Christmas parties in restaurants

Looking to make what you eat and drink a major part of the evening? You might not be surprised to learn that digging out London’s best restaurants for Christmas parties is something of a forte for us at SquareMeal. Indeed, the list of eateries below are some of the city’s top dining destinations for groups. We’ve made sure to present a range of styles and cuisines so you can match the venue to your requirements. Among this mix are some big-name chefs turning out some of the most exciting and innovative food in the world. You might even stumble across a few venues with Michelin stars to their name.

Posted on 19 November 2018

Christmas parties in restaurants


The Ritz London

The Ritz London

Founded by renowned hotelier César Ritz in 1906, The Ritz still evokes all the excitement and glamour today that it did when it first opened its doors. The 136 guestrooms combine Louis XVI-style interiors with modern-day technology, while fine dining opportunities include the opulent Palm Court and the stylish Rivoli Bar. The beautiful 18th-century William Kent House adjoins the hotel, and offers five private dining rooms with Renaissance-style decor. When it comes to food, executive chef John Williams MBE can create menus to suit every occasion. The Ritz is the only hotel to have been awarded a Royal Warrant by HRH The Prince of Wales for banquet and catering services.Venue review of The Ritz-Carlton Restaurant review of The Ritz Restaurant Restaurant review of The Garden Bar, Champagne Terrace Restaurant review of The Rivoli Bar Restaurant review of The Palm Court Read our Venue focus: Puttin' on The Ritz feature  

The Ritz London

Flight Gallery at the Science Museum

Flight Gallery at the Science Museum

Dining reaches giddy heights in the Science Museum’s eye-catching Flight Gallery. Set in an authentic replica of an aircraft hangar, tables can be laid out beneath Amy Johnson’s ‘Gipsy Moth’ or Alcock and Brown’s ‘Vickers Vimy’ (the first aeroplane to cross the Atlantic) so that guests can get up close and personal with the icons of aviation history. To take the experience further, there’s an adjacent 3D simulator which can take guests on an aerobatics display with the Red Arrows, while the Launchpad gallery offers an interactive option for a pre-dinner drinks party. Receptions are available for 400 guests, and 350 can be hosted for a dinner dance. Information on Christmas Parties at the Flight Gallery 'Exploring Space' feature on the NMSI Group & its venues

Flight Gallery at the Science Museum

Flight Gallery at the Science Museum

Flight Gallery at the Science Museum

Dining reaches giddy heights in the Science Museum’s eye-catching Flight Gallery. Set in an authentic replica of an aircraft hangar, tables can be laid out beneath Amy Johnson’s ‘Gipsy Moth’ or Alcock and Brown’s ‘Vickers Vimy’ (the first aeroplane to cross the Atlantic) so that guests can get up close and personal with the icons of aviation history. To take the experience further, there’s an adjacent 3D simulator which can take guests on an aerobatics display with the Red Arrows, while the Launchpad gallery offers an interactive option for a pre-dinner drinks party. Receptions are available for 400 guests, and 350 can be hosted for a dinner dance. Information on Christmas Parties at the Flight Gallery 'Exploring Space' feature on the NMSI Group & its venues

Flight Gallery at the Science Museum

Williams Conference Centre

Williams Conference Centre

Sir Frank Williams was the driving force behind one of Formula One’s most successful teams. Today, he lends his name to the Williams Conference Centre. At the F1 outfit’s Oxfordshire base, its modern event facilities are housed in the building that used to be the home of BMW’s Le Mans project. Once they are done meeting, training and networking, groups small and large can wander around Sir Frank’s private collection of more than 40 Grand Prix racing cars. Or they can get active, with guests going head to head on a giant Scalextric or taking on the Pit Stop Challenge together. However you want to structure your day, on-site event managers offer full planning support.

Williams Conference Centre

Concrete

Concrete

Hidden in the basement of creative hub the Tea Building, beneath East London’s coolest pizza parlour, Pizza East, Concrete is a minimalist event space that morphs into a nightclub at weekends. Quiz and literary nights are popular in the week, as are pizza-making classes and live music. Available to hire in its entirety from Sunday to Wednesday and on Thursday to Saturday from 6pm to 9pm, the venue can accommodate lunches and dinner parties for up to 80, or receptions of 275. As you’d expect, the catering majors in Pizza East’s acclaimed pizzas, but there’s a good range of antipasti too. There’s a full DJ booth with great AV kit, and the bar staff mix a mean cocktail. Soho House Weddings at Soho House Group venues

