Birmingham is a thriving metropolis, packed full of great venues to visit – particularly during the festive season. Because of this, when it comes to Christmas party ideas in Birmingham, it can be a bit of a minefield trying to narrow it down to just one. This is why we have put together our top picks for you to discover. Whether you are looking for a Great Gatsby themed extravaganza, a place to gather everyone for some cocktails, a place to learn more about gin, or for a breath taking winter wonderland, there is something for every taste, budget and style. Here are our top ten Christmas party ideas in Birmingham for 2018…
Birmingham’s Old Library is the ideal location for your Christmas party in Birmingham. A beautifully restored Victorian space, it has stunning high ceilings and ornate windows ideal for decorating and creating a truly festive location for a Christmas party. The Old Library Main Space can cater for up to 200 people with a range of food and drink packages, so it is the perfect location to host a Christmas party – and you can customise it to just the way you would like it. And with such a versatile setting, why not make the most of it? You can host a glamorous drinks reception then ease effortlessly into a sit down three course meal. It is also great to have a DJ to end the evening in style and ensure everyone has a great time dancing to the early hours. Be sure to string up plenty of fairy lights for a truly magical finish. Find out more here.
Located with the Colmore Business district and home to over 100 of the finest global gins, Jekyll and Hyde are an ideal location when looking for Christmas party ideas in Birmingham. A Victorian -esque interior bursting with character, it boasts a venue that offers so much more than just a space to mingle. There are a host of different Christmas party ideas here, from gin cocktail masterclasses – which includes guests getting the chance to blind taste gins and make their own cocktails – to a party in their gin parlour, to a cheese fondue party! Find out more info on their website here.
When looking for Christmas party ideas in Birmingham, you can’t go wrong with a night of glitz, glamour and the best music hits – which is exactly what Edgbaston’s is offering. Edgbaston Stadium is one of the leading international cricket grounds round the world and is home to Warwickshire CCC and Birmingham Bears. With large and modern function rooms ideal for hosting, the Christmas party will have views overlooking the iconic pitch and the Birmingham skyline, giving a beautiful backdrop to dance the hours away. The party includes a red-carpet arrival, a welcome drink, a delicious three course meal and entertainment all through the night until 1am, with the DJ playing the best tunes from the 80s, 90s and 00s. For something a little different, there will also be a face painter and a photobooth mirror situated in the reception area to create memorable moments that will last long after the party has finished! You can find out more information about Edgbaston’s Christmas party in Birmingham here.
When in Birmingham you would be hard pressed to find a venue more beautiful than the Botanical Gardens. To celebrate the festive season, they are putting on “The Great Gatsby” themed Christmas parties for a truly decadent affair. At the Botanical Gardens, the stage is set for an exuberant, over the top extravaganza you’re sure not to forget in a hurry! Designed to encapsulate the joie-de-vivre and extravagance of the super rich in the 1920s there will be Gatsby-style hosts and hostesses, a delicious three course meal and plenty of wine and other tipples on hand. Dress code wise, you are invited to dress with as much style, glamour and glitz as you can – after all, if there was ever a chance to get dressed up, this is it! The party will be accompanied with period style décor and the night will be complete with a DJ and dance floor to play tunes that are guaranteed to get everyone on their feet and having the time of their lives. Find out more information on this here.
Bar Opus is a great venue for your Christmas party in Birmingham. A trendy bar located on the piazza of the stunning One Snowhill, it is complete with a terrace and is open all week. For Christmas, they offer great cocktail and canape selections as well as small plate selections for something a bit more substantial food wise. The open space is ideal to cater for both small and bigger groups and the central location means if people want to move on elsewhere once it has wrapped up, they can do so easily! (Although with a cocktail list like theirs, we don’t know how you’d top it…) Find out more about the Christmas packages at Bar Opus here.
