If you’re responsible for planning this year’s office Christmas party, Venues Bankside is here to make the search for a perfect venue a little bit easier – especially when it comes to options for smaller group sizes.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional, three course seated dinner or perhaps more of a cocktail soirée set up, Bankside has a host of private dining venues that can cater to a variety of party needs and budget.
The Olive Grove at Union Street Café
Treat your colleagues to the Olive Grove experience at Gordon Ramsay’s urban Italian ristorante, Union Street Café where guests can drink and dine under a canopy of olive trees and vines in the downstairs bar. For groups of 8+, enjoy a festive three course seated dinner from £50pp or for a more casual affair, you can opt for a standing reception with canapés from £17pp.
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Something for vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians at tibits
Housed in a former factory, the Garden Room at tibits Bankside is a great space for festive entertaining. Available for groups of 8, choose from four dining packages which range from £25-£55 featuring bottomless prosecco and Booja Booja truffles. If your December is already looking too busy, tibits’ festive party menus are available throughout January as well.
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Lantana brings a little bit of Australia to Bankside
Lantana on Southwark Street is the newest addition to the Lantana Café group, which also has sites in Fitzrovia and Shoreditch. Founded in 2008, Lantana is one of the pioneers of the Antipodean artisan café scene in London. It serves delicious food with multicultural influences and their Christmas menu will definitely suit those looking to break free from a typical turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Starting from £35pp, guests can choose from lamb koftes with lentil pilaf to sauteed crushed potatoes with coconut chilli sambal.
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Party the night away in a festive-filled dome at The Table Café
Top independent eatery, The Table Café will once again fill their outdoor terrace with a winter-wonderland, festive-filled marquee with room for up to 60 guests. Dance the night away with their resident DJ or make yourself at home in their warm and cosy lounge. The Christmas menu starts at £35pp and there’s also an option to host a Christmas breakfast event if your available evenings in December are already too few and far between.
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The Refinery Bankside reveals its Rekorderlig Hus
The Refinery is wrapping up extra warm this winter with a voyage to Scandinavia in their Scandi-inspired cabin. Think furs, hot cider and all things hygge – it’s the perfect destination for get togethers with friends, drinks with colleagues or festive parties that are a bit of extra pzazz. Get snuggled up in the Rekorderlig Hus with up to 8 people or reserve the area around it too if you want a bigger party.
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Dine in a wine cellar at Bar Douro
Occupying a railway arch in Bankside’s buzzing Flat Iron Square, Bar Douro was created as a way to bring authentic Portuguese food to London. The atmospheric 30-cover marble counter-top dining space offers an intimate window to the best of Portuguese culinary heritage. However, it is their private dining room that deserves attention when it comes to Christmas dining. The space can seat up to 14 people and their Christmas menu allows guests to ‘feast’ from the same menu; expect big plates and sharing dishes for a memorable evening (£45pp)
Surround yourself with modern artworks at Hixter Bankside
Hixter was originally a metal box factory and continues to pay homage to its origins with exposed brick and metalwork featured throughout its restaurant and hidden basement bar. The main dining room, complete with a baby grand piano, is overlooked by Charming Baker’s ‘Faith’s Leap’ and the walls of the striking open-plan kitchen are built with the Himalayan salt bricks that are used to age their beef. Great for more intimate gatherings, the CNB dining room is a bright space bathed in natural daylight enveloped by Luke Embden’s pop-art mural.