13th December 2012

Records set to be broken on London’s biggest-ever Christmas party night

Auditors likely to party through the night, as minicab firm Addison Lee publishes new data on Christmas party trends

Despite the economic gloom, Addison Lee is predicting that tonight, Thursday 13th December, will be a record-breaking night for Christmas parties in London.

Based on a study of trends from recent years, the minicab firm has identified this evening as the time they will see their highest-ever number of daily account bookings, beating last year’s total of more than 18,000 account journeys, as more Londoners celebrate the festive season. Records will continue to be broken on Friday, which looks set to be the overall busiest night of the year, with a combined cash and account job total of more than 35,000 journeys.

Addison Lee’s analysis of corporate account holders’ journeys also reveals that Auditors are among the most likely professions to stay out into the small hours – contradicting the straight-laced reputation often associated with the accounting industry – whilst Bankers are the most likely profession to bypass the festive celebrations altogether and take a car straight home from working late at 11pm.

Following London’s biggest ever office party night, Friday 14th December is expected to be one of the capital’s least productive days, with many office workers struggling to recover from big corporate celebrations taking place the night before.

With an increasing number of Londoners enjoying Christmas festivities across town, Addison Lee also anticipates a record-breaking number of journeys to be made on Friday 14th as the party season reaches its peak.

This year’s record-breaking figures are a sign that business confidence is gradually increasing, as we slowly emerge from a double-dip recession.

Addison Lee’s MD Liam Griffin commented: “December is always a busy and exciting time in London, but tonight and Friday are set to see a record-number of parties as Londoners enjoy their festive celebrations.”

He continues: “As Addison Lee prepares to make the greatest number of journeys we have ever made in one day, we have invested in cutting edge technology to support the huge growth in app and online bookings, which now account for almost half of all journeys. With London’s largest fleet of premium minicabs we’re looking forward to transporting partygoers in style, safety and comfort, no matter what time of the day or night – even if you live south of the river.”

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Feeling Festive? Which industries celebrate the longest and where

ProfessionAreaFavourite VenuesAverage home time
TV & mediaSoho, PiccadillyDSTRKT, Corinthia Hotel4am
AuditorsMayfair, PiccadillyKaraoke Box, the O2 , Mayfair Hotel, Movida, Milk & Honey, Bediun, Altitude3am
LegalEuston, BlackfriarsMermaid Theatre, The Rocket, The Roebuck3am
CreativeSoho, ShoreditchCallooh Callay, Claridges, Dans le Noir, Proud, the Ivy, Lo-profile, Movida2am
ConsultantsWaterloo, Soho, ChelseaCubana Café, Juju, Club 49, Belvedere Restaurant1am
Public sectorGovernment Hospitality1am
Energy and resourcesMayfair, ChelseaClaridges, Latium, Hurlington Club, L’Oranger1am
FashionChelsea, Mayfair, VauxhallNational Portrait Gallery, Scotts RestaurantMidnight
BankersCanary Wharf, Covent GardenHome, Four Seasons, Café de ParisWorking till 11pm+ then going home

All industry-specific statistics are based on analysis of a selection of anonymous Addison Lee booking data during the period December 5th to 18th 2011.


  • More than 18,000 corporate account bookings were made on the Thursday two weeks prior to Christmas, the majority transporting Londoners to and from their office parties
  • Records are set to be broken on Friday 14th December, with Addison Lee predicting a combined cash and account job total of more than 35,000 journeys – nearly double the amount of journeys made than an average day
  • In 2011, Auditors were typically out until 3am, only to be outdone by those in the TV and Media industry, who celebrated until 4am
  • Most extravagant post-party journey: after being collected from an office party in The Strand, a creative agency employee was dropped off by Addison Lee in Paris. Journeys have also been made to Scotland and as far as Madrid.
  • From 2009 to 2011, there was a 52 percent increase in bookings made on this festive Friday two weeks prior to Christmas

About Addison Lee

Addison Lee is Europe’s largest minicab company and also offers a full range of Premier VIP chauffeur services, international delivery services, couriers and executive coaches. Founded in Battersea in 1975, Addison Lee has a fleet of 3,500 premium minicabs.

Using its unique auto allocator software, Addison Lee offers an average pick up time of four minutes in Central London with a fulfilment rate which stands at 99%. The company were also the first in the UK to provide customers with driver SMS updates. In the past four years, Addison Lee has won 11 business awards and numerous green awards in recognition for reducing its CO2 emissions through efficient fleet management.

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