5 Top tips to prepare for your Corporate Christmas party

Finally, the year has come where the big boss decides to really pull out the stops for the company Christmas celebration!

What used to be just the usual Christmas party down at the local ‘posh’ restaurant is now a bespoke Christmas party in the corporate world!

So how do you prepare for such an event?

It’s your first time – you need to pull out all the stops. Think of it as a ‘first date’ (minus the date part!)

1. First thing’s first, the outfit.

Now this isn’t just a cheap sit down meal where you have the typical Aunt Bessie Christmas dinner washed down with a couple of pints and Echo Falls. It’s a Bespoke party; with fine dining, Champagne on arrival, fine cocktails, canapés, entertainment (that isn’t karaoke!) plus so much more , so you need to dress for the occasion.

I suggest for Men, black tie. It’s elegant, classy, smart and sophisticated. You can’t really get it wrong, but if you’re unsure, read the dos and don’ts here.

For Women, the possibilities are endless! I suggest keeping it classy and elegant, similar to the men’s black tie. Anything too short or too bright just won’t fit the occasion. Velvets, silks, lace and sparkles are always a winner. Take a look at some beautiful dresses here.

2. Doll yourself up!

Hair and makeup should complement the outfit. Men should be clean cut and slick, women need to be fabulous and glamorous. I would always opt for a red lip and a soft smoky eye – It reminds me of the ‘Great Gatsby’ era which is wonderfully chic. Make sure your footwear is comfortable though – there’s nothing worse than being in pain all night and being part of the bare foot brigade – sort it out!

3. Transport;

This may be the boring bit, but it’s very important you have this covered. You need to ensure you know your route and form of transport that is operating at that time. Check TFL journey planner before-hand and TFL updates on the night.

4. Drinks;

I won’t tell you what you should and shouldn’t drink (as I’m the worst person to advise) but know your limits! The last thing you need is to be telling some home truths to colleagues or crying in the toilets about life – You don’t want to be the talk of the town back at work!

5. #TeamNoHangover!

Now this is the main point, the next day cure. Take 2 panadols before bed chased down with a pint of water. When you wake up, have another pint of water and a good cup of tea. I would avoid having the typical greasy fry up and have a nourishing breakfast – my suggestion would be poached egg on toast with a fresh orange juice.

Back to the good stuff; Check out our Christmas parties  for an insight as to what to expect.

Finally, have an amazing Christmas party!


Sophie Millington is a marketing professional, writer and performing arts fanatic! Working for Altitude London as a marketing executive, Sophie has responsibility for marketing for the ALTITUDE GROUP retail brands. Follow Sophie on Google Plus.

It’s All Change at Altitude London

This week see’s the launch of the new Altitude London website. It’s a fully responsive site offering some stunning new images of the venues here at Altitude London. From beautiful wedding settings to exciting themed events, we’ve even used video for the first time.

We’re famous for our 360 degree views so we’ve made a really exciting time lapse video of the entire London skyline from spring 2015 right through to the autumn. The video shows the whole of central London throughout the average working day. Watch the river traffic as it speeds by or the continuous streams people and vehicles on the nearby Lambeth and Westminster bridges.

And it’s not just the website that has been transformed. We’ve been investing heavily in staff training initiatives to support our continuing drive to offer outstanding customer service and also improve our processes to make doing business with us as easy as possible.

We have increased our sales team during summer 2015. Ben Griffiths has been appointed as account manager with responsibility for helping improve how we convert business and more importantly retain it in the future. Ben has been with Altitude for almost four years and has a wealth of event sector experience. He is joined by David Coley who is the new business development director with a new team looking to build fruitful long term relationships with businesses across the UK. David has rejoined Altitude after a period with Manchester United. He was one of the original team who helped to establish Altitude’s reputation when it first launched. So it’s a warm welcome back to David.

Along with upgrades to our Wi-Fi across all our venues and heavy investment in new audiovisual technology, like 65 inch touch screens and new LED screens in our venues, we’ve also refurbished the Milbank Media Centre early in the summer and Altitude 360 is currently undergoing a phased refurbishment with new floors, intelligent lighting systems and new furniture.

And the development isn’t stopping there. We have introduced exciting new menus from our executive chef, Barry Noonan for winter 2015 and the Christmas party season with delicious new canapés, bowl food and fine dining options that will really fire-up the taste buds with a colourful selection of mouth watering dishes.