Concrete

The Brewery

The Brewery

The Brewery is a collection of distinctive spaces that play host to anything from exhibitions and conferences to glitzy award ceremonies, Christmas parties and fashion shows. The standout space is the versatile Porter Tun, one of the largest unobstructed rooms in London. The two-storey Sugar Rooms overlooks an attractive courtyard via arched windows and connects with the King George III room. Quality in-house catering is another bonus.Venue review of The Grubstreet Author Latest news For the months of June to August, the City venue’s courtyard will be transformed into a secret summer garden for events. This year, the space will be double the size of previous years, able to hold up to 800 guests for parties.

The Brewery

St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort

St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort

Just a mile outside Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port, this four-star hotel and golf resort has 35 acres to call its own. Amid the rooms with views and suites with private hot tubs, there’s also a range of event spaces, spanning the 350-capacity Fontaine Suite to Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité, each of which can seat 36 for private dinners. Join that Gallic trio together and you have the Victor Hugo Suite with its own bar, balconies and cloakrooms. This being the Channel Islands, there’s no VAT to add onto DDRs and dining packages. And at the end of a day’s meetings, groups can head straight for the nine-hole golf course designed by Tony Jacklin.

St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort

Congress Centre

Congress Centre

This popular central London venue occupies a distinctive mid-century modernist building, with event spaces that range from small, hi-tech meeting rooms to the striking 1950s Congress Hall. The latter offers a sprung-wood floor and glass ceiling, which fills the room with natural light. Besides conferences and exhibitions, it’s a good fit for product launches, awards dinners and fashion shows. Excellent AV facilities include HD 3D projection. Information on holding an event in the Invision Suites at the Congress Centre Behind the scenes: Congress Centre  

Congress Centre

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse

Set in the rolling Cotswolds countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse is not only an internationally acclaimed sports venue but also a striking setting for events. Every March, it plays host to the Gold Cup – arguably the biggest jumps race in the world – but on non-race days, large-scale conferences and exhibitions are its mainstay. The Centaur, a vast purpose-built auditorium, holds 2,250 guests theatre style (or 2,800 standing), making it one of the largest venues in the south west. A series of smaller spaces is also available, suited to banqueting, product launches and weddings. Both the Panoramic Room – with its vistas across the course – and the Hall of Fame work well for receptions, giving guests the opportunity to mingle among the faces of jumping history before moving on to dinner in the Festival or Gold Cup rooms, which both have private bars. Free car parking for up to 10,000 cars is another draw. Latest news The Gloucestershire racing venue is set to launch The Princess Royal Stand this year. Alongside the opening of the state-of-the-art client entertainment area, new hospitality boxes for business clients are also on the cards.  

Cheltenham Racecourse

Prospero House – etc.venues

Prospero House – etc.venues

Part of etc.venues’ bulging portfolio of business-focused event venues, Prospero House on Borough High Street is a contemporary training and conference facility with a convenient location. Just south of the City, it sits right opposite Borough tube and is only a short walk from London Bridge. Combining natural daylight with vibrant design, modern furniture and interesting artwork, its 24 rooms range from large conference suites to breakout areas, restaurants and cafés, all offering free Wi-Fi. Its adjoining event space, Illuminate, brings the capacity for a single event up to 550, as well as adding capability for dual conferences through high-spec AV links.

Prospero House – etc.venues

L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

Overlooking St Brelade’s Bay, L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa has plenty of sunlight and sea air, as well as some top-class conference facilities. The beachside property offers contemporary rooms for private dining, meetings and conferences. With sea views, the Crystal Room is a charming spot for a private dinner or conference for up to 200. There’s an indoor swimming pool with ocean vistas too, as well as two award-winning restaurants. The team can arrange watersports for thrill-seeking corporate groups and the venue holds a civil wedding licence. There are at least 12 London flights a day from Jersey Airport, which is 10 minutes down the road. 'Jersey' Regional Focus Feature on Jersey venues

L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

Buxted Park Hotel

Buxted Park Hotel

At the centre of a 312-acre parkland estate, Buxted Park is Hand Picked Hotels’ carefully chosen Sussex property. As you’d expect of a Palladian mansion, it’s a handsome confection of high ceilings, sash windows and other stately features. Meeting rooms are light and airy, and the extensive grounds can host all sorts of teambuilding activities. The Ballroom hosts gala dinners and other showpiece events, but look out too for the Orangery, with its anteroom and terrace.

