Each year, we get a few precious weeks of blazing sunshine. A day here or there, maybe an entire heatwave (oh hey, April sunshine), but no matter how cynical we may be, it always arrives. There may be the drizzle, the wind, the clouds; but there's also the sunshine, the Pimm's, the fresh green lawns of Wimbledon and inevitably a bit of sunburn.
To embrace the prime of the summer, make sure you pick a venue that celebrates England at its bluest, greenest, and brightest.
Here are six venues with beautiful outside space that will let you do just that.
If you're not yet familiar with the concept of Street Feast, we highly recommend you take a trip to one of their locations. Hawker House is it's Canada Water outpost - a huge street food and drink night market inside a warehouse. It's also an impressive events space that has the capacity for 2500 people.
The venue also boasts a vast outside area that is transformed into The Land of Bamboo in the summer months (May to September).
The Land of Bamboo is a tropical tiki paradise filled with sandpits, trampolines, tiki huts and a giant towering fire pit. Brilliant for big summer parties or catching up with friends on the #WarmestDayOfTheYear.
The Sea Containers building is a pretty recognisable feature on the South Bank, probably best known for the Mondrian Hotel. But nestled atop Sea Containers is a pretty fantastic rooftop space that is part of Sea Containers Events.
It's got 360-degree views of London's skyline so you can play I Spy with all of the city's iconic architecture whilst enjoying a cocktail or two. It's the perfect space for an office summer party with a capacity of 200 standing guests, so you can watch the sunset with your favourite work pals.
Lord's Cricket Club is the most famous cricket ground in the world, steeped in sporting history and legend. It boasts some truly interesting architecture and an extraordinary collection of memorabilia that would delight sports fans.
In a leafy St. John’s Wood location it also boasts fantastic outside spaces like the Harris Garden. This charming rose garden was constructed in 1934 in memory of the renowned cricketer and politician, Lord Harris. It's tranquil, filled with sunshine and makes a brilliant BBQ and summer party venue.
What better place to spend a summer evening that a boat on the river? Harmony, a Scandinavian-built vessel from Bateaux London, has the largest open viewing deck on the Thames.
You can hire the boat exclusively for a dining experience with a difference. The boat can cater for up to 200 guests for a sunny summer party that sails past London's most iconic buildings. How's that for a backdrop?
You'll find 58VE on the banks of the Thames, just minutes from Blackfriars station. The venue is pretty new on the event space scene, with a purpose-built ground floor that combines simple conference and meeting space with state-of-the-art technology.
What really sets this venue apart is the Lounge and Balcony on the sixth floor. With amazing views across the river that stretch across to the London Eye and beyond, this rooftop terrace is a perfect spot for a drinks reception or summer parties with up to 40 of your nearest and dearest.
South Place is an 80-bedroom luxury hotel in the City of London, just minutes away from Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations. The first hotel from restaurateurs D&D, designed by Conran.
Tucked away on the first floor of the hotel, the Secret Garden is an outdoor oasis, sheltered from the elements and the stress of the city. With a Miami vibe, the space is complete with slate waterfalls, palms and bamboo, a stage-lit bar and a 60-foot sculpture running the height of the interior wall.
Ideal for private parties, weddings and special corporate receptions, the Secret Garden really is a hidden gem.
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