Got the job of organising the Christmas party? Looking for somewhere with good food, good vibes and welcoming faces? Well, Paddington Central has you covered. Here are the best places to book now – then maybe let someone else pull together the Secret Santa?
HUCKSTER - For laidback parties with style, from £12pp
Got a big team? Well, HUCKSTER has over 5,000 square feet of space – along with a selection of inspiring backdrops, seriously good menus (sharing platters, trad festive canapes and seasonal sitdown choices) plus added post-food entertainment. Head on down to Chinatown (complete with private drinks fridge) or sing your heart out at Rubell's karaoke lounge; check in at the exclusive Room With No Name or enjoy fantastic views of the whole venue from the High Line.
Pergola - the Insta-friendly go-to, from £50pp
Pergola looks fantastic all year round, but especially so in the winter thanks to twinkling lights and festive vibes while the top floor now includes a roof and both floors are fully heated so it's the perfect spot for Christmas parties. Plus you can please everyone with the choice of four indie food destinations – Patty & Bun, Canard, Mam and Yucatan – and the two well-stocked bars will keep the craft beer, wine and soft drinks flowing.
For more information about the options available at Pergola, please take a look at the brochure.
Darcie & May Green - the canalside-inspired choice, from £29.50pp
Want traditional Christmas classics (with an Aussie twist, of course), canapes and casual bites? Or do you fancy mixing it up with a festive bottomless prosecco brunch? Darcie & May Green (the canal boats covered in Sir Peter Blake's Pop Art illustrations) is the place to go. With decadent vegan options such as fire-roasted aubergine, crispy rice, kale, miso, tahini, coconut, Aleppo chilli (guys, we salute you) alongside seasonal roasties and turkey and puddings that include crème brûlée, champagne jelly, berries and popping candy, this is your Christmas spirit instantly covered.
The Union Paddington - the relaxed option, from £11pp
The Union at Christmas are going old-school with incredible starters (butternut and ginger soup with sage and onion pesto and a ricotta doughnut), traditional roasts, informal canapés, excellent vegetarian options, sticky puddings and blue cheese platters. They've also got buckets of beer and a Jagermeister offer (go easy now). With one of the most welcoming spaces in London, this is a must-book for Christmas parties or just dropping in post-work over the festive season.
For more information about Christmas at The Union, take a look at the brochure.
Smith's Bar & Grill - for the classics and all the trimmings, from £39pp
Smith's Bar & Grill ticks all the boxes when it comes to traditional Christmas fare done by people who know what they're doing. Yes, there's turkey and all the trimmings but if you want to get a bit adventurous there's also tartare (steak and beetroot versions), prime rib eye steak, crispy pan-fried seabass and a cheese board that's seriously good.
For more information, take a look at the menu.
London Shell Co. – Christmas on the canal, from £28pp
What better way to celebrate the season than a cruise down the Regent's Canal from Paddington to Camden and back? The cruising menu includes fresh oysters, smoked salmon, pan-seared scallops and crab-stuffed sole (don't worry – they haven't forgotten the sprouts!) while the static weekday set menu even includes turkey and a delicious acorn squash, black cabbage and hazelnut lasagne.