Buxted Park Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel

When Gleneagles opened in 1924 it was described as a ‘riviera in the Highlands’. Its collection of well-equipped conference suites includes the traditional rooms in the main building and contemporary facilities in Braid House. We particularly like the Edwardian design in The Ballroom, that comes with a stage, balcony and sprung dancefloor. On-site dining options include Scotland’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant – Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles – while a meal at the Sommelier’s Table offers a grand alternative. A trip wouldn’t be complete without a round on one of the resort’s three championship golf courses. In 2015 the five-star hotel opened an arena that can handle conferences, concerts, gala dinners and teambuilding activities.

The Gleneagles Hotel

Butchers' Hall

Butchers' Hall

The Worshipful Company of Butchers is one of the seven oldest City of London livery companies. Its headquarters, Butchers’ Hall, are centrally located in the historic and vibrant Smithfield area. The largest space here is the Great Hall, which holds up to 250 and boasts huge windows that flood the room with natural light. The Court Suite on the first floor is made up of two interconnecting rooms and has a warm, inviting interior – complete with grand fireplace – that makes it a cosy setting for dinners. Drinks work well in the striking Reception Room, where an unusual glass screen depicts the four seasons. The intimate Library offers private facilities for eight.

Butchers' Hall

The Conservatory & Garden Room

The Conservatory & Garden Room

The Barbican’s best-kept secret is without question its rooftop Conservatory, a delightfully incongruous space that houses exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants under its glass roof. Its treetops are overlooked by the large Conservatory Terrace, while the Garden Room on level three (a more contemporary space with views across the City of London) works well for drinks receptions, dinners and small awards ceremonies. Information on Barbican London Power Venue

The Conservatory & Garden Room

Armourers' Hall

Armourers' Hall

History fans will love this Grade II-listed building and ancient monument. It’s well suited to dramatic banquets, presentations, receptions and wine tastings, with a host of attractive function rooms to choose from. The Livery Hall is the largest space, featuring 16th- and 17th-century armour, George II chandeliers and a Men-At-Arms candelabrum. For smaller events, consider The Library with its quiet, cosy atmosphere and ornate mahogany bookcases.

Armourers' Hall

River Rooms at The Mermaid

River Rooms at The Mermaid

The Mermaid’s River Rooms are located next to Blackfriars station on the north bank of the Thames. After a refurbishment in 2013, the upper and lower levels are now styled with an open-plan layout, contemporary furniture, LED lighting and dark wood floors. Panoramic windows span the length of the spaces, framing views of the Thames, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Shard. Popular for receptions, private events, dinners and Christmas parties, the spaces are self-contained, and can be hired individually or together. For late-night dancing, the Queenhithe can be booked until 2am.Venue review of Weddings at The River Rooms Venue review of The Mermaid  Venue review of Christmas at The Mermaid

River Rooms at The Mermaid

Cutlers' Hall

Cutlers' Hall

Don’t be deterred by the deceptively unassuming entrance. This Grade II-listed building is one of the most prestigious and talked-about venues in Sheffield. The 500-capacity home of the Hallamshire Company of Cutlers (the only livery hall outside London) celebrates the distinguished face of Sheffield’s steel-making past throughout a series of imposing hallways and grand ballrooms. With a wide sweeping main staircase, marble busts, enormous chandeliers and beautiful wood panelling, its richly decorated rooms create an impressive sense of occasion. The Main Hall is the most atmospheric space, with room for up to 320 guests for dinner, while the Drawing Room, Goodwin Room and Osborn Room can accommodate 150, 50 and 20 delegates for meetings. Located in the centre of the city opposite the cathedral, the hall is easily accessible from the M1. Kudos is a listed caterer at this venue. LATEST NEWS As well as hosting the 378th prestigious annual Feast Sheffield, the Kudos venue’s head chef, Jamie Whiteley, has received a World Master Chefs Society medal. The event celebrates the skills and promise of industry professionals and was attended by Deputy PM Nick Clegg.

