It’s been a pretty up and down year for British business. So, this Christmas is already looking set to be a big one, from the point of view of company parties and festive bashes. Themed banquets, unusual venues and imposing historical locations are all on the menu on the capital.
London is blessed with one of the most multicultural and long-lived histories in the world. Buildings survive in well maintained and completely usable conditions from most major periods in the city’s history – even predating the Plague and the Great Fire. So it is possible to find Christmas venues London in all incarnations – from super modern to astonishingly old, and all with their own personality and history to go with it.
The type of venue you pick must in part be dictated by the kind of party you want to have. For instance – the first choice you have to make is whether you follow the current trend for having a predesigned Christmas party, or sharing a big party venue with two other companies; or whether you want to hire your own venue and arrange your own catering and entertainment.
There is something to be said for both options of course. The pre-arranged package is excellent value in terms of time – you simply tot up the number of tickets you want and book them, and don’t have to worry about doing anything else except maybe getting back menu requests. The self-organised venue, on the other hand, where you book the venue, the catering and the entertainment separately, means you get to organise your own perfect party – custom but to your precise specifications.
At the end of the day, it is worth taking a moment to consider who the party is for. With Christmas parties there tend to be two basic types – the big bash for the staff, which is there to say thank you and boost morale; and the corporate occasion mainly for clients, which is there to grease paws and keep business moving.
In the first instance, all that matters is fun and convenience. Staff may resent having to pay for anything including transport on a Christmas party evening – and in some cases may even want to be accommodated in a hotel room too. In which case, the ideal Christmas venue could well be a hotel. Several of London’s biggest and most famous hotels run excellent festive packages; and also have ballrooms for entertainment and music.
Small entertainment can be a wonderful way to make a big impression for a little extra amount of cash. Wandering magicians or cartoonists add a delightfully quirky tone to an event, and also help the guests interact – both with the evening and with each other. Also, little touches like leaving piles of throwaway cameras on tables can make your guests feel like they have been involved right from the start.
The key in every case is picking the right venues for the people you are entertaining. A festive evening is made by its attendees, after all.
The right Christmas venues London might be the ones that provide all inclusive festive packages for different kinds of businesses.