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04/11/21


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 this year:

Queens Skate Dine Bowl | Queensway

Wondering how the ice-skaters, bowlers and sportily 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, private bowling lanes (with waiters), karaoke, 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.

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 a devilishly tricksy competitive team game based on Henry VIIIth’s favourite sport? Tick. The London Shuffle Club have thought of everything… including indoor lanes for the chillier times of the year, and s’more roasting firepits on their now-covered outdoor terrace.
Numbers: About 8 per lane, or 20-400 for bigger hires
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10

Monopoly Lifesized | Tottenham Court Road

Gleefully collect rent from your coworkers in a giant version of the iconic board game known for bringing everyone together at Christmas, before then tearing them apart again. This version’s a lot less fraught, in that it involves you completing 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: 5/10

Electric Gamebox | Southwark

Electronic Theatre

Electric Gamebox is like stepping inside a retro video 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. Games last between 30 and 60 minutes, so it’s best tacked on to another activity as a way to get the party started. But it’s handily close to Borough and London Bridge for debriefing over dinner and drinks… READ MORE
Numbers: Up to 24
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10

Bounce | Holborn/Old Street

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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 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

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… READ MORE
Numbers: Groups of 8
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 4/10

Piano Works | Farringdon, West End

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. READ MORE
Numbers: Book an area, or up to 400 for full venue hire
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 3/10

Candlelight Club | Secret Location

A decadent, 1920’s-styled soirée, in a secret, candle-lit London location with live music, tarot readers and gramophone DJs. READ MORE
Numbers: up to 5 for dinner, although the venue holds 230, so beyond that, whatever’s left – or you can privately hire for groups of 70-500.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10

Lucky Voice | Soho, Islington & Holborn

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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, 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. See more great karaoke bars
Numbers: 4-30 per room, or up to 200 for full venue hire
Potential Embarrassment Factor: Literally guaranteed

Disappearing Dining Club | Anywhere

The folks at DDC will take care of everything: they can welcome you in to one of their private hire spaces (from a Spitalfields townhouse to an old zip factory) or just sweep into your venue and lavish your team with fine Christmas food, cocktails, and music.
Numbers: 2-120
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 2/10

Experimental Perfume Club | London Fields & 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. And if you’re staying socially distanced this year, they can even send the scents to everyone’s homes and conduct the session over Zoom.
Numbers: Any number, really
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 1/10

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 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

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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
Numbers: Up to 50, or full venue hire
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 9/10 (if you go for the accent)

A Yule Feast | Hackney

Time to party like it’s 1521: supperclub maestros The Art of Dining are taking over Hackney’s oldest building – a genuine Tudor mansion – to offer you a Christmas party like no other. You’ll be lavished with a five-course, historically-inspired festive feast cooked up by ex-Moro chef Ellen Parr, alongside bespoke crackers, cocktails, and a treasure hunt round the house…
Numbers: 30-40
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 2/10

Flight Club | Shoreditch, Bloomsbury, Victoria

Flight Club activity bars

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

The Bletchley | Chelsea

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Break codes in exchange for personalised cocktails in a subterranean WWII-themed bar… READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 120
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10

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

One Night Records | Southwark

Curate your own miniature music festival in a set of railway arches in Southwark, where you can flit between music genres and time periods with live bands playing on strikingly decorated sets, from a jazz-soaked speakeasy to a ragtime train bound for New Orleans. Plus, you can hire out the whole venue for one big party.
Numbers: Buy individual tickets, or hire the whole venue for up to 500
Potential Embarrassment Factor: Provided you don’t try to get up and sing, relatively low.

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: 8/10

Crystal Maze Live | Piccadilly Circus

Duhduhduh duuuuh, duh duh – DUH! DUH! DUH DUH DUHDUHDUH! READ MORE
Numbers: 10-27, or 32+ for private hire
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 10/10

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

Skeeter’s | Hackney Wick

Looking for something competitive and quirky? Bullseye. Skeeter’s is a BYOB canalside activity bar with five lanes for you and your colleagues to let your hair down by hurling axes at a wooden target. And no, you are not allowed to bring any photographs to aim at.
Numbers: Up to 10 per lane, so about 50
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 5/10

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

The Great Christmas Feast | Tower Bridge

Great Christmas Feast

Tucked behind a doorway in Tower Bridge is Charles Dickens’ study, fully recreated with stacks of books, candles, and Victorian ephemera. You’ll settle in to your table for an immersive retelling of his classic tale, A Christmas Carol – interspersed with live music, a festive three-course feast from a former Smokestak head chef, and Dickensian cocktails. READ MORE
Numbers: Tickets are selling fast, so your best bet is to contact them.
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 1/10

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.
Numbers: Anything goes
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 7/10

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

Electric Shuffle | Canary Wharf & London Bridge

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

Bierschenke | 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 (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

All Star Lanes | Shoreditch, Holborn & Westfield

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Bowling’s great. Especially when it’s unlimited, and you combine it with an open bar, a photo booth, an authentic American diner serving everything from build-your-own mac ‘n’ cheese to chargrilled prime beef steaks, and private karaoke rooms. Just in case you accidentally on purpose elect to get drunk. READ MORE
Numbers: Up to 130
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 6/10

Clays | Moorgate

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. READ MORE
Numbers: Up to 20 per booth
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 4/10

Sherlock: The Game Is Now | Shepherd’s Bush

Sherlock Game Is Now Immersive Adventure

Like any good office, escape rooms provide the perfect blend of harmonious team-work and unleashing deep-running competitive streaks. They don’t, however, generally tend to fit more than four people. Which is why the official Sherlock escape room is an ideal office party spot – they have multiple rooms that can run concurrently, allowing you to finally establish whether marketing beats finance. Also, there’s a huge themed bar (with festive cocktails) at the end to hole up in while you inevitably wait for the other teams to finish. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 150
Potential Embarrassment Factor: 2/10
Smaller group? See more escape rooms in London


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