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:
Salut! in Islington offers a relaxed take on modern-European food. Watch the dishes being prepared in the open kitchen, from the warm and comfortable dining room with wooden tables and vintage furnishings. Ideal for intimate Weddings, Birthdays, Christenings, Private Christmas Parties & Private Hire Dinner
If you are looking to impress, Morton Society certainly fits the bill. With stunning original decor and impeccable service we have everything on hand to make yours an unforgettable night. The Booze Lab brings you in off the street, from where you are invited down the stairs to discover the dazzling venue below. Friends or family, guests or delegates, clients or suppliers, you can count on us to send them home well-fed, watered and happy.
ONLY TAKING BOOKINGS FROM OCTOBER 2020 ONWARDSSt James's Terrace is a hidden gem venue in the heart of St Jame's Park. With stunning unique views of Buckingham Palace and West End skyline, the roof terrace is a versatile venue that can host 50-200 standing for memorable corporate parties and celebrations, away days, BBQs, gatherings and special occasions. Please note that alcohol can be served only until 10.30pm.
Landing just off City Road at the start of 2020, the brand new hotel is an inspiring venue in the heart of East London. Organising meetings is in our DNA. From small meetings to larger conferences or workshops we have the space for you. We have a collection of three inspiring laboratories each designed with their own theme, and all providing the perfect space for meetings, conferences, presentations and more for up to 70 people. On the ground floor right at the heart of the hotel is the open plan lobby, where an amalgamation of funky furniture, eye catching artwork, a modern bar and unique spaces combine to create an impressive venue. With space for up to 150 guests and the flexibility to create private lounges or one big space, it is ideally suited to a variety of events. Our in house team of chefs would also be delighted to create a delicious menu for your event, from canapes and bowl food to indulgent sit down meals. Whether you'd like to host a birthday celebration, trade event, wedding reception or cocktail masterclass, our versatile lobby can adapt to your needs.
ONLY TAKING BOOKINGS FROM OCTOBER 2020 ONWARDSNew to market event space in the heart of Regents Park! Open from 8am, seven days a week for breakfast, salads, sandwiches and a wood-fired oven for pizzas that can also be taken away. Our terrace has a BBQ in the summer and both this and the restaurant can be booked for events. Children's menu also available all year round.
TT Liquor is a multi-faceted establishment, fronted by a carefully curated liquor store, and featuring a range of flexible spaces throughout, available for a variety of events & meetings. Entering via the store front, head straight to the ground floor Lounge, with it's own bar. This area leads to our 52 seat Cinema which has played host to a wide variety of events from music video premieres to after-work talks. From the Lounge, descend into our subterranean Cellar Bar with a maximum capacity of 120, complete with a bespoke bar menu, banquette seats, a DJ booth, and featuring 4 historic vaults converted into intimate leather booths. The first floor has 3 studios, ranging in size from 250-1000 sqft, which are used most often as classrooms for our cocktail making workshops, although these spaces are noted for their versatility and can be deployed for a wide range of purposes and a variety of events, or for business meetings and workshops. They share the floor with a well-equipped kitchen, perfect for bespoke events, supper clubs, and set menu dining. At the very top of the building, you will find our permanent office and dedicated event organisers. Conveniently placed on-site, they are an experienced team and will happily answer any queries or questions you may have on the day or otherwise – about anything from drinks consultancy to logistical arrangements, to last-minute changes.
The venue offers a huge variety of event spaces and facilities including bars, lounges, a restaurant, screening room and gallery, alongside state-of-the-art TV production facilities. Whether it’s a small video conference, a large product launch or a private dinner we’ll bring the same energy and passion and attention to details. Meeting and conference rooms start from 8 people capacity right up to sit down dinners for up to 120 and drinks receptions for up to 300 people.
The Nelson Room can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner, 350 for standing reception and is licensed as a venue for civil weddings. The entire first floor of the Trafalgar Tavern can be hired exclusively for your event.
