Garden party venues in London: The best event venues with gardens and courtyards

We may not be blessed with year-round sunshine in London, but when the weather shows up, there's nothing quite like hosting an event alfresco. Thankfully, London is a city filled with great venues that are home to glorious gardens and chic courtyards just waiting to be hired out for your next event.

Updated on 25 March 2024

If you're looking for the best garden party venues in London, well, you're in the right place. The city is bursting with event and party venues for hire with a number offering gardens and courtyards for those warmer months of the year. We know how important choosing the right venue can be, and as the days get longer and the evenings get warmer, nothing quite beats an outdoor event. Just imagine sipping cocktails in the sun, feasting on summer dishes or dancing under the stars. 

To help you find the right venue for your next outdoor event, we’ve taken the time to compile a list of the best London venues with outdoor space, all of which are available for private hire. Whether you’re looking for a lavish venue with a picturesque lawn garden or a small and quiet courtyard in central London, you’re bound to find something to suit your needs. No matter the budget, size or location, we’ve got a whole host of options available from smaller, more intimate affairs to a large-scale wedding or big birthday bash - the possibilities are endless. 

If you are looking to host an outdoor event during winter, spring or autumn, there is no need to worry about being rained off by the famously unpredictable English weather, as several of the venues come equipped with all-weather facilities, such as heaters and retractable roofs. Even if your plan is to host an outdoor event, it's always worth considering what the alternative would be should the weather decide not to play ball on the day. Lots of venues have contingency plans for such occurrances (either involving cover or alternative indoor arrangements) but it's always worth asking when you enquire.

All you have to do is take a browse of the list, then choose your favourite and click 'book now' to make an inquiry. It couldn't be easier. We’ve even included the capacity, address and a photo so you can make the best decision.

IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

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

Finding its home next to Waterloo Bridge, the Johnson roof terrace at IET London boasts 360 views over the city and the Thames. It can also be booked in conjunction with the Riverside room inside, in case the weather doesn't cooperate! An unbeatable spot for an alfresco party.

Max Meeting 50
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
The Langham Hotel

The Langham Hotel

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

For an intimate and relaxed gathering, look no further than the secluded courtyard garden at the rear end of the Langham hotel. This al fresco space is decked out with lush shrubbery and flower boxes and can be hired for a drink's reception or a banquet dinner.

Max Meeting 26
Max Theatre 275
Max Standing 375
Max Banquet 250
The Standard, London

The Standard, London

10 Argyle Street, King's Cross, London, WC1H 8EG

Excellently located in Kings Cross, The Standard is an iconic retro-chic hotel. For your next lavish garden party, check out the rooftop for a panoramic view of London to enjoy with a glass of bubbly, or choose either of the two terraces that provide a secluded oasis of greenery. 

Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 130
Stationers

Stationers' Hall

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

In the shadows of St Paul’s Cathedral sits this Grade I listed building built in 1673. The spaces for hire in this regal venue consist of a staggering main hall with gleaming oak flooring, a regal court room and the secluded garden area adorned with flora and fauna.

Max Meeting 200
Max Theatre 200
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 205
Le Gothique

Le Gothique

John Archer Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 3SX

If you're looking to impress, then you can't go wrong with Le Gothique. Located inside the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, here you'll find a secluded al fresco spot that is sure to make for a memorable evening. 

Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 125
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 4PX

Set in tranquil Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace became a royal residence in 1689. Nowadays, the bright Orangery combines with a marquee to hold up to 1,000 guests, while the Queen’s Gallery – with its rich 17th-century interiors and secluded Sunken Garden – holds 170 for pre-dinner drinks. 

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden

66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS

For an unforgettable garden event, check out the spaces on offer at Chelsea Physic Garden. This Grade-I listed location is steeped in history, offering an extravagant backdrop of lush greenery in the peaceful and private gardens. 

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 150
Paternoster Chop House

Paternoster Chop House

35 Old Bailey, Blackfriars, London, EC4M 7AU

In the shadow of St Paul’s, Paternoster Chop House boasts fashionable interiors whilst also appealing to a business crowd. Groups can sit at large tables in the main restaurant or in the nearby private Temple Bar. The restaurant also hosts breakfast meetings for up to 35 guests with no minimum spend, so why not use the outdoor terrace for your next rendezvous. 

