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Written by Mae Bristow - 28 May 2024

The 20 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 toward 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 supply 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. A top summer party venue in Brixton: Pop Box at Pop Brixton

Brixton, London

From private parties with on-site eateries and bars, cinema screenings, workshops and even fitness classes, the main events space at Pop Brixton, Pop Box, is one of our top London summer party venues. The community space comprised of upcycled shipping containers is spacious (100 person capacity) and versatile, with the good folks at Pop Brixton regularly playing hosts to a variety of events – summer and otherwise.

From music to screenings, the Pop Box offers extensive technical equipment, including a PA system and other AV equipment, backline and DJ, projector and lighting.

From its ideal location near Brixton Underground to its top London eateries and bars to its versatility, there's not much Pop Brixton can't do.

2. Look over the London skyline at your summer party: The 12th floor at The Hoxton

Southwark, London

Ever wanted to party on a hotel rooftop? Then The Hoxton is the place to host your next summer party.

The 12th floor at The Hoxton can accommodate up to 150 guests and boasts comfy lounge rooms, high-quality DJ equipment, a complete bar, and an outdoor terrace with amazing views of London. You can also choose from two different menus to wine & dine your guests that will definitely be hungry from all the dancing and partying. Choose from the hotel’s exclusive restaurant, Seabird, that offers fresh seafood dishes or consider small plates and platters from the Apartment Bites & Bowls menu.

The events team at The Hoxton is ready to elevate your summer party, figuratively and literally.

Victorian Bath House London Summer Party
Victorian Bath House London Summer Party

3. A summer party venue Dickens would be proud of: Victorian Bath House

Liverpool Street, London

The Victorians were known for a lot of things. Mutton chops? Check. A fondness for sending adolescents up chimneys? Check. Suppressed sexuality? Check. Summer parties? Not so much.

Leave your anachronistic assumptions with the high-hatted doorman though, please, because Victorian Bathhouse is here to change your mind. Situated near Liverpool Street Station, this Grade II listed venue offers a unique setting for summer parties. With a capacity of up to 150 guests, its ornate design and historic charm create an unforgettable atmosphere. Exclusive use ensures your event is the sole focus, whether in the intimate Victorian Lounge, the flexible Drinking Den, or the sunlit Victorian Courtyard.

Lincoln's Inn Summer Party London Hire
Lincoln's Inn Summer Party London Hire

4. Medieval meets modern in Central London: Lincoln’s Inn

Holborn, London

Although Lincoln’s Inn might have you questioning which century you are in, the North Lawn and East Terrace are both picturesque venues in London great for hosting summer parties. The East Terrace has that perfectly manicured lawn with trimmed trees and colourful plants that capture the essence of summer.

Receptions, BBQ and dry hire packages are available on the East Terrace from June to September for up to 450 guests. The North Lawn is a big grassy area that can host up to 100 guests and has outdoor tents, tables and chairs set up for your event.

As for food and drinks, Lincoln’s Inn has a wide variety of canapés, mains and desserts to choose from. Lincoln's Inn has been the winner of best in-house catering at the London Venue and Catering Awards, so you know you're in good hands. The private dining menu also has a great selection of traditional wines, beers and soft drinks.

Pantechnicon, summer party venue
Pantechnicon, summer party venue

5. A botanical garden with natural light in a relaxing setting: Pantechnicon

Knightsbridge, London

Whether you are looking to host a summer party for work or fun – Pantechnicon has the space for all event types with great 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 garden 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 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.

Night Tales Hackney, summer party venues
Night Tales Hackney, summer party venues

6. Tropical hideaway perfect for a summer night out on the town: Night Tales

Hackney, London

Journey to Hackney Central to Night Tales on a warm summer day to enjoy a drink (or a couple) 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.

Industrial architecture lit by fairy lights, colourful lighting and enough flora to make Titchmarsh smile. Grab a drink at the tropical-themed bar, sit on the comfy sofas inside or check out the picnic tables outside. Select a drink from the extensive cocktail menu and treat yourself to some street food.

For an unmatched late-evening summer vibe in the East End, check out Night Tales when you want to book your next summer party.

Banking Hall Summer Party London
Banking Hall Summer Party London

7. A Grade II summer party venue in The City: Banking Hall

Cornhill, London

Nestled in the heart of London, Banking Hall is an art-deco gem perfect for indoor summer parties. This elegant Grade II listed venue boasts a spectacular Main Hall with a built-in stage and dance floor, ideal for big celebrations. The mezzanine-level Counting Room features a stunning brass-topped bar, perfect for intimate gatherings.

The indoor space can be decked out with enough foliage and greenery to make the stone and marble surrounding of The City feel more like a pastoral paradise. With experienced event curators ensuring every detail is perfect, Banking Hall offers an unparalleled setting for your summer event.

Lighterman King's Cross London Summer Party Venue
Lighterman King's Cross London Summer Party Venue

8. A canalside summer party venue in London's Kings Cross: The Lighterman

King's Cross, London

The Lighterman is a modernist 3-floor granite behemoth of a gastropub, found jutting over the ribbon-work of canals that cuts through King's Cross. This striking summer party spot is perfectly placed to let you drink a few beers in the sun with your nearest and dearest.

With an impressive capacity of 350 guests, The Lighterman is one for those wanting a no-holds-bar summer party in one of London's most iconic areas.

Exhibit summer party London
Exhibit summer party London

9. A 600 person bar and terrace in the London sun: The Exhibit Bar & Restaurant

Balham, London

Situated in the heart of Balham, with 23 years behind it, The Exhibit has prided itself on packing just about everything into its SW12 building. Boasting multiple bars, a studio space, a private cinema and a karaoke booth, it's literally an all-singing, all-dancing venue.

For a summer party, though, it has to be the beautiful garden space. The fully-covered 100-person capacity 'Gin Garden' has enough hanging flora and plush chairs to get you in the mood for a gin & tonic or three. The summer party space can be combined with a DJ and private bar, meaning you won't have to queue or fight for room on the dance floor. All you have to do is find the perfect summer outfit.

Omeara, summer party venue
the outdoor terrace of London Bridge bar and music venue Omeara

10. A summer party venue for the music-lovers: Omeara

London Bridge

Listen to music, look at art and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of Omeara, all under a 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 great drinks and fantastic live performances, this space has energy if you are searching for a 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 parties and invites special guests to perform live music, so gather the gang and enjoy the 2 for £10 cocktail deal from 5pm to 7pm or the unmatched collection of tequila whilst listening to fantastic musical performances.

If you are looking to host your private party, Omeara offers space to hold up to 320 guests. Go all out for your summer bash and host a party in one of the private hiring options, fitting for whatever sized party you are looking to throw.

25th floor Sky Terrace, The Stratford Hotel east london party venue
25th floor Sky Terrace, The Stratford Hotel east london party venue

11. A summer party with a sky terrace in London: The Stratford, Terrace E20

Stratford, London

Imagine hosting a summer party on a sky terrace, covered with rich oak flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook London’s beautiful skyline.

You can make that imagination come true at The Stratford Hotel. Level 7 at the Stratford is available for private hire, accommodating up to 60 guests. This cool, intimate space consists of a modern European restaurant, Allegra, and its outdoor terrace that provides spectacular views of the city, especially Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

If you’re looking to host a rooftop summer party with an amazing dining experience, then look no further than Terrace E20 at The Stratford.

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Woods Quay, Wood Silver Fleet, summer party venues

12. Unmatched views of the River Thames for your summertime celebration: Woods Quay, Wood Silver Fleet

Embankment, London

Open kitchen, Michelin-standard tasting room, ample space for guests, and classy drinks all at your fingers tips while situated along the Embankment on the River Thames overlooking the city. Woods Quay is one of London's top riverside venues.

The green botanical decor is spread throughout the venue for a summery atmosphere and fitting the vibrant summer vibes is the fresh menu items, expect flavours and dishes like 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 the private hiring options with space for up to 250 guests that can accommodate a range of events.

Boathouse canary wharf summer party
Boathouse canary wharf summer party

13. Celebrate your summer on a boat: The Boathouse London

Canary Wharf, London

Consider Pirates. The original raconteurs, history's celebrated connoisseurs of rum, sun and jaunty songs. Say what you want about the scourge of the ocean; they sure knew how to have a good time.

Canary Wharf has been blessed with a summer party venue that would make even the meanest of sea dogs smile. The unique and stylish space has brought the aesthetics of a cosy jazz bar to the not-so-tempestuous waters of Canary Wharf. The twenty-person capacity vessel gives breathtaking views of the steel and glass city-scape, with below and above deck bringing the vibes.

PocketSquare Skyline Bar, summer party venue
PocketSquare Skyline Bar, summer party venues

14. An ode to the city of London with carefully curated decor and beautiful views: Pocketsquare Skyline Bar

Whitechapel, London

Hidden away in the city’s first Hyatt Place Hotel. Found on the 9th floor, Pocketsquare Skyline Bar is a summery spot where you can enjoy a signature drink with a view of London as your backdrop.

Once you hop off the lift and enter the bar, you see the expansive space and windows lining the area offering 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 so that you can enjoy the lovely summer evenings.

This bar aims to lace together artistic decor, breathtaking views and unique cocktails and food with private hire options for up to 80 guests.

15. A classy summer party in the greenhouse: Bourne and Hollingsworth

Clerkenwell, London

The Greenhouse at the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings seamlessly blends vintage charm with green foliage in a light and airy space. In the summer days, ample natural light floods in creating a bright, relaxed atmosphere.

At night, soft festoon lighting from the outside casts ethereal shadows on the white walls, establishing more of an intimate feel. Night or day, the summer brings out a lively crowd that parties for hours and hours at The Greenhouse.

Green Room at the Colour Hoxton, summer party venues
Green Room at the Colour Hoxton, summer party venues

16. An ideal place for a range of occasions to host your lively summer bash: Colours Hoxton

Hoxton, London

Colours Hoxton is the space to go for a summer bash with indoor and outdoor spaces for you and yours to socialise, 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.

Mr. Fogg's Secret Garden, summer party venue, 2
Mr. Fogg's Secret Garden, summer party venue

17. An eccentric, secluded spot to enjoy a party with your friends: Mr Fogg's Residence

Green Park, London

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 Residence 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 a refreshing drink in a picturesque setting.

Hire The Secret Garden for your summertime party that can host up to 150 standing guests.

Sky garden london party 3
Sky garden london party 3

18. Go high above grounds for your next summer party: Sky Garden

Bank, London

Summer is approaching quickly, so it’s time to start thinking about where you want to host your next spectacular summer party.

A popular venue amongst tourists and Londoners is Sky Garden, situated in the heart of the City with 360 degree panoramic views of London. During the warmer months, the sun shines through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, creating a perfect backdrop for a summer party. With a capacity for up to 700 guests and exclusive hire available for a full day (6am to 6am) or half day (4pm to 2am), Sky Garden boasts a great venue to party all night on a summer day.

Lost Garden at Lost Society, summer party venues
The Lost Society, summer party venues

19. Eclectic decor and unmatched summer vibes: Lost Garden at The Lost Society

Battersea, London

From the 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. Within the venue is The Lost Garden, a lush, green hideaway for a 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 and botanical setting.


20. A unique summer party venue for those who get weird around trains: London Transport Museum's Canteen

Covent Garden, London

For an event that Francis Bourgeious would be proud of, try the London Transport Museum.

This unique venue is flooded with natural light and looks over Covent Gardens' bustling piazza. Set in London's original flower market, you will find space for up to 50, perfect for intimate gatherings.

Lined with decommissioned tube furniture, the space is adorned with tiles, vintage posters and maps that have been reclaimed from the underground. To an enthusiast, you may also spot vintage light fittings and luggage racks.

