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:
A venue with a fascinating history that dates all the way back to 1719. Originally built as a small Huguenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their famous strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory. Magnificently renovated into a diverse venue space; it boasts high ceilings and windows to bathe the room with natural daylight. A recent restoration and makeover has seamlessly combined the contemporary Spitalfields style with the heart of a national heritage building.
Amber Lakes is a new and unique London events venue based in Wraysbury, close to Old Windsor and Heathrow and only 45 minutes from Central London. It is a year-round events venue perfect for conferences for up to 120 guests, summer parties and team building for up to 500 guests, Christmas parties for up to 120 guests and any other number of events including dinner parties and product launches. Amber Lakes video 1 Amber Lakes video 2
Located in the heart of trendy Portobello Rd Market, Westbank Space is the last blank canvas space the area has to offer only minutes walk from Ladbroke Grove tube station. Boasting beautiful botanical views and a lovely balcony over looking the market, this location offers both indoor and outdoor space for hire. Westbank Space prides itself in it's flexibility and ability to cater for any needs whether hosting a celebration or a corporate event.
Omeara is an ode to the late night escapade, inspired by the undiscovered haunts of Central America. The bar serves an array of cocktails, craft beers and wine – with our unparalleled collection of tequila leading the charge. Street food vendors directly next door can provide amazing events catering and the space has a very impressive late license. Included in the hire is the main bar downstairs as well as mezzanine bar, terrace & Omeara Live (our state of the art music venue). If you're looking for more space then The Siding can be tagged on brining capacity to 750.
Merging design, technology and wellness to provide your business with the perfect home from which to grow. Combined with their inspirational cultural program, your company will benefit from both the space and the knowledge of being a part of a community that understands the link between planet, people and profit. These businesses build better relationships with clients, suppliers and most importantly their employees. #Modern #Creative #Co-Working
Chucs Westbourne Grove is nestled in the heart of fashionable Notting Hill, just a stone's throw away from the famous Portobello Market. Having opened its doors in February 2016, Chucs has become a neighborhood stalwart - a favourite amongst the locals for a casual dinner or intimate & refined private event. The restaurant boasts a light-flooded marble bar and two impeccable dining rooms, as well as a stunning garden terrace featuring a large brick fire place - the perfect spot to entertain, even in the winter months. Chucs Westbourne Grove can be hired in its entirely, or clients can rent one floor or the garden terrace only.
Looking for the perfect, intimate venue in the heart of central London to hold your next high-end event? Look no further than London’s most prestigious townhouse. Featuring stunning and luxurious interiors, this is the ideal choice for those wishing to run an event in a venue which oozes class, elegance and atmosphere! Our expert events team can help you create your bespoke event. From intimate dinners to small meetings, receptions and talent after parties, the team are on hand to help make your event a true success.
St. James's Park
Situated between number 10 Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace, locations don’t come more iconic: the Institute of Contemporary Arts is a legendary venue with views over The Mall, Big Ben, the London Eye and St. James’s Park. The ICA has two Regency rooms, a fully equipped theatre, studio, bar and two classic cinema spaces available to hire. Event organisation and catering is provided exclusively by world-renown caterers Arnold & Henderson, who run the highly acclaimed Rochelle Canteen, based in Shoreditch’s Rochelle School, now also at the ICA. Melanie Arnold & Margot Henderson have been organising and catering celebrations for over 25 years and no brief is too big or too small for their in-house team to organise from start to finish, including menus, drinks, staffing, flowers, lighting, music and entertainment.
The private dining room can accommodate up to 55 seated guests (75 for standing receptions) and has its own bar with a DJ available on request. This elegant room contains a sense of mood and elegance which many of London’s restaurants lack with its specially commissioned bespoke furnishing inspired by designs found throughout South East Asia. The private room is located in a secluded area within the venue and is entered via a sliding door with two large keyaki (zelcova) pots and stark bamboo vines flanking the entrance from floor to the ceiling. Capacity of up to 55 guests – furniture is removable to accommodate up to 75 maximum Combination of tables and chairs with seating for 30, and plenty of standing and dancing space Designated full management team & waiters & Bartender for your event Entertainment available upon request Play your own music in the room if required
Barbican, Old Street
FARE is located in the Moorelands building, an old turn of the century textile factory, in the heart of Clerkenwell. It is situated on the junction between Old Street and Goswell Road, just a 5 min walk away from the Barbican and 10 min walk away from the Old Street roundabout. FARE is split across two floors, with both levels having a unique character and design. The upstairs level has high ceilings and benefits from large crittal windows on either side that flood the space with natural light. The industrial aesthetic gives the space a modern, relaxed, vibe. The upstairs restaurant hosts an Italian restaurant and cafe, that focuses on pizzas, pasta, all day coffee and aperitivo cocktails. Upstairs also benefits from a large courtyard area that is very busy during the summer months and can also be used for events. Other features included are a large marble topped horseshoe bar and pizza oven. We can accommodate a total of 75 standing and 42 seated not including use of the courtyard. The industrial aesthetic continues into the large, downstairs events space. The white washed walls are adorned hanging plants and the pavements allow for a good amount of natural light. The space also benefits from it’s own bar area and wine cellar, ideal for parties. The space is intended for multi-functional use; anything from board meeting, brand activation to weddings. The space has an open window into the large kitchen, making it ideal for private dining. The space also contains a large and well lit Wine Cellar along with a fully functional cocktail bar at the further end of the space, which is ideal for arrival and/or after dinner drinks. We can hire in AV equipment and all furniture is fully moveable. We can accommodate 85 people standing and 80 people seated including use of the Cocktail bar area. With all types of catering available from coffee and tea service with pastries to canapé and bowl food and 4 course set menus, FARE is the ideal venue for every event. We have already worked with a number of companies including Instagram, KeepCup and Pernod Ricard. So get in touch and see what we can do for you.
