It’s that time of year again; the office Christmas party season is upon us. It was once notorious for sloshed slip-ups and festive flights of fancy, but not anymore. London holds a whole host of imaginative venues and events that will ensure your Christmas get together goes with a crack. Elevate this festive-season staple to legendary status with our pick of London’s best office Christmas party ideas for 2019.
Channel your inner Butch Cassidy or Calamity Jane with an evening at Moonshine Saloon – an immersive experience that transports you to all the lawlessness of the Wild West. The experience kicks off at the tailor’s, who’ll equip you with adequate attire so that you fit in with the locals. Play table games and sip cocktails as the scenes unfold around you.
Best for: Dressing up
Numbers: Up to 60
Location: The City
Flight Club have taken the traditional game of darts and upped its ante, with patented technology that’s transformed it into a unique social experience. You’ll find rooms to suit a range of party sizes across their three venues, and you can pre-order drinks, nibbles and food, which are served throughout your tournament. The evening will wind up with an awards ceremony, when you can treat your winners to a decadent trophy cocktail.
Best for: Competitive types
Numbers: 2 to 400 (depending on location and rooms hired)
Location: Shoreditch, Bloomsbury, Victoria
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS FEAST
After a sold out debut season last year, The Great Christmas Feast is back for a truly immersive Christmas dining experience. Step into Victorian London as you enter Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to enjoy live music, theatre performances and cocktails. The evening’s three-course dinner is inspired by scenes from the novel and crafted by Temper Head Chef Neil Rankin, and Head Chef David Lagonell – formerly of Nopi.
Best for: Christmas spirit
Numbers: 0 to 100+
Whether you’re after a private meal for a small group or a stand-up mingler for a few hundred, Heist Bank has got you covered. Hire the private games room for built-in karaoke and classic Nintendo 64, the ground floor for free-to-play pool and board games, or the whole place for a multi-level party. Metre-long pizzas, festive cocktails, kegs and winter warmers complete the picture.
Best for: Entertainment
Numbers: 12 to 300+
SHERLOCK: THE GAME IS NOW
You can expect an authentic experience from this 100-minute live immersive escape game – it’s been created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (the guys behind the actual Sherlock TV series) and escape-room experts, Time Run. Step into replicas of the show’s sets to solve mysteries and puzzles as the clock ticks down. You can tailor your overall experience to suit you with a choice of food and drink packages, as well as entertainment options.
Best for: Team work
Numbers: 12 to 250
Location: Shepherd’s Bush
THE CANDLELIGHT CLUB
It’s all flat caps and feathers at The Candlelight Club, as you travel back to the 1920s for an evening of speakeasy-style fun. Smaller teams can reserve tables at the public events, whilst larger groups can opt for a private party with a range of drinking and dining options. Cocktail masterclasses, Champagne receptions, sit-down dinners, live music and cabaret are all options for this retro Christmas experience.
Best for: Glad rags
Numbers: 50 to 500
Location: Secret locations around London