Our expectations of Christmas parties are rather standard these days; whether it's a sit-down meal or drinks in a bar, we’ve all done it; on repeat! Office Christmas party planning is now in full swing so we’ve got some clever alternatives on our radar and, as always, we’ve got some nifty advice to go with them. Read on for some rule-breaking good times.
Take a Master Class
We are never too old to learn something new and it’s always better done in fabulous company. For the ladies, try Meringue Girls, which gives you three hours of meringue making mayhem with prosecco. This may not be an essential life skill but who doesn’t like a bit of sugarlicious goodness? And you get to take the meringues home too!
Our tip: avoid wearing shoes with a “nap” like fur or velvet because it is harder to remove should you mistakenly spill the meringue mix. Instead, throw on some black leather numbers that are easy to wipe down.
Address: Meringue Girls, 1 Broadway Market Mews, London, E8 4TS
Golf Sized Swarovski Crystals
For some serious group bonding and a fiery mental challenge try The Crystal Maze, an interactive live experience based on … yes, you guessed it, “The Crystal Maze”, the heart-quickening 90’s TV show where contestants competed to win crystal balls to take them through to the nemesis task "The Crystal Dome". Think “The Apprentice” but really you’re all friends, well maybe. You’ll need to book far ahead to be in with a chance of visiting but it’s worth it. Book for Christmas 2018 on your way out – they won’t bat an eyelid.
Our tip: woah! The only buzzword here is comfort, essential for adrenaline filled tactical thinking. Slick looking trainers are perfect here and Crep protect can keep them looking whiter for longer and The Restory’s in house cleaning service can bring back that new feeling, just check out this Case Study on Stan Smiths.
Address: The Crystal Maze, 10-14 White Lion Street, Angel, London, N1 9PD
Namaste with Jokes
No bad-taste Christmas jumpers required here because you’ll all be laughing for a different reason, and that’s real laughter too. HasyaYoga is the practice of laughter yoga, best enjoyed in groups; you’ll be laughing with each other, not at each other. Not only is this a massive stressbuster its actually fun with health benefits: the body naturally releases endorphins (those happy hormones) and the effects last for 24 hours! Namaste Santa.
Our tip: you will be barefoot for the session, so be sure to care for your feet as much as you do for your shoes.
Address: Laughter Yoga Wellness, Hargrave Hall, Archway, London, N19 5SP (or they can come to you or hire a suitable venue of your choice)
For those who do end up keeping it classic, we are here for the recovery too! If you need someone to save you the next day, The Restory’s specialist cleaning service can make the evidence disappear but leave you with the memories from the night before. Book a collection today.