Too many Christmas parties are booze-ups in pubs. Give your clients or staff a treat worth remembering with our guide to this year’s best festive hospitality 

Words Annica Wainwright 

Hospitality winners for the festive season 2017 theatre cinderella

Below we’ve lined up the best options at cultural venues, but if you scroll down and click see more you’ll find plenty at sporting ones too. 


The biggest news to hit the London stage this year is Broadway smash hit Hamilton, which also picked up last year’s Pulitzer prize for drama. Find out what all the fuss is about when it opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre, complete with champagne-fuelled VIP packages from £182.50pp, on 21 November.

Jack Thorne’s take on the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, starring Rhys Ifans, should draw crowds to the Old Vic in the run-up to Christmas. Premium and VIP tickets are available after the previews (from 30 November onwards). 

There are also festive hospitality options available for The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (pictured) at Sadler’s Wells, and Pinocchio at the National Theatre.

West end favourites

Hospitality winners for the festive season 2017 theatre 42nd street

The latest productions don’t always have the best hospitality. Established shows such as 42nd Street (pictured) at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Motown the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Aladdin The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre have been perfecting their packages for some time now. Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre is a top choice too. 

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly - venue hire

You can’t go wrong with private screenings of Christmas classics such as Elf or Home Alone, but we expect all eyes will be on the long-awaited Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, released on 15 December. BAFTA 195 Piccadilly and Rich Mix have already released festive film packages, starting at £25pp. For a list of cinemas and screening rooms for hire in London, click here.


Hospitality winners for the festive season 2017 music

There’s something for just about everyone at The O2 this December, with Jamiroquai on the 3rd and 6th, Gorillaz on the 4th and 5th, Queen with Adam Lambert on the 12th and 13th, and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe on the 14th. Join the venue’s VIP Club or book pre/post-show hospitality in one of the restaurants on Entertainment Avenue. Our top picks would be NY-LON or Gaucho

Festive hospitality at the Royal Albert Hall will include Christmas Classics on the 13th, The BT Christmas Concert on the 14th and Classic Carols with Alan Titchmarsh on the 20th. Most atmospheric of all are perhaps the Carols by Candlelight concerts (16-17 and 22 December), when the Mozart Festival Orchestra performs in full 18th-century costume. The Meet and Greet package (£179pp) for Christmas with Katherine Jenkins on 18 December includes a photo-op with the golden-voiced star. 

Prefer a day at the races? Or perhaps top tickets to a Chelsea FC match? See more ideas here.

This article was first published in SquareMeal Christmas 2017