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:
Make any occasion unforgettable with Private Dining by Roux, a unique dining concept within the sumptuous settings of The Langham, London. Private Dining by Roux offers the Chez Roux hallmarks of classic French cuisine interpreted with a modern twist, with the same level of service experienced in fine dining as at Roux at The Landau restaurant. Postillion, our beautiful private dining space, was designed by David Collins Studio and is flooded with natural daylight, with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking the charming Georgian architecture of All Souls Church.
The Groucho Club, located in the heart of bohemian Soho, has several event spaces available for private hire by both members and non-members alike. It is in the ideal location for private parties, private dinner party, birthdays, weddings, drinks receptions, BBQs, conferences, and meetings. Unique and unusual, this venue is perfect for those looking for a quirky and beautiful venue in a central London location.
Warehouse style cocktail bar and rooftop hideaway in Hackney with huge windows and heated terrace that looks out onto the far-reaching views of the Capitals skyline. NT's is available for private hire 7 days a week offering a range of bespoke services and venue features, including food, drink, entertainment and more to ensure you create the perfect event or party.
Park Village Studios, also known as the Old Riding School, was built in 1892 as an indoor riding arena to serve the residents of the Nash Houses of Regent’s Park. Protected by English Heritage, its eclectic history includes housing elephants, giraffes and a brown bear named ‘Spitfire’, when nearby London Zoo was bombed in WW2. Park Village Studios is situated metres from the Gloucester Gate entrance to Regent's Park. Offering 7,000 sq ft of flexible event space over three distinctive areas, the studios have been converted to provide a stunning setting for film, photography and a wide array of events - from workshops, weddings and product launches to film screenings, large scale conferences and brand events, complete with break-out rooms and state-of-the-art AV and production. STUDIO 1: Studio 1 is the centrepiece of Park Village, a 2,700 sq ft double-height converted Victorian riding arena. At one end, a beautiful cast-iron spiral staircase leads to the original decorative viewing gallery and The Stables. At the other, a J-shaped infinity cove provides an eye-catching backdrop for 3D mapping, projections and set-dressing possibilities. Studio 1 has full blackout and daylight options, as well as flexible lighting set-ups from the steel rigging. Perfect for large numbers and big production builds. STUDIO 2: Studio 2 is a more contemporary space used for product launches, presentations, as a gallery, a break-out area or catering set-up for larger events when exclusively hiring the building. With drive-in vehicle access, an open kitchen and its own Styling Suite, Studio 2 is an ultra-flexible events space. The mezzanine area above Studio 2 comes as part of the rental of this space. STUDIO 3 (THE STABLES): With its high-vaulted wooden beamed ceiling and elegant tiles, Studio 3 (The Stables) offers a pleasing contrast to the other studio spaces. At 1,300 sq ft it benefits from excellent natural light, with the option of full blackout. The space includes a large entrance lobby, accessible via an industrial staircase built over the original horse ramp. It can be hired individually for drinks receptions, workshops, screenings and conferences or used as a breakout room when exclusively hiring the building. FEATURES, FACILITIES & SPECS: Features: - Former Victorian riding school - English Heritage protected - Vaulted ceilings - Vintage tiling - Reception area - Drive-in access - Four separate entrance options - Natural light / black out options - Outdoor garden / smoking area Facilities: - Full-service commercial kitchen - preferred caterers list available - Three parking spaces - Two separate make-up rooms, with classic styling stations - Can provide chairs, tables, flipcharts and other conference equipment - Flatscreen TV Specs: - State of the art audio and PA system - Full HD projector (6K Lumens) - Lecterns, screens and wireless microphones - 1 Gig Ultra-fast wifi throughout the building - 3 phase power CAPACITIES: Studio 1: Standing - 300 Theatre - 225 Banquet - 175 Cabaret - 140 Studio 2: Standing - 100 (140 with mezzanine) Theatre - 80 Banquet - 75 Cabaret - 75 Studio 3 (The Stables): Standing - 100 Theatre - 100 Banquet - 100 Cabaret - 80
North West London
Experience the year-round magic of Lord’s; from the elegance of the Pavilion to the unique J.P. Morgan Media Centre and the modernity of the newly-built Pelham's. Conveniently located in the heart of London and offering stunning vistas of the Ground, Lord’s is an exceptional venue boasting 14 different spaces perfect for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and dining events for between 10 – 300 people. Long Room Lunch/Dinner – 200 Standing - 300 Long Oval table – 82 Writing Room Lunch/Dinner – 60 Standing – 70 Long Oval table – 24 Theatre style – 45 Cabaret – 32 Boardroom – 18 Pelham’s Lunch/Dinner- 136 Standing - 169 Long Oval table – 60 Theatre style – 136 Cabaret – 88 Boardroom – 66 Thomas Lord Suite Lunch/Dinner without reception area – 400 Lunch/Dinner with reception area - 250 Dinner Dance – 200 Standing – 500 Cabaret – 160 Theatre style – 300 Boardroom – 58 Classroom – 126 Pavilion Roof Terrace Standing – 250 Mound Stand Terrace Standing – 350 Tavern Boxes Theatre – 30 Boardroom – 18
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.
