It’s never too early to start getting organised for a Christmas party, especially if you want to make sure you snag one of the city’s best venues. To help you avoid the stress of last minute panic searches, here is a list of popular venues best booked now rather than later.
Hosting a whole host of different trades under one roof, Trade Union is home to a restaurant, a cocktail bar, a speciality coffee house, a barbershop and a silk florist: talk about flexibility! The central bar and open kitchen feature comfortable leather booths for a relaxed and welcoming vibe, as well as neon lights and a unique blend of industrial and organic styling. Meanwhile, the 1920s-inspired private room and mezzanine level boast a 14ft steel slide, a vintage photo booth, AV facilities and a DJ booth.
Designed by famed designer Christian Liaigre, Hakkasan Hanway Place embodies the Hakkasan design ethos of the modern ethnic now found in Hakkasan restaurants around the world. The restaurant is headed by Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee, who has been with Hakkasan since its inception. In 2003 the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, which it has retained to this day, continuing to place Hakkasan at the forefront of Chinese cuisine.
Discreetly hidden away on Shaftsbury Avenue, Century is a private members club finished in the high level of quality that you would expect from such a venue. Super-stylish, there are no less than five floors here, offering you spaces as varied as a restaurant, a cocktail lounge, a screening room, a meeting room and a rooftop terrace – the largest in all of Soho in fact. Functions can be held for as many as 200 people, and the nearest transport links are Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
A former disused bus garage given a whole new lease of life, Ministry of Sound has been hosting pioneering events since it opened back in 1991. With six versatile spaces to choose from, including a heated outdoor courtyard, you certainly won’t be lacking when it comes to choices, nor capacity for that matter, with enough room to accommodate a very generous 1600 people in all. The in-house events team are dedicated to bringing your ideas to life and running a smooth and hassle free occasion for all involved.
Whether it’s an intimate gathering for 20 of your nearest and dearest or a full-on celebration with as many as 500 guests you have in mind, DSTRKT can cater to your needs. Chic, modern and atmospheric, it has turned its hand to a wide range of events, from birthday bashes to fashion shows, and launches to club nights, not to mention of course many a good festive gathering. Found in a prime location, it is surrounded by a plethora of good rail links, including Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.