If you haven't heard of citizenM, this ultra sleek, international hotel chain aims to cater for the modern traveller with hybrid spaces that offer everything from places to work, meet and connect, as well as to sleep, eat and drink.
There are branches all over the world, from New York to Paris, with London boasting a portfolio of its own. One of the best spots, though, has to be the Tower of London location which benefits from brilliant transport links, a wealth of nearby restaurants and bars and panoramic views of the skyline and its iconic buildings - everything you might want for a Christmas party.
And, this winter, the team at citizenM are opening the doors of the hotel's 7th-floor bar, cloudM, for festive bookings. The space works perfectly for both private and semi-private events, with a total capacity of up to 250 people if needed. As well as boasting floor-to-ceiling windows which offer gorgeous views of the glittering skyline, cloudM is a great space for events and parties thanks to its dynamic layout.
Huge shelving units displaying colourful books, artworks and mini London buses, break up the space with a mezzanine floor overlooking the main bar, a great place for smaller groups or to host welcome drinks. Down in the central bar area, guests can gather for chats and tipples at lounge seating, enjoying an electric fire and cosy armchairs. And, while it might be a little chilly, the outdoor terrace is available all year round and certainly worth a look thanks to its amazing view.
When it comes to refreshments, the bar staff are well equipped to whip up a mix of delicious cocktails, especially their own selection of London-themed beverages. For example, we like the sound of the Olympic Park with Bombay Sapphire, raspberry lemongrass syrup, lemon juice and Ms Better's Bitter Foamer.