Year after year, the office Christmas party comes around, and it’s usually the same old three-course meal and drinks at the local pub. Of course, larger organisations can put on a bit more of a show, but even then it can be tricky to come up with an original and memorable event.
Whether you’re an emerging start-up or a distinguished corporation with hundreds of employees, there are shared and private party packages to suit all budgets and needs. We’ve rounded up some of the most incredible venues on offer around the country to give you a little inspiration for your next office party…
1. Rooms with a view
There are plenty of event spaces that will give your guests spectacular views to feast their eyes on – and there’s nothing like a sky-high venue to make an impact on everyone who attends.
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The definitive landmark Tower Bridge Walkway can be hired exclusively, providing breathtaking panoramas, or why not explore the Gin Wing at the Aqua Shard, set 100m above ground level? Rooftop bars are another unusual venue for a celebration with a twist; the likes of Cloud 23 in Manchester or the Radio Rooftop in London are sure to impress.
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2. Go outdoors
Just because it’s cold outside, that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors – some of the most incredible venues can be found outside. With cosy firepits, snug blankets and hot mulled wine, the après-ski theme is brought to life here in the UK. Check out the pop-up YurtBar in Yorkshire for a magical atmosphere or hire your own Igloo Disco for a bespoke event.
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For a smaller gathering, Dive NQ in the bustling Northern Quarter in Manchester is transforming its beer garden into a very special Christmas Tipi, complete with cosy heat lamps, baubles and twinkly lights.
3. Effortlessly cool
Sometimes a Christmas party just needs the right setting to ooze cool. With locations all around the country, Junkyard Golf is fast becoming a go-to host for a bizarre yet fun Christmas do. Each venue offers UV-lit golf courses, complete with vibrant themes and crazy cocktails.
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In the south, Dinerama in the heart of Shoreditch is open to the public as a street food arena filled with fire stoves and street food stalls – but it’s also available for exclusive hire for a fun and informal event. With a range of capacity options, there’s something for everyone.
4. A blank canvas
Forget a marquee – for the ultimate blank canvas with an added edge, look into booking a warehouse venue. The high ceilings, lofty windows, bare brick walls and leftover pipe systems can add an atmosphere money can’t buy. The Hydraulic Power Station in Wapping Wall is a jaw-dropping choice, with 20,000 square feet of space to accommodate up to 500 people.
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Add a sense of intrigue to the festivities with an underground venue. Think basements, cellars and dungeons, with hidden speakeasies and secret bars. The Ivory Vaults are truly stunning, nestled within the historic vaulted cellars of a Grade II-listed manor house, or try the London Dungeon for an unforgettable experience.
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6. In a museum
Every major city has a museum; be it art, science or history. Have you ever considered hiring it for a Christmas party? Most offer the chance to book as an exclusive venue, offering a unique opportunity to mingle and dine surrounded by historic artefacts or beautiful artwork.
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The award-winning Postal Museum will leave a lasting impression with its underground miniature rail ride! For the truly extravagant, the Natural History Museum offers a range of venues for seated dinners and parties. The Imperial War Museums offer another unique venue – imagine dining in the impressive Churchill War Rooms or aboard HMS Belfast.
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7. For something completely different
Think outside the box! There are so many incredible buildings with unique architecture or fantastic leisure facilities that you wouldn’t expect for hire, but you can. Think sports stadiums, ancient heritage sites, lighthouses, aquariums and more. The gothic grandeur of The Monastery in Manchester makes for an arresting event, or the island hotel No Man’s Fort delivers the ultimate wow-factor.
Where is your office party this year? Tweet us @OregaOffices!