Cutlers' Hall

Taberna Etrusca

Taberna Etrusca

Taberna Etrusca channels classic trattoria style, with textured white walls, tiled floors and a timeless feel. A courtyard catches the sun in summer – it’s a pretty setting for barbecues and drinks receptions. Right next to St Mary-le-Bow church, the restaurant’s popular for wedding receptions. Authentic Italian food in charming surroundings makes it a popular choice for private and corporate parties. The entire venue can be hired for evenings and at weekends.Information on Etrusca Restaurants & Events

Taberna Etrusca

The Vineyard

The Vineyard

An 18th-century hunting lodge turned five-star hotel, The Vineyard tempts corporate groups with elegant event spaces. A wide range of bedrooms and a chic spa are matched with a group-friendly destination restaurant (and a 30,000-bottle wine cellar). Elsewhere, there’s the chance to entertain guests banquet style by combining the Calistoga and Oakville Suites. A variety of cosy syndicate rooms cater for boardroom-style meetings for small groups.

The Vineyard

Amberley Castle

Amberley Castle

Amberley is one of Britain’s most famous luxury hotels, and with good reason. The 19-bedroom property, situated in the rolling South Downs near Arundel, dates back to 1100 and the reign of Henry I. Enclosed by a 60ft high medieval wall, it is well suited to private conferences, particularly those requiring tight security – there’s even a portcullis gate. Meeting rooms include the Great Room, which can accommodate 40 among its tapestries and suits of armour, and the more intimate King Charles Room for groups of up to 12. There is a tree house, which can be hired exclusively, and delegates can relax on an 18-hole putting golf course, tennis courts or the croquet lawn. More unusual teambuilding activities – such as medieval axe-throwing – are also available. Guests will be well wined and dined at Amberley’s acclaimed restaurant, which has three AA rosettes.

Amberley Castle

The Allegory

The Allegory

In the new Principal Place development in Shoreditch, The Allegory has a modern, industrial look (exposed pipes, lots of concrete) and a buzzy vibe. Part of the Drake & Morgan group, the venue comprises 600sq m of space to play with. Our pick is the outdoor terrace. Breakfast meetings, corporate lunches, drinks receptions and networking events can all be hosted – group set menus can be arranged, as can mixology masterclasses.

The Allegory

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa

Built in 1816, the 70-bedroom Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa serves up an alluring mix of architectural styles. Part Georgian manor, part French chateau, there’s also a modern West Wing, with 21 luxury bedrooms. A stable block has been converted into a health club, spa and eight conference suites. The largest event space is the Worleston, which has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the Cheshire countryside. Many of the meeting rooms have direct access to an outdoor terrace and lawn, and all come with Wi-Fi and plasma screens. Dining in the grand hall of the main house has a real sense of occasion or there are PDRs for up to 60 guests.

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa

The Bloomsbury Hotel

The Bloomsbury Hotel

The ribbon was cut on a property-wide refurbishment at the end of 2017, breathing new life into this impressive Lutyens-designed hotel. 1930s architecture now combines with contemporary Martin Brudnizki interiors. The most impressive event spaces are the George V and Queen Mary ballrooms: meetings, banquets and formal receptions can be held under their lofty ceilings. For more casual affairs, look to the deco-style Coral Room bar.Venue review of Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury Hotel Venue review of The Marylebone Hotel Venue review of 108 Brasserie Venue review of The Kensington Hotel Venue review of the Townhouse at The Kensington Hotel

The Bloomsbury Hotel

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly

Bafta 195 Piccadilly is the home of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, whose centrepiece – as you might expect – is its state-of-the-art cinema. With world-class projection and AV, including a Prysm video wall and 4K laser projection with Dolby 3D capabilities, your visuals will look and sound impressive. Breakfasts, board meetings, multi-day conferences, receptions and banquets can all be arranged. Bafta 195 Experiences can include film make-up artistry.

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

In 130 acres of countryside, Chewton Glen is located on the edge of the New Forest, a few minutes’ walk from the sea. Among this five-star hotel’s guest rooms are 14 luxury Treehouse Suites in the forest canopy. For conferences, the clutch of function rooms range from classical to contemporary. Within the grounds are a tennis centre and golf course, and teambuilding activities can include culinary masterclasses: TV chef James Martin has a cookery school here.Venue review of Treehouse Suites at Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

Pendley Manor

Pendley Manor

Fresh from a refurb, this Victorian manor house is a four-star hotel, set in 35 acres of parkland close to London. A purpose-built conference centre adds to the handful of period boardrooms in the main house. Popular for weddings, the hotel’s ballroom can also host meetings, while the elegant Oak Restaurant serves traditional fare.Teambuilding is a speciality, with a four-acre meadow ideal for motorised events (hot-air ballooning can be organised).

