It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. So that means only one thing: it’s time to organise the annual office party! If you’re still frantically looking for a venue then fear not, we’ve rounded up our favourite local options. Decisions, decisions…
Great Gatsby Christmas Party at Taj 51
For an office Christmas party like no other, get your glad rags on and party like it’s 1925 at the Taj hotel, which is hosting an immersive dining experience in collaboration with a West End theatre company. So, as well as dancing the Charleston and enjoying copious amounts of champagne, guests can mingle with Jay, Nick and Daisy, along with a host of other characters attending one of Jay Gatsby’s famous parties, for a fully immersive and totally unique experience. Seriously, old sport, the boss will deserve a raise if he books this one…
Available dates: Saturday 15 and Tuesday 18 December. £125 per person. See stjamescourthotel.co.uk/christmas for more information. Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences, 51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
Balans Soho Society
As a self-styled ‘haven for the convivial’, a good time is guaranteed at Balans Soho Society. Dinner starts with pecan, maple & cranberry popcorn before moving on to more traditional main meals and puddings, including plenty of delicious vegan options. Top marks all round.
£30 per head. For further information please phone 07468092878 or email email@example.com. Balans Soho Society Victoria, Cardinal Place, 12 Cardinal Walk, SW1E 5JE; balans.co.uk
Christmas dinner? That’s so 2017. This year we’re signing up for Christmas Brunch at Timmy Green, with free-flowing prosecco, mimosas and Christmas cocktails. To help soak up all that booze, there's a menu of delicious Aussie-inspired fare including smashed avocado on charcoal bread, shakshuka and the award-winning banana bread sandwich with mascarpone, fresh berries, almonds and honey.
£39.50 per person, The Nova Building, 11 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ; daisygreenfood.com
A traditional Spanish Christmas is all about sharing. Sharing stories, sharing gifts and – of course – sharing food. Join in all the fun at Ibérica Victoria, with four sharing menus to choose from, full of delicious signature tapas dishes including chorizo lollipops, scallop with cauliflower, asparagus toast and Ibérica’s legendary croquetas. After all, sharing is caring…
From £30 per person. Group menus are available for parties of 8 or more guests and served with complimentary glass of Cava when dining between 5 November and 25 January. Dine between 5th – 25 November and recieevd a complimentary bottle of wine for every 4 guests (for groups of 8 or more). Ibérica Victoria, 68 Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ; ibericarestaurants.com
Eschew the usual Christmas quiz or game of charades this year and challenge your colleagues to a game of Shuffleboard at Greenwood instead. Victoria’s favourite pub, restaurant and sports lounge has plenty of dining and entertainment packages, with traditional festive menus and loads of private and semi-private areas to choose from.
For information and prices see greenwoodlondon.com/christmas. Greenwood, Nova Food, 170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB
Rail House Café
Rail House Café is the ideal choice for serious foodies who can’t face another plate of dry turkey and boiled-to-oblivion veg. Whether you opt for canapés or a full on three-course feast, there are plenty of flexible options to choose from with modern festive dishes such as stilton & ricotta mousse, confit duck croquettes and slow-roast pork belly with celeriac purée, apple chutney and crackling – plus a full menu for veggies and vegans.
See website for full information and prices. Rail House Café, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ; railhouse.cafe/christmas
Nut roast is all well and good but Christmas really is for the carnivorous. So why not go the whole hog this Christmas (so to speak) at Stoke House, where the festive menus include rib-eye, turkey leg and lamb leg served feasting style with all the trimmings, including pigs in blankets, roasted root vegetables and lashings of gravy.
From £35 per head. Stoke House, Nova Food, 81 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0AJ; thestokehouse.com
A Scandinavian Christmas is something truly special – but you needn’t travel to Lapland to experience a touch of Nordic magic. At Aster, executive chef Helena Puolakka has been busy devising a series of festive menus that introduce a modern Scandi twist to traditional Christmas dinner. Think salmon koulibiac with seaweed beurre blanc, duck terrine served with rowan berry jelly and bitter chocolate with salted liquorice caramel.
From £50 per head, Aster, Nova Food, 150 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com
A slap-up Christmas meal is important but, let’s face it, for better or worse the office Christmas party is all about the booze. This year why not try something different and host your shindig at Vagabond Wines, where you and your party can sample more than 100 different varieties alongside fantastic festive sharing platters specially designed to match your vino selection.
Vagabond Wines, Nova Food, 77 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0AJ; vagabondwines.co.uk
Christmas is a time for indulging. So why not treat yourself and your team to a delicious three-course feast at Bill’s. Classic dishes such as smoked salmon, pancetta-wrapped turkey breast and cheese & chutney sit alongside more exotic fare such as wild mushroom soup, pumpkin fig & chestnut roast, and black cherry & kirsch cheesecake.
Bill’s Victoria, 6 Cathedral Walk, Cardinal Place, SW1E 5JL; bills-website.co.uk
Notes Coffee Roasters and Bar have come up trumps with fun festive dining options for your Christmas bash for up to 120 guests, including canapés, sharing platters and extensive drinks packages. What’s more, they can organise a number of fun (mostly booze-related) team activities including cocktail masterclass, coffee tasting, chocolate & wine pairing and chocolate & whiskey tasting.
Notes, Nova Food, 10 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ; notescoffee.com
Give your Christmas party a Mediterranean twist at Hai Cenato, Jason Atherton’s Italian by way of NYC eatery. The trendy upstairs Drunken Oyster bar is available to book for groups of between 10 – 80, where you’ll be wined and dined with platters of arancini, nocallara olives, pizza and charcuterie. As part of the deal, you can either pay £30 for the platters and a half bottle of wine or 2 beers per person, or £40 per person with half a bottle of prosecco per person. Alternatively, book your place in the main restaurant for a set lunch or dinner menu at £40 for groups of between 15 – 40 people.
Hai Cenato, Nova Food, 79 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1E 5DJ; haicenato.co.uk