This year, throw an office summer party your employees will love. Whether you’re looking to dine al fresco or to take in the views of the Thames, the City of London has a range of great summer venues for you to choose from.
When it comes to social corporate events, there are two parties that really matter in terms of employee engagement and morale — the festive Christmas party and the annual summer party.
The summer months can be long, hot and testing for companies. It’s been shown that even minimal shifts in the temperature can decrease our productivity and workplace performance. Add to that the thought of missing out on gorgeous summer days to endless hours at work, you can understand why employees might experience a slump at this point of the year. So what’s the answer? An unforgettable bash in the heart of the city to boost morale, celebrate achievements and promote team building. You might even find that your summer party can be used as a retention tool to keep hold of your best and brightest.
So if you’re looking for the perfect summer party venue in the City of London, look no further. In this post, we share our top 16 spaces packed with outdoor space and foliage-filled roof terraces…
The Brewery Courtyard is an 18th-century garden, complete with a raised clear roof (which lets the sunshine in while keeping the rain at bay), two open marquees and plenty of summery foliage.
The Brewery is the perfect venue for a company that is looking for a tranquil summer oasis from the chaotic city. Summer party guests can expect unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks, an amazing barbeque menu and a cocktail on arrival. Parties of 80-800 can be hosted for sunny events before the night continues inside after 9pm.
Hidden in the City’s South Place Hotel is a Secret Garden bar, flush with water features, palms and tropical prints. A retractable roof and heaters are available for maintaining the warm dry climates for up to 80 guests. The space can also be hired exclusively with the entire first floor of the hotel.
London’s beloved conservatory is a popular choice for summer parties to be held among the 2000 species of plants and marine life. The completely covered glasshouse suits groups of 120-600 with lawn games and cocktail bars among the greenery. This venue offers a range of party packages that can be themed to suit the occasion. You can even upgrade your package to include a photo booth, lawn games and a gin cocktail bar.
If it’s views that you’re after then the Sky Garden, London’s highest public garden, is a promising choice with 360-degree, uninterrupted views over London. The 3-storey gardens can accommodate anything from a smaller intimate event of 150 guests to an exclusive hire for 750.
Drapers Hall, situated in Throgmorton Street, was bought from King Henry VIII in 1543. Replete with history, this London venue is a unique and singular choice for your corporate summer event. Beyond the Hall is a garden and courtyard populated with mulberry trees that were originally planted by The Queen in 1955. The royal connections don’t end there — Back in 2016, the Queen hosted a private party for friends and family at this Hall, with Prince Philip and Princess Anne in attendance.
The majestic and picturesque setting fits 150 guests and is available upon hiring one of the venue’s majestic rooms.
The Ivy’s latest opening in the City brings another green oasis for smaller groups of 50 guests. The brand’s classic British signature style and cuisine is combined with views over Bishopsgate Garden and St. Botolph Church.
With indoor and outdoor space, the Tower of London is an iconic backdrop for any company summer event. The Pavilion offers exclusive gardens and marquees with award-winning catering for a truly British party. Dinners and receptions are available for up to 1200 guests among the magnificent settings with contemporary furniture and covered areas for wet weather. The venue can be customised with audiovisual equipment, screens and projectors, a PA system, lighting and a fully-integrated music system.
Host a summer party in London’s highest dining room at Duck and Waffle. At 40 floors up, this exceptional 24-hour restaurant hosts exclusive events for 250 guests. Take advantage of its around-the-clock hours, state of the art lighting and breathtaking skyline views. The Duck & Waffle is an unforgettable venue for both social and corporate events.
The beautiful Stationers’ Hall Garden is one of the City’s most secluded spots, donned in foliage surrounding an enormous plane tree. Parties, barbeques and receptions are available for up to 200 guests with indoor space for rainy days.
Coq D’Argent’s heated terrace can be hired privately for groups of 100 guests. Among the perfectly-kept lawns and hedges, summer parties can be set to the backdrop of the city.
This rooftop terrace, behind the iconic ‘Sea Containers’ letters, offers an exclusive outdoor events space for your office summer party, with 360 degree views of the London skyline. Wow your employees with an experience at one of the Capital’s most exclusive venues. Suitable for up to 200 people, you can enjoy a drinks reception and alfresco dining while watching the sun set over the city.
This is a venue with a rich history. There are medieval records of the orchard and it was even used as a setting in Henry VI Part I. In the summer, the gardens are always with geraniums, heleniums, asters and dahlias.
The atmosphere and culture of this venue makes it a fantastic choice for an exclusive summer garden party and reception venue in the heart of the city. The Inner Temple offers the second-largest privately owned green space for hire in the city. The Inner Temple’s Marquee is available for hire in June and July each year and can contain up to 600 people for a reception-style event or 250 people for a seated dinner. The capacity for teh whole garden is approximately 1,200 guests.
EGG is a versatile venue that offers a relaxed, laid-back rooftop terrace for your office summer party. Situated in North London, this is a party haven that is ideal for a summer barbeque and summer dancing. The terrace comes complete with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. The terrace offers capacity of up to 400 guests.
Madison is one of the largest venues in London for private events. You can hire the restaurant, cocktail bar and terraces for unparalleled views across the Capital’s skyline. The venue has a capacity for up to 750 guests. The Moet Summer Terrace is perfect if you want to celebrate Summer in style with a chilled glass of champagne, Belvedere Martinis or champagne cocktails.
Daphne’s Restaurant is a Chelsea institution that offers a menu of delicious seasonal Italian dishes. This elegant venue can accommodate up to 50 guests for a standing cocktail event, so this event space is right for you if you are looking to hold an intimate summer party for your colleagues.
Located on Brick Lane, the City Summer House offers a unique summer office party experience and a range of summer party packages to suit any budget. The packages include table tennis tables, barbeques and garden games, along with unlimited drinks packages. THe venue also has a secret garden, where you can enjoy a cocktail or two while lounging on a beanbag. The events space can accommodate up to 650 guests.
If you are looking for a perfect venue for your summer office party, then don’t hesitate to contact the Banks Sadler team. As an award-winning event management and venue sourcing agency, we know how to help you organise a party to remember. Call us today on 0207 424 3333