The West End knows how to nail festive atmosphere – this is Theatreland after all
1. The Ivy Soho Brasserie, W1F 8JB
Party numbers Up to 70
The art-deco private dining room in The Ivy Soho Brasserie will celebrate its first Christmas this year. There’ll be classy decorations, and the traditional dinner will get the upscale Ivy treatment too – picture roast turkey and duck ballotine with honey-roasted carrots and truffle sauce.
2. Café de Paris, W1D 6BL
Party numbers Up to 715
This is the West End spot you’re looking for if you want a real knees-up – Café de Paris has been hosting parties for nigh on 100 years. The opulent interiors feature a grand staircase and glittering chandeliers, and the holiday season brings added festive decor.
3. Barrio Soho, W1F 8PS
Party numbers Up to 175
Barrio’s Crackers and Maracas theme is just the ticket to help your guests forget the cold streets outside in favour of an office fiesta. Canapés include the likes of spicy beef empanadas, chorizo croquetas and jalapeno poppers. Complete the vibe with cocktail sharers and samba dancers.
4. Veeraswamy, W1B 4RS
Party numbers Up to 60
Curry for Christmas? Oh yes. Especially when it’s served in the UK’s oldest Indian restaurant's exquisite private dining room. A flickering wall of candles, Moghul-style carpets, silk curtains and baccarat chandeliers make the space feel particularly warming in the winter months.
5. RSA House, WC2N 6EZ
Party numbers Up to 220
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce is also home to 10 rooms that can be used for events. We like the atmosphere of the Vaults for canapés and cocktails, while the elegant Benjamin Franklin Room is best suited to sit-down turkey dinners with all the trimmings.
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