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Written by Luke Bull
January 25, 2023
The best venues for a summer party in London
London summer is a curious thing. The greyscale sheen of the capital is almost instantly transformed. Sunlight floods the streets and buildings, and the city's denizens come out of their damp hovels in hordes, surging towards London's best summer party venues.
The summer is the time for restaurants, bars, and pubs to bring out the outdoor seating, book a sub-par DJ, and slice enough limes to furnish an 18th century navy.
If you need some inspiration or guidance on what spaces to check out while out with your friends or visiting London for the first time, check out our list of venues for a summer party in the lively city of London.
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1. For an aesthetically minded summer party in London: The Plaza at The Design Museum
The exterior of the iconic Design Museum is a striking backdrop to any summer party. The distinctive copper-covered, hyperbolic paraboloid roof juts out above a wall of blue-tinged glass – imagine the sun setting over this, whilst drinks and canapes are enjoyed below. It's a pretty special spot.
What makes it more special is the Plaza is capable of hosting a wide variety of events in this al fresco Space for up to 100 Guests. This outside space is an absolute winner for summer parties, receptions and networking events. It's a summer party venue for those seeking to make an impression and one that won't be forgotten in a hurry.
2. A Botanical Garden with natural light all in a relaxing setting: Pantechnicon
Whether you are looking to host a summer party for work or fun – Pantechnicon has the space for all event types with fun drinks and lively vibes. Six floors and eight rooms with hidden nooks and beautifully set tables are all at your disposal for your private event or special occasion.
When you enter the roof garden and terrace space, it feels like a botanical oasis with green vines dangling from the ceiling and bright natural light shining through the windowed ceiling.
The beautiful glass-covered venue feels like a retreat from the bustling city below, which allows you to unwind with delicious, carefully sourced and seasonal food items and crafted cocktails and spritzes made with house infusions, botanicals and exclusive spirits.
If you’re looking for a place to throw your summer party – work or play – check out Pantechnicon’s private space for an intimate dinner or hold a work event for up to 160 people in one of the restaurants.
3. A hidden gem amongst the hustle and bustle of the city: Omeara
Listen to music, look at art and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of Omeara, all under the beautiful arched ceiling.
Situated in one of London’s most iconic buildings and designed to be an escape from city life while in the centre of London. With fun drinks and fantastic live performances, this space has great energy if you are searching for a fun night on the town with friends or want to host an all-out rager for your birthday party.
In the summer months, this venue hosts fun parties and invites special guests to perform live music, so gather your friends and enjoy the delicious 2 for £10 cocktail deal from 5 pm to 7 pm or their unmatched collection of tequila while listening to fantastic musical performances.
If you are looking to host your private party, Omeara offers that with space to hold up to 320 guests. Go all out for your summer bash and host a party for you and your friends in one of the private hiring options at Omeara, fitting for whatever sized party you are looking to throw.
4. Unmatched views of the River Thames for your summertime celebration: Woods Quay, Wood Silver Fleet
Open kitchen, Michelin-standard tasting room, ample space for guests, classy drinks all at your fingers tips while situated along the Embankment on the River Thames overlooking the beautiful city. Woods Quay is one of London's newest riverside venues.
The green botanical decor is spread throughout the venue for a fun summery atmosphere and suits the interior botanical setting. Fitting the vibrant summer vibes is their fresh menu items, such as the pea risotto topped with pickled radish and feta or the lemon curd, ginger and greek yoghurt pudding.
The picturesque setting is great for your summertime party, big or small. Whether you are looking for a boozy brunch or a classy dinner, this venue has amazing views at all times of the day.
If you are looking for a great place to enjoy time with other people in an intimate and beautiful setting, look at their private hiring options with space for up to 250 guests, you can host a range of events.
5. Tropical hideaway perfect for a summer night out on the town: Night Tales
Journey to Hackney Central to the lively and vibrant Night Tales on a warm summer day to enjoy a yummy drink with your friends. This venue boasts a large covered terrace with rows of tables, an outdoor bar and space for a DJ to play music while you catch up with friends.
Once you enter the space, the vibes are distinctly 'East London': Industrial architecture lit by fairy lights, colourful lighting and enough flora to make Titchmarsh smile. Inside, grab a drink at the tropical-themed bar, sit on the comfy couches inside or check out the picnic tables outside.
Select a drink from the extensive cocktail menu and treat yourself to yummy street food. We suggest a black truffle-infused mozzarella pizza and try the sharing cocktails, like a Giant Pornstar Martini.
For an unmatched summer vibe with tropical decor and yummy drinks, check out Night Tales and book your next summer party for your friends and family to celebrate any occasion in a venue with up to 600 guests.
6. An ideal place for a range of occasions to host your lively summer bash: Colours Hoxton
Colours Hoxton is the space to go for a fun summer party with indoor and outdoor spaces for you and your guests to socialize, dance, drink and enjoy each other's company with lively music.
Throw your full-on summer party in the main room or congregate in the green room for an intimate sit-down lunch or standing reception that opens onto the terrace to enjoy the warm weather.
Begin your festivities with a cocktail reception and sharing platters, then end the night with a jam session on the dance floor under the multi-coloured lights and disco ball.
Select from one of the Colours Hoxton spaces for your ideal summer bash. Check out the rooms available for private hire that suit your event needs, holding up to 120 standing guests.
7. Eclectic decor and unmatched summer vibes: Lost Garden at Lost Society
From the fun black and white designed floors on the outdoor terrace to the green wallpaper and comfy pink seats inside, The Lost Society is a classy place to enjoy a warm summer day.
Celebrate any occasion in style with your bar and bartender serving you and your guests drinks all day and night. The beautiful monochrome garden creates a botanical oasis once you enter the doors of this venue.
Within the venue is The Lost Garden, where you can transport into a lush, green hideaway for a yummy sit-down meal under the sun and a BBQ for peak summer vibes.
Hire this venue for your intimate dinner with friends or full-blown party where your guests can dine, drink and dance within the monochrome, botanical setting.
8. An ode to the city of London with carefully curated decor and beautiful views: Skyline Bar
Hidden away in the city’s first Hyatt Place hotel up on the 9th floor is the Skyline Bar, where you can enjoy a signature drink with a view of London as your backdrop.
Once you hop off the elevator and enter this venue, you see the expansive bar space and windows lining the area for great natural lighting. The Skyline bar has bold interior decor with velvet seats, striking patterns, and natural wood and copper tones carefully collected to make a statement.
Take a step outside to see the picturesque views on the artfully designed terrace. We recommend a table outside especially during the warm months so that you can enjoy the lovely summer nights.
This venue aims to lace together artistic decor, breathtaking views and unique cocktails and food. For your intimate event or private party to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, check out this venue's private hire options that hold up to 80 guests.
9. A Foodie's summer party heaven: Market Hall West End
Market Hall has venues spread throughout London and is a solid choice for those wanting a summer venue in London with some variety.
The Market Hall in West End is an expansive space with 11 traders and seating for over 1,000 people. This space is one of the largest food halls in the UK and has beautiful high ceilings that bring in natural light and a food hall for whatever you’re craving that day.
Check out this venue's exclusive options for your private summer gathering. The Market Hall West End offers two spaces. One is a cocktail bar that fits up to 150 guests, and the other is an exclusive top floor for 350 guests with two bars and exclusive roof terrace access. Start planning your summer party today.
10. An eccentric, secluded spot to enjoy a party with your friends: Mr Fogg's
Mr Fogg’s has forged a reputable buzz in London, with flowers everywhere you look, rustic tables and chairs and beautiful outdoor space.
Located in Mayfair, Mr Fogg's has a separate area called the Secret Garden on the roof terrace. The eclectic and unique decor adds character to the space and provides a standout experience with rustic-orange walls, hanging lanterns, sweeping vines and colourful flowers.
Check out this space if you are looking to enjoy the summer sun and quench your thirst with one of their refreshing drinks in a picturesque setting.
Hire The Secret Garden for your summertime party that can host up to 150 standing guests.
11. Upscale setting with a beautiful view of the Thames: The Pier Bar & Lounge
From the modern interior and beautiful lighting to the creative cocktails and breathtaking views, this venue is a great place to celebrate the summertime.
The floor-to-ceiling glass walls not only bring in beautiful natural light but allow all the guests to watch the boats float past and view the beautiful city of London while enjoying their food and drinks.
The space has a fun bar with funky silver spherical light fixtures and comfy sofas all angled so you can look outside while catching up with friends. The Embankment location is convenient for most in London, so it could be a great shout for those wanting to unite disparate friends.
Whether you are looking for a private dinner with your loved ones or a large summer celebration with your office team, The Pier Bar & Lounge hosts up to 100 guests ready to celebrate the warm weather, fun drinks and chic decor.
The best summer party venues in London
London in the summer is pretty great, so naturally, has no shortage of fun summer party venues. Whether you're looking for a rooftop in the city, a beach-themed bar or just an outdoor party spot in the sun – we've got the best venues in London available to find and book now. Take a look at all our summer party venues in London. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best London summer party venues respond to your enquiry.
The best summer party venues in London
London Secret Garden - London Secret Beach
SAMA Bankside - Garden Arch
Lord’s Cricket Ground - Pavillion Roof Terrace
St. John's Wood
Tower of London - Summer at The Pavilion
The Brewery - Courtyard Marquees
Lost Society - Lost Garden
30 Euston Square - The State Rooms & Rooftop Terrace
Tattershall Castle - Aft Deck
Tobacco Dock - Skylight Summer
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Summer can be the best time of the year for a party and, much as we often complain about the weather in London, when the sun comes out during the summer months it’s one of the best places to be. It’s also one of the best places to host a party! So, bearing that in mind, we’re bringing you our favourite summer party venues London has to offer. Venue hire in London's summer months is a busy season, so get ahead of the venue hire rush with this collection.
Our favourite spots in the city range from the classic rooftop venues in London, to more general Spaces with an outdoor area. In our opinion, anywhere where you can feel a bit of the warmth of the sun on your face is a winner! So, take a look at these outdoor party venues for hire in London. We’ve got penthouse spaces overlooking the London skyline, and lush green gardens in the heart of the city. Whatever the setting you’re looking for, here’s some help to start planning your summer party now with the best summer venue hire London has to offer from HeadBox!
For summer party venues in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:
London Secret Beach, London Secret Garden – Spend a day at the beach in London! Relax on a lounge chair, enjoy the shade and sip on a cocktail at one of London's worst-kept secret summer party venues.
Neon Den, Barrio East – If you want to spend a fun day out, celebrating the summer sunshine, then head to the Neon Den. With colourful and vibrant decor and a playful and energetic atmosphere, you're sure to have a great time.
There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a summer party venue. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.
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