10 top tips for planning your Christmas party in London


It’s never too early to plan your Christmas party in London. With restrictions easing and get-togethers now allowed, it’s likely that planning a Christmas party to remember will be at the top of everyone’s list this year.

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Christmas party in London

There’s a lot to think about when planning a Christmas party, especially now that we’re slightly out of practice. We’ve put together 10 top tips to help you plan your Christmas party in London.

1. Assemble your party planners

Planning a Christmas party isn’t an easy task! Sharing the responsibilities between a small team will make the planning process much more efficient and enjoyable for everyone. You can divide up tasks such as food and drink menus, venue finding, budget allocation and entertainment.

2. Set a suitable day and time

Availability of venues is one of the most important considerations in London. Christmas is a busy period and great venues in the city centre will get booked up quickly. It’s wise to have a few dates in mind when approaching venues just in case your preferred date is unavailable. You’ll also want to choose a day where your guests can relax without having to think about work the next morning.

3. Understand your budget allocation

You’ll need to split your budget between venue, food and drinks, entertainment, decorations and transport, as well as any other elements you have to consider. Venue, food and drinks will take up the largest amount of your budget, so it’s important to get a good deal and make sure you have a budget left for everything else.

4. Plan your guest list and send invites

The number of guests you have will determine how big your venue needs to be and whether it’s more cost-effective to organise shared transportation for your attendees. Your venue may charge per person so it’s important to know approximately how many people will be attending before approaching them. Send invites in good time to give all of your guests a chance to get the date in their diaries beforehand. 

5. Find and book your venue

Finding the perfect Christmas party venue in London is essential. A stimulating space will get your guests into the festive spirit and have a great time celebrating together. A venue with a talking point will give your guests something to remember long after the party is over. If you’re not providing transport, a venue in the centre of London will make sure your guests can get to and from the party with ease. Some venues may offer packages with food and drink, entertainment and decorations included, others may provide room only. 

Drinks at Christmas party in London

6. Choose your food and drink

Food and drink are on everyone’s minds at a Christmas party. Your venue may provide catering, if not you will need to arrange this separately. Whether you serve a buffet, sit down dinner, set menu or food made to order, a festive feast is always a winner to get your guests excited for Christmas time. If you’d like alternative catering, your venue may work with you to create a bespoke menu that suits your theme. You’ll also want to find out what time the bar closes and if an open bar is available.

7. Hire great entertainment

Entertainment and a killer party playlist will keep your guests having fun all night. Your venue may provide music, a DJ and a dancefloor included with the venue costs, otherwise, you may have to source these as well. You may want additional entertainment like a comedian, magician or artist before the music and dancing begins.

8. Pick a theme and decorate your venue

Decorating your venue will create an exciting atmosphere for your guests. Some venues provide decorations for you, or you can take your own if you have a specific theme. The venue may help you set up the room and break down the event afterwards. It’s worth asking if you have to take decorations down in the evening or if you can come back the next day. 

9. Arrange transportation

How your guests will get to and from the party should be considered. Choosing a venue in the centre of London means your attendees can easily get the tube or train to and from the party. If you’re hosting a corporate party, you could arrange shared transport like a minibus to take your guests from your office to the venue.

10. Have fun!

Most importantly, have fun! Christmas parties are a time to relax and celebrate the festivities with your colleagues, friends and family. 


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