Best large summer party venues in London

Need a space to host your huge list of friends? We’ve got you covered with London's largest summer party venues - with everything from royal palaces to verdant hotel courtyards and city beaches.

Updated on 13 February 2024

Summer parties are the best parties in our book. Picture the scene: the sun is shining; you’ve got a glass of Pimm’s or prosecco in hand; somewhere in the distance you can hear the gentle patter of water features, safe in the knowledge that it isn’t falling from the sky. Who says no to that little slice of bliss?

Don’t get us wrong, we love a Christmas party venue too, but you have to break the year up somehow. Great summer bashes come in all shapes and sizes - cocktail and canape receptions, all the way to big summer banquets enjoyed in the dying rays and gentle breeze of sunset. We've already rounded up some of our favourite summer party venues in London, but what if you need something more expansive for your long list of guests? That's where this list comes up trumps.

For a city that can be so bleak and grey in winter (and indeed, for considerable periods of autumn, spring and summer), London really manages to turn it on when the sun is shining. For starters you have the entire length of the Thames to enjoy a waterside gathering along - London boasts plenty of great riverside spaces worth looking at if being by the water is a deal-breaker. There are also lots of office summer party venues with a larger capacity for a post work jolly, and not to mention, the capital is a city of magnificent skyline views and sunsets, if you can find a rooftop to see them from. So we've picked out a few fantastic (and very popular) rooftop venues in this list.

Not all venues to hire on this list are exclusively outside, but the joy of a good summer party is enjoying the sun, so we've included rooftops, balconies, terraces and gardens where we can. Still, most of the venues on this list have contingency for when the weather turns foul, whether that be a marquee or an adjoining indoor area where you can take shelter.

The Langham Hotel

The Langham Hotel

1C Portland Pl, Marylebone, London, W1B 1JA

The highly Instagrammable Langham Hotel boasts one of the largest private garden spaces in London’s West End - a gorgeous, south-facing 250-capacity courtyard with climbing greenery and enough space to host a banquet or a standing drinks reception. As well as the space you also have the exceptional Langham events team on hand to help you organise your do, which is a treat in itself.

Max Meeting 26
Max Theatre 275
Max Standing 375
Max Banquet 250
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Hampton, London, KT8 9AU

What more is there to say about Hampton Court Palace? Built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1514, then handed over to King Henry VIII, this is one of the most majestic venues in the country, and has played host to many historic events over the years. If you’re planning a big outdoor summer party, take a look at the tranquil 20th Century Gardens, or the spectacular Fountain Court, built for William III and Mary II in the early 1700s.

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600
London City Beach

London City Beach

Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PU

Who needs a holiday in the Caribbean when you can have your very own beach in London? Play games, build sand castles, bury your mates and relax on the beach area, or in the colourful VIP beach huts. There’s an indoor area available as well in case the weather gets a bit dicey, and the City Beach events team can help out with organising street food and entertainment.

Max Standing 1200
London Stadium

London Stadium

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

London 2012 put London Stadium on the map, but since then it has become one of London’s premier large event venues. A variety of spaces vary in size, but The Great Briton and The Academy are bright, modern spaces, with capacity for up to 230 and 450 respectively. Or check out The Forge - a striking, modern space with a panoramic glass wall on one side, and room for 400 guests.

Max Meeting 20
Max Theatre 800
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 750
Swingers West End

Swingers West End

15 John Prince's Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AB

Three bespoke crazy golf courses, a host of bars and street food vendors and room for a whopping 800 guests - Swingers should always be in consideration when you’re organising a big event. The team offers a huge range of packages for big groups, so you’re in good hands here.

Max Theatre 100
Max Standing 270
The HAC

The HAC

Armoury House, City Road , Old Street, London, EC1Y 2BQ

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), a six-acre estate in Finsbury Park, is a historic events venue with a list of impressive spaces, but most notably, its large garden boasting both modern and traditional surroundings. It also gets extra points from us for being easy to travel to, as it sits just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station.

Max Meeting 480
Max Standing 5000
Max Banquet 350
The Conservatory & Garden Room

The Conservatory & Garden Room

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS

Without a doubt, The Barbican’s rooftop conservatory is one of London’s best kept secrets. This beautiful verdant space is totally incongruous with the rest of the Barbican’s concrete jungle - it houses exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants under its glass roof. Its treetops are overlooked by the large Conservatory Terrace, while the Garden Room on level three works well for drinks receptions, dinners and small awards ceremonies.

Max Meeting 150
Max Theatre 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 280
The Tower of London

The Tower of London

Tower Hill , City of London, London, EC3N 4AB

The Tower of London is famous for its ancient vaults, armouries and towers, but there are also outdoor spaces for hire at this historic venue. The Tower’s newest space is The Reveller - a contemporary out-building nestled under the arches of Tower Bridge, with private riverside terrace and beautiful skyline views. And of course, there’s always the Tower of London moat area, with capacity for up to 2,000 people.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 240
Sea Containers Events

Sea Containers Events

18 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9RQ

Thames-side Sea Containers offers a host of different spaces to accommodate every possible type of event or party, but it’s the rooftop terrace that’ll interest you most if you’re organising a big summer bash. You can get 200 people on the Sea Containers roof and enjoy 360 degree views of Central London.

