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:
Based in an iconic building with a rich history, Battersea Arts Centre is a unique venue with a number of flexible spaces for events of all sizes. With an eclectic mix of historical architecture and theatrical flair, the venue provides everything you need to make your event last long in the memory. Battersea Arts Centre hosts a wide variety of events; from weddings, award ceremonies, parties, location filming and conferences. Capacities of largest rooms in the venue (multiple spaces available): Grand Hall: Event Seating: 600 Cabaret: 500 Dining: 350 Standing: 800 Council Chamber: Event Seating: 160 Cabaret: 150 Dining: 120 Standing: 200 Boardroom: 40
Hoxton Docks is an incredible canal side venue for hire in London. The ex-coal storage facility is a unique blank canvas venue in London. We cater to all types of events in London including weddings, product launches, and corporate parties. Found on the regents canal in Hoxton E2 we function as a private dinner party venue and as a film and photography location venue. There is very little that we can't do as the space is so versatile. We have two rooftop venue locations on site as well as large internal and external courtyards on location.
Clapton Country Club is a unique urban industrial venue for hire located in Hackney, London. Location shoots, vintage style weddings, pop up events, photographic shoots, video shoots, private dinner parties, meetings and training or something completely different. We have a commercial kitchen and outdoor seating area. Smaller studios available for hire upon request.
An event space that promotes creative minds in the heart of Clerkenwell. The space is comprised of an airy ground floor and mezzanine restaurant area, a basement lounge with a bar and a library. We offer both the whole venue or separate areas. Our basement lounge has a capacity of up to 50 people; it features comfortable sofas and art deco details matching the exposed bricks features of the building, that before dusk get dashed with natural light filtering from the street. The library is ideal for small parties of up to 20 people. We offer both wet hire and dry hire and have a maximum capacity of 120 people standing across the whole venue. For sit-down dinners or functions, capacity depends on the format of the event. Give us a shout to discuss the details :)
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Crypt on the Green offers a magnificent venue for exhibitions, wedding receptions, wine tastings, conferences, live performances and much more. With vaulted arches, exposed brickwork and parquet flooring, this unique and versatile space is bound to help make your event unforgettable. We have 4 spaces available to hire, so whether you're looking for a party location for 300 guests or a small meeting space for 10, we've got something on offer for you. This unique venue is located at the heart of Clerkenwell, one of London's most attractive, historic & accessible areas, and is situated within walking distance of Farringdon and Angel tube stations. Please note, the Crypt on the Green is not available on Sundays!
Electric Space is a five-storey town house, nestled immediately between Soho and Fitzrovia in Rathbone place W1. We are the first of a kind in London; a hub for renowned freelance artists and creatives. For many years our iconic building was home to the Lazarides Gallery (Banksy’s sole agent) and hosted some of London’s most celebrated exhibitions. Our versatile spaces are available to hire for events to both members and non-members. Whether you are looking to host a meeting, party, shoot, press event, masterclass or screening, our dedicated events team will ensure the space works perfectly for you.
Our venues are located in the Grade II listed Millbank Tower offering something for every event. The Millbank Media Centre on the Ground Floor is a versatile space with its own digital cinema and outdoor terrace, whilst SKYLOFT is a popular warehouse style venue with exposed reclaimed brickwork and wooden floors. In contrast Altitude 360 offers a modern, bright and highly original space with our famous 360° views of the capital.
With spectacular views overlooking the iconic Trafalgar Square, the terrace is one of themost impressive outdoor event spaces. Ideal for a summer drinks receptions and alfresco dinner parties, with an exquisite black and white mosaic floor, this venue is a true London landmark that never fails to make an impression. Capacities: 100 standing (or 250 when combined with the adjacent Mosaic Terrace) 60 seated
Arundel House is owned by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and is perfectly situated just opposite Temple underground station. With great views over the river Thames, Arundel House is the perfect venue to host your conference, dinner or drinks reception. The rooms are light and spacious and stylishly decorated.
