It’s time to overhaul your annual Christmas party and plan a pub do unlike any other. Here’s why we think pub venues are set to be the biggest Christmas party gamechanger for 2019.
We all know how predictable corporate Christmas party can be. Half a bottle of generic house wine per person, a three-course meal of salmon, chicken, and chocolate pudding, and a dodgy disco featuring one too many novelty songs, all set in a bland function suite. This year though, we’d like to propose an alternative that we think will reinvigorate your usual Xmas event.
Pubs are a great British institution. There’s seldom an occasion that can’t be made better with a trip to the pub for a craft beer and a few bar snacks. Pubs function as an automatic icebreaker, their inviting atmosphere is certain to lighten the mood and get people in the party mood. So, this Christmas, we’d recommend you hire out a pub function room and welcome in your guests with the tempting smell of hot mulled wine for a failsafe way to spread that Christmas cheer.
Not only is the atmosphere practically ready-made, but a pub Christmas party is likely to be significantly more affordable. Young’s pubs offer customisable event menus packed full of sharing and sit-down options. With three-course menus on offer starting from £35 per person, you’ll swerve the hefty £100 per head charge that’s standard at most hotels and event venues. All this adds up to significantly more money in your budget to put behind your private bar and really get the evening going.
Still not sure where to start? To help make planning the perfect pub Christmas party even easier, we’ve put together ten excellent pub options across London, all available for private hire this festive season.
The Grange, Ealing
This charming Victorian pub is set at the edge of Ealing Common and features a number of inviting private hire spaces. Their impressive conservatory comfortably accommodates up to 40 guests or 25 for a seated dinner. Or, if you’re in need of a bit more room, you can combine their summer house and conservatory spaces to house 50 seated or 120 standing. You’ll also have access to a private section of their pub garden – it’s always helpful to have a bit of room outdoors, even during wintertime.
The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield
Featuring two hire spaces perfect for Christmas parties, The Leather Bottle offers exclusive hire options on a minimum spend basis, holding up to 100 guests in total. Ideal for those of you on a slightly tighter budget, minimum spends ensure you won’t face any nasty surprises at the end of the night. Paying to hire a room isn’t necessary with pub parties – as long as you’ve spent enough at the bar they’ll be happy to have you. We’d recommend pre-booking a selection of food and drink to ensure you’ll hit the spend, and then you’ll have nothing to worry about.
The Castle, Tooting
This light and airy pub space will certainly brighten up your Christmas party. Forget stuffy beige function rooms, The Castle is a charming mix of quirky touches and colourful furnishings. Their Orangery space accommodates up to 90 people, and private hire starts from just £1000 minimum spend. Why not commission a special Christmas cocktail to mark the occasion? The Castle certainly know their Mojitos from their Moscow Mules.
The Hope and Anchor, Brixton
Contemporary interiors and a youthful feel make The Hope And Anchor anything but stuffy. Think neon signs, kitschy wallpaper, and Miami-inspired pastel colours and you’ll be on the right track. Their Rocks Room is a perfect private hire option, especially for standing drinks receptions, with enough open space for up to 200 people. Toast the festive season with a Christmas G&T in Brixton’s coolest pub venue.
Ye Olde Mitre, Farringdon
In stark contrast to our last pub, Ye Olde Mitre takes traditional pub keeping seriously. Dating back to the 16th century, this pub is easily one of the most unusual pubs in the city, with a colourful history to boot. It’s even said that Queen Elizabeth I once danced around a tree in the pub’s garden. Enjoy an old school pub experience at Ye Olde Mitre this Christmas, with real ales on tap and plenty of homemade bar snacks.
The Elgin, Maida Vale
Exposed original brickwork, metal ceiling beams, subway tiles, and fairy lights all combine at The Elgin to create a truly eclectic feel. Take over the whole venue to host up to 230 people standing or opt for something more intimate by hiring the first floor for a 60 person sit-down sharing meal. Their family-style feasting menu is perfect for encouraging conversations between previously unacquainted members of your team.
Smiths of Smithfield, Farringdon
Set within the heart of the city, your guests can easily transition from office to out-out at this iconic Farringdon boozer. Their flexible event spaces are set across four floors and feature a contemporary design and friendly bar staff. Even offering cocktail masterclasses and butchery classes. There’s plenty to help your Christmas party stand out from the rest at Smiths of Smithfield.
The Narrowboat, Islington
Clad with wood panelling and brimming with unique nautical features, The Narrowboat is the only pub in Islington set directly on Regent’s Canal. The Captain’s Bar at The Narrowboat is situated in their basement and – rather helpfully – boasts it’s own private bar. So there’s no need to nip upstairs to get the rounds in. From £750 minimum spend, this fun private hire space ticks all the festive boxes.
The Canonbury, Islington
High ceilings, antique chandeliers and impressive views of Islington make The Blue Room at The Canonbury a sophisticated Christmas party spot. This historic venue was established in the early 1700s and it’s been a popular public house ever since. The classic decor provides the perfect setting for an intimate candlelit meal during the festive season, with enough space for 20 people seated around one long table.
The Bull & Gate, Kentish Town
Cocktails and canapes are what’s on the menu at The Bull & Gate, with their upstairs cocktail bar, Boulogne Bar, providing the perfect setting for an evening Xmas drinks reception. This space comes alive in the evenings with the help of live music from their baby grand piano. It’s time to gather your colleagues and get the party started with a rousing rendition of ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’. Find out more here.
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