Corporate parties are a great opportunity to get away from the office for a change and gather with your colleagues on more neutral ground, forging and building on working relationships that will serve you well in your career. With that in mind, here are some of the best bars that make great backdrops for such an occasion, striking the perfect balance between business and pleasure.
Forget simply leaving the office, a trip to Shaka Zulu feels like leaving behind London altogether. This South African themed restaurant, bar and club (the largest of its kind in the city, in fact) opened its doors in 2010 with a royal blessing from the Zulu King himself, no less. With stunning, ornate details making the space feel so authentic and immersive, the vast 2-story venue offers not only delicious food and drink but plenty of live music and dancing to keep everyone entertained. It’s well connected to the rest of London, with Camden Town station sitting just 5 minutes away.
Whilst on the subject of immersive venues, we cannot overlook Gilgamesh London. This stunning space has eye-catching details awaiting every glance and can suit almost any occasion, be it for as few as 20 guests or for as many as 500. It’s incredibly easy to reach Gilgamesh, as not only is the venue just 10 minutes each from Camden Town and Camden Road stations, but it has its own parking facilities which can accommodate up to as many as 100 cars for those who prefer to drive. Get in touch and the Events Planners will help to create an entirely bespoke event that caters to your every need.
Brooklyn Bowl is certainly a unique offering, with 5 different spaces in all available to choose from. This includes 12 luxury bowling lanes, perfect if you were looking to host a party where your guests could get out of their seats and involved in a bit of fun (and perhaps even some gentle competition), which can be fantastic for breaking the ice and team building purposes. The stage here has played host to some big names too, including Pharrell Williams, so they are no strangers to hosting some seriously good entertainment and putting on quite the show.
The Forge is a wonderful choice if you are looking to bring a more intimate vibe to the party. This charming venue has a warm and welcoming atmosphere complete with comfortable seating, quirky details and colourful décor, including a particularly striking piece of wall art that is sure to serve as a talking point. The in-house kitchen and bar will easily take care of any catering requirements, whilst the building’s close proximity to Camden Town and Mornington Crescent stations is sure to come in handy for those of your guests who have to travel from throughout London.
An ideal choice if you need a venue with a much larger capacity than your typical bar or event space, Hawker House offers a generous maximum capacity of as much as 2500. This warehouse conversion boasts no less than 16 food traders and 9 bars, so there will definitely not be any shortage of refreshments on offer to keep your guests satisfied. Located in Canada Water, it sits just a stone’s throw from the station of the same name and also has its own large car park at the front, making it another well connected space no matter where in the city you are travelling from.