From office parties to festive catch-ups
Planning your social calendar for party season? In charge of organising the Christmas party this year?
Whether you’re shopping in 100 Liverpool Street, meeting up with friends and family for much-needed celebrations or planning nights out with work mates, Broadgate’s huge array of acclaimed bars and restaurants will be serving seasonal menus (from traditional turkey and smoked salmon blini to Lebanese aubergine tagine), special cocktails, themed nights, elegant private rooms and artisan sharing platters for every occasion.
If you want to hire the Everyman Broadgate to show a Christmas classic or try solving a mystery at the Theatre Deli, catch up with friends over brunch at Mrs Fogg’s or Grind, get the family together over mezze and steaks or simply plan a proper old-school Christmas dinner for the whole work team, we’ve curated everything that’s happening at Broadgate this festive season. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas party!
1. Add Italian flavour to Christmas parties or head to your own cooking school: Eataly
Alongside its Italian festive hampers and beautifully wrapped panettone, Eataly will instantly make you feel more festive and with its beautiful cafes and restaurants adding backdrops to catching up with friends, family and work colleagues. The bar La Terrazza di Eataly serves up antipasti and seasonal cocktails, Pasta e Pizza specialises in woodfired pizza and traditional pasta from 11.30am every day while the bijou Cucina del Mercato has ever-changing menus inspired by the produce from Eataly’s market and fresh counters. Eataly’s La Scuola teaches the basics of fresh pasta, gnocchi and pizza making. They also organise Christmas parties, wine tastings and dinners with live music – just drop them an email to plan one.
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2. For paella, tapas and gin and tonics: Jose Pizarro
Offering up paella which they call “the most sociable of all culinary occasions”, Jose Pizarro is a lovely idea for a Christmas party and can cater to 45 sitting and 75 people standing. The Festive set menu from November 1st is £37pp and features croquetas de jamón Ibérico, paella de gambas y sépia (prawns and cuttlefish) and to finish torrijas con canela, nata montada y vinagre de PX (pan-fried brioche with cinnamon, whipped cream and PX vinegar).
3. Watch a Christmas movie or hire out the cinema for your office party: Everyman Broadgate
Serving up delicious cocktails, craft beers, artisan wines, pizzas, burgers and puddings, Everyman Broadgate is a brilliant idea for a Christmas party. While they’ll be showing a host of festive films in December (pop in after a shopping trip to 100 Liverpool Street), you can also hire the whole cinema. To find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0203 145 0502
4. For classic steak and red wine: Gaucho
With a glass bar, twinkling fairy lights and a heated terrace, Gaucho is full of seasonal atmosphere. With plenty of space for groups and private rooms for hire, you can hide away with a cocktail in hand looking at the stars above. They also serve incredible steak (with excellent veggie and vegan options) with a brilliant kids’ menu for family get-togethers.
5. For everything from weekend brunch to evening dining and cocktails: Grind Liverpool Street
Grind’s welcoming neon-lit tables are perfect whatever the celebration. For family meet-ups at the weekend or post-work festive cocktails, they’ve got everything covered. On an evening, enjoy roast cod, miso aubergine, incredible burgers and beef short rib alongside Espresso Old Fashioned and seasonal cocktails.
6. Festive brunches, lunches, gin adventures and themed experiences: Mrs Fogg’s
This year Mrs Fogg’s has a host of ways to celebrate Christmas. Their traditional lunch ranges from £32pp to £42pp with a la carte for six guests or a set menu for seven or more while their very special Festive Brunch is all about delicious plates given a special twist with free-flowing pink Prosecco. With their famous gin adventures available to book if you fancy the full Mrs Fogg’s experience, they’ll provide an unforgettable night out.
7. Brilliant beer and epic food: Tank & Paddle
Tank & Paddle’s Hoppy Xmas Meantime kegs are where the party starts with 30L kegs holding 52 ice-cold fresh pints to make things simple for after-work celebrations while foodwise they’re serving up everything from buffets to sitdown festive feasts.
8. For old-school festive menus and dinners: The Botanist
Always known for their welcoming service and brilliant bar, book a table or a room now for whatever you’re planning as The Botanist serve up their legendary Christmas menu which includes four courses for £45pp plus mince pies. With starters of beetroot and chestnut croquettes, romesco sauce, pepper relish or gin-cured salmon, avocado mousse, wasabi mayo, salt baked beetroot and rye crouton; mains including braised short rib of beef, fondant potato, black cabbage and shimeji mushroom or lentil, quinoa and butternut squash loaf, heritage carrots and Savoy cabbage, cauliflower purée and vegan gravy followed by a choice of puddings (bread and butter pudding, poached clementine, Bailey’s ice cream is our choice), this is a proper Christmas party.
9. For comfy pub in the heart of the city for Christmas Day and beyond: The White Horse
Available for room and private hire, The White Horse comes into its own at Christmas. Book a sitdown lunch or an elegant after-work party or simply pop in with friends and enjoy the atmosphere as they serve up mulled wine or bubbles. They’ve got a host of Christmas menus including traditional Christmas Feast of three courses for £36, a Christmas Day menu (£70 per adult and £35 for children) and sharings boards for four including smoked salmon, salmon caviar and tarragon blinis, truffled goat’s cheese croquettes, Cropwell Bishop Beauvale blue cheese and pickled walnut crostini (ideal for drinks parties). You can also choose from a range of packages tailored to you.
10. For a crime mystery theme night: Theatre Deli
The Perfect Crime at Broadgate’s Theatre Deli is an immersive escape room experience combining theatre and puzzle solving putting players in the midst of a break-in. Tickets include a table at the dedicated cocktail bar: The Rogue’s Gallery…
Find out more at theperfectcrime.co.uk
11. For everything you could possible need for the Christmas party: All Bar One
All Bar One has Christmas 2021 covered with festive menus, drinks packages and a guaranteed soundtrack of Mariah. Whether you want sitdown plates (try the Festive Burger of chargrilled beef burger topped with BBQ pulled turkey, smoked cheddar and cranberry sauce, served with sage and onion seasoned fries), a buffet of BBQ pulled turkey sliders and pumpkin mac and cheese baubles or drinks packages including cocktails and Prosecco, All Bar One knows how to put the party in party season.
12. Alternative Christmas dinner ideas: Comptoir Libanais
Want something other than turkey? The vibrant and delicious Comptoir Libanais menu is perfect for sharing with friends and family. For Christmas, they’re creating mezze per person for £29pp with tasty dishes of hommos, tabbouleh, baba ghanuj (smoked aubergine puree, tahini, pomegranate, walnuts and sumac), roasted sea bass, lamb or aubergine tagine, rice puddings, cheesecake and baklava. They also have incredible juices, cocktails and beer all served in bright and beautiful surroundings.
13. Best for champagne under the stars: Yauatcha City
For a truly special evening head to Yauatcha Ice City, in collaboration with Champagne Moët & Chandon. Open until March 2022, Yauatcha Ice City sees the terrace's two covered and heated floors decorated with faux-fur rugs under hanging chandeliers and fairy lights, where Moët Brut Imperial and Moët Brut Imperial Rosé will be served by the glass and the bottle.
In addition, three brand new cocktails will be available, including the Golden Spice Warmer, a hot cocktail with Hennessy VSOP cognac, Akashi-Tai sake, Samurai black tea, cinnamon, lemon, orange and Angostura bitters, as well as new dishes for the Autumn-Winter season such as Iberico pork truffle siew long bun, Drunken chicken and prawn wonton, Crispy wild mushroom and beancurd with black fungus and vermicelli.