Fifth of workers book day off to recover from office Christmas bash

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Half of workers have a "civilised" three-course dinner in a restaurant followed by drinks in a bar for their office Christmas party, a new study reveals.

A survey of 2,000 adults by hotel chain Travelodge also found that one in 10 will just go to the pub for drinks with colleagues, one in seven will have a lunch, while 15% will do nothing.

One in five of those polled books a day off after their office bash, knowing they will not be in a fit state to work.

Workers in London expect to pay around £100 celebrating Christmas with colleagues, compared with £53 for those based in Leeds, the research showed.

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