Christmas Party Ideas

Christmas party ideas

Updated on 25 January 2017

Christmas Party Ideas

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Celtic Manor Collection

Celtic Manor Collection

Max Meeting 1500
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 770

Coldra Woods , Cwmbran, South Wales, NP18 1HQ

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

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Brocket Hall

Brocket Hall

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150

Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL8 7XG

A traditional country house atmosphere is the order of the day at Brocket Hall, just 22 miles north of Hyde Park Corner. This Grade I-listed country house matches a classically English setting to elegant modern facilities. The Hall is available for exclusive use, and its two challenging courses and renowned academy facilities make it a great golfing destination. Meeting and dining facilities are also available at nearby Auberge du Lac Restaurant and the Clubhouse.

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Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens

Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 117

Ridge Lane, Rotherwick, Hampshire, RG27 9AZ

With its 66 acres of grounds, Tylney Hall is a picturesque venue for conferences, banquets and corporate entertainment. Highlights include: the baronial Tylney Suite, with its oak panelling and minstrels’ gallery; the Chestnut Suite, a party space with adjacent reception area, bar and cloakroom; and the self-contained Hampshire Suite, which has a private garden. Outdoor activities are a speciality here, including treasure hunts, clay-pigeon shooting, falconry and archery.Venue review of Warren Weir Venue review of Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club Venue review of The Grand Hotel Eastbourne Venue review of Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

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Belfast Waterfront

Belfast Waterfront

Max Meeting 2223
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 450

2 Lanyon Place , Belfast, Co Down, BT1 3WH

With a programme featuring international singers, comedians and theatre companies, Belfast Waterfront is firmly established as one of Northern Ireland’s leading venues for entertainment. The main auditorium plays host not only to award-winning performers but also large-scale conferences – it holds over 2,000 people for both business and arts events. Projection facilities, full audiovisual co-ordination, infra-red receivers for those with hearing difficulties and wheelchair access are all available. Alongside the main auditorium are 14 comfortable meeting rooms, exhibition facilities and a studio seating up to 380. The in-house catering team can organise cocktail and canapé receptions, banquets and breakfast meetings, though there’s also an on-site restaurant with views of Belfast and the River Lagan for more casual bites. A hotel next to the Waterfront provides accommodation with ample parking facilities.

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Williams Conference Centre

Williams Conference Centre

Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 250

Grove, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 0DQ

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.

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Brewers

Brewers' Hall

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 80

Aldermanbury Square, City of London, London, EC2V 7HR

On a quiet square close to Moorgate, Brewers’ Hall is the 20th-century home of a 15th-century livery company. Across a marble lobby, at the top of a carved oak staircase, three interconnected function rooms marry a rich history to modern facilities. The oak-panelled Livery Hall is topped with chandeliers and heraldic crests. The pine-panelled Court Room is a useful reception area that’s grand enough to host standalone meetings and dinners. The homely Committee Room is for more intimate gatherings.

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The Lowry

The Lowry

Max Meeting 1730
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 280

Pier 8, Salford Quays , Salford, Greater Manchester, M50 3AZ

Opposite the MediaCityUK complex in Salford Quays, this arts and entertainment hub houses three adaptable theatres, a range of event spaces, a bar and restaurant. The landmark building also has space for the world’s largest collection of LS Lowry paintings. On its fourth floor, the glass-walled Compass Room has its own balcony, while Pier Eight is a flexibile choice for functions. Head to the North and South Rooms if yours is a smaller meeting.

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Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle

Max Meeting 75
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 66

Castle Street , Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, BS35 1HH

Staking its claim as the only Tudor castle in England that’s open as a hotel, Thornbury Castle sits pretty in its picturesque South Gloucestershire setting. The 27-room hotel has proudly embraced its heritage, offering function rooms with plenty of old English character. The high-ceilinged Tudor Hall – a stone-walled room, complete with suits of armour, tapestries and a huge fireplace – will accommodate 75 delegates theatre style, and 66 for an atmospheric banquet. The second of two event spaces on offer is the first-floor Baron’s Sitting Room, which overlooks the hotel’s vineyard and gardens, and works particularly well for board meetings of up to 22 delegates. There’s plenty of natural daylight in both spaces and free Wi-Fi throughout. Thornbury’s grounds have plenty of space for activities like archery, croquet and falconry. On a rainy day, groups can get stuck into a murder mystery activity around the castle.

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National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 300

St Martin's Place, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2H 0HE

The NPG offers a very special kind of face time. From the vibrant ground-floor Lerner Galleries to the intimate Tudor Galleries two levels above, its hireable public spaces showcase the finest portrait paintings of their respective eras. Elsewhere, hi-spec AV and superior tiered seating make the Ondaatje Wing Theatre a sophisticated backdrop for presentations and launches. The Portrait Restaurant frames exceptional views out past Nelson’s Column to Whitehall.

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Donnington Valley Hotel & Golf Course

Donnington Valley Hotel & Golf Course

Max Meeting 160
Max Standing 140
Max Banquet 140

Old Oxford Road , Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 3AG

Donnington Valley is an impressive hotel, conveniently located two miles from the M4 at Newbury. It has 111 individually designed bedrooms and 10 meeting rooms, holding between 10 and 160 delegates. The largest of these, The Cromwell, is the most recently refurbished and is equipped with a private bar. The hotel is suited to both large and small meetings, including training courses, and overlooks the greens of its own challenging golf course. Its award-winning WinePress Restaurant serves up locally sourced dishes in an informal atmosphere and sits alongside a 50-capacity private dining room. The venue also hosts teambuilding activities, and can organise quad biking and laser clay pigeon shooting off site. To ensure it really makes its mark as a group destination, the hotel offers a large health club and award-winning spa complex which has an 18m pool, a gym, a sauna and several treatment suites.