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 130
Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 2AB

A spacious and versatile venue, Goodenough College can cater to any event. The Great Hall is perfect for receptions or a lavish banquet, and outdoors the lush quad is available for summer garden parties such as drinks dos, birthdays and even weddings.

Max Meeting 120
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 220
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Hampton, London, KT8 9AU

Famously home to Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is an unforgettable venue. Originally a dining room for members of the royal court, the Great Hall makes a grand setting for banquets. Elsewhere, cobbled courtyards and pretty gardens make the venue one of the country’s most impressive palaces.

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600
116 Pall Mall

116 Pall Mall

116 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5ED

Boasting a beautiful private garden and terrace in the heart of London, 116 Pall Mall is an enchanting place to host a summer soiree or garden party. It can be hired in conjunction with the adjoining Carlton Room too, making it an excellent option for the unpredictable British summer weather. 

Max Meeting 90
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 250
The HAC

The HAC

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

Tucked away in a secluded space close to the City, the Honourable Artillery Company is a hidden gem. For a truly stunning garden party, the Artillery garden provides five-acres of lush greenery with a capacity for 3000 guests, perfect for a large-scale outdoor event. 

Max Meeting 480
Max Standing 5000
Max Banquet 350
No.11 Cavendish Square

No.11 Cavendish Square

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

No.11 Cavendish Square occupies an elegant Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse with four floors of event space. The venue’s standout feature, though, is the light and modern Orangery, which is flanked by a tranquil courtyard garden.

Max Meeting 136
Max Theatre 280
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
Coq d

Coq d'Argent

1 Poultry, City of London, London, EC2R 8EJ

Excellently located in the heart of London’s Bank area, and with unbeatable views over the city, the secret garden at Coq d’Argent is perfect for your next summer event. Exclusive hire includes use of both terraces, its garden space and the elegant restaurant area.

Max Meeting 70
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 150
Uncommon Liverpool Street

Uncommon Liverpool Street

34 – 37 Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7PP

Surrounded by some of the city's tallest buildest, Uncommon Liverpool Street offers a modern and versatile spot for up to 80 guests. Boasting a cosy and heated rofotop terrace, this is the perfect stylish setting for your next garden party.

Max Meeting 22
Max Theatre 45
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 32
Beit el Zaytoun

Beit el Zaytoun

Park Royal , Park Royal, London, NW10 7AE

Relax and unwind with refreshments and a delicious summer feast at Beit el Zaytoun's canalside location. Exclusive hire of the entire venue invites guests to tuck into Lebanese cuisine on the terrace with retractable doors that lead onto a cosy, waterside garden. 

Max Banquet 50
The Conservatory & Garden Room

The Conservatory & Garden Room

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

The Barbican’s best-kept secret is without question its rooftop Conservatory. Its treetops are overlooked by the large Conservatory Terrace, while the Garden Room (a more contemporary space with city views) works well for drinks receptions, dinners and small awards ceremonies.

Max Meeting 150
Max Theatre 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 280
Raven

Raven's Ait

Ravens Ait Island, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4HN

Situated in the middle of the River Thames, Raven’s Ait will bring wow-factor aplenty to your next garden event. The spacious front lawn features marquees which are available for hire, and boasts stunning views of Hampton court.

Max Meeting 250
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 250
De Morgan House

De Morgan House

57-58 Russell Square , Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4HS

Bloomsbury’s Grade II-listed De Morgan House is home to the London Mathematical Society and boasts views over Russell Square. The Catering and Garden areas offer a small, secluded space to sit back and relax with a couple of drinks and some canapes.

Max Meeting 32
Max Theatre 80
Max Standing 70
Max Banquet 40
The Coach Clerkenwell

The Coach Clerkenwell

26-28 Ray Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 3DJ

The garden room and terrace at The Coach in Clerkenwell are available to hire in conjunction with one another, holding up to 40 seated guests for an intimate and private affair. Offering a range of sample menus, you can be confident that the bespoke catering service will suit your needs to a tee.

Max Meeting 40
Max Theatre 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
YOