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:
Affordable venue hire in Islington A short 10-minute walk from Angel station. Our 3000sqft internal space is divided into a workshop space, main event hall ad a kitchen. We have been home to personal development workshops, coaching conferences, R&D sessions for theatremakers and yoga teacher training. All rooms benefit from floor to ceiling windows, giving plenty of natural light. We're a social enterprise. All bookings fund our community work in Islington. Our spaces: Main Hall, £60p/h: Projector, large screen, surround sound speakers. Capacity: 100. Our light and airy main hall is the ideal venue for your next conference, away day, workshop, private function or corporate event. It’s an affordable space with a projector, large screen and surround speakers. Full use of the kitchen is available for an extra charge. Kitchen, £25p/h: Why not have your next supper club at Arc? Fully fitted kitchen. Two ovens, two hobs/cookers, two fridges, dishwasher. Suitable for cookery classes, food workshops, catering, food preparation. Flexible Workshop Space, £40p/h: Floor to ceiling windows, projector, sound system. Capacity: 30 Flexible seating/table arrangement. This small venue can be used as a meeting room, training room, workshop room or conference room. Floor to ceiling windows give the room refreshing natural light, and the room has a projector is for pitches, presentations and training days. Meeting Room, £15p/h Capacity: 4 Private and safe. Suitable for meetings and interviews or use as a box office, cloakroom, or green room when you hire the Community Hall. Whole venue: You can rent the whole venue: the meeting room, kitchen, workshop space and community hall. Price on request. Additional Extras: You get high speed WiFi and tables and chairs for up to 100 guests for free, but we also offer catering, hospitality packs, full PA system, stage, lighting, event marketing, photography, videography and more. Flip Chart £10 Projector and screen £25 Laptop £10 Portable speakers £10 PA system and microphones £25 Teas and coffees £3 each Stage £100 Discounts available for charities & Packington residents. By hiring our venue you directly support our community work.
The Prince located in the heart of West Brompton, set across 3 floors with 4 restaurants and 3 bars, accommodating up to 800 guests. With their enticing winter floral interiors numbers starting from 200 work equally as well. Flowers always put a smile on your face, so come rain or shine, The Prince will be your ‘happy place’ this Christmas. Our delicious food street vendors will be on hand to keep your tastes buds satisfied, serving up a variety of festive bites, and our bar staff have been busy at work creating seasonal cocktails full of festive spices to keep you feeling warm inside. Available for exclusive hire for guests numbers of 200 and above
Impress your guests by hosting your event in a UNESCO world heritage site. The Old Brewery is a south east London private hire hidden gem. With stunning copper features influenced by our Naval and brewing heritage, our dining room and outside terrace offer a unique experience for your party needs. With views of the Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf outer-terrace is perfect for celebratory drinks and canapes, plus our dining rooms elegance and grandeur allows the perfect backdrop to dance the night away.
Swingers City offers two 9-hole crazy golf courses with three incredible street food vendors, five cocktail drenched bars and a two-storey clubhouse. Swingers is totally unique and outrageously fun, making it the ideal venue for a host of occasions ranging from birthday parties, your team Christmas party, team building, client entertaining or simply a night out for a group of friends. Swingers City is based on a 1920's golf-club set in the bucolic English countryside. Step into the secret world of our old-school clubhouse, rolling greens, lush foliage and unparalleled hospitality. The venue is a stone's throw away from the Gherkin in the heart of London. Here is our other site: West End
The Green Room is a self-contained space within Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen available exclusively for private hire all week. Start your party with a cocktail on the heated and covered terrace opposite Hoxton Square before delving into Orange Buffalo’s amazing selection of sharing menus. As well as its very own seperate entrance and bar, The Green Room comes with hire of our PA and DJ equipment so you can finish off your party by dancing under the multi-coloured festoon lights and disco ball. Suitable for 60 – 120 guests. It is also an ideal space for a breakfast meeting or an away day with plenty of natural light and a wonderful selection of breakfast and lunch menus. Looking for a space for a Summer Party? Pack your beach-side essentials, we’re off to Hawaii this summer. From the end of May 2019, The Green Room will be transformed into an al-fresco Luau Party. Start your party off with a Tiki Rum Punch before enjoying a sizzling BBQ courtesy of The Orange Buffalo, and finish it all off with a refreshing Boozy Cocktail Ice Pop. Play Ping Pong, enjoy the Photobooth and the Green, Leafy Square directly opposite the venue; then dance the night away with our resident DJs. Photobooth Tokens Available Heated & Covered Outdoor Terrace for 40 French Doors DJ Equipment with full PA Cloakroom Access Themed Summer BBQ & Cocktail Menu
South West London
Tara Theatre is an awarding-winning gem available for venue hire in London. Just 10 minutes by Rail from Waterloo. Step through the Indian front door of our Edwardian terrace into a world of elegant fusion, providing a unique setting for any event. Theatre – plush seats, soaring ceilings and exposed brickwork combined with state-of-the-art technical facilities, perfect for private parties, launch events, conferences, weddings and receptions. Studio – an abundance of natural light and smooth oakwood floors, ideal for meetings, workshops, rehearsals, seminars and more. Foyer & Patio-Garden –a charming haven for parties and events with a café/bar.