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Trinity House

Trinity House

Max Meeting 130
Max Theatre 45
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 130

Tower Hill , Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DH

This grand Georgian venue has five function rooms and fine views towards the Tower of London. There’s a distinctly nautical feel to the decor, which features maritime paintings, ship models and the brass bell from the royal yacht Britannia. Our choice space is the Court Room, with a ceiling fresco by Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt. Pick the Library for banquets and take the adjoining Pepys Room as an entertainment space.

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Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse

Max Meeting 2250
Max Standing 2800
Max Banquet 880

Prestbury Park Cheltenham , Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH

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.  

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The Ritz London

The Ritz London

Max Meeting 70
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 72

150 Piccadilly , London, W1J 9BR

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  

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Taberna Etrusca

Taberna Etrusca

Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120

9-11 Bow Churchyard , London, London, EC4M 9DQ

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
Butchers

Butchers' Hall

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 163

87 Bartholomew Close , London, EC1A 7EB

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.

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Gibson Hall

Gibson Hall

Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 300

13 Bishopsgate , City of London, London, EC2N 3BA

Built by architect John Gibson in the mid-19th century, this striking City venue lends its neoclassical charm to business events and parties. The Main Hall, with its marble columns and crystal chandeliers, is a natural choice for formal dinners and Christmas parties; it also doubles as a popular place to host trade shows and conferences. The art deco-style Garden Room is a relatively modern edition, and opens out onto a spacious outdoor space.

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Royal Garden Hotel

Royal Garden Hotel

Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 430

2-24 Kensington High Street , Kensington, London, W8 4PT

The five-star Royal Garden Hotel towers above Kensington Gardens, with spectacular views from its 10th-floor restaurant and many of the bedrooms. Event spaces range from meeting rooms equipped with up-to-date AV to large banqueting suites. The Balmoral and Highgrove rooms are popular for board-level meetings, while the Palace Suite suits grand affairs. It has its own entrance and bar with the potential to be split in two for multi-stage events. Venue review for Min Jiang at Royal Garden Hotel 'Venues with a View' feature on lofty spaces in London Venue focus: Royal Garden Hotel

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The Mermaid

The Mermaid

Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 500

The Mermaid Puddle Dock Blackfriars , London, EC4V 3DB

With a handy location next to Blackfriars station, sweeping views across the Thames and a stack of versatile and well-equipped spaces, this striking venue ticks some important boxes for organisers. Its 600-seat auditorium has a huge stage with easy street access for loading as well as ample breakout space. The first-floor exhibition and meeting facility Newgate Suite holds up to 33 stands and can also be broken down into four smaller meeting rooms. The stylish River Rooms have an open-plan layout, contemporary furniture, LED lighting and dark wood floors. There is room for 500 guests on the upper level and 200 on the lower.Venue review of River Rooms at The Mermaid Venue focus on The Mermaid Latest news The riverside venue’s new campaign Events with Personality has been designed to show how events can be enhanced by the venue’s personality and its team . As well as a new website and show reel, there is also a live chat function.

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St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort

St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort

Max Meeting 320
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 336

Rohais, St Peter Port , St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1FD

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.

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Claridge

Claridge's

Max Meeting 260
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 240

Brook Street , Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR

Claridge’s is a byword for timeless glamour – whether you’re dining in Michelin-star Fera or sipping champagne in the bar. Things are no different in the five-star hotel’s event spaces, some of which have been recently refurbished. The listed Ballroom’s chandeliers and silver palate add elegance to dinners and conferences, while its reception makes pre- or post-event drinks easy. Our favourite room is the French Salon – quite the spot for long-table business meetings.Restaurant review of MARCUS at the Berkeley Venue review of The Berkeley Restaurant review of Hélène Darroze at the Connaught Venue review of The Connaught

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Lord

Lord's Cricket Ground

Max Meeting 600
Max Standing 900
Max Banquet 600

Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground, London, NW8 8QN

Steeped in history, the Home of Cricket has a bevy of characterful event spaces. Starting off in the Victorian Grade II*-listed Pavilion, organisers will find the Long Room, with its high ceilings and historic artwork. Next door, the world’s oldest sports museum is a popular place to host drinks receptions. Perhaps as recognisable as the Pavilion is the JP Morgan Media Centre, a choice spot for entertaining, with arguably the ground’s best views.

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Banqueting House

Banqueting House

Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 380

Whitehall, St. James's, London, SW1A 2ER

Commissioned by James I in 1622 as an entertaining space for court masques, Banqueting House dazzled London’s high society when it opened. You can almost feel the spirit of courtiers who partied beneath the magnificent Rubens-painted ceiling of the Main Hall. This space is an awe-inspiring sight when set for a candle-lit dinner, but the room is also perfect for receptions of 500 and awards dinners for 380 guests. Once enjoyed as a drinking den by James I, the vaulted Undercroft below is an atmospheric space for a cocktail reception or after-dinner party. A list of approved suppliers provides everything from flowers to furniture.Venue review of Hampton Court Palace Venue review of Kensington Palace Venue review of Kew Palace Venue review of The Tower of London

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