Opting for one of London’s best known venues for a Christmas party is all well and good but sometimes it can be great to go one better and opt instead for a hidden gem; equally as good but not yet descended upon by the masses, allowing you a sense of exclusivity.
If you crave something a little different and want a touch of the exotic at Christmas time, POND Dalston offers the exciting, bold flavours of New Hawaiian cuisine without even having to leave London. Found in a converted warehouse, this is a truly unique restaurant and cocktail bar that can serve as a backdrop for a whole host of different events. With a maximum capacity of close to 500, it is a great option for larger scale gatherings, whilst nearby transport links include Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction, both less than 5 minutes away.
Stage 3 is a modern, split-level venue at The Hackney Empire, right on the corner of Hackney Town Hall Square. This excellent location keeps it very well connected to the rest of the city, with 3 tube stations (Hackney Central, London Fields and Hackney Downs) all reachable in less than 10 minutes. As for the venue itself, highlights include a fully kitted out commercial kitchen which allows for bespoke catering, a PA system that facilitates live music performances, a seated terrace area and cocktail specialists that are sure to keep everyone in the festive spirit.
Barts is a venue that has lived up to the prestigious reputation of its Sloane Avenue location in the popular area of Chelsea. It’s growing in popularity quickly, meaning you’ll want to get in there fast before the merits of this great hidden gem become fully common knowledge. It’s a particularly great choice for a drinks party, with an extensive selection of refreshments, canapés and bowl foods on offer 7 days a week. The intimate capacity of 80 grants it an exclusive feel, while in terms of reachability, Sloane Square tube station is within a reasonable walking distance.
Number 90 is a bar and kitchen found in the area of Hackney Wick, just a stone’s throw from the station that shares its name. This spacious, 450 capacity venue has a broad range of uses when it comes to events, with the hand-crafted wooden décor bringing a sense of character and charm that suits any occasion. Situated right by the canal, there is also an outdoor terrace (though with the weather we’ve come to expect in British winters, you may be more comfortable indoors!). Regardless, the high ceilings and generous floor space mean there is ample space for everyone.
POLPO at Ape & Bird is found right in the heart of the vibrant and exciting area of Soho. This puts it right at the hub of London’s action and keeps it very conveniently connected to the rest of the city, with Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Tottenham Court Road just a selection of nearby tube stations at your disposal. The building itself it split across 3 floors and includes 2 dining rooms and 2 bars, each with its own unique and vibrant visual style, from the grungy Dive Bar in the basement to the chic Soho Room on the first floor. There are also production and entertainment options should you require them.
Belying its status as one of London’s best hidden gems, Noir W1 is in arguably one of the best locations in the entire city. In W1, just off Bond Street and opposite the iconic, world renowned Selfridges, you will find this premium cocktail and wine lounge that also serves as a multi-purpose, versatile event space. With a stylish, luxurious and modern aesthetic, you can celebrate the festivities in true style, day or night, 7 days a week. In fact, there is a late licence, allowing the party to continue long into the small hours of the morning. It is also within close reach of both Bond Street and Marble arch stations.