Birmingham’s ICC is a shared party space with spaces for 80-600 people and this year are bringing the theme of New York across the pond with their New York New York themed party. Here, you can experience the life of the city that never sleeps with a glass of fizz on arrival and a delicious three course menu followed by tea or coffee. While you are digging in to your feast, you will be dazzled by a talented cast who will entertain guests with New York themed live performances and costumes. Games such as balloon modelling or a dance-off in front of the 1,300 people will take place where you can win a round of drinks for your table or a bottle of bubbly. Once the dinner and dancing it out of the way, you will get the chance to take part in the Charity Fun Casino where you can try your luck at blackjack and roulette, raising money while also having a great time. And to top it off, the night will be captured by a resident photographer, ensuring those memories will last a lifetime (even if your recollections of the whole night don’t…) Find out more and book your NYC themed bash at ICC here.
The Birmingham Regency banqueting hall is a contemporary and modern event space in the heart of the city, making it the ideal Birmingham Christmas party location. This year they are throwing an incredible Winter Masquerade Ball marrying glitz, glamour, delicious food and drink and outstanding entertainment. The night begins with a VIP red carpet entrance and paparazzi photographer to take snaps of you in your finest evening wear. Entertainment is centred around the Masquerade Ball theme, including singers, stilt walkers, acrobats and so much more! There will be a range of delicious cuisine and flowing wine to enjoy, as well as a fully stocked bar to enjoy a range of cocktails and other tipples. A dancefloor with a DJ will keep the atmosphere alive with an array of music, creating the perfect party atmosphere to keep everyone dancing until the early hours. To capture the memories of the evening, a fun photo booth will be on hand. There are a range of different packages to choose from, including VIP tickets, all inclusive drinks packages and more. You can find out more information on this, including how to book here.
Transport yourself to the majestic lands of moonlit Marrakech in this themed Christmas party. Taking place in Boxxed, inspiration for the evening is taken from the bustling city of Marrakech where centuries of Bedouin tribes and silk traders have exchanged secrets at market places filled with spices, silk and silver beneath the hot sun.
This Birmingham Christmas party venue commences the evening at 6:45pm where stunning Moroccan bars open, followed by a fire meet and greet. The venue will lead you in with scented oil lamps and Arabian acrobats as you are led across a wooden bridge amongst tranquil fountains and ornate bronze sculptures. All your senses are designed to be tantalised as you enjoy a range of delicious hot and cold canapes while relaxing with a drink at one of the uniquely themed bars. Following this, you can enjoy dinner under a starlit ceiling in a palm-lined dining area, while watching a harem of aerial performers tumbling from above. To end, relax in an intimately cushioned Kasbah with a Casablanca beer, ride the camel rodeo, or take to the dance floor and throw some shapes until it’s time to wrap up for the evening. It’s a truly memorable and unique Christmas party idea in Birmingham. Find out more and book here.
One of the most famous venues in Birmingham – the NEC – is throwing an all-singing, all-dancing exciting Christmas party for 2018, entitled “wonderland.” An evening of astounding entertainment and intriguing sights, it begins with a magical walk through glistening gates to the iconic NEC kingdom, venturing through an enchanting forest where stilted imps offer delicious hot and cold canapes and unicorns stride around the land. Mirror bars serve a range of crisp wines and chilled beers, while the champagne bar offers glasses of the famous fizz as well as cocktails crafted to order. Once the time for food comes, you will be led to your table for a three-course feast, all the while entertained by world-class aerial entertainers filling the air above you, showcasing world-class routines, while dancers take to the floor below. Once dinner comes to a close, the dance floor opens up to guests, where you can take to the dance floor to some of your favourite hits. Indoor fairground rides and stalls are on offer to really encourage the child within you and charity casino tables open so the fun can really begin. As midnight strikes, breakfast rolls are served and the night winds down against the most beautiful backdrop. What better way to celebrate the festive season in style? Find out more information and how to book here.
