There's nothing like a spot of sunshine to set your summer party off on the right note, and there are plenty of fantastic venues that offer space in the great outdoors. However, as much as we'd like to believe in sunny summers, to stay on the safe side of the British weather, the wise tend not to sacrifice an indoor element altogether!
Luckily, if you're after the best of both worlds, you've come to the right place. We've put together a list of the top venues with outdoor space that are sure to send your summer party stratospheric - check out our top spots below!
1. No. 4 Hamilton Place
A favourite for all kinds of summer celebrations, from corporate events to birthday bashes, No. 4 Hamilton Place is a stunning Edwardian venue, set right in the heart of Mayfair. With an open-air terrace and garden overlooking Hyde Park, there's plenty of space for up to 200 guests to enjoy the views with room for a variety of catering options, including barbecues (to really cover all your bases, the venue also offers a marquee to cover the outside space). Meanwhile the rooms inside are equally elegant, with ornate furnishings and large windows to make sure that summer's in the air wherever your guests wander.
Capacity: 200 reception
2. The Lighterman
Located in trendy Coal Drops Yard, just minutes from King's Cross Station, The Lighterman is a beautiful, light-filled space with stunning views across Regent's Canal. Boasting plenty of outdoor seating, as well as open air spaces inside the venue, this spot is a fantastic location for a summer celebration. And with floor-to-ceiling windows, you'll be able to have the views minus the weather if the elements aren't quite on your side!
Location: King's Cross
Capacity: 100 reception
3. The Broadcaster
Nestled amongst the impressive buildings of White City, The Broadcaster is a seriously elegant affair, with buckets of space to mingle and make the most of the sun. As the newest addition to the iconic Television Centre, it's caused quite the stir in organiser circles, and with good reason... with an outdoor terrace and beautiful rooftop pergola bar, it's the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor spaces, with tons of style and a fantastic menu to boot!
Location: White City
Capacity: 120 reception
4. StoneX Stadium
For rugby fans, there aren't many venues more apt for a celebration than StoneX Stadium, home to Saracens rugby club. Located in the middle of 26 acres of greenery (which are available for team-building activities), it's already an inviting spot for an escape from the city before you even look at the event spaces - all 22 of them! One of our favourites, the spacious Tulip Club opens onto a private balcony which overlooks the pitch, making it an ideal spot for sun-seekers and sports fans alike.
Location: Hendon, North London
Capacity: 400 reception
5. The Kia Oval
While we're on the topic of sports, The Kia Oval is another venue that's a real catch for a summer event! As we head into cricket season, there's nothing like socialising while you soak up the atmosphere of the game taking place on the lawns below. With capacity to accommodate up to a whopping 600 guests on its roof terrace, your guests are sure to take this venue as a win, regardless of the scoreboard!
Location: The Oval
Capacity: 600 reception
6. Bateaux London
It wouldn't be a true round up of the best summer party around without a quick trip to the Thames, and Bateaux London's floating and riverfront event spaces make it one of the top venues around for a unique summer do! Take your guests for a spin along the river on the iconic glass-covered boat, or stick to solid ground and enjoy the views from The Pier, a waterfront venue with serious location points. Either way, summer sunsets have never looked so good!
Capacity: 280 reception
We don't know about you, but these venues have got us well and truly fired up for summer parties! Offering the perfect combination of al-fresco style and indoor back-ups, any of these stellar spaces will have you set for your events - just enquire about availability today through the venue's profile.
Haven't found quite the right spot? Check out more summer party venues on our website, or get in touch for more recommendations.
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.