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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:

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.

FAQs Summer Party Venues to Hire in London

What is a summer party venue?

From rooftop spots with spectacular views over the city and venues with beautiful gardens and quirky features, through to secluded Rooftops, private terraces and bars with views, a summer party venue comes in all different shapes and sizes. London has a huge offering of summer party venues that will allow you to create the perfect summer party.

Why should I book a summer party in London?

As the weather heats up in the city, many of us are already thinking about summer soirees, corporate summer parties, summer events and any other reason to celebrate the welcomed return of the sunshine – or is that just us? If you’re currently thinking about planning your summer party, you’ve certainly landed in the right place! London is jam packed with exciting summer party venues that provide the ultimate setting for a summer party. And don’t forget, London frequently enjoys temperatures of 30 degrees or more during the summer, has plenty of iconic landmarks, sights and sounds, and plenty to do, so you won’t be short of fantastic summer venue options. Whether you're looking for a blank canvas space for your DIY summer party , or a venue that comes fully furnished and prepared, there are lots of great spaces in London for your work summer party.

What type of events can I host at a summer party?

When the sun is shining, there’s always a reason to celebrate. And London’s summer party venues provide the perfect, sunshine-filled setting to ensure that your summer party has the wow factor. You can host a catalogue of different events at a summer party venue, including: • Weddings • Engagement parties • Cocktail parties • Birthdays • Graduation celebrations • Proms • Conferences • Networking events • Stand-up comedy • Festivals • Concerts • Exhibitions • Art classes • Corporate events • Meetings and seminars • Product launches

How do I organise a corporate summer party?

As the weather heats up and thoughts of the summer months ahead bring a smile to your face, why not start to plan your corporate summer party? More and more companies are choosing to host summer parties for their employees, and they’re quickly becoming just as popular as the annual Christmas party! So how do you organise a corporate summer party? Step 1 – Choose your day Step 2 – Budget Step 3 – Pick your venue Step 4 – Organise food and drink Step 5 – Choose your entertainment

How can I make a summer party fun?

If you’re looking to add a new and exciting dimension to your summer party, there are lots of ways that you can add unique touches that are sure to impress your guests! Here are just some of our favourite ideas: • Add summer tapas • Hire a prosecco truck to come to your party • Nail the entertainment • Pick a summer theme such as an ice cream sundae party! • Host a beach party. • Hire performers • Hire a surprise guest • Cocktail making • Live bands

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