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Jason Allen 18/10/22


The Best Office Christmas Party Ideas In London

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 in 2022:

London Shuffle Club | Shoreditch

London Shuffle club office Christmas party

Hot cocktails from a vintage airstream? Tick. Pizzas fresh from a wood-fired oven? Tick. DJs? Tick. Apparently very simple, but in reality devilishly unforgiving competitive team game based on Henry VIIIth’s favourite sport? Tick. The London Shuffle Club have thought of everything… including your own personal s’more roasting firepits under the covered outdoor terrace.
Numbers: About 8 per lane, or 20-480 for bigger hires
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 3/10
More info: here

TOCA Social | Greenwich 

TOCA Social

Working on the insane assumption that the world’s most popular game makes for a really fun social experience, TOCA Social is a football-based activity bar. And, would you know it, it’s genuinely good fun even if you don’t care about football. The venue is huge, the cocktails are creative, the food is all put together by an ex-Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen chef, and you get private booths to play in. Oh, and if you book for a Christmas party, you can also get a keg of beer, custom shirts, and bubbles. Back of the net.
Numbers: You can hire one box for 12 people, or the whole venue for 700+
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 4/10
More info: here

Queens: Skate Dine Bowl | Queensway

Wondering how the ice-skaters, bowlers and athletically inept members of your team will ever get along? Well at Queens there’s genuinely something for everyone: you can book ice skating, curling, go karting on ice, karaoke (not on ice), private bowling lanes with your own waiters, a retro games arcade and a rink-side bar with classic diner food from MEATliquor.
Numbers: You could hire just one lane for a small group, or the whole 12,000 sq. ft ice rink.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: Through the roof.
More info: here

Monopoly Lifesized | Tottenham Court Road

Gleefully collect rent from your coworkers in a giant version of the iconic board game that’s famous for encouraging bonding and goodwill between players. Monopoly Lifesized has the benefit of having you compete in teams (aiming to complete themed ‘challenge rooms’ in order to buy properties), and is mercifully limited to 80 minutes.
Numbers: 24 per ‘board’, but you can go for full venue hire too.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 4/10
More info: here

Immersive Gamebox | Southwark

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Immersive Gamebox is like stepping inside a ’90s games console, where you and your colleagues will have to dash around a room mapped with 270º projections as you compete in physical versions of Pong, Snake and more. You’ll also look ridiculous while doing so, thanks to the motion trackers that look like ping pong balls stuck to your head. Games last 60 minutes, so it’s best tacked on to another activity as a way to get the Christmas party started – but its location by Southwark tube means you’re not far from some of London Bridge’s best bars and restaurants
Numbers: 6 per room, or full venue hire available
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10
More info: here

The Curling Club | Southbank & Twickenham

Curling Club

The office sweepstakes have never been so high. Challenge the team to a four-hour tournament of winter’s greatest sport, curling, with all-inclusive drinks packages, Alpine treats, dirty raclette fries, and the slim possibility that all that sweeping might encourage your colleagues to clean up after themselves in the kitchen more.
Numbers: 8 per lane, or full venue hire available
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10
More info: here

Bounce | Farringdon & Old Street

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Set over 12,000 square feet of low-lit, neon-painted space in Farringdon (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 bottomless cocktails, music and all of your drunken colleagues – which it was – then Bounce has done the nearly impossible, and actually made it better.
Numbers: 6-550
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10
More info: here

The Grid | Southwark

You and your colleagues are a group of undercover agents working to take down a dystopian, futuristic AI dictatorship. And you only have cocktails to help you…
Numbers: Groups of 8
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 4/10
More info: here

Piano Works | Farringdon, West End

piano works office christmas party

Kick off with a glass of fizz and a three-course festive feast before dancing the house down alongside a live, six-piece band taking non-stop requests. Just like the IT department, right?!??
Numbers: Book an area, or up to 400 for full venue hire
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 3/10, or 8/10 if you opt for the karaoke version, Singeasy
More info: here

Candlelight Club | Secret Location

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A decadent, 1920’s-styled soirée, in a secret candle-lit location with live music, tarot readers and gramophone DJs. They can also provide, for your convenience: magicians, acrobats, cabaret performers, vintage hair & make-up stylists, photobooths, and, hilariously, a retractable screen for slide presentations if the party starts getting really wild.
Numbers: Book tickets for one of their public events, or hire privately for groups of 70-500
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10
More info: here

Karaoke | Across London

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Karaoke is a legitimate sport. It requires skill, determination, perseverance and finally, alcohol. But it also requires karaoke bars, where you pay per person for private rooms filled with dress up boxes, disco balls and controllable lighting, into which you can take all manner of drinks prepared by the on-site cocktail bar. Which is why we’ve compiled this list of karaoke bars in London that offer precisely that.
Numbers: 4-30 per room, or up to 200 for full venue hire
Potential Embarrassment Factor: Literally guaranteed

Experimental Perfume Club | Covent Garden

Let’s imagine – just for the sake of argument – that you want to organise a work do that doesn’t centre around alcohol. Or at least, the kind you can drink. In this case, you could do worse than booking a private workshop at the Experimental Perfume Club, where you’ll all be guided through the basics of creating your own bespoke concoction before running wild with their scents library and making a small bottle to take home.
Numbers: Any number, really
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 1/10
More info: here

Heist Bank | Paddington

office christmas party venues

Ordinarily, Heist Bank is your standard, run-of-the-mill pizza parlour-meets-flower shop. But for parties (Christmas or otherwise) you can enter the games room, with space for 60 people to mingle with a karaoke machine, vintage Nintendos, a foosball table, self-serve fridges full of booze and a private bar.
Numbers: Up to 90, or whole venue 140 seated/300 standing
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10
More info: here

TT Liquor | Shoreditch

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Hidden away at the top of this handsome 19th-Century former police station, you’ll find a bespoke workshop kitted out for interactive cocktail masterclasses. You’ll each be stationed at your own miniature bar which will be fully kitted out with everything necessary to shake up four different drinks, before entering into an anything-goes cocktail competition for the grand finale. Plus, there’s now a beautiful roof terrace where you can toast your victory afterwards.
Numbers: 2 – 220
Potential Embarrassment Factor: Depends how you handle your booze…

Moonshine Saloon | The City

Moonshine Saloon Christmas party

Don cowboy hats, gamble with the saloon regulars and sneak booze in past the head honcho. So just a regular Tuesday, then.
Numbers: Up to 50, or full venue hire
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 9/10 (if you go for the accent)
More info: here

The Bletchley | Chelsea

The Bletchley christmas party ideas

Break codes in exchange for personalised cocktails in a subterranean WWII-themed bar. Then convince your boss to treat everyone to a round of George IVs, which contain edible gold and diamonds, and require a private mixologist to assemble – and a snip at £100 a pop.
Numbers? Up to 120
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 3/10
More info: here

The Great Christmas Feast | Earl’s Court

The Great Christmas Feast

Step into Charles Dickens’ study, fully recreated with stacks of books, candles, and Victorian ephemera for an evening that’ll soon have you feeling goodwill to all departments. You’ll settle in to your table for an atmospheric retelling of his classic tale, A Christmas Carol, interspersed with live music, a festive three-course feast from a former Smokestak chef, and Dickensian cocktails.
Numbers: Ticketed, so best to enquire directly
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 1/10

Swingers | The City & Oxford Street

Swingers London activity bars

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.
Numbers: Up to 600
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10
More info: here

The Crystal Maze | Piccadilly Circus

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Duhduhduh duuuuh, duh duh – DUH! DUH! DUH DUH DUHDUHDUH! The Crystal Maze offers your office Christmas party 75 minutes of high-octane, thrilling challenges; hideous orange boilersuits; and the indelible memory of your coworkers spinning around helplessly on papier maché planets.
Numbers: 10-27, or 32+ for private hire
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 10/10
More info: here

