Rooftop views, historic interiors and arts crowd pleasers: the City has it all for Christmas parties

The Barbican - Conservatory and garden room

USP Indoor plant-filled oasis

Capacity 650

Don’t be fooled by the arts venue’s brutalist exterior; inside, sprawling flora means that the Barbican is a seriously Instagram-worthy choice for Christmas. The theme for 2017 is The Lost Jungle. Based on classic adventure films, it’ll see groups go ‘behind the scenes’ during drinks receptions and dinner dances.

Christmas at Searcys at The Gherkin 2017

USP 360° views of the London skyline

Capacity 260

With 180m between the ground and its crescent peak, The Gherkin remains one of our top choices for impressing guests. Alpine Sky Lodge is this year’s theme. Guests arrive by way of a ski lift before heading through the snowy walkway to the top of the building. Catering options add to the après-ski vibe – think warm pretzels, bratwurst and crêpes. 

LSO St Lukes venue hire

USP London Symphony Orchestra-worthy acoustics

Capacity 500

Yes, it’s the home of one of the world’s best orchestras, but the restored 18th-century, Grade-I listed building is also a popular choice for festive revelry. The central Jerwood Hall is the space for serious entertaining, and this year’s An Elegant Christmas package will eschew any naff, novelty theming and keep parties classy.

Christmas at Coq d Argent - venue hire

USP Outdoor rooftop terrace – don’t panic, it’s heated

Capacity 300

Sure, an outdoor Christmas party may not sound like a good idea, but trust us; the Winter Bar terrace at Coq d’Argent will change your mind.  Groups of 100 who want a party with St Paul’s Cathedral as a backdrop can enjoy the views from the covered, heated garden. Fancy something bigger? Full venue hire is also available.

Skinners Hall - venue hire

USP Resplendent 17th-century interiors

Capacity 300

Entering through the livery hall’s ceremonial gates will give guests an idea of the grandeur inside this classical venue. Our favourite space for a banquet is the central Great Hall, while the Outer Hall’s open fire makes for instant Christmas feels. The venerable Party Ingredients is in charge of food, so groups are in safe hands.

South Place Hotel - venue hire

USP Hip hangout with arty vibes

Capacity 400

Not content with enforcing a theme on its guests, the D&D London hotel is telling bookers ‘let your imagination run wild’ and they’ll do the rest. The first floor’s five spaces are all up for grabs – and named after famous British spies – while the top-floor, Michelin-starred Angler restaurant is your pick for smart decor and City views.

Fancy something more central? Check out our list of favourites here.