The best Christmas venues in London and Brighton with fancy chandeliers and three-course meals are probably booked up by the “corporates” and out of the picture for us mere mortals by now. Well, never fear because we’re here to save the day and bring you good news – all of our escape game venues are in pretty epic pubs and there are plenty of club nights nearby too. So, whether you’re a small business owner with little time to arrange these things in advance, a lone freelancer looking to get your tribe together or just want some ideas for a festive night out with your mates – we’ve got you covered.
Here’s some last-minute Christmas party ideas in London and Brighton that will be right up your street and they just so happen to be in the same street… winning. Just pick a pub, book a game and reserve a Christmas meal if you want the full works – everything in one place with late night bar and clubbing options just around the corner – sorted.
1. Christmas in Clapham: Bottomless brunch, escape game and karaoke!
Kick things off at our London pub escape room venue The Four Thieves and pick a day when they’re running one of their festive events to make a full day of it. They have a huge calendar of events in December but we highly recommend going along to their festive bottomless brunch from 11am on Saturday 14th December.
You can book your escape game after and guzzle your winning prize if you manage to outwit Lady Chastity. Then, up the road, Kings & Queens are running a Christmas Karaoke Night from 7.30pm. Not enough for you? You can also carry on dancing into the early hours at Aquum for one of their Signature Saturday club nights.
2. Christmas in Camden: Market finds, wonky toys and cocktails
Our weird and wonderful ventriloquist dummy Oki can be found in the depths of The Depot pub in Islington, near Camden. He’s a key informant for players who venture into Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop, a playful escape room with plenty of wonderful twists to make the night interesting.
- Step 1: book your escape room at The Depot.
- Step 2: Reserve a Christmas meal at the pub before or after your game.
- Step 3: Add in some time for browsing Camden Market before you arrive for bonus festive vibes!
3. Christmas in Farringdon: Victorian escape room, Christmas Feast and Ping Pong table banter
Our Lady Chastity also resides at The Hope in Farringdon, a historical pub renowned for its gin bar. Better yet, they are running festive happy hour from 4-7pm every single day you can get two seasonal drinks for £10… saucy. They have a tasty Christmas menu, so you can book a meal at the pub and given that the winning prize for this escape game is a bottle of red – you might as well book your game early evening and enjoy a glass with dinner!
If you’re a particularly playful bunch the fun doesn’t need to stop there. Just up the road you can book a Ping Pong table for your team or group of mates at Bounce. With all those balls flying about, you might just forget what Dave in HR said to Jane in Finance – well, you’ll be distracted at the very least.
4. Christmas in Brighton: Cocktails, pub garden, MEAT, VR, RC and Lady Chastity
Our Brighton escape game Lady Chastity’s Reserve is the cherry on the top at popular gaming pub, The World’s End in London Road. There’s two options here, you lazy pub chill vibes or Christmas pub crawl kick off. Let’s break those down shall we:
Lazy pub chill vibes
Start your night at one of the local restaurants whether that’s at the American Diner inspired MEAT Liquor down the road, Alcampo Lounge for some Xmas tapas or Fatto a Mano to get your chops around their festive pizza. Then head on over to The World’s End to get your kicks in our escape room and explore all the nooks and crannies of the hidden Victorian Boundoir – themed parties encouraged! Then the pub is all yours – you can get lost in virtual worlds with their VR stations or try your luck with the RC racing and retro arcade.
Pub crawl kick off
Book in a nice early escape game slot at The World’s End, so you can all get into a playful mood before you head out on your pub crawl. Even though you’ll probably only make it to number 4 or 5, we’ve put together a pub crawl run down for you. Ready? Okay… here goes:
- The World’s End
- Hob Goblin
- North Laine Pub
- White Rabbit
- Mash Tun
- Black Lion
- The Mesmerist
It’s never too late to plan a Christmas Party!
If you’ve made it this far, you probably should pick a venue and get booking! Even if you hoped to be spontaneous for your Christmas party or Christmas pub crawl, if you want to actually eat and get a table in December, it’s worth booking ahead – even if it is a week or so away. Tick tock – don’t be the c@ck who forgot!