Max Meeting 215
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 150
Arcade Tottenham Court Road

Arcade Tottenham Court Road

103-105 New Oxford Street, Soho, London, WC1A 1DB

With a range of global cuisines all under one roof, Arcade Tottenham Court Road is perfect for a big bash where you’re feeding a lot of people and you want to provide options. Exclusive hire gives you capacity for up to a whopping 400 guests, with spaces including a games room, private bar and outdoor terrace.

Max Banquet 100
Harvey Nichols Knightbridge

Harvey Nichols Knightbridge

109-125 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ

Iconic department store Harvey Nichols has something special on the fifth floor, a flexible dry-hire space called CANVAS, which can be turned into almost anything with enough time. CANVAS has hosted anything from fashion launches to networking events over the years, and it’s well-equipped with state-of-the-art AV tech and high speed WiFi.

Max Theatre 80
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 80
Sixes Cricket Shepherd

Sixes Cricket Shepherd's Bush

Unit 1026, Westfield London, White City, London, W12 7GA

Nothing says summer like cricket, and Sixes makes it ultra-accessible, letting you and your guests smash some boundaries whilst enjoying easy-going diner food and cocktails. Sixes is great for casual events where you want guests to relax and let loose, and exclusive hire of the whole venue is plenty big enough for a few hundred guests.

No.11 Cavendish Square

No.11 Cavendish Square

11–13 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AN

Just minutes away from the hubbub of Oxford Circus, this four-storey Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse is a flexible and elegant space, with a variety of rooms to suit all occasions. By far the most impressive, though, is the bright and airy Orangery and attached Courtyard Garden. The two combine to have a max capacity of 280, and are equipped with lighting, PA systems, multiple screens and a private entrance.

Max Meeting 136
Max Theatre 280
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
Inner Temple Hall

Inner Temple Hall

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, City of London, London, EC4Y 7HL

Grade-I listed Inner Temple makes a striking space for any event, but with a total capacity of up to 600 it’s perfect for big summer parties. The venue’s gardens are available to hire in May, June and July as well - ideal for a big garden party.

Max Meeting 270
Max Theatre 270
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 240
IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place , Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0BL

If you’re looking to impress your guests, then the Johnson Roof Terrace at IET London: Savoy Place may be the venue for you. With space for up to 200 guests, you can take to the terrace and marvel at the 180° views of London’s iconic skyline, whilst dining on plenty of delicious canapes and bowl food.

Max Meeting 50
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 2AB

Grade II-listed Goodenough College sits within the confines of a pretty garden square in Bloomsbury, but within the college’s red brick walls you’ll find the Quad - a beautiful manicured lawn, which is the perfect tranquil, secluded spot for garden parties in the summer months. 

Max Meeting 120
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 220
The Wharf

The Wharf

22 Manor Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8BG

Sitting right on the banks of Teddington Lock, The Wharf has the large al fresco space you need for a big summer party. You can host around 300 people across both floors of this bright, airy space, and the menu focuses on fresh fish and seafood, which is perfect fodder for summer.

Stationers

Stationers' Hall

Ave Maria Lane, City of London, London, EC4M 7DD

The totally secluded garden at Stationers’ Hall is one of the City of London’s greatest hidden treasures. With space for up to 150 standing, this serves as a refreshingly tranquil space for any outdoor party or events.

Max Meeting 200
Max Theatre 200
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 205
Raven

Raven's Ait

Ravens Ait Island, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4HN

Always dreamed of having your own island? Raven’s Ait Island is surrounded on all sides by the River Thames, and though it’s just a ten minute walk from Surbiton station, the island has the feeling of a complete escape and tranquillity. There is a selection of suites available for hire, but in the summer you can also rent the whole island - a perfect, secluded green space for around 400 people to get away from the big city.

Max Meeting 250
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 250
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

South Way, Wembley, London, HA9 0FA

If you’re planning a huge summer party, you can’t go wrong with one of the world’s most famous stadiums can you? Wembley’s Great Hall hosts up to 2,000 guests on its own, and there are plenty of other large spaces for big gatherings, many of which are flexible and well equipped. You can even take a private tour that includes the dressing rooms and the pitch.

Max Theatre 1800
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 1900
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 4PX

Yes, you can hire Will and Kate’s official London residence for your garden party. The glass-fronted Pavilion can hold up to 800 guests and opens up onto the immaculately manicured outdoor spaces, which include the palace’s famous sunken garden. When it comes to décor and catering, Kensington Palace runs its events in conjunction with preferred suppliers, so you can relax knowing you’re in good hands.

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200

The British summer can seem all too brief sometimes, so when the sun does make an appearance, it’s important not to waste a single second of it. What better way to mark the occasion than by throwing a party? Whether it’s for a big birthday, a marketing event, or office drinks, the UK is full of venues that were destined to hold a summer party. From spots situated right on the beach, to one of the country’s most iconic racecourses, there’s something for everyone, but whatever it is you’re planning, you’re not going to want to miss our list of the best summer party venues in the UK.

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