So, there’s a lot happening across all our many venues. To find out more about all the changes at Altitude London and to book a viewing to see for yourself, please call 020 7129 8028 or email events@altitudelondon.com.

Dry Hire Made Easy at Altitude

Altitude London is all about versatility. We know all of our clients have different needs so we’ve created outstanding dry hire packages to allow you to create the perfect event.

We know that dry hire is often the main consideration when our clients want complete control of their event, and we know that the process should be as smooth as possible. We’ve worked with many leading businesses from across the UK, Europe and the USA to help them create amazing events using our many venues. Companies like Unilever, Air France, France Rugby and Virgin Group, amongst others.

A blank canvas for your creation

One of the benefits of Altitude London is our ability to provide a totally connected venue.  Each of the main venues at Altitude can be hired in conjunction with others to create the ideal space.

We’ve put together a dry hire offer designed to make life just that little bit easier! With our new dry hire rates you can now hire the Millbank Media Centre from as little as £3,500 for 12 hours or one of the Belgravia conference rooms from £1,000.

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

And if you need to add special finishing touches our venue furniture hire service means you can add cutlery, crockery , furniture and audiovisual components to your packages as you want with clear and transparent unit costs guaranteeing there’ll be no surprises.

STOP PRESS – If you’re a caterer or event planning company, there’s even more reason to see what Altitude can do for you. We offer a phenomenal range of discounts for seasonal, bulk and wholesale bookings. Contact our venue specialists to find out more!

And finally…

Have a look at our rates by downloading the brochure and make sure you give us a call to find out more about dry hire at all of our Thames-side event spaces.

Visit the Dry Hire page for more information http://www.altitudelondon.com/about-us/dry-hire/

From A Palm Tree To A Christmas Tree – Christmas at Altitude London

Now the summer holidays are over, it’s time to book your magical Christmas party at the top of the Millbank tower!

Booking a Christmas party this early?! You must think we’re crazy. But trust us, there are more reasons to be booking it now then there are to be booking it later…

It’s something to look forward to…

We all love to have something to look forward to, whether that is the weekend, (the majority of the time!) your birthday, or indeed, CHRISTMAS! It’s that end of year celebration whereby everyone can get dressed up, have a good old laugh and a few strong drinks (all expenses paid!) Your staff will be pleasantly reassured that something is actually happening and even more reassured that you consider them as part of the team in the coming months.

You get the best seats in the house

It’s no joy booking a Christmas party last minute where everywhere is booked up or you get the last minute seats that are slapped at the back of the venue by the kitchens (complete fail!) Booking in now guarantees you the best seats in the house.
You will have the luxury to choose:

  • Where you want; front row tables to watch the entertainment, by the dance floor to strut your stuff.
  • What you want; window tables, V.I.P section.
  • How many you want; definitely no limits on the party size.

So come December, you guys will be the coolest crew in the venue, envied by everyone!

No stress no fuss!

We hard working folks are too blessed to be stressed. Can you imagine coming back from your holiday all lovely and refreshed only to find you’ve been put in charge of booking the Christmas Do? (Not what you need!) So if you book now, the venue and dates you want will still be available and there’s no last minute panic of thinking, “everywhere is sold out, what am I going to do!?”- The rest of the year will just be an exciting countdown.

Find that show stopping outfit

Ever had that moment where you turn up to a Christmas party and pretty much everyone has the same outfit on? Yeah, we’ve been there too! This is because most parties are booked so last minute, everyone has to rush around in peak shopping times and grab any sort of party dress they can find, (even if it’s not in their size!) By booking early on in the year, it gives you extra time to find that perfect outfit that sets you apart from the rest.

You will have cash to splash!

Christmas is a time where we always seem to have a hole in our pockets. Buying presents, cards, lavish food and drinks topped with show stopping party outfits can leave us having a scrooge moment!
Rather than pay a big chunk of money at the last minute you can pay a deposit now for one of our shared parties and pay the rest later! Come December, the payment will be all taken care of, you won’t be out of pocket and all you need to do is have fun!

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

Book now and you will have the bragging rights to mass post on social media just how organised you are and make everyone jealous! You never know, it might just give everyone the push they need to book theirs.

So go on, your Christmas party starts from today! Book your tickets online or give one of us a call (we’re waiting for you!)
020 7592 7618
Christmas in the sky, at Altitude London