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Summer Party Venues to Hire in London

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There are two parties in the office calendar that really count - the infamous Christmas party and the summer party. Although it hasn't always been a stalwart, it's quickly becoming more popular and some of the best venues for hire in London get booked out sharpish. Whether you're looking for a blank canvas space for your DIY summer party ideas, or a venue that comes fully furnished and prepared, check out our list of great spaces for your work summer party:

    Top Recommended Summer Party Venues to Hire in London

  • Kensington

    Grand Plaza Kensington

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    Standing 120
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    Theatre 80
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    Dining 70
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  • Islington

    Salut!

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    Dining 26
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  • Moorgate

    Morton Society

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    Standing 260
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    Theatre 200
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    Dining 150
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  • St James

    Memorable rustic venue with incredible London views

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    Standing 400
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    Theatre 200
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    Dining 116
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    Old Street

    vibrant and inspiring venue in heart of East London

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    Standing 200
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    Theatre 70
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    Dining 70
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  • Regents Park

    Trendy open plan venue and terrace in unbeatable location

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    Standing 120
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    Theatre 80
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    Dining 100
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  • Shoreditch

    TT Liquor

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    Standing 250
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  • Covent Garden

    Hitech blank canvas spaces for launches, dinners and conferences

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    Standing 300
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    Theatre 200
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    Dining 120
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  • Most Popular Summer Party Venues to Hire in London

  • Greenwich

    The Nelson Room

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    Standing 350
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    Theatre 200
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    Dining 200
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  • Southbank

    The Balcony Room at The Swan, Shakespeare's Globe

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    Standing 120
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    Theatre 70
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    Dining 70
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  • Mayfair

    The Mess Hall

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    Standing 300
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    Theatre 250
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    Dining 220
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  • Kings Cross

    The Lighterman

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    Standing 100
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    Dining 60
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  • London Bridge

    Cosy versatile lounge in Grade II Listed warehouse

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    Standing 50
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    Theatre 40
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    Dining 30
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  • Somerset House

    Spacious and versatile suite of rooms overlooking the Thames

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    Standing 200
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    Theatre 100
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    Cabaret 56
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  • Paddington station

    Very cool immersive and versatile street food concept

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    Standing 360
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    Theatre 120
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    Dining 220
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    Brixton

    Hope and Anchor

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    Standing 500
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    Theatre 30
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    Dining 40
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How to Organise a Corporate Summer Party?


As the weather heats up, we invariably start to think of beaches, cocktails… and a day that we don’t have to spend in the office. Just like Christmas, summer is a time that has a natural holiday feeling to it, which is why more and more companies are hosting summer parties for their employees. It’s a chance for everyone to unwind and it’s always great to know that your boss appreciates all you do enough to let you have a day off work to enjoy the sun. Organising a party like this has its own pitfalls, so here are a few steps to help you plan.


Step 1: Choose Your Day


When to have your corporate summer party is always the question. You don’t want it on a date when everyone is off on holiday, but it still has to be in summer. The middle or end of July seems like a good halfway point. The weather should be good, but hopefully won’t be at the scorching highs that London can reach in August. One rule of organising a summer party, is to always have it on a work day. While you might like the idea of everyone bringing their family on a Saturday, the reality is, that no one wants to give their weekend up to work, no matter what the reason. As it’s summer, kids will be off of school anyway, so it’s still possible to invite them along.


Step 2: Budget


If you’re planning a corporate party, you’re going to want it to be as high class as possible and knowing how much you actually have to spend is the first step in achieving this. Without a budget ahead of time, you can easily splash out too much on food and drink, and not leave anything left over for hiring any entertainment. Planning is the key to any successful event and this all starts with the person who holds the purse strings. If your boss isn’t sure of a budget, come up with a working plan and estimates so they can approve it for you in advance.


Step 3: Picking a Venue


Picking the perfect venue for a corporate party is maybe the most important part of planning. As it’s summer, you’ll have to carefully consider the type of venue that will be able to accommodate everyone and still make it enjoyable. The best way to do this is to find a venue that is a mixture of indoors and outdoors. There’s a wide variety of summer party venues for hire in London, and the best of them have a large outdoor area for everyone to congregate and enjoy the sun, as well as an indoor section that will be both out of the direct heat, and a place to shelter in the case of adverse weather!


Step 4: Food and Drink


Without good food and a fair amount of drink on offer, you’re not going to have any type of party. Secure your caterers as soon as you have a venue and discuss with them ideas for how you want to serve up. As it’s summer, you could go for a BBQ style party. This helps to create a relaxed feeling throughout the group, which is perfect for when you just want a day to wind down and not have to think about work. The caterers will be able to look after everything, but you should also consider hiring some bartending staff to keep the drinks flowing. Plenty of ice is of course going to be needed if the day is extra hot!


Step 5: Do Something Good


Why not have your summer party be in aid of a local charity? Have everyone give a donation and invite someone from the charity to speak at your event. This is a great way to not only let everyone have a day off to enjoy themselves, but also allow them to give back to their community. There’s nothing better than knowing that you’ve done something that will benefit others. It might even encourage some people to get even more involved with the charity and organise more sponsored events throughout the year.


Step 6: Entertainment


If this is a summer party for everyone to relax, then they are going to expect some form of entertainment. There are loads of unusual entertainment options out there, and many can be modified to work in either an indoor or outdoor setting. A good idea is inviting your local circus school to come along and not only entertain everyone with what they can do, but host taster sessions to let people have a go themselves. This can be a great way to unwind and can double as a teambuilding exercise.


Step 7: Night Time


Like most good parties, it’s likely that your corporate event will still be going as the sun goes down. While it might still stay warm and balmy, summer nights can be surprisingly cool, so you will need to have thought this through. Introducing fire pits can create a great atmosphere as well as adding warmth and are perfect to sit and chat around. Providing blankets is also advised to keep the chill away. If you’re not having firepits but heaters instead, you’ll still need to think about lighting for the outdoor venue. No one likes to be left sitting in the dark.


The summer is made to be enjoyed, which is why it’s so important to organise a corporate summer party for everyone to be able to have a day out in the sunshine. Once you’ve finalised what day it’s on and hired of the perfect summer party venue, you’ll be surprised by how easily the rest falls into place. Giving you plenty of time to grab a drink and enjoy the best of the British summer.

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