Want a widescreen look at London in all its Christmas finery? Occupying levels 34 to 52 of new-age London landmark The Shard, the five-star Shangri-La hotel is an enviable location for Christmas parties that will leave a lasting impression.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offering up stunning vistas of the capital come as standard for every event space, and while those knock out views are Shangri-La’s obvious appeal, there’s more to the venue than just its look. The largest space available for Christmas parties is the Ren Ballroom, which is entered via a grand staircase to give your event an extra sense of occasion. Ren is best suited to corporate Christmas parties or festive banquets, with the room able to host 140 guests. The space also benefits from a dedicated area for cocktail receptions, which means you can host drinks before or after you sit down to enjoy your turkey feast.
For smaller scale yuletide dinners, pick between the Li and Yi rooms. The former can host up to 30 guests for a sit-down meal, who will be able to drink in views of iconic London sights such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Festive menus meanwhile, are able to be tailored to meet your guests’ individual needs, while dietary requirements can also easily be accommodated for.
Yi is the smallest event space of the three, seating just 12 people for lunch or dinner. Perfectly matched to intimate Christmas celebrations between family and friends or small businesses, Yi overlooks the capital’s twinkling skyline (bonus points if you can spot any Christmas lights), while like all of The Shard’s event spaces, the room can be dressed to reflect your chosen theme.
If you’re just looking to host a special treat for your friends at Christmas without totally blowing the budget, head up to Shangri-La’s flagship restaurant TING, where you’ll find a Chinese-inspired menu that offers traditional and contemporary takes on festive feasting.