Traditional or left field, private or inclusive, cost-effective or on the company account – as long as food and drink’s involved, a Christmas party in London can be anything you like.
Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe
Next door to the Globe Theatre, the Swan is in a prime location with views over the river towards St Paul’s. The modern British menu offers something for every occasion, from breakfasts and roasts to afternoon tea inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The restaurant’s five private rooms range from the intimate (14 covers) to the more inclusive (350).
Big Easy Canary Wharf
Probably your best bet if looking for a budget-friendly crowd-pleaser, Big Easy’s enormous all-American menu is made for feeding large groups. The Captain’s Table, a striking event space designed to look a ship’s wood panelled dining room, is one of London’s best kept secrets.
The Pig and Butcher
For the authentic Christmas experience, no one does it quite so well as Islington gastropub The Pig and Butcher. The farmhouse kitchen-inspired private dining room, complete with an Aga and wood-burning stove, is like a trip to the country without leaving the city. The menu makes the experience, though: palate-tuners like cheese straws and pork crackling with apple sauce set the stage for braised beef with bone marrow and smoked bacon; whole suckling pig; or free-range turkey.Continue Reading