We get it. It's the end of the year – a year in which you've had to relocate to a pricier office, blew a tad too much on the latest marketing campaign, went over budget on the summer party, and forked out for an office Apple Music account because Taylor Swift is no longer on Spotify. Everyone's unfairly calling you "Scrooge" and you want to prove them wrong. And we've got your back. Here are 7 awesome options less likely to put a dollar-sign-shaped dent in your wallet.
The "Bridge" refers to Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC, and whether you're a fan or not (probably not), the underground venue is a world-intimate concert venue where the Kaiser Chiefs, Nas and everyone in between has graced the stage. Hold your Christmas party here and walk in Justin Bieber's footsteps. If that doesn't appeal, dwell on the fact that it's got to be one of the best-value London venues for parties consisting of larger groups, with a capacity of up to 550 people.
2. Bermondsey Social Club
Carrying on the "venues under structures" theme, this cosy space is quirkily situated under a railway arch (Arch 19, to be specific). The club is really two venues in one, with an accommodating indoor space and a well-lit outdoor area, all in a peaceful and regenerated nook of South London. The flexible venue allows for outside catering and drinks, meaning Christmas festivities can be laid out in your own preferred way, and more importantly, at lower prices.
The flavours of Peru meet the vibrancy of Theatreland, where the highly acclaimed menu includes authentic South American dishes – with an emphasis on tantalising ceviche and even tastier prices. The private dining room becomes an intimate seasonal space for smaller groups looking to have a dining-centric Christmas event at a reasonable price. That's not to say drinks aren't also on the cards: the wide array of Peruvian spirits makes for delicious cocktails such as the traditional pisco sour or the imaginatively titled Señor de Sipán, named after an ancient Peruvian mummy.
Revellers can congregate in rooms such as the Renaissance Area and the Voodoo Lounge Area – or rent out the entire, three-storey venue – for their boozy festive parties. This Clapham hangout is known for its relaxed atmosphere and generous happy hours – and the Christmas offerings are even more eclectic. Seasonal chow-and-tipple packages start at £9.50 per head, and include cheese and wine, sushi and Prosecco, and signature Extravagant Buffet.
Holding up to 250 guests, this popular bar is renowned for its talented mixologists, who dabble with house infused spirits, to make cultural cocktails themed around everything from Shakespeare to Breaking Bad. Christmas party patrons will have a range of drinks deals to choose from, and may decide on canapé packages for £20 per head, featuring such snacks as mini calzones, chorizo sausages, and turkey sliders with cranberry sauce.
6. Fahrenheit Burger and Champagne Bar
The name tells all about this stylish venue's specialities: superior burgers, soothing champagne and an aversion for the Celsius scale. (Well, not that last one.) The casual, social ambience – and its brand-new, reasonably priced menu – suits small- to medium-sized parties well, with a resident DJ on hand to convert festive cheer into embarrassing dance floor moves. All takes place within a mince-pie's throw of Marylebone station.
7. The Trafalgar
Purely for the superior situation and grandeur of this boutique hotel, value for money can't be beat. London locations can't get much better than that of this hallmark Hilton hotel, positioned on the south side of Trafalgar Square; if you were any more central, you'd be in the Thames. For those looking to tailor parties to their specific needs, the Rockwell Room is a spacious venue for customised Christmas shindigs, allowing external catering and drinks – though a professional kitchen is also on site for those leaving the grub to the experts.
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