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Smart Live has joined forces with Troxy to hold Speakeasy-themed Christmas parties this year. From late November until the end of December, the hospitality provider will host exclusive and shared parties for up to 1,800 guests in the art deco venue. Prices start at £85pp and include a three-course meal, DJ, speakeasy entertainment, and a few surprises along the way.
Period dramas at the Pavilion at the Tower of London
The Devonshire Square venue is now serving up festive feasts and spice-infused cocktails in its private dining room. Up to 16 guests can enjoy three-course Christmas party menus, starting at £30pp. We love the sound of the roast goose breast with Goan vindaloo spices and slow-roasted winter vegetables – way better than traditional turkey. Alternatively, groups of up to 100 can take things alfresco with a private party in a ‘Maharaja Tent’ on the heated terrace.
The London Eye Barracuda has late availability for an exclusive-hire Christmas party on Thursday 12 December. Prices start at £109pp +VAT for between 50 and 230 guests. Call 0871 222 4002 and quote ‘BOAT1’ to receive a 10% discount. The Thames vessel has also added five shared party nights. Parties taking place on Wednesday 18 December and Saturday 21 December start at £85pp +VAT and those on Saturday 30 November, Friday 6 December and Saturday 14 December cost from £130pp +VAT for a dinner dance. Call 0871 222 4002 and quote ‘BOAT2’ to receive 10% off.
Quote ‘Square Meal’ when you book your Christmas party with PenniBlack Catering and you’ll receive 10% off the price.
DJ lessons, cocktail masterclasses and a pop-up cinema at Fabirc's 'UnChristmas' parties
As well as its extended license now lasting until 4am, the Kings Road venue is offering 15% off food bookings until Monday 11 November.
The EDF Energy London Eye is offering Square Meal readers a 10% discount on private capsule hire this Christmas. Guests will enjoy festive canapés and chilled Pommery Wintertime Champagne for up to two rotations (lasting one hour) while taking in the 360-degree views across the capital – great for a pre-dinner reception. The offer is valid for all bookings made before 18 November 2013 for visits between 23 November 2013 and 6 January 2014. To book, email the team and quote ‘SM Xmas’.
Smart Group announces three festive themes across the UK.
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The office Christmas party needn’t be a booze-fuelled night out. Team Square Meal puts two very different dos to the test. But which will you pick: a virtuous afternoon affair or something a little more outrageous?
With organiser Awesome Events gearing up for another busy season at Coram’s Fields, we look back at one of last year’s Cirque de Noel-themed shared nights in the Big Top.
The venue group has announced four Christmas themes for 2013. Its Covent Garden club, Sway, will be hosting Masquerade and Groovy Wonderland parties. Both Grace (in Soho) and Balls Brother’s Minster Exchange (EC3) will be converted into Winter Wonderlands, while City bar Kanaloa will put its tiki-inspired interiors to good use with a Hawaiian theme. Packages start at £18.99pp for lunch and £49.99pp for dinner
Ever fancied having the likes of Will.i.am at your Christmas party? Well, the beautiful Grade II-listed 8 Northumberland Avenue has recently partnered with the leaders in 3D holographic technology, Musion, to install holograms of international artists who have embraced this technology, such as Will.i.am and DJ Judge Jules. One of the venue’s packages this year is ‘Rock the Ballroom’, which will feature ‘live’ performances, as well as a drinks reception and choice of a three-course dinner, bowl food or canapé reception. Prices start at just £70pp. The 1,000-capacity venue is also offering bookers the chance to win a pair of Jimmy Choos. To enter, email the venue with who you’d most want to have on stage at your Christmas party by 4pm on Friday 20 September.
The 2013 edition of Square Meal Christmas Parties magazine was recently distributed with our autumn mag. Click through to read the digital version.
Amid practising pianists and stretching burlesque dancers, Denis McCourt of Awesome Events tells V&E about his role as ring master of the Bloomsbury Big Top.
A great option for smaller teams, shared parties allow groups (minimum of 10 guests) to experience the party atmosphere of a big festive get-together without the associated production costs. This year, Awesome Events’ shared parties include a Kasbah Christmas party at The Fountain Rooms (from £70pp), while The Truman Galleries will become Professor Truman’s Magical Laboratory (£80pp) and Porchester Hall will host Christmas Rocks (£70pp). There will also be a dazzling display of acrobatic entertainment as Bloomsbury Big Top is taken over by Cirque de Paris (from £75pp). Exclusive nights are also available.
If you still haven’t booked your Christmas party and need some very last-minute inspiration, book a table at Quaglino’s. The Piccadilly restaurant has space for groups of up to 14 in the main dining room, where there will be live music flowing in from the upstairs bar and winter cocktails on ice. Larger parties may prefer one of the private dining rooms, the larger of which holds up to 44 guests. If you make it snappy and book before 8 December, they will throw in a complimentary Champagne reception.
Book a party at No. 4 Hamilton Place this Christmas and be rewarded with a bottle of fizz on each table. Event agency The Full Effect is hosting nights in the Mayfair townhouse, which will be decked out with contemporary festive decorations. Dish will provide the catering, with dinner packages priced from £100 per person (there are bowl food options from £80pp) and a DJ will crank out classic Christmas floor-fillers for afters.
Gifts don’t get much more Christmassy than a hamper from Fortnum & Mason. The historic department store is teeming with seasonal offerings at this time of year, so you’ll find ideas to suit just about any budget. Drop them a line or send an email (quoting ‘Square Meal')and you could be in with a chance of winning a Classic Christmas hamper (worth £150) for yourself.
We have just launched our brand new Christmas Parties magazine. If you missed it, check out the online edition. There are tips on this year’s top themes, hot catering news, as well as special offers and packages from a range of different venues.
File the mojito in the cocktail archives and greet your guests with one of these Christmas concoctions from the madcap mixologists at The London Cocktail Club
Top chefs share their Christmas dinner secrets so you can feast like a professional
It’s that time of year again: the nights are drawing in, the coats are coming out and Harrods has released its Christmas hamper selection. As ever, the world’s most famous department store is brimming with seasonal produce so there’s plenty to choose from and those who place an order of £100 or more before 16 November will receive free UK mainland delivery. Our pick of the hampers is the largely savoury Montpelier (£275), but we also have our eye on the Christmas Box (£45) and Wine Buyer’s Selection (£350).