Forget a crap party around the desks with some cheap fizz and sad decorations, these are the best weird, wonderful and downright classy office party suggestions for the festive period. From pop-up igloos to immersive VR experiences and definitely no bog standard turkey and mince pie menus, this is how to ring in Christmas with your office crew.
Lodge on the River
Go full-festive by taking the office to Jimmy Garcia's Lodge on the River - you can book out a riverside (heated, obvs) igloo for private dining or you can go for apres-ski vibes in the Refuge restaurant, complete with fondue and steaks cooked over hot stones.
The Great Christmas Feast
Step back in time to Victorian London with immersive experience The Great Christmas Feast, inspired by A Christmas Carol. You get theatre and live music as well as three courses from Temper head chef Neil Rankin and ex-Nopi head chef David Lagonell, and Dickensian cocktails too.
Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Throw your colleagues a real curveball this year by foregoing all the turkey and tinsel and taking on an immersive War of the Worlds experience. Fighting off a Martian invasion isn't remotely festive but it'll sure be fun, especially watching everyone grappling with those VR headsets.
City of London
Cabaret at Club Chinois
Park Chinois' evening show is back in the opulent Club Chinois and it makes for one very glam office outing. Be transported to 1930s Shanghai with cabaret, dance and acrobatics alongside a decadent Chinese menu - no dry turkey to be found here.
Take your team to Miami this Christmas - well not actual Miami but the next closest thing. The Art of Dining is turning Night Tales into South Beach, complete with palm trees, cocktails, daybeds, bowl food like ceviche and key lime pie, and DJs.
Wanna get balls deep in Soho? Well luckily now you can at Ballie Ballerson's newly opened second site. The cocktail bar includes their infamous ball pit you can dive into post-drinks.
There’s also a dance floor and huge menu of funky cocktails including pink margs covered in bubbles, so grab your team and have a ball!
Sherlock: The Game Is Now
See if your team has Shelock-sized brains at this immersive escape game. 221B will be specially dressed to reflect the Christmas episodes of the TV show, and there'll be festive food and drink on offer in The Mind Palace Bar - if you manage to crack the codes and solve the puzzles that is.
Brush & Bubbles
If you still want to take the team for drinks but want to actually *do* something as well, unleash your artistic sides with a Brush & Bubbles class. You paint your very own canvas - under the guidance of actual artist - whilst sipping on some fizz. You could even hang the best one in the office.
Wahaca Dining Pods
Wahaca are launching two dining pods on South Bank on 25th November. Expect Mexican buttermilk chicken tacos, cocktails, churros, and colourful interiors to help you forget the cold outside.
Birdies Battersea Power Station
Show off your ball skills and encourage a little friendly office competition at Birdies. You've got 9 wacky holes to of golf to navigate and then Asian-Latin American street food from Taco-Yaki and a stocked bar with CBD cocktails and a boozy chocolate fountain to get stuck into.