Ladbroke Grove, Little Venice
The Molly Anna is an exquisitely maintained 58' wide-beam canal boat with full-length stage, licensed and insured for musical or theatrical performance, product launches, cozy work retreats, events and parties. The Molly Anna is available for canal-side events at a variety of locations along the Grand Union Canal, in West, Central or East London. On a rainy day, 8-10 people comfortably fit inside around our roaring stove. Two-to-three times that many people can lounge above board on a sunny day. We frequently partner with canal-side pubs and other businesses to accommodate larger crowds, allowing people to circulate on and off the boat. In addition to offering a place to perform their work, Bards on Boats employs actors as hosts and tour guides. Contact us to discuss if and how actors' services can complement your event, or if you'd prefer to go with a skipper, whose services are included in the boat rental.
Warehouse style cocktail bar and rooftop hideaway in Hackney with huge windows and heated terrace that looks out onto the far-reaching views of the Capitals skyline. NT's is available for private hire 7 days a week offering a range of bespoke services and venue features, including food, drink, entertainment and more to ensure you create the perfect event or party.
This summer, Queen of Hoxton invites you to a long hot summer of tacos, tequila and giant frozen Margaritas on our rooftop bar, inspired by the vibrant town of San Cristóbal in Mexico. Gloriously colourful and hot as a habanero, journey off the beaten track and up our staircase to find the secret hang out of the Luchadoras, the baddest babes of Mexican female wrestling. You can expect all fiesta and no siesta whether you’re relaxing in the sun-drenched streets under the cool shade of our band-stand, paying homage to your favourite wrestlers, or learning some moves in our wrestling ring, you’ll work up a sweat (and a thirst) so head to our back-street bar, where the tacos are dirty and the tequila smarts like Tijuana saddle-burn. Wednesday and Thursday hire rates include Room 2 – our amazing party room with a light-up, infinity dance floor! Click on our Party Pack above for full details. Fully Themed Mexican Production Mexican Party Packs Customisable Photobooth Internal After-Party Room Hire Available Summer BBQ & Cocktail Menus Four Bathrooms Cover & Heating Available Standing – 300 Seating – Approx 100 We also host amazing and unique winter pop-ups, perfect for your Christmas party...take a look at our website - www.mothershiphire.com - for details of previous themes!
Nestled at the back of Angel station, The Islington Metalworks is a unique venue for hire in London.The building was originally used to stable the horses that pulled the trams for London Transport. We hold a wide variety of functions including club nights,concerts, exhibitions, fashion shows, conferences,film shoots and corporate parties and is a very popular wedding venue in London. We are fully licenced with catering team and kitchen on site.
Canning Town & Star Lane
Only available for midweek hire. A new institution for the arts based in the heart of East London's, Canning Town. Home to music and creative studios and a 550 capacity state-of-the-art performance space. https://www.instagram.com/fold.ldn/?hl=en
This incredible space in The Shard does a pretty good job of speaking for itself – up on the 24th floor of the tallest building in the UK, it boasts some incredible views that manage to sit just under the clouds, meaning perfect visibility out over the Thames. TOG worked really hard to give the space in The Shard a distinctly different, relaxed feel, plus it’s more versatile than you think; it has event space for up to 200 people and has hosted everything from mini golf to cocktail fountains and poker tables. In addition to this, there are 8 meeting rooms, ranging in size from 5 - 70 person.
Shoreditch, Old Street, Liverpool Street
Colours Hoxton offers four spaces for hire conveniently linked up in a “U” shape: The Live Room, The Main Bar, SuperCulture Hub and private hire venue The Green Room. Our resident kitchen team are the notorious Orange Buffalo, who have put together an incredible selection of menus for our hires. Be it a Christmas or summer party, a conference, quiz or a networking/away day - this venue is a one-stop shop.
North West London
Experience the year-round magic of Lord’s; from the elegance of the Pavilion to the unique J.P. Morgan Media Centre and the modernity of the newly-built Pelham's. Conveniently located in the heart of London and offering stunning vistas of the Ground, Lord’s is an exceptional venue boasting 14 different spaces perfect for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and dining events for between 10 – 300 people. Long Room Lunch/Dinner – 200 Standing - 300 Long Oval table – 82 Writing Room Lunch/Dinner – 60 Standing – 70 Long Oval table – 24 Theatre style – 45 Cabaret – 32 Boardroom – 18 Pelham’s Lunch/Dinner- 136 Standing - 169 Long Oval table – 60 Theatre style – 136 Cabaret – 88 Boardroom – 66 Thomas Lord Suite Lunch/Dinner without reception area – 400 Lunch/Dinner with reception area - 250 Dinner Dance – 200 Standing – 500 Cabaret – 160 Theatre style – 300 Boardroom – 58 Classroom – 126 Pavilion Roof Terrace Standing – 250 Mound Stand Terrace Standing – 350 Tavern Boxes Theatre – 30 Boardroom – 18
Our charming pub can be exclusively yours on a Saturday or Sunday for up to 70 seated and 180 standing.The newly refurbished terrace overlooking the busy Square is a perfect spot for dining al fresco or simply enjoying some rays in the summer. With heaters on and cozy blankets up for grabs it turns into a magnificent Winter Wonder Lounge, come cold season!
Situated on Leonardo Royal London St. Paul’s Hotel’s private roof terrace, the penthouse-level Sky Bar is an exclusive events venue in central London. Offering incredible views of London’s city skyline and neighbouring St Paul’s Cathedral, the space features comfortable seating, and a spacious bar and conservatory area, with capacity for up to 200 delegates. Tables and parasols can also be set up, and kitchen and butler facilities can be arranged if required. The space can be hired together with the adjoining Royal Suite for larger events and an extra touch of luxury. Featuring a portable PA system and ambient LED lights, the Sky Bar is ideal for hosting exhibitions, summer events, drinks receptions, BBQs and networking events. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A MUSIC VENUE AND WE CANT ALLOW DJS
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.