We've put together a list of the top places we're hoping for an invitation to (hint hint), so pour yourself a Pimms, pop on your sun hat, and take a stroll with us through the best venues on the scene for a late summer do. All that's left is to lay out the deckchairs and bring out the bottles - cheers!
First on our list is the beautiful (and incredibly central) 11 Cavendish Square, a stunning venue for an unforgettable summer party. This elegant Georgian building offers a traditional exterior blended with contemporary architecture, and boasts a beautiful patio courtyard, making it the perfect choice for sophisticated events. For an idyllic setting, the Orangery offers a perfect backdrop for any summer event with natural light beaming through its glass ceiling from sunrise to sunset and an outdoor courtyard complete with a living wall and seating.
Location: Oxford Circus
Capacity: 300 reception
If you're looking to take your party to new heights, Smiths of Smithfield's rooftop is head and shoulders above the rest - literally! The 19th century market warehouse oozes character and been transformed into a contemporary venue with four floors of event spaces. Offering a combination of beautiful event spaces, the venue can join together its many eclectic rooms to make your celebration one to remember, and the jewel in its crown - the rooftop - can accommodate 200 guests! With views for days, this is an ideal option for those looking for a unique summer bash.
Capacity: 200 reception
A quiet oasis in Fitzrovia, The Arber Garden offers a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of greenery to bring the summer indoors. With contemporary decor inspired by the botanist and philosopher Agnes Arber, this botanical beauty boasts a gin bar and garden terrace directly beside Fitzrovia Chapel, and it's fast becoming a go-to venue for trendy events. Plus, the stand-out menu takes summer events to whole new heights, with British classics reimagined with sustainability in mind. We can't wait to dig in!
Capacity: 50 standing
Located on the doorstep of desirable Russel Square, BMA House offers a secluded courtyard right in the heart of the city. With a beautiful red brick exterior and ornate furnishings throughout, it's a fabulous spot for an indoor or outdoor event and offers plenty of flair to impress your guests. We're imagining a sophisticated evening do, with a champagne reception and a string quartet - you could even have dinner served in the courtyard to really give guests something to write home about!
Capacity: 320 reception
If you're on the hunt for a venue with a view, look no further than the beautiful rooftop terrace at 30 Euston Square. Equally impressive during the daytime or at night, this spot is miles above most event venues, with a seriously stunning outlook over the city skyline. With plenty of space for guests to mingle and enjoy the sun, the rooftop decking is ideal for barbecues and drinks receptions, while in case of the weather turning, the venue's adjoining State Rooms are a fantastic addition to a summer event.
Capacity: 320 standing
The Brewery offers a fantastic option for summer parties with its historical charm and contemporary touches. Located in the heart of Chiswell Street, this stunning venue has been transformed from its origins as an 18th century brewery into a luxury event space that's full of retained character. With six different event spaces on offer (plus an outdoor courtyard perfect for sunny summer events), catering for up to 1000 guests, it's perfect for those looking to host an event on a larger scale. The venue also offers an impressive lighting and sound system, so there's no need to worry about any of the technical elements; just enjoy the grandeur of this beautiful setting!
Capacity: 1000 reception
The Inner Temple is a grand and historic venue that oozes class. With luxurious interiors, sprawling grounds and picturesque views of the River Thames, there's no better spot for an alfresco celebration in the city. Plus, in summer, its private lawns come alive with a marquee in its 3 acre award-winning gardens overlooking the river. For a truly memorable occasion, why not have dinner served on shared tables in the gardens or opt for canapés and music provided by a jazz band - your guests will be talking about it for years to come!
Capacity: 600 reception
At Lord's Cricket Ground, you and your guests can feel like royalty as you enjoy a summer party against the backdrop of one of Britain most iconic sporting venues. From the pavilion balcony overlooking the hallowed turf to the exclusive Long Room, the possibilities for throwing an unforgettable event are endless. Impress your guests with a champagne and Pimm’s reception on the outfield followed by a three-course dinner in one of Lord's many private rooms, or host a sophisticated daytime do in the Harris Gardens - a real suntrap for that sunny weather!
Location: St John's Wood
Capacity: 900 reception
With 2 locations for 2023, in Finsbury Park and Battersea Park, The Bowls Club is a unique venue that provides an alternative take on traditional summer celebrations. With its fun, competitive spirirt and vibrant atmosphere, it's perfect for garden parties and getting colleagues socialising. Take advantage of their street food catering options and enjoy drinks al fresco - and there's even live entertainment on hand to make the evening truly special!
Location: Finsbury Park; Battersea Park
Capacity: 499 reception
Hatfield House provides a magnificent setting for summer parties with its stunning Tudor architecture and picturesque gardens, all just a short direct train from King's Cross. Set in the grounds of a stately home, you and your guests can enjoy drinks on the lawn and an outdoor dinner as twilight arrives. From live music to outdoor theatre performances, there's plenty of ways to make your event unique, and your guests will love discovering the history of their surroundings - the Old Palace was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I!
Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Capacity: 300 reception
And there you have it - a round up of our top super summer party venues (try saying that after a Pimms or two!) to set your event at this summer! See one that tickles your fancy? Enquire now about availability before it's snapped up! Still on the lookout? Browse our other sizzling summer party spots, or get in touch for some bespoke suggestions at the button below.
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Jessamy channels her passion for sustainability and cultural events into shining a spotlight on innovation and inspiration in the events world, and heading up Hire Space's sustainability committee.