The Sky Bar at Park Regis is a great contender for Christmas party ideas in Birmingham, thanks to its beautiful panoramic views and great spot in the city centre. The theme for 2018 is a 1920’s Great Gatsby inspired party, held up on the 16th floor with unparalleled sky-high views across Birmingham. This will include period music, costumes and activities as well as a range of delicious cocktails. You will be welcomed by your very own glitter carpet at 7:30pm where you can escape the ordinary and be enticed with a world of glamour. Entertainment will be provided by their own velvet-voiced crooner who will take to the stage to sing a whole host of classic jazz and swing hits before handing over to a DJ for more modern hits until close. For something a little different, the 15th floor are hosting a winter wonderland themed party, with snow-laden trees, frost-adorned table decorations and a glistening night sky. The DJ will be playing a host of tunes from after dinner all the way until after midnight. Both packages include a delicious three-course dinner and sparkling drinks reception to really see in the festive season in style. Find out more here.
Here are just some of the top Christmas party ideas in Birmingham, no matter your taste of style, there is something guaranteed to suit. Check out more Christmas party ideas here…
The 2018 World Cup in Russia has been controversial, to say the least, but if anything it promises to bring fantastic entertainment, hope and success to at least one nation. Every England fan is hoping to repeat the famous success of 66 but with the Three Lions’ young squad, the team is in the unknown. We’ve put together a blog with our favourite venues to watch the world cup and a few facts that will impress your mates.
The Tower of London is constructing a pavilion on the grounds where you can book tables to watch the match. The pavilion can hold up to 950 guests and you even get a delicious 3-course meal and unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks!
The London craft pub offers a good selection of beers at a fair price. There are a few big-screens available to watch the game from but if you are wanting a seat then it’s best to book in advance as they tend to fill up fast during the big matches.
Rileys have two sports bars in London that are of equal quality. The bars tend to get extremely busy on match days but there are a number of pool tables and dart boards to entertain yourselves with if you want to turn up a bit early. The beers are fairly priced and the bars have plenty of wide-screens to watch the action.
Greenwood in Westminister is one of our favourite places to watch the football with some high-quality pub grub. With easy access to the station and a good selection of brews on offer, the pub offers plenty of space to watch the game – although expect it to become rather busy come the world cup!
Located in St Katharine’s Docks the Dickens Inn is a traditional, three-storey pub. The venue is very popular with the locals and the Tavern bar has 5 large flat screen televisions that will be showing the England matches. The bar also extends out into a beer garden so you can relax in the sunshine afterwards.
The Clapham Grand features a gigantic 24ft cinema screen which often hosts major sporting events such as the rugby and football world cup. There are also a few popcorn and hot dog machines on standby just in case you get peckish at half time.
If Carlsberg did sports bars they’d offer wall to wall sports on 14 widescreen televisions and two giant ones. Watch the world cup in the contemporary bar in the Empire Casino in Leicester Square, they have ample seating and a wide selection of beers – it’s not all Carlsberg.
The Bavarian Beerhouse is one of two of the UK’s only German-themed pub. The menu includes wine, schnapps and beers served in traditional steins. They serve traditional snacks such as bratwursts, pretzels and potato dumplings and regularly show the Bundasliga.
In London’s Shoreditch, Bar Kick is the home to local football fans looking for delicious food, a wide range of beers and cheap foosball tables. The quirky bar has a good reputation for friendly staff and the raised screens allow everyone to see the football regardless of how busy it is.
The Coat & Badge is a traditional English pub with a large beer garden. It’s one of our favourite pubs in Putney and the large TV screens show football regularly and the kitchens consistently provide high-quality pub grub.
Tucked away down Perth Road the Faltering Fullback is a must-go around Finsbury Park. Time Out has recently rated it as one of their top 10 pubs in London and for good reason. The pub is often full and that is due to the delightful gardens and fairly priced pints. The venue offers live sports every week and is perfect for watching the World Cup with other avid football fans.
Belushi’s have a few different venues in London with our personal favourite being the London Bridge Dugout. The pub is a fantastic hit with young football fans looking to kick back and watch the match on large 4K screens that are dotted around the venue. There’s a large selection of international beers and if you’re quick enough to get a table they offer table service so you never need to miss a second of the action.
