Note — This article has been updated for the best summer party venues in London for 2020, and this year we’ve narrowed it down to our top 10!
Forget the old-fashioned Christmas do, 2020 is all about the summer party. Summer parties for your employees are an excellent way to bring teams together, boost morale, reward achievements, and also bring life to a corporate event. Unlike the cold, windy and wet days that normally encapsulate work get-togethers, a summer party can bring brightness, vibrant spaces and sunshine, and all positivity that comes with it. Discover the best summer party venues in London to help make that happen:
Located in the heart of London, Ennismore Sessions House is a stunning achievement of interior design guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. The style of its impressive and exquisitely decorated grand lobby is spread throughout this 18th-century building, featuring gorgeous exposed masonry and woodwork, Roman-style columns and more. With many areas of this hotel available for exclusive hire, you can treat guests to a sophisticated summer party in one of their private dining rooms, suited for up to 16 people, or go big and hire their largest room with a max capacity of 60.
Self-desired as “one of the most coveted event venues in London”, it really is hard to argue with this assessment. Hotel Cafe Royal can be found right in the beating heart of London, ensconced by Mayfair, Soho and near to icons like Leicester Square and Buckingham Palace. If the location wasn’t enough to bring your summer party to life, the venue itself is sure to do the trick. This historic building is rife with intricate motifs and even features gilded panels and ceilings. The interior design is a mix of contemporary and classic, which melds seamlessly to create comfortable yet exotic feeling spaces. For summer parties in London, nothing compares to their Pompadour Ballroom, home to ornate detailing and space for 250 guests.
You’ll find the Corinthia hotel in London on the bank of the River Thames, a stone’s throw away from the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. This hotel is famed for its luxury and pedigree, with private events demanding a high but worthwhile price. The Ballroom — an extravagant and spacious party hall perfect for summer occasions — can accommodate up to 400 guests comfortably, and provides an electric atmosphere, buzzing with sophistication and elegance. The service from this venue is second to none. For events where you want to feel like royalty from start to finish, the Corinthia cannot be beaten.
Summer days are all about taking in the light and vibrancy of the season and enjoying the warmth and relaxed atmosphere of the glorious British summer. There are few places in London where you can experience this kind of environment more than 12th Knot. A river-side bar with an open terrace offering views across the city, 12th Knot’s modern lounge area and an array of exciting drink options make it the perfect location for a lively and upbeat summer party in London. With great food, drinks and music, and private hire available for up to 300 guests, there is no other place quite like 12th Knot in all of London.
Magazine in London is what industry experts would call a “blank canvas”. This vast monolith sits just outside the world-famous O2 stadium, which means the transport links and local accommodation options are fantastic — great for any summer corporate event or party that has people travelling from far and wide. With indoor capacity for 3000 guests, and up 7000 when you include its massive outdoor space, Magazine is the perfect summer venue for large-scale parties. With very little in the way of on-site facilities, Magazine is not the place for businesses that want a summer party sorted for them, but for those with their own ideas and vision. From hosting private sports events like boxing matches to music and live entertainment, there is nowhere venue better in the city.
Dinerama is the premier London street food and drinks location, set in the cultural hub of the capital that is Shoreditch. Spread of two layers, Dinerma is an outdoor space featuring unique lighting arrangements and entertainment options. With ten different bars and food outlets on-site — and a capacity for up to 1000 people — it’s a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Exciting, quirky, and original— for outside-the-box London summer parties, Dinerma is a must.
Staying in Shoreditch, we have another unique but totally different kind of entry to this list of the best summer party venues in London for 2020. Nobu Hotel is famous around the world for its luxury and sophistication. Nobu is Shoreditch takes that idea and intertwines it with the culture and landscape of the area, featuring ultra-modern design and touches of the urban vibe Shoreditch is so well-known for. Offering private dining and London event spaces, this is the perfect venue for relaxed and low-key events. With capacity options ranging from 10 to 150, most will find Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch more than accommodating.
When looking for summer party venues in London, you’ll probably be drawn to the idea of getting the most out of the long days and gorgeous sunshine often hanging over the capital. Few places can offer better than Sky Bar near St Paul’s Cathedral. Set in the shadow of the legendary London monument, it features panoramic views from its open rooftop bar — with a glass roof section available should it rain! Designed with a modern aesthetic to complement the historic architecture of St Paul’s, this penthouse-style London summer party venue has a maximum capacity of 180 guests.
As you may have guessed, Sky Bar is far from the only London summer party venue to feature rooftop space. Upper 5th, the Courthouse Hotel’s renowned rooftop bar and restaurant are available for exclusive hire for up to 200 guests. A vibrant and open space in the often close and confined city, it promises sweeping views of the capital and a chance to bathe in the hot summer sun. After dark, you also get a grand view of the glittering lights of central London. The food here is also worth highlighting — particularly in the summer when an outdoor BBQ is on offer.
Staying above the London skyline, we have our final recommendation for the best summer party venues London has to offer. It’s not easy to find space for a garden party in the UK’s largest and most densely populated cities, however, with Rooftop at The Culpeper, you’ve found what you are looking for. This enchanting outdoor space is atop a three-story pub just outside Whitechapel. The subtle and unassuming exterior gives way to a vibrant rooftop space complete with an array of garden plants, outdoor seating and even a converted greenhouse for indoor entertainment with an outdoors feel. Suited for a maximum of 40 guests, Rooftop at The Culpeper is an intimate venue and perfect for a central London summer event to remember.
Ready to arrange your perfect summer party in London? Get in touch with our event production experts here at Banks Sadler. We can handle everything from making arrangements to planning your entire party. Whatever you need, we’re here to help!