Dare we mention it, but it’s almost that time of year again – yes, it’s time to organise the office Christmas do. HR departments and office managers have probably stepped into overdrive right about now, trying to hit upon some inspiration for a Christmas party to top the last one – or at least one that doesn’t end with everyone at home in their PJs by 10.30pm.
The basic ingredients of a successful office Christmas party are, of course, good food and flowing drinks. We all like a good roast joint, and yes, turkey is what festive food is all about, but for the office do, a predictable plate of poultry at the local pub will get you zero points for creativity and is likely to render 2014’s Christmas feast rather forgettable. So why not grab the opportunity to combine the eats with something a bit different?
Anyone for a festive flick?
Watching Christmas movies with friends and family is a tradition on par with eating turkey and Christmas pudding so how about planning your own take on the food and film combo for the office do? Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you trail to the local multiplex and form an orderly cue for popcorn. A much more luxurious option comes courtesy of The Charlotte Street Hotel in Soho (www.firmdalehotels.com/hotels/london/charlotte-street-hotel/). The hotel offers a fabulous 3-course lunch or afternoon tea followed by a movie shown in their state-of-the-art private screening room, and for a little extra, you can all sip on a glass of fizz while you watch the film.
Push the boat out!
Good food instantly tastes a whole lot better when you’re enjoying it while drifting down the river onboard your own party boat. If there’s a waterway near you, it’s likely there’s someone offering Christmas parties on it. To give you a taster, let’s set the scene: early evening in London and you and all your colleagues are kicking off the party with a drink onboard your own private vessel. Soon after, it’s anchors aweigh and you begin to drift down the Thames, taking in all the city scenery from an entirely new perspective. After a sumptuous three-course meal, the DJ takes to the decks and the rest of the cruise is spent enjoying the party and making the most of the onboard bar.
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Get your skates on!
What better way to work up an appetite than doing a few circuits of an outdoor ice rink? We realise that attempting a triple axle or two isn’t everyone’s first choice when it comes to festive fun, which is why we love Winter Wonderland. The annual Hyde Park attraction offers something for everyone – rides for the thrill-seekers, a huge market for the shopaholics and plenty of mulled beverages to keep everyone warm.
Anyone for… golf?
You don’t have to be a serious golfer – or any kind of golfer for that matter – to enjoy the nine holes of silly putting, cocktails and food on offer when you sign up for one of the group deals at Swingers in Shoreditch. Plus fours at the ready!
Solve a few Christmas clues!
If you want to incorporate some team building into your festivities, you could consider a treasure hunt around London. Offering the chance to improve geographical knowledge and utilise creative thinking and observational skills, The Treasure Hunt People will tailor a hunt to the theme and route of your choice. Ask them to throw in lots of Christmassy clues to get your team feeling suitably festive.
This year, make it a do with a difference! And don’t forget to let us know how it all went.
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