HiddenCity Hunts | Across London

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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 most festive is the Enchanted Mirror, which’ll see you solving cryptic riddles, slipping passwords to strangers, and, crucially, stopping off for liquid refreshment regularly en route.
Numbers? Unlimited
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 4/10
More info: here

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.
Numbers: Up to 20
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10
More info: here

Flight Club | Shoreditch, Bloomsbury, Victoria, Islington

flight club christmas party ideas

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.
Numbers: Up to 350
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10
More info: here

Baranis | Chancery Lane

Baranis office Christmas parties

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. Until you’ve tried pastis.
Numbers: Up to 50, or 120 for full venue hire
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10
More info: here

Whistle Punks | Oxford Circus

Looking for something competitive and quirky? Bullseye. Whistle Punks’ new central London axe-throwing bar allows you and your colleagues to let your hair down by hurling axes at a wooden target, and – somehow – drinking while you’re at it. Plus, there’s boundless comic potential for photos at the end.
Numbers: 10-200
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10
More info: here

Victorian Bath House | Bishopsgate

This subterranean drinking and dining den is 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, three course festive dinners and they’ll throw in a DJ, too.
Numbers: 30-150
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 2/10
More info: here

Christabel’s | Anywhere

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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 office Christmas 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.
Numbers: Anything goes
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10
More info: here

Electric Shuffle | Canary Wharf & London Bridge

It’s shuffleboard, but given the Flight Club treatment. These electronic fun palaces each house a dozen tabletop lanes kitted out with tech-enhanced games, finger food… and a colossal cocktail bar.
Numbers: Up to 350
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 2/10
More info: here

Bierschenke | Tower Hill

bierschenke christmas party

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 (at the very least) a pair of beer steins, a round of winter schnapps, a pretzel tree for the table and ‘Bavarian Olympics’. And every Saturday, you can expect DJs and live oompah bands, too.
Numbers: 30+
Potential Embarrassment Factor:
 7/10
More info: here

All Star Lanes | Shoreditch, Holborn, Westfield White City, Stratford

All Star Lanes Christmas

Bowling’s great. Especially when it’s unlimited, and it takes place in your own private room with an authentic American diner menu and karaoke. And most importantly, and open bar. So you can skip the middle man, and end up in the gutter right at the start of the evening.
Numbers: Up to 130
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10
More info: here

Clays | Moorgate & Canary Wharf

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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 at this new clay pigeon bar, where you’ll find a couple of virtual shooting lanes alongside excellent cocktails and snacks from a former Ritz chef.
Numbers? Up to 20 per booth
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 4/10
More info: here

Strike | Wandsworth

strike office christmas party venues

Save on the Uber fares required for an activity bar crawl, and tick off three in one at Strike. This converted brewery is now home to regular bowling; duckpin bowling (a version from 19th century Baltimore); teched up darts and shuffleboard, winning you the enduring adoration and respect of the whole office – especially accounts.
Numbers? 13-220
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10
More info: here

Ciné Real | Hackney

Cine Real

If you’re a team of 15 or fewer, and would quite like an excuse not to talk to each other for 120 minutes, you could do much worse than booking out this tiny BYOB cinema to watch a festive classic projected from an original 16mm film reel.
Numbers? Up to 15
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 1/10
More info: here

Between The Bridges | Southbank

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Luke Dyson

Between The Bridges hasn’t announced this year’s Christmas programme yet, but considering they have big name DJs, drag brunches, Karaoke Hole, singalong screenings and musical bingo on a regular weekend, it’s probably one worth keeping an eye on.
Numbers? Private areas for 20-2000
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10
More info: here

Escape Rooms | Across London

After a long day being stuck in a room with your colleagues working out solutions to exasperating problems, celebrate the festive season by getting stuck in a room with your colleagues working out solutions to exasperating problems. That said, booking an escape room for your office Christmas party has the measurable, and instantly gratifying KPI of getting out first and beating the other departments to the pub.
Numbers? Best for small teams
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10

 


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