FOODIE FRIDAY XXV
This week we’ll be looking at London’s best Christmas Party venues.
Is it just us, or has anyone else noticed the selection of Christmas cards that have popped up on the high street these past few weeks? It’s the first sign that mulled wine and mince pie season is quickly approaching, and a sure way to get some of us into a mild panic about present buying and party planning.
Thankfully we still have 88 days to get our presents together, but party planning takes a whole lot longer. If you’re struggling to find the perfect venue for this year’s Christmas party, here’s a selection of London’s most impressive venues….
If you’re after a taste of America in the heart of Theatreland then Joe Allen is the perfect venue. Steeped in history, the 36-year old restaurant has long been the unofficial ‘staff canteen’ for Theatreland’s stars, producers, critics and composers. With an extensive cocktail list and a large selection of US beers, Joe Allen is the ideal venue for those looking for an authentic American experience in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. They can accommodate between 24 and 50 people in their private dining room.
13 Exeter St,London, WC2E 7TD
Tel: 020 7836 0651 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving authentic Italian grub, Paesan is a restaurant that uses simple ingredients to prepare honest and flavoursome food. The menu includes roast lamb with fagioli uccelletta and parpadelle with rabbit ragu, a welcome change from turkey. The newly opened cocktail bar serves vintage Italian cocktails such as Aperol Spritz and Bellini’s and to make things better, they are all half price between 6pm-8pm. Head Barman Paris Mattocks has also created impressive infusions including mushroom vodka, chocolate bourbon, and olive gin. They are currently taking Christmas bookings and can accommodate parties from 2 to 50 people in the restaurant and up to 80 people in the cocktail bar.
2 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4PX
Tel: 020 7837 7139 Email: email@example.com
Probably the most well known venue on the list, The Ritz is a truly impressive place to hold your Christmas party. A number of different rooms are on offer at The Ritz, including The Marie Antoinette Suite, with its ornate Louis XVI style. The William Kent House, home to the most impressive banqueting suites in the country, can also be hired as a whole or as individual rooms. These cater for a range of party sizes from 16 – 120 people. Canapé menus start from £16 per person and set menus start from £75 for 3 courses.
The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR
Tel: 020 7300 2507 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With its shiny new Michelin star, Ametsa is perfect for a Christmas meal with a difference. Located in the Halkin hotel in Knightsbridge, Ametsa is a unique collaboration between The Halkin and a team that includes chef Elena Arzak– voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef. The lunch tasting menu is priced at £50 and the dinner tasting menus start from £125 or £160 with wine pairings.
The Halkin by COMO, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DJ
Tel: 020 7333 1234
Inspired by traditional American steak houses, MASH (Modern American Steak House) is located in an architecturally stunning building near Piccadilly. The art deco setting allows you to party in style and the killer cocktails are sure to create some next day stories in the office. The steak is top quality and the menu allows you to choose from a wide range of steaks from all over the world, ensuring every taste requirement is met. Private dining rooms can be hired for Christmas Parties.
77 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9ZN
Tel: 0207 734 2608 Email: email@example.com
1 Lombard Street
1 Lombard Street is in the heart of The City and a favourite with bankers and business men alike. The restaurant is a traditional, classy venue and offers a wonderful private dining room that feels like your very own Member’s club. The dining room was also voted best private dining room in the City by Square Meal Magazine. The 1776 restaurant is located behind 1 Lombard and can also be hired out for Christmas events. The menu is British with some international influences and includes dishes like English snails and pancetta in a potato nest.
1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA
Tel: 0207 929 9511 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AD12 at Tower 42
AD12 at Tower42 is a 12 week pop restaurant from acclaimed Michelin starred chef Anthony Demetre. Located in high rise building Tower 42, it offers fantastic views of London in a relaxed dining setting. The Christmas menu includes classics such as beef Wellington and Baked Alaska, and diners can choose between a 3 and 5 course menu. They can accommodate 8-100 guests in their private dining room for Christmas parties.
AD12 at T42, Tower 42,25 Old Broad Street, London,
Tel: 020 7877 7703 Email: email@example.com
inamo is perfect for those who want to take control of their dining experience and have a lot of fun whilst doing it. The Oriental fusion restaurant and bar enables diners to place orders through the interactive menu on the table, as well as play games and watch kitchen staff live at work. They are offering a 4 course menu for £35 per guest; this includes options such as mackerel sashimi and black cod in spicy miso.
134-136 Wardour St, Soho, W1F 8ZP
Tel: 0207 851 7051 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org