Shop by day and bar by night, Paper Dress transforms from vintage boutique to flexible event space within a matter of minutes. Located in the heart of trendy Hackney, opposite Hackney Central station, we're spread over 2 levels with a unique event space upstairs suitable for live music, art events, corporate events and private parties, a downstairs cocktail bar and a seating area and spacious garden area. We also have a second space next door which is in use as a yoga studio during the day and which we regularly use for private events. Monday to Thursday, Paper Dress is perfect to organise a unique office party or away day, small product launches and fashion shows. The outdoor area makes Summer parties a success and is a private smoking area for Christmas parties and winter events. During the weekend, our availability is limited by our popular club nights and music events. You can choose to join the fun - ideal for birthday parties, bridal showers and other celebrations – or exclusively book our separate studio next door, suitable for groups of up to 60 people. The studio is also recommended for Yoga classes or other fitness activities for up to 30 people. "It feels a bit like stumbling into the house party of someone with an exceptionally curated wardrobe. Nestled on the corner of Mare Street, it still has the aura of an in-the-know secret" (Time Out London)
The City's leading expert in corporate parties with amazing venues across the capital. Having been established for over 10 years, we have experience of a vast array of stylish events - Whether its a formal canapé and champagne reception or an extravagant sit-down dinner, we've done it all! Our personal event managers will take all the stress out of organising your festive soiree as well as bespoke menus and specialist entertainment. Offering a range of packages and deals for corporate and private events to accompany group bookings as large as 400 and it's the prime place for work parties and corporate events in London. Conveniently located on Carter Lane, a picturesque cobbled lane. This Space is a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral and within walking distance from Blackfriars, Farringdon, Chancery Lane and Holborn. Full of exciting and unusual decor, providing an offbeat scene for your next work do or large-scale event.
The Siding is a versatile blank canvas venue located under a railway arch just a 4 minute walk from London Bridge station. The space caters perfectly for private parties, fashion exhibits, shows rooms, gallery space, photo/video shoots and product launches. We have an impressive late licence, 4 poseur tables, a cocktail and quickserve bar. We also neighbour with 10 different street food vendors who can all provide events catering. If you are looking for prime location and a truly adaptable space then The Siding is for you.
Peckham Springs is a hidden gem in the heart of South London. The venue features two bars, an extensive and fully heated winter garden, a seating space where guests can take advantage of the carefully crafted selection of cocktails, an intimate performance space and an art gallery. The spaces are available for hire separately or as a whole. All spaces are blank canvases which give you the opportunity to make them unique. Our events team will be on hands all along the way from the very beginning until the day of your event to make sure it is one to remember.
South Place is a luxury five-star hotel in the City of London, the first from restaurateurs, D&D London. We are boutique, luxurious and fresh-faced. Our 80 bedrooms are all designed by Conran + Partners, blending modern technology with comfort; they’re perfect for those travelling for work or play. Let your imagination run wild… South Place Hotel has five private dining rooms, two exclusive bars and the Angler restaurant and roof terrace available for parties from 10 to 200.
Strand, Central London
The Vaults at RSA House are ideal for large standing receptions, unique celebrations and evening parties. Originally designed as river-front warehouses, these fully restored Vaults offer a striking contrast to the splendour of the rooms above. The Durham Street Auditorium is a purpose built theatre ideal for screenings, conferences and meeting. It was built on the last remaining stretch of 18th century cobbled roadway which was part of a tunnel beneath the House leading down to the Thames. The DSA can accommodate up to 70 people. The RSA is an enlightenment organisation that seeks to understand and enhance human potential located in the heart of the West End. Throughout its history, the RSA has extended a welcome to others looking for a place to discuss their ideas. This tradition continues, with the Great Room, Durham Street Auditorium and Benjamin Franklin Room and our more intimate rooms providing the perfect backdrop to dinners, conferences and workshops. Recently awarded Best Historic Venue or Livery Hall at the London Venue Awards, 2018.
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.