With summer fast approaching it’s no surprise that us Brits want to make the most of each sunny day and are eager to get that annual company summer party booked! However, we understand how time-consuming and stressful it can be to hunt for that perfect venue, especially when the brief requires outdoor space in the heart of the city, which is why here at event-venues.com we have compiled a list of our top summer party venues in London. So grab yourself a Pimms and let us do the hard work for you…
Alexandra Palace, or Ally Pally as it’s affectionately known, is an iconic Victorian venue that has been home to some of the most exciting and extraordinary events for over 140 years. It boasts nine interlinking pillar free rooms of different sizes, holding capacities of 10 to 10,000 and everything in between as well as a large terrace overlooking London’s famous skyline and then a further 196 acres of parkland! Ally Pally offers its very own onsite activities as well as multiple terrace and grass areas that can hired for your next summer party, making it the perfect venue for street food traders to park up alongside garden games like croquet, petanque and giant Jenga.
Following the phenomenal success of alfresco haven Pergola Paddington last year, the trademark urban garden returns to Paddington Central and it has had a bit of a makeover for the summer period. Set over two floors, this unique space takes inspiration from the canal-side with its iconic pergola taking centre stage. The venue can be hired exclusively for up to 850 guests, and has four of London’s top independent eateries including Patty and Bun, Canard, MAM and DF Mexico providing a one-off location for your brand or summer event.
FEST has taken over the 200-year-old old horse hospital in the heart of trendy Camden for their second summer. With playful interiors including colourful deckchairs and a lush pergola full of flowers, FEST represents the British summer incredibly well. Not only does the bar serve up delicious summery cocktails like Pimms and Aperol but you’ll also find live music by day and DJs by night. If the weather doesn’t permit, head inside where things only get more interesting with six individually designed stables for you to enjoy, from nan’s tea party to a stable designated solely to Bourbon (yes, that’s our favourite too). And finally, you’ll reach FESTs own cabaret space and nightclub – literally, everything you could want under one roof!
Skylight at Tobacco Dock
Tobacco Dock’s rooftop bar and seasonal playground is back, from urban lawn in the summer where croquet and petanque is the norm to the only rooftop ice rink in Europe during the winter. Offering delicious cocktails alongside an extensive wine and beer menu, garden games and street food, Skylight is the perfect venue for a team night out, client drinks reception or summer party where guests can enjoy 360 degree views of the capitals skyline.
A paradise alongside the Thames, Fulham Beach is complete with picture-perfect white sand and pastel beach huts ready and waiting so guests can get that perfect Instagram shot. Taking inspo from the jungle, Fulham Beach is covered in lush greenery and foliage making you feel like you’re in the tropics. With summery cocktails and bottomless rosé on the menu, alfresco dining options from wings and burgers to halloumi fries and pizza, as well as a series of beach games from shuffleboard to mini-golf, it’s the ideal location for a corporate summer celebration for up to 400 guests.
The adult playground in Stratford is back for another year, joining the renowned Peckham Levels and Skylight in making multi-storey car parks the place to be this summer. Considering London’s never ending love affair with rooftops, Roof East are expecting an even bigger year this summer as they transform their car park into a free-spirited playground popping with colour. Available for private hire, Roof East is the perfect venue for your next party or away day. With a whole host of street food vendors from kati rolls by Kolkati to the Burger Bar presented by the renowned Jimmy Garcia as well as incredible aperitifs, summery cocktails and rooftop garden games.
Established over 60 years ago, Wood’s Silver Fleets are amongst the capitals most prestigious yet quirky venues with their three luxury event yachts. Notorious for hosting spectacular corporate parties along the Thames, the Silver Sturgeon could be the perfect venue for your next summer party. With warm, neutral interiors created by leading British designers, the yacht can be hired exclusively for up to 550 guests. With the unique ability to embark and disembark from London’s central piers, we’d suggest settling down for the evening starting with a Michelin starred dinner then on to an evening drinks reception on the upper deck.
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