The ARC is a modern purpose built venue situated in the heart of Islington (zone 1) The venue features two large rooms which are available to hire and boasts an in house speciality coffee shop. The Main Hall is 95 sq m with 6 m high ceilings - Max capacity 100 The Meeting Room is 70 sq m - Max capacity 70 The whole venue has AC, is flooded with natural light and has hard wired high speed internet. All revenue from hire goes to support community projects such our food bank, veg gardens, socials and our accessible yoga project
We're a ground floor pub, first floor restaurant with bedrooms and a roof garden. The fist floor is available for sit down dinners for up to 38 and stand up drinks events for upto 50. The rooftop garden has both outside space and a green house, and its own bar and grill. With a variety of spaces available for hire for drinks and food, we're confident we'll be able to tailor our offering to suit your event. We also have 5 bedrooms, and a sister pub with 15 rooms a 2 minute walk away.
Here at The Montague, we are lucky to have a wonderful outside area overlooking peaceful gardens. If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate you summer party or make the most of the festive season in London then our themed Ski Lodge or Beach Bar is the place to be! From mid-November, our famous Ski Lodge transforms into a winter wonderland complete with everything you need to get into the festive spirit. In the summer, join us on the Wood Deck at our incredible pop-up Beach Bar, complete with real sand, summertime cocktails and delicious BBQ food. This space is perfect for large parties and tailored to your requirements - call us and let us create an experience that you and your guests will always remember.
Maslow's Mortimer House is devoted to exceptional hospitality. Born of a desire to fulfil the modern need for synergy between the personal and professional, we create highly considered, all encompassing environments for a discerning community that wishes to both work and unwind in elevated, yet unpretentious style. Mortimer House is a full-service hybrid hospitality proposition in the heart of London that offers workspaces, member’s lounges, private offices, a public restaurant, event spaces, meeting rooms, a gym, yoga studio and a meditation room. The penthouse-style Loft & Gallery is on the sixth floor at Mortimer House, it’s a vibrant and flexible event space with natural light flooding in from large Crittall windows and comes fully equipped with a screen, projector and PA system. The Loft & Gallery can accommodate a maximum of 120 people for a standing reception and up to 60 guests for a sit-down breakfast, lunch or dinner. It can also accommodate up to 60 theatre style for a panel discussion. The capacity may vary according to set up requirements. This distinctive space features a private balcony for guests to enjoy until 9pm. The Conservatory can accommodate up to 20 guests on one long table and is located just off from the main restaurant dining area (Mortimer House Kitchen) and separated by décor curtains to make this beautiful space exclusive for your guests.
Absolute Pleasure Yacht is available for private and corporate hire. Both catered and self-catered packages available.
Our PDR is the perfect place for your meeting. We can also offer you our Semi-Private Events Space & if you are thinking bigger & bolder you can hire the whole venue and make it a night to remember. We don't just know great wine, we know great hospitality too. Canary Wharf can be non-stop but rest assured we can keep up the pace. No need for you to worry anymore, we've got this.
Situated in the heart of West London, just 5 minutes from Earl’s Court station, Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s is a charming and elegant space to hold your special event. Following a lovingly completed renovation by award-winning interior designer Ilse Crawford, Refettorio Felix offers a warming and inviting ambiance, ideal for a wide range of different functions. The hall, with its enchanting pendant lights, high ceilings and calming décor acts as a blank canvas for you to build your plans from. The raised stage and excellent acoustics lend themselves wonderfully to host performances, speeches and panel discussions, and Refettorio Felix invites you to inhabit the space creatively. With space for up to a maximum 100 seated guests in the main hall, this is a delightfully informal atmosphere encouraging you and your guests to enjoy themselves and relax. The fully-eqipped, professional-standard kitchen can support a variety of catering needs, from a simple drinks reception to a plated service dinner, and the venue has had great experience hosting some delicious and exciting supper clubs. Booking your wedding with Refettorio Felix would not only bring joy to your special event but also be doing good for the local community. With all fees supporting their community dining project and charity, your event would help give back to those less fortunate, including rough sleepers and vulnerable people. For more information on the kinds of events Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s can host, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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.