Now that in-person events are back on the agenda, we're voting to give the age-old office party formula a snazzy makeover. There's no reason to stick to awkward small talk over punch and nibbles when the most exciting venues in the country are on our doorstep!
If you're looking to shake things up at your next office do, here are 7 of our favourite venues for getting people socialising. Whether it's a high-octane, activity-based event you're after, or something a little more refined (but certainly not retiring), you'll find the perfect place for it here!
For a laid-back office do that's designed to bring teams together, The Little Scarlet Door offers a fantastic range of rooms to suit everyone's interests. From a beautifully-decorated open plan bar area complete with an extensive drinks menu, to a Basement Studio with a DJ booths, a Nintendo 64, and space to party the night away, there's no telling where the night will take you!
Treat guests to a tipple in the open plan living room and kitchen space, before getting them up and dancing downstairs with a DJ set - and don't forget to check out the courtyard and sample the squishy sofas. Whatever the order of the night, a sophisticated office party here is bound to impress!
Capacity: 220 reception
Like to give your office events a bit of oomph? The Churchill War Rooms are what they say on the tin: the rooms where Churchill led Britain during the Second World War - and a pretty spectacular spot for a party! With a 1940's generator wall to set the backdrop in the Harmsworth Room, there's no need to deck the halls at this venue (although all of its spaces are versatile enough to fit any event).
With such an incredible past, your team are sure to be impressed with this space, and it's guaranteed to be an event that goes down in company history. Top tip: if you bring in a Churchill impersonator, your guests won't know what year it is (a sign of a good party, if you ask us!)!
Capacity: 120 reception; 90 dining
Speaking of making history, the Museum of London takes guests right to the centre of things, with an incredible display of artefacts and exhibitions telling the story of London's riotous past. You'll have no shortage of inspiration or fascinating finds in store for guests at this venue, with access to private tours of the museum's collections at your fingertips.
Ideal for either a sit down dinner or a lively reception, the Museum of London offers plenty of scope for personal touches, with the opportunity to bring in actors and performers, as well as ample space to dance the night away amongst the artefacts of the city's history. It's sure to be a night for the ages!
Location: City of London
Capacity: 1000 reception; 420 dining
What could be more impressive than setting your office party in one of the most iconic venues of the 21st century?! That's exactly what you'll get at London Stadium, home to the 2012 Olympics, and to West Ham football club, and a seriously impactful venue in its own right.
With views both across the pitch and the City, the events spaces in this venue are seriously special, and the decor is ideally suited to both sophisticated dinners and snazzy receptions. With plenty of natural light from its floor to ceiling windows, the venue is perfect for day-to-night events, where guests can enjoy the sunset from the best seats in the house!
Capacity: 400 standing; 272 dining
Hot-off-the-press and gunning for the title of top dog in office parties, Clays is the coolest kid ever to grace its Moorgate block. Ever wanted to try clay pigeon shooting? Thought it was something you could only do in the country? Think again! This indoor extravaganza puts the sport straight on the menu, with 9 shooting pegs (private booths), bringing a dynamic digital version to up to 320 guests at a time.
Whether you're an expert at targets or lack the coordination to tie a shoelace, after a few of Clay's hotly-anticipated cocktails we guarantee everyone will fancy themselves a hot shot! Throw in some sharing platters and a dose of office competition, and this event is sure to go off with a bang!
Capacity: 320 standing
Looking for a smooth route to social success? Get ready to 'bowl' your team over (we had to) with a knock-out round of ball-rolling at All Star Lanes! Maker of champions, forger of rivalries, home of delicious food and drinks, this venue has it all, including an outdoor terrace, 'Midnight Lounge', and restaurant serving legendary all-American fare.
With a huge capacity of up to 500 guests, a private event here guarantees entertainment for everyone in attendance, and plenty of opportunity for speeches and socialising. Allow attendees to roam at leisure between the restaurant, lounge, and lanes to ramp up the excitement and make this party an event that'll go down in your company's Hall of Fame.
Location: White City
Capacity: 500 reception; 350 dining
Situated in just about the most iconic location on offer, the interior of the Trafalgar St James hotel easily lives up to its prestigious location. An office party here can take endless directions, with event spaces on offer to suit any size or style of party, including a part-covered rooftop terrace with a stunning outlook over London.
For smaller gatherings, Room's stunning glass walls and intimate table setting is a perfect spot for an office do exuding elegance and excellent food and drink. Have a bigger team to fit in? The glamorous Rockwell bar and lounge features comfortable seating amidst an exotic jungle aesthetic, making for a unique socialising space. It also has catering covered, with a cocktail menu, canapés, and bowl food at your fingertips to keep everyone happy!
Location: Trafalgar Square
Capacity: 110 dining; 200 standing
Why settle for satisfactory when your office party could take place in one of these sumptuous spaces? Whether it's activities you're looking for, or a setting with food and flair in abundance, the venues on this list are guaranteed to impress!
Haven't quite found what you're looking for? Check out some of our other top locations for an office party here, or get in touch to enquire about any of these office-ially outstanding venues today.