Quirky London: Unique Venues for your Christmas Party

By poppy millett -

Roof Terrace IWM

London is known as a melting pot of cultures, creativity and quirks, and Christmas in the capital is no exception.

From private parties to ticketed events and work dos, Prestige Venues and Events are delivering the difference this Christmas; with floating restaurants, eclectic menus and a flight simulator to boot! Here, we present four of our quirkiest London venues to host your seasonal celebration.


Museum merriment

One of the most iconic venues in London, this beautiful Grade II listed building has been part of the city’s history since the 19th Century - then known, notoriously, as Bedlam.  The Imperial War Museum London tells stories of modern conflict and in 2017, is hosting both public and private Christmas parties in their seminal space.

With a slick, contemporary interior and soaring vaulted ceilings, the museum’s atrium is truly awe-inspiring. Accommodating dinners of up to 350 guests, sip Champagne in the shadow of Spitfires that hang suspended above diners. Offering live music options, dance to the swinging sounds of the 40’s on the Roof Terrace. Once the chapel at Royal Bethlem Hospital, you can see the stars though this space’s glass domed ceiling. An apt reminder of a certain Christmassy story…

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Sustainable (Christmas) Spirit

The CrystalDid you know that Britain bins approximately 227,000 miles of Christmas wrapping paper every year?

Go green this Christmas with The Crystal.  One of the world’s most sustainable venues, The Crystal has an effective waste and recycling programme, makes use of state-of-the-art technology for sustainable business and creates environmentally friendly (and absolutely delicious) menu offers - sourcing your Christmas dinner fresh from local farms and artisan suppliers.

Based in Royal Victoria, this year the venue has decided to give a cheeky nod to their location and host a Victorian themed Christmas. Complete with holly garlands, ivy and a traditional Christmas tree (as well as a mulled wine reception, dance floor and fortune and forfeit tags) there truly is no escaping greenery at The Crystal.

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On another planeEmirates

Get some kicks out of Christmas. At the Emirates Aviation Experience discover the thrill of flying an Airbus A380 or Boeing 777 in their flight simulators.  Go solo or work in teams and compete for the highest score… and a Christmas prize.

Situated in a light, open-plan space, the venue overlooks the River Thames and Emirates Air Line cable cars. The Christmas package encompasses the entire venue including the exhibition, cafe and flight simulators. Offering canapes, bowl food and buffet style dining options, we recommend this be accompanied by a glass or two of bubbles – as is customary before flying.

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Smooth Sailing this Christmas

The Symphony Illuminating the winter sky, The Harmony will be decked out with gorgeous festive lights this Christmas, mirroring the night-time cityscape.

Board the Scandinavian designed vessel for a Christmas cruise down the Thames. Offering fine dining for private charters, guests can enjoy a seasonal modern-British menu, live jazz, the sights and, of course, the lights.

Shared festive cruises are also available with Bateaux London. Book your Christmas lunch or dinner and ‘soak up’ the festive cheer, with great food, live music and stunning London scenery.

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For more information on Prestige Venues & Events packages call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com

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