Pendley Manor

Barber-Surgeons' Hall

Barber-Surgeons' Hall

Tucked away in a garden square off London Wall, the red-brick Barber-Surgeons’ Hall occupies one of the City’s prettiest locations. Its centrepiece is the wood-panelled Great Hall, a bright space with elaborate ceilings and huge windows. The Reception Room, Court Room and Charter Rooms are just as well turned out and show off artefacts from the livery company’s long history. A terrace overlooks peaceful grounds and a medicinal garden. Information on Party Ingredients

Barber-Surgeons' Hall

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Once home to royalty, including Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is an unforgettable venue. It's magnificently played host to lavish celebrations over the centuries, from gala diners to festive banquets and historic meetings. Originally a dining room for members of Henry VIII’s court, the Great Hall makes a grand setting for banquets. Elsewhere, state rooms, grand staircases, cobbled courtyards and pretty gardens make the venue one of the country’s most impressive palaces.Venue review of Banqueting House Venue review of Kensington Palace Venue review of Kew Palace Venue review of The Tower of London

Hampton Court Palace

Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden

Established as the Apothecaries’ Garden in 1673, this is London’s oldest botanical garden. Its walls now shelter around 5,000 different medicinal, herbal, edible and otherwise useful plants. Hire the garden today and your money is ploughed back into its fertile soils. The options for private events include the Gallery; an outdoor awning; a marquee on the main Garden Lawn; or you can give yourselves the run of the Lower Lawn. Evening events, including candlelit canapé receptions, can be arranged.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Rowhill Grange Hotel & Spa

Rowhill Grange Hotel & Spa

Part of the Alexander Hotels portfolio, this 19th-century manor house turned boutique hotel also has a conference centre: the Pavilion. The Clockhouse Suite, with its private bar and courtyard, is a good space for banquets and theatre-style conferences. Board meetings work well in The Wicket or Cottage Suite. The Utopia Spa has pools, saunas and steam rooms, and RG’s restaurant serves local produce. Fifteen acres of grounds can be used for team activities.Information on Alexander Hotels & Utopia Spas

Rowhill Grange Hotel & Spa

Celtic Manor Collection

Celtic Manor Collection

The setting for the 2010 Ryder Cup, Celtic Manor was voted Europe’s Golf Resort of the Year 2011 and offers three championship courses. Purpose-built for the Ryder Cup, the Twenty Ten poses a spectacular challenge for all standards of golfer with a sting in the tail at the 18th. More than golf is catered for, with 400 luxury bedrooms, six restaurants, a luxury spa and an award-winning convention centre on offer.Latest news The Celtic Manor Collection has just opened The Coldra Court Hotel. As part of a £2m upgrade, it will also refresh its conferencing facilities

Celtic Manor Collection

Alexander House Hotel

Alexander House Hotel

Looking for meeting space close to Gatwick? Alexander House should go straight on your shortlist. Set in a beautiful manor house, the five-star hotel has 58 guest bedrooms and a variety of event spaces for hire. The largest is the purpose-built Shelley Suite, which has its own private garden. The Wakehurst Suite is ideal for smaller meetings, while the south-facing Churchill Suite is good for special occasions. The Asquith and Boardroom work well for private dining and meetings. Downtime can be spent in the 120 acres of grounds, the Utopia Spa or one of the outdoor private hot tubs. The property recently added 19 luxury lodge suites.Information on Alexander Hotels

Alexander House Hotel

Great Fosters

Great Fosters

Located within half an hour’s drive of central London & Heathrow airport in what was once the heart of Royal Windsor Forest, the Grade I-listed Great Fosters is a genuinely distinctive property. Dating back to 1550, it boasts immaculately preserved Elizabethan architecture, a 15th-century Tithe Barn, internationally renowned gardens & a choice of event spaces. 2008 saw the opening of the self-contained Coach House, which has three bespoke meeting rooms, a conference lounge & 22 bedrooms. The beautiful Orangery, with its tall arched windows & adjoining conservatory, is another secluded space, surrounded by 50 acres of gardens. Main house reception rooms are characterised by Jacobean chimney pieces, antique furnishings & fine art, while 44 bedrooms range in style from the traditional to the contemporary. Both the intimate restaurant & Tithe Barn provide stunning backdrops for dining.