Details are yet to be released for this year’s screenings but Somerset House often hosts what is widely known as the most beautiful open-air cinema in London. They’ve previously hosted the Rugby world cup and other global events as well as film festivals. If it’s sunny, then this is the place to watch the football.
This London boozer is super busy on a hot, summer’s day and there are even projector screens so that you can watch the game in the sunshine! If the English weather decides to turn up then you can head inside and watch the game on the widescreen televisions. The kitchen is headed by Andy Evans and there are always a good selection of ales on tap so worry not, you will be fed & watered.
The Lighthouse pub and gardens regularly show live sport so come the world cup, the venue will be ecstatic. They have fantastic pub grub, a great selection of beers and a beautiful garden to relax in after the match.
It may seem rather early to book a Christmas party but London’s top exclusive venues sell out their key dates (Thursdays & Fridays) in January! If you have over 200 people you will most likely need a large private venue to host your office party and London has plenty to choose from. This year we have compiled a list of the top exclusive Christmas venues in London so you don’t have to.
Billingsgate Vaults is located on the river Thames, underneath Old Billingsgate, opposite London Bridge. This Christmas party is capable of hosting between 300 – 800 guests in the historic basement. The venue is divided into three sections so that the party continuously has a good atmosphere. The drinks reception is held in the right-hand side of the vaults and waiters will be serving sparkling wine to your guests. The night then progresses to the right-hand side where a sumptuous three-course dinner is served by award-winning caterers. Both sections of the venue overlook a stunning dance-floor where a live-band or DJ plays. The venue is subtly themed with traditional decorations but the venue truly is the wow-factor for this Christmas party.
Bloomsbury Big Top is a temporary Christmas structure which is constructed every November – December near Brunswick Square, London, in the shape of a giant circus tent. The venue is then decorated with the year’s theme along with thousands of LED lights to create a starlit ceiling. The Christmas venue can hold up to 800 party-goers and offers a sit-down dinner and also bowl food. The seating arrangement is based around the stage where live entertainment can be performed. This area is then transformed into a state of the art dance-floor with sound directional speakers!
If you’re looking for an iconic venue then it doesn’t get much better than the Tower of London. The pavilion is based around the East side of the tower offering a beautiful backdrop to your xmas party. The hosts can even project your company logo onto the walls of the Tower!
Cutty Sark is the world’s last tea clipper. The 19th Century venue now offers traditional company Christmas parties for all of London to enjoy. The vessel has been raised above ground and now offers a unique event space beneath the berth of the ship to eat, drink and dance the night away.
If you’re looking for a different work Christmas do, London Zoo offers a Christmas party that includes a meet and greet with the animals! The party is then moved to one of the zoo’s event spaces for either a seated dinner or bowl food style meal, which is followed by a DJ & disco.
Earth Halls within the Natural History Museum offers a stunning Christmas party for Christmas party goers that are looking for a unique, party venue in the centre of London.
Battersea Evolution is the go-to place for West London Christmas parties. The theme changes every year but the party includes stunning live entertainment, delicious seated meals and a large, state of the art disco.
Widely known as the Christmas party in the sky, Landing 42 provides a view of the London skyline, located just behind the Gerkin, 500ft in the sky. The dedicated event space is on the 42nd floor (hence the name) of the Cheesegrater. The venue can be split to hold between 40 – 300 guests exclusively, at any one time.
Located just 5 minutes from London Bridge, the Hop Exchange is one of London’s newest & hottest Christmas party venues. As you enter the venue you will be greeted with a chilled glass of prosecco and then the curtains will drop to announce dinner. The multi-storey building has twinkling lights falling from the ceiling and traditional ornaments to mark the Christmas season.
This chic riverside venue is perfect for Londoners wanting to stick to the centre of the city. Located on the second floor of the Oxo Tower, the space boasts river views throughout the entire room and can be dressed in a bold theme or can be tailored to your request.
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