We are very excited to be able to host small events and weddings for up to 30 guests from 1st October in our Balcony Room, and we are taking enquiries now. Can’t wait until then? Visit our Bankside Bar and Restaurant for drinks, dinner or afternoon tea for a taste of what we can offer you. Looking out onto St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Thames and, of course, the Globe Theatre, our top floor Balcony room has a private balcony allowing your guests an exclusive space from which to take in London. If it’s a sit down affair, whether for a meeting or dinner, then 70 guests can be accommodated comfortably. If you are hosting a standing reception then 120 guests can enjoy the space. The Balcony Room overlooking the world-famous Globe theatre is one of the most romantic wedding venues in London, we are fully registered for weddings – all you have to do is find your Romeo or Juliet!
The Mess Hall is a brand new 300 cap event space in the heart of Mayfair, located inside the UKs first Immersive Theatre, IMMERSIVE | LDN Located in an ex-military building, we have a broad range of unique spaces including Gatsby's Mansion, The Mess Hall, a shooting range, gun & ammo store and The Lucky Club, our very own cocktail bar. Conveniently located just 60 seconds walk from Bond Street tube station, the venue is in a prime location for everything from product launches and corporate events to performance based shows.
Our First Floor Dining Room is the perfect space to enjoy any meal with us, be it a lazy group lunch, business meeting or a romantic dinner for two. You can also enjoy the ultimate alfresco dining experience on our wraparound terrace which overlooks the hustle and bustle of Granary Square & the beautiful Regent’s Canal. The First Floor is also available for exclusive hire and can accommodate up to 100 guests. With panoramic views across King’s Cross, this is a beautiful space to celebrate any special occasion.
Situated on the first floor of a Grade II Listed warehouse in close proximity to London Bridge Station. Available for events, meetings, photoshoots and filming, the space features plush soft furnishings, a cornucopia of plants and period details, and large sash windows. The space will be a talking point for your guests and provides the perfect backdrop for events both corporate and otherwise. In addition to numerous areas of soft seating there is a 14 seat table for business meetings and lunches, a small kitchen and 3 toilets.
Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for both daytime and evening events. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop which can be tailored to any event brief. This network of four elegant 18th century spaces can be adapted for press days, fashion events, meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners, wine tastings and exhibitions. Included in the hire are two private balconies for your guests to enjoy. Whether you prefer to watch the sunset across the River Thames from the south-facing balcony or marvel at our sensational fountains from the north-facing balcony, the Portico Rooms are a truly stunning venue for your event. The Portico Rooms is connected to the Navy Board Rooms, and you can hire the two venues in tandem for larger bookings. Steeped in history dating back to the 18th century, the Navy Board Rooms are an impressive suite of rooms with a distinctive sense of charm and heritage. Climbing the grand, sweeping Nelson Staircase is an experience, as each flight is a one-off architectural work of art. Entering the main space, marble fireplaces and wooden floors create a grand atmosphere with large sash windows offering panoramic views across the River Thames. Originally home to the Navy Board, overseeing British naval affairs as the country set about building an empire., the Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue for meetings, conferences, receptions, intimate dinners, and press days.
An immersive 5,000-square-foot club-bar and street food diner concept, that offers a variety of environments including private rooms and a karaoke lounge. The venue has the capacity to accomodate up to 360 guests, so more than ideal to organize any type of private event.
The Hope and Anchor is perfectly situated between Brixton and Clapham and is the perfect unique venue in London for any event or party. With two floors including a private room and our enchanting garden, we offer individual heated outdoor huts, two outdoor bars and have ample space to accommodate all needs. We have space for private drinks parties, meetings, work gatherings or as event space for hire. With a focus on cocktails, burgers and finger food we can tailor bespoke packages and offer personalised service for any event all in our exiting, fun bar complete with DJs and late night drinks.
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.