Our advice is in general stick to venues which actually do what they are promising entertainment wise over Christmas week in week out and avoid over hyped and often over priced on off spectaculars – they are likely to disappoint. If you are going to a hotel based event stick to those hotels with a good reputation for food.
Of the 70s /80s dicso themed parties the New Connaught Rooms Abba Reunion party catches the eye. Reasonably priced for a hotel event at £65 per head the entertainment is top notch and the Connaught Rooms is known for producing quality food. No rubber turkeys here and a decent late licence too. Roll on Fernando
Of the burlesque cabaret and comedy themed shared Christmas party nights Peacock Bar in Clapham Junction’s “Put Your Boss on The Stage” looks the best A three course traditional Christmas turkey dinner or lunch for £25 (food only) with six burlesque cabaret shows, a host and a photographer all thrown in. A cheesey disco afterwards till the small hours of the morning completes an excellent package. Available for exclusive or shared Christmas parties lunch or dinner from December 1st onwards. As a multiple award winning venue the entertainment should be top notch too. See their site www.the-peacock-
Fancy something Cuban with maybe a bit of Salsa after? Our recommendation is the Cuban Camden. A three course meal for £35 albeit somewhat un Christmas like apart from the Christmas pudding remains true to the venues Cuban roots. With a 1am, licence weekdays and a 2am licence Friday and Saturdays there is plenty of time to knock back a few cocktails after. A tip though avoid the Cuban citypoint spin off which is no where near as good
Does the boss see himself as a James Bond figure – well does anyone have a boss that doesn’t? Go for the Bloomsbury Hotel James Bond themed night. Food look exceptionally good and at £75 +VAT with courtesy glass of champagne is good value by West End Hotel standards anyway. All rounded off by dancing till 1am after.
Medieval banquets seem to be having a bit off a comeback these days something to do with Lord of The Rings no doubt. Avoid all the hotels trying this one and head straight to The Medieval banquet at Ivory House in Smithfield. They do this week in week out and it is first rate and at £55 per head that includes unlimited beer and wine during dinner. Only grumble is that 12am is a bit of an early finish.
Finally river cruises also remain stubbornly popular although quite why given that its night time and rather chilly at Christmas remains to be seen. The Symphony River Cruise is the best of the cruise and dine options. The all glass walls allow everyone an excellent view without having to go up on deck and the 4 course meal at £75 per head includes a ½ bottle of wine. As always though don’t be late as they will leave without you and you may need to arrange entertainment for later as docking is at an un festively early time of 10.45pm. Shame.
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The Peacock Bar & Club
148 Falcon Rd
London SW11 2LW
Tel: 020 7223 9633
Fax: 020 7504 8032