26 Leake Street is a raw, unique and multi-purpose space underneath Waterloo Station. Arches 1 and 2 offer a cmbined footprint of over 4,000 square feet. The imposing arches and revealed brickwork create a stunning blank canvas for experiental events.
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.
The Fellow is a discreetly stylish hidden gem of a pub just around the corner from the grandeur of the new Kings Cross station. With a focus on the finer things and some wonderful spaces to enjoy them in, The Fellow is the ideal place to gather your gang together to celebrate an engagement, a birthday or a Friday!
Vout-O-Reenee's is a unique hand painted and designed venue in London, a surreal space. Venue for hire in London, Tower Bridge. Vout-O-Reenee's is a hidden gem for a launch or party, small or large. A full cocktail bar . 2 record decks, projector, microphone, performance area, piano, 2 music systems. Vout-O-Reenee's is a Private Members Arts club + gallery with full facilities. An outdoor terrace/smoking area. Free parking weekdays after 5.30/6.30 in the area and all day weekends. In the Crypt of a Pugin designed listed Church.
AVAILABLE FOR EXCLUSIVE HIRE FOR WEDDINGS, PARTIES AND CORPORATE EVENTS - One of North Hampshire and Surrey's most remarkable properties and best kept secrets. COMPLETELY PRIVATE LOCATION - provides a perfect backdrop for any type of event with breathtaking views across beautiful countryside. FLEXIBILITY ON ACCESS AND CURFEW - complete privacy and unrivalled flexibility. ORANGERY & LAWNS - catering for up to 200 dining, 450 standing cocktail party, up to 1000 for outdoor music festivals. HISTORIC 480ft WELLINGTONIA TREE AVENUE - overlooking the imposing facade of the Manor House. PERFECT FOR TEMPORARY STRUCTURES - offering everything you need to create a totally bespoke occasion. 1 HOUR TO CENTRAL LONDON, 2 MINS FROM J4 OF M3, 20 MINS TO FOUR SEASONS HAMPSHIRE
Victoria Park East
You are spoilt for choice at The Crown with the pub spanning over two floors and a beautiful terrace overlooking Victoria Park, East London. Our top floor dining rooms with balconies are ideal for any occasion from private dinner parties to family lunches. A fantastic venue to hire for your wedding reception, hen do, work do and meeting space. Serving seasonal British food, great wines and craft beers,The Crown is a jewel in Bow not to be missed.
Located in central London directly opposite Borough station, this beautiful event space boasts double heighted ceilings, stunning feature piece bar, 'bookcase' wall features decorated with books, ornaments and coloured tiled floor. The unique terrace triangulated between some the most iconic landmarks London has to offer features panoramic views of the Shard, St Pauls and the Tate Modern. It also includes full tech set up, an additional break out room on a mezzanine area, prep kitchen, tea/coffees and option of additional 16 person boardrooms if needed. Perfect for any occasion with a full concierge team at hand with on site catering available too. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
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!
We are a bar and restaurant based on a flat-share concept, designed to look and feel exactly like being round at somebody's home, located in the heart of Notting Hill off the iconic Portobello Road. Our quirky, homely and vibrant flat is a fully licensed venue with award winning food and drinks on offer alongside a variety of spaces perfect for private and dry hire including birthday parties, dinner parties, corporate parties and team away days, filmings and photoshoots and most other private hire formats! It has two floors available for hire, The Living Room and The Flatmates Den, which can be rented together for full private or dry hire based on your group size and requirements at favourable rates. Based on the award winning pop-up of the same name on Notting Hill Gate which opened 4 years ago, has already hosted the likes of Boy George, Wretch 32. The Fratellis, Duran Duran and many more filming crews, fashion brands and PR agencies for all forms of pop-ups and venue hire events. Looking for something more personal? We've hosted hundreds of wedding receptions, birthday parties, dinner parties, private house parties and just about any other gathering you can think of! Get in touch and we'll be able to provide you with a bespoke quote for your event. *** Please note our venue is not available for Private Hire on Fridays and Saturdays during operating hours unless you have a substantial budget as these are our peak operating hours. On Fridays and Saturdays we usually operate on a minimum spend bases for non-exclusive area bookings. ***
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.
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.