Great Fosters

Bateaux London

Bateaux London

Bateaux London offers guests unrivalled views of some of the capital’s top sights, from Big Ben through to Tower Bridge, from its two vessels, the Scandinavian-designed Harmony and the Parisian Symphony. The boats’ picture-frame windows afford fine views, while exclusive cruises, use of a private room or tables at a shared event cater for differing group sizes. Awards ceremonies, drinks receptions and dinner-dances can all be arranged on board.Venue review of Bateaux Windsor

Bateaux London

Foxhills Club & Resort

Foxhills Club & Resort

This 400-acre Surrey estate, just 25 minutes from Waterloo and Heathrow, comprises a resort hotel, destination spa and three golf courses – two 18-hole and one 9 hole. There’s also a driving range and a number of country club facilities – tennis, squash and a state-of-the-art gym – which are made available to overnight guests. Nine conference rooms seat between four and 100 delegates, with natural light, garden views and modern AV equipment, while numerous well-run teambuilding activities can be put on inside or outdoors. The 19th-century manor house features attractive traditional interiors and casual breakout space in The Manor Lounge, where guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, as well as an all-day menu, starting with breakfast at 8am and going right through to afternoon tea at 6pm. For those looking to make a night of it, there are also 70 bedrooms available to guests.

Foxhills Club & Resort

Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel

Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel

Built in 1789, Stoke Park became the UK’s first ‘country club’ in 1908 and has offered first-rate hospitality ever since. James Bond has played a round on its championship golf course (in both Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies) and there’s world-class tennis each year with the Boodles championship. Nine function rooms offer fine views of its Capability Brown grounds. For special occasions, the Fountain Room looks across a private terrace to a fine water feature.

Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel

One Aldwych

One Aldwych

This Grade II-listed property was once home to The Morning Post. Today, it’s a five-star hotel, with modern event spaces decorated with contemporary art. The bright Adelphi & Novello Rooms can be used together as one large space for meetings and à la carte dining, while the glamorous Screening Room is popular for presentations and private film screenings. The hotel’s modern Basque restaurant, Eneko, can be booked exclusively for larger events.Venue review of Eneko - Basque Kitchen & Bar

One Aldwych

The Landmark London

The Landmark London

This is one of the most sought after places in town for afternoon tea thanks to the Winter Garden, which showcases The Landmark London’s opulent Victorian design. The same stateliness echoes through its Grand Ballroom (high stucco ceilings, white-marble columns), which turns conferences and banquets into elegant affairs. Our pick of the 11 event spaces is the Tower Suite: with its grey-velvet chairs, it’s a striking spot for private dinners or high-level meetings.

The Landmark London

RIBA Venues (Royal Institute of British Architects)

RIBA Venues (Royal Institute of British Architects)

An architectural showcase of etched glass and Portland stone carvings, the Grade II-listed home of the Royal Institute of British Architects is a striking setting for events. The key to its success is its fusion of old and new: a tiered auditorium and grand art deco features are complemented by the facilities of a modern venue. Standout spaces include the light-filled Florence Hall, with its terrace garden and the top-floor Wren Room, which has panoramic balcony views. LATEST NEWS RIBA Venues is hosting the launch of Thomson & Scott Skinny’s new low-sugar prosecco. The drink brand has also been added to the venue’s supplier list

RIBA Venues (Royal Institute of British Architects)

Norton House Hotel & Spa

Norton House Hotel & Spa

Built as a country retreat in 1840, Norton House feels much further away than a 20-minute drive from the centre of Edinburgh. Unlike hotels in the busy city, this four-star property can afford to spread out, occupying 55 acres with space for one of the area’s top spas. For large events, the Ballroom holds up to 300 for a conference and the adjacent Oak Room can be used as a breakout space or for drinks receptions. The Gathering is a self-contained conference centre with six meeting rooms. Dining options include a fine-dining restaurant and the modern brasserie and conservatory lounge. Edinburgh Airport is 10 minutes away.Restaurant review of Ushers Restaurant at Norton House Hotel

Norton House Hotel & Spa

Raven's Ait

Raven's Ait

In the middle of the Thames, between Surbiton, Kingston and Hampton Court, the island of Raven’s Ait offers the convenience of a London location with the tranquillity of the countryside. Weddings, Christmas parties and other special occasions can all be catered for and whatever the event, there’s a launch to bring you and your party to this private island. There are meeting spaces for any size of group from 20 to 400. With the Thames at the end of the garden, you can break out into activities like boat racing at any stage. When it’s time to eat, bookers can take advantage of the 320-capacity Marquee, or the three smaller spaces for groups of 12 to 150.

Raven's Ait