And just in case that wasn’t enough, Queens have also thrown in, ugh, regular ice skating, regular curling, ice go-karting, five private bowling lanes, a retro arcade and a partridge in a pear tree a new rink-side bar (with MEATliquor food) too.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: Through the roof.

The Big Freeze at Tropicana Beach Club | Holborn

Tropicana Beach Club Big Freeze - Office Christmas Parties London

Lest Londoners be reminded that some places in the world aren’t buffeted by howling winds and constant drizzle at this time of year, Tropicana Beach Club are stowing away their oasis theme for the winter and turning the place into a winter wonderland with snowball fights; a frozen lagoon dancefloor; bookable, icicle-clad booths; curling competitions; frozen cocktails; and tropical Christmas grub, like fried jerk turkey.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10

The Alpine Club at Winterland | Fulham

Alpine Club - best office Christmas party ideas

Deftly avoid the inevitable awkward silences arising as a result of colleagues being forced to spend time together outside of work by heading to an activity-laden pop up like the Alpine Club, which has bolstered its heated miniature chalets (perfect for people who do want to talk to each other) with fondue, karaoke, curling, and DJs (perfect for people who don’t).
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10

Mr. Fogg’s Society of Exploration | Strand

Mr. Fogg's Society of Exploration - office Christmas party

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Oh this? Just a reconstructed carriage of the Orient Express nestled within the latest Mr. Fogg’s bar; which you can hire out exclusively to travel the world – through the medium of some very unusual cocktails, that is. Also, you can have a contest to see who can eat the most grasshoppers (yes, they’re on the menu).
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 3/10

Heist Bank | Paddington

Ordinarily, Heist Bank is your standard, everyday pizza parlour-meets-flower shop. But for parties (Christmas or otherwise) you can enter the games room, with space for 60 peeps to mingle with a vintage karaoke machine, old Nintendos, self-serve beer kegs and private bar.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10

Swingers | The City/Oxford Street

Swingers - office Christmas party

Swingers brings you 18 holes of joyously creative mini golf in a verdant, plant-filled, and beautifully detailed indoor space that’s probably bigger than some actual golf courses (their City spot is 16,000 sq ft). It’s got three restaurants, five (yes, five) bars, festive golf visors, and two courses for you and your teammates to drunkenly stumble over. And this year they launched a more central spot, Swingers West End, where you can even score mince pie gelato.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10

Skittles at the Freemason’s Arms | Hampstead

Pub skittles is a truly ancient game that’s been a mainstay of the office Christmas party since the 14th Century. And there’s only ONE place in London you can still play it. It’s the Freemason’s Arms, and 20 of you can head in, get dinner, an expert coaching session, and a few pints.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 8/10

Dram & Smoke’s Bothy Nights

Dram & Smoke - things to do in London this month

In Scotland, a bothy is a small, humble shack used by farmhands or mountain travellers.

In London, a Bothy Night is one of a series of raucous hootenannies led by Scottish pop up denizens, Dram & Smoke, with a four-course feast (including fondue and melting chocolate candles); a Highland Santa host; paired cocktails and Old Fashioneds on tap; table tennis; karaoke; DJs; Christmas games; and almost excessive amounts of festive cheer. READ MORE
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 10/10, if you’re doing it correctly.

Flight Club | Shoreditch/Bloomsbury

Flight Club Shoreditch - office Christmas party

In an ideal world, every office Christmas party would involve taking a bunch of coworkers with their standard simmering resentments and unresolved tensions, then giving them a ton of small pointed weapons and alcohol. In other words, pub darts. And Flight Club goes one better, by giving you virtual guides, animated scoreboards, and excellent cocktails.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10

HiddenCity Hunts | Across London

All year long, you’ve been working together to decipher clients’ emails, racing to meet deadlines, and looking at your phone when you should be working. So in many ways, you’re already the perfect team to take on one of HiddenCity’s text-based scavenger trails around London’s back streets. Their latest is the Hunt for the Cheshire Cat, which’ll see you solving cryptic riddles, slipping passwords to strangers, and, crucially, stopping off for liquid refreshment regularly en route.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 4/10

London Shuffle Club | Shoreditch

London Shuffle Club - Shoreditch Guide

Cocktails from a vintage airstream? Tick. Pizzas fresh from a wood-fired oven? Tick. DJs? Tick. Apparently very simple but in reality a devilishly tricksy competitive team game based on Henry VIIIth’s favourite sport? Tick. The London Shuffle Club have thought of everything… including six indoor lanes for the chillier times of the year, and s’more roasting firepits on their now-covered outdoor terrace.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10

Curling at Roof East | From 1st November

Curling alone would make for a perfect storm of office party competitiveness, but then the people at Roof East have to throw in crazy golf, batting cages, and bowls, too. Expect fireworks.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: Yes/10

By Appointment Only | Bishopsgate

By Appointment Only - office Christmas party

This cocktail bar is By Appointment Only, a subterranean drinking den set inside a stunning Victorian Bath House, which is – no exaggeration – one of the most beautiful venues in this city. It’s surprisingly roomy, too. They have house-infusion cocktails, sharing platters of food, and a goddamn bathtub filled with Champagne.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 2/10

Christabel’s

It’s weird. It’s quirky. It’s got golden pineapples. Christabel’s is the cocktail crack team you book when the boss asks you to organise the party, and casually throws in the line “Something a little different, maybe?”. Your lively host will put together a Christmas Rocktail Party that you’re unlikely to forget. Unless you have too many rocktails.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10

Lucky Voice | Soho/Islington

Lucky Voice - office Christmas party

Karaoke is a legitimate sport. It requires skill, determination, perseverance and finally, alcohol. But it also requires a karaoke bar, like Lucky Voice, where the deal is simple: you pay per person for private rooms, into which you can take all manner of drinks prepared by the on-site cocktail bar.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: Literally guaranteed

Bavarian Beerhouse | Tower Hill

Nothing says ‘December party’ like Oktoberfest. Luckily, Bavaria is pretty Christmassy all year round, so it’s no surprise that their (unofficial) embassy in London does a killer end-of-year bash. Every team member will get a welcome shot of Jäger, a pair of 1 litre beer steins, a choice of hot mulled wines, winter apple schnapps, and a ton of bratwurst, pretzels, and Black Forest ham & cheese.

Potential Embarrassment Factor: 3/10

All Star Lanes | Shoreditch, Holborn, Westfield

All Star Lanes - office Christmas party

Bowling’s great. Especially when it’s unlimited, and you combine it with cocktails, non-sweaty shoes, a ’50s vibe, a photo booth, an authentic American diner serving everything from build-your-own mac ‘n’ cheese to chargrilled prime beef steaks, and private karaoke booths. Just in case you accidentally on purpose elect to get drunk and ask coworkers personal questions, you know.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10

Mac & Wild’s Whisky & Hunting Bar | Liverpool Street

Mac & Wild Whisky Bar and Shooting Range

If the last few centuries of landed gentry are anything to go by, nothing bonds people like hunting. And you can do that the ethical way in Mac & Wild’s basement bar, where you’ll find a couple of virtual shooting lanes (with tweed dress-up box, of course) alongside excellent cocktails and award-winning snacks.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10

 

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