Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. A good rule of thumb when booking outdoor summer parties is, relying on the sun to be shining in England can be a dangerous bet. What you need is a glass venue. The open-air feel of the outdoors but in the event of a downpour, you get to keep your hat dry.
Stay glassy, London.
1. Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens
The Nash Conservatory is the oldest of the 19th-century glasshouses at Kew. Originally built in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, this classic conservatory now provides a unique and versatile space event space for both daytime and evening events.
2. The Gherkin
The glass dome on the top two floors of The Gherkin offers unforgettable 360-degree views of London from 180m high. Searcys at The Gherkin has two stunning private dining rooms perfect for enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner with incredible views over the city.
3. Borough Market
The Market Hall is an iconic space that offers the opportunity for exclusive events that capture the energy of the bustling Borough Marketplace.
With a dazzling glass facade looking out on Borough High Street and a hall filled with towering vertical planters and an assortment of luscious greenery, Market Hall is a uniquely modern event space with a natural touch.
4. The Pearson Room
The Pearson Room is a casual yet sophisticated restaurant and bar, serving seasonally inspired cocktails and all day menus designed to delight.
The space and décor are inspired by 1950s Hitchcockian style and offer an easy going, intimate atmosphere, perfect for a sociable meal, after work drinks, private events and even City weddings.
5. Bunga Bunga
Well located in Battersea, this pizzeria with a twist is the perfect place to host a party of any kind. The indulgent glass-ceilinged sanctuary is the perfect destination for an intimate gathering. It also offers a hidden state of the art karaoke system with over 15,000 songs to choose from.
Plateau sits in a prime fourth-floor location at the top of Canada Place building and has prime views of Canary Wharf.
Plateau offers two distinct dining areas and a semi-open view kitchen making it an ideal venue for foodie-focused events, private dining or drinks receptions.
An ingenious medley of recycled windows makes for a quirky venue. Hatch is a multi-purpose space right by Homerton overground.
Made up of a small cafe, hot desks, a juice bar, small business plots and a bar, it's a versatile space ideal for pop-ups, parties or even meetings.
8. The East Room At Tate Modern
As one of the world's most famous art galleries, Tate Modern serves as a platform for the most awe-inspiring, thought-provoking and iconic modern art.
It also plays host to some of London's most exclusive events with breathtaking views of the Thames and the City. With floor to ceiling windows, The East Room has an abundance of natural daylight and with that skyline as a backdrop, any event here is bound to impress.
9. Westminster Boating Base
The spacious open-plan building lends itself to a wide variety of theming and is highly flexible. With a Pavillion that extends over the river, the floor-to-ceiling windows provide a brilliant view of the Thames. Set in the stunning Pimlico Gardens, it's a truly lovely location.
You might also recognise this venue as it can famously be seen in Love Actually as the location for Keira Knightley's wedding reception.
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