Christmas is just around the corner, so plan your annual Christmas party before London’s hottest spots fill up! The Resident has been busy seeking out the best…
1. Babylon at The Roof Gardens
Head for the rooftop this Christmas in the sanctuary of Babylon Restaurant at Kensington Roof Gardens. Dine with six or more of your closest friends while enjoying the gorgeous London skyline with a three-course Christmas lunch for £39.50 or dinner for £59 per person. Enjoy the likes of butternut squash soup, traditional roast English rose turkey tournedo with glazed chestnuts, fondant potato, pork chipolata sausage and Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon. Babylon also has a private dining room available for you and up to 500 guests with three-course meal packages, specialty drinks and champagne.
99 Kensington High Street, Kensington W8 5SA; virginlimitededition.com
2. 8 Northumberland
8 Northumberland has two themes to choose from for your Christmas party celebrations: The Lost Palace of Atlantis and Winter Glitz and Glamour. For the former, 8 Northumberland will transform the ballroom space into an underwater wonderland with pearl encrusted table settings, coral and shimmering seaweed dripping from every inch of the room. The Winter Glitz is also sure to have your guests talking for weeks of its magic and charm as they enjoy a night within an elegant snow palace, adorned with diamond glint on the snow and the stars of winter in the sky. Enquire about prices.
8 Northumberland WC2N 5BY; 8northumberland.co.uk
Switch up your traditional Christmas party this year and party like the Romans do. At Roma you can choose from two types of Christmas parties depending on which of their two venues you choose. At Roma’s main branch in the heart of the city just by the Tower of London, invite up to 75 of your friends and family for a sit-down meal in their luxurious dining room, or go for more casual option and invite 200 people for drinks and canapes. Looking for a larger party with more of a nightclub feel? Roma has you covered! The Laurel Lounge accommodates 200 of your closest friends and family with drinks, canapés, a live band and a DJ. The prices start at £25 pounds pp for the buffet package and £35 per person for a 3-course meal.
14 New London Street EC3R 7NA; roma.london
4. Tate Modern & Britain
Feel like experiencing culture and art with your loved ones this holiday season? Meet up with your friends and family at the remarkable Tate Modern museum for a night of delicious food and picturesque surroundings. There are choices of rooms based on the number of guests you are inviting, ranging from 150 guests to 1,500. Desperate to enjoy the art but not a part of a big group this holiday season? Pop over to the Tate Britain on 8 December from 6pm to 10pm to experience Christmas with Art where you can see the highly anticipated Impressionists in London exhibit, followed by dinner at the Rex Whistler Restaurant, for £100 a person.
5. Chelsea Football Club
Chelsea Football Club isn’t just a place for football fans. Stamford Bridge also has a number of events spaces and festive packages. Choose from bars for pre-party drinks, a range of flexible function suites and hotel accommodation all in one handy location. Exclusive parties start from £65+VAT per person for a traditional carvery including arrival drinks, a three-course carvery, wine, crackers and DJ. You can also make a number of package additions, including unlimited wine, bottled beer and soft drinks (£20pp for two hours or £25pp for three), a cheese table for £4.50pp, photo booth for £595, two casino tables for £695 and more. A minimum party number of 40 applies. Available to book until 31 January 2018.
6. The Royal Park Hotel
This 19th-century townhouse hotel in central London has a number of Christmas party options. You’ll be welcomed by friendly staff with a mulled wine reception, followed by a three-course festive feast, coffee and mince pies in the secret garden, and then on to the dance floor to party the night away. Available for private parties from 10 to 36 guests on an exclusive use basis only from 6pm-12pm (late license available until 1am at additional cost). Three-course festive lunches are also an option. Both start at £45pp.
3 Westbourne Terrace, Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park W2 3UL; theroyalpark.com
7. Dalloway Terrace
Looking to transport your guests to a winter wonderland this Christmas? Bloomsbury’s Dalloway Terrace will be transformed into an enchanting frosty hideaway complete with large outdoor heaters, delicious food from Head Chef Hans Louis and specialty cocktails. Winter at Dalloway will be live from 6 November 2017. Maximum party booking is eight guests, thereafter exclusivity hire fees apply.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com
8. Bateaux London’s Thames Cruises
Take your Christmas party to the open water this December with Bateaux London’s Thames Cruises. Choose between the Harmony vessel for 100 guests and the Symphony vessel for 150 or more, both fully decorated for a festive atmosphere. Enjoy your favorite Christmas meal with a special festive package in honor of Bateaux’s 25th Anniversary for a total of three and half hours. Smaller groups of six or more can also choose to share the boat with others. Tickets for the private dining cruises are £115 per person, based on a minimum number of guests.
Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment WC2N 6NU; bateauxlondon.com
9. May Fair Hotel
Head to the May Fair for a night of glitz and glamour with a choice of two decked out festive rooms – the Danzinger Suite and the Crystal Room. Enjoy packages including room hire, reception drinks, and starters upon arrival, a three-course meal prepared using the freshest ingredients, half a bottle of house wine and crackers from £99pp. The May Fair is also happy to customise according to personal preferences.
Stratton Street W1J 8LT; themayfairhotel.co.uk
10. The Pavilion at The Tower of London
Enjoy your festive evening in a location at the iconic at The Tower of London. Situated within the North Moat, the regal interior paired with the phenomenal location makes this an impressive Christmas party venue. The Pavilion provides a live band to ensure your night is not only real and enriching but fun and lively, accommodating 200-600 dinner guests and a standing reception for 200-1,000 people.
Tower of London EC3N 4AB; pavilion-toweroflondon.co.uk