Alternative Christmas party ideas

With autumn just about kicking in and the festive period fast approaching, the Christmas party discussion is well under way.

When it comes to these annual celebrations, the pressure of delivering something inventive can seem an almost impossible feat. Even in a city spoilt for venue choices and activities as London is, it is difficult to discover somewhere or something unique to ring in the festive period. To counter this, Villiers brings you ideas for alternative Christmas parties that promise to deliver unforgettable experiences.

Tropicana Beach Club
It may not need to be said, but nothing about this venue screams Christmas. Opening next month, Tropicana Beach Club provides the welcome opportunity to leave winter at the door and immerse yourself in year-round tropical paradise complete with a lagoon pool, 20ft palm trees and over one hundred flamingos. Live music, beach games and cabaret performances are just a sample of what is to come, so for a Christmas party with a tropical twist, this bar is guaranteed to do the trick.


For those looking for something truly gastronomic, we present a Christmas themed cookery masterclass at AVEQIA. This experience puts guests in the expert hands of Michelin star trained chefs who direct their new protégés in creating their own four course Christmas spectacular. AVEQIA provides bespoke offerings tailored to every experience and suited to every guest, ensuring that whether your aim is to hone your Michelin skills in time for Christmas dinner, or whether you’re more focused on sampling the exquisite wine pairings alone, you are guaranteed an unforgettable festive experience.


Private screening
For many, Christmas films are the pinnacle of festive entertainment. Whether your favourite comes in the form of The Grinch or It’s a Wonderful Life, The Santa Clause or Die Hard, we believe a private screening can deliver an impressive and unique Christmas party experience. With this option, the opportunities are endless to delight anyone attending, wherever the venue. Theming, entertainment and catering possibilities are just a fraction of what can be created to ensure a truly special experience.


Perhaps thanks to the yearly German markets located around London in the run up to Christmas, there is something synonymous between the festive period and Bavarian culture. Drawing on this, we give you Katzenjammers, and most specifically, its Bierhall. With oompah bands, steins and bratwurst galore, this option merrily takes you to Bavaria and guarantees an at least entertaining, if not delightfully raucous experience for all.


Trapeze Bar
Trapeze Bar gives guests the gift of being able to celebrate Christmas circus-style. Inspired by one of the UK’s oldest circus schools, the venue’s three unique spaces are available for hire either exclusively, or combined to allow for a capacity of just under 500 festive revellers. Whilst entertainment is certain to be a key focus of a Christmas party here, festive-themed platters, canapés and drinks menus are stand out features to create an extraordinary Christmas experience.


The Ginger Pig
Become a butcher in time for the festive period with a butchery class at The Ginger Pig. This hands on three and a half hour experience incorporates an expert butchery lesson alongside an informal two course meal and a couple of glasses of wine. Still not meaty enough? Not to worry, you will leave The Ginger Pig with not only a new set of skills, but moreover a goody bag bearing the expertise of your very own butchery.


La Fromagerie
For many, the cheese round is the staple course of a Christmas menu. To acknowledge this, we bring you a Christmas party ensured to make the dreams of any cheese lover come true; a tasting experience at La Fromagerie. Café and cheese shop by day, by night this venue transforms into a tantalising location for private hire, where the experience pairs tutored cheese and wine tastings with the capacity to welcome up to 80 enthusiasts. There are a range of menus and options available, so whether you are a mature blue, a mild cheddar or even an indulgent fondue afficionado, La Fromagerie is a sure fire way to commemorate the festive season.


Zigfrid von Underbelly
Neon lights, ceiling mounted surfboards and a totem pole may present unlikely surroundings for a Christmas party, but for up to 500 guests Zigfrid von Underbelly makes the unlikely a reality. The venue is comprised of a restaurant upstairs and a music venue in the downstairs ‘Underbelly’, ensuring that the merriment will continue into the early hours. When it comes to catering options, various Christmas themed menus and buffets are the order of the day, so that however eclectic the surroundings may seem, the venue is sure to get your party into the festive spirit.


Steam & Rye
For a taste of a Christmas across the pond, make Steam & Rye the setting of your festive bash. The American theme is recognised throughout the venue, with rooms modelled on places such as Grand Central Station and a food menu boasting of the best in ribs, burgers and steak, and not to mention the incredible cocktail offerings. With a range of different spaces and bespoke offerings available, Steam & Rye is certain to provide a setting to contend with, whatever your party size.


Dans le noir?
This restaurant is renowned for delivering a unique dining experience, and Christmas is set to be no different. For those unfamiliar, Dans le noir? immerses guests in absolute darkness to dine in the care of visually impaired servers and hosts. The festive season brings a specially crafted Christmas menu in the surprise format for which the restaurant is known. This is a dining experience with a difference, and is certain to make for a memorable Christmas party.


However you decide to mark the festive season, we hope that you make it something extraordinary. To discuss how we can help you further, please get in contact to see what Villiers can do for you.