Catering is available with options for great British specials and homemade bakes to feast on. For a memorable night of memorabilia, this is the place.

21. A summer party full of bowling & karaoke: All Star Lanes Shepherd’s Bush

Shepherd's Bush, London

In case the British rain decides to make an unscheduled stop in the summer, All Star Lanes Shepherd's Bush. With bowling lanes, karaoke rooms, and dartboards, your time will be quite eventful.

We know all this bowling will make you peckish and parched, but fear not, this venue serves favourite drinks and mouth-watering American classics with a twist. Why not go for the big one… a tender steak.

The best summer party venues in London

London in the summer is arguably the best season in the city and has no shortage of great 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 book now. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best London summer party venues respond to your enquiry.

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The sunshine is nearly here, which means... it’s time to start thinking about summer party venues in London. 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!

Determining your event’s specific needs

The first step in booking a summer party venue is to pinpoint your event’s specific needs. Consider the type of party you're hosting, the number of guests, and any particular requirements you might have. Are you looking for an intimate garden setting or a large rooftop terrace with a view of the Thames? Understanding the nature of your event will help you focus your search and streamline the decision-making process.

Budget planning

Establishing a budget is a crucial part of venue selection. London offers a wide range of venues, from budget-friendly parks to opulent private estates. When setting your budget, consider all possible expenses, including venue hire, catering, decorations, entertainment, and any additional services. It’s wise to include a contingency fund for unforeseen costs to ensure your budget covers all aspects of the event.

Venue research

Once your needs and budget are clear, begin researching potential venues. Use online resources, venue directories, and reviews to gather detailed information about location, capacity, amenities, and pricing. Make a shortlist of venues that fit your criteria. Pay attention to unique features such as outdoor spaces, scenic views, and accessibility, which can significantly enhance the summer party experience.

Site visits

Arranging site visits to your shortlisted venues is a vital step. Visiting in person allows you to evaluate the space, atmosphere, and facilities firsthand. Observe the layout, check the condition of amenities, and consider the venue’s overall vibe. Meeting the venue staff during your visit is also an excellent opportunity to discuss your event needs and ask pertinent questions about logistics and services.

Availability check

Summer is a popular season for events in London, so it’s essential to check the availability of your preferred venues as early as possible. Popular spots can be booked well in advance, particularly for weekends and peak times. If your event date is flexible, you may have more options to choose from. Securing your venue early ensures you get the best possible location for your summer party.

Reviewing contracts

Once you’ve selected a venue, carefully review the contract before signing. Ensure that all terms are clear, including hire period, total costs, services included, and cancellation policies. If there are any ambiguities, seek clarification from the venue staff. A thorough understanding of the contract details is essential to avoid any surprises later on and to formalise your booking with confidence.

Coordinating logistics

With your venue booked, it’s time to plan the logistics of your summer party. Coordinate with the venue staff to confirm details such as setup times, technical requirements, catering, and any special requests. Clear communication is key to ensuring that all elements of your event are well-organised and that the venue staff are fully aware of your plans and expectations.

Final preparations

In the lead-up to your event, conduct final checks to ensure everything is in place. Confirm the number of attendees, finalise the schedule, and liaise with suppliers and vendors to ensure they are aligned with your plans. A thorough review of all arrangements helps to minimise the risk of last-minute issues and ensures that your summer party runs smoothly.

Booking a summer party venue in London requires careful planning, detailed research, and effective coordination. By clearly defining your needs, setting a realistic budget, and engaging thoroughly with venue staff, you can secure the perfect location for your event. London’s diverse selection of summer venues guarantees that you’ll find something to suit your style and needs, creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for all your guests. This guide provides you with the essential steps and insights to navigate the booking process successfully, ensuring your summer party is a standout event in the vibrant city of London.

Frequently asked questions

For summer party venues in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

  • The 12th floor at The Hoxton, Southwark
  • Night Tales in Hackney
  • Dalston Roofpark

There really is no one answer to this question as 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. 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.

There are lots of ways to book a London summer party venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best summer party venues in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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