Is it too early to get excited about Christmas parties? Too late, party-poopers, I’m already in the zone! I’ve been on the sly look out for good party venues for a while actually – partly because I’m thinking of holding my Awards drinks somewhere other than my home in the summer (the Weetabix on the floor being a bit embarrassing when 30 of the best businesses in Oxon and Bucks descend en masse) and partly because I just like getting tipsy as cool places.
Smaller bashes can be sorted out on the top floors of local restaurants etc but it needs to be a bit more spesh for bigger events. If you’re scratching your head wondering where to start a search, either for a works or personal do, I’d definitely recommend The Quince Tree at London’s Clifton Nurseries or its Oxfordshire café/restaurant at the River & Rowing Museum. If you read Muddy regularly you might remember that I held my very, very boozy Muddy editors post awards party at Clifton Nurseries (below) and it was just beauuuutiful – I’d go back in a flash.
I’ve also been to a couple of parties at the modern, supercool, glassfronted Thames room at the River & Rowing – the first Chateau Marmot pop up event was held there – and it’s a fantastic space looking out over the… well, you work it out. There are few and far places around these parts with this amount of gorgeous glass. I love its modernity.
If you’re nowhere near London or Henley, I’d also suggest TVC in central Oxford for more club/bar type hire, the beautiful 14th century Tythe Barn near Bicester for barn-style bigger parties, the magnificent Soho Farmhouse in North Oxfordshire where you can hire out various gorgeus rooms, barns and marquees without having to be a club member…
…or Aynhoe Park in Anyho, mid Oxfordshire, if money is no object – I mean, really no object – and you want to hang out where the celebs and, um, giraffes, queue to party in privacy.
Right, that’s your starter for ten, I’ll suggest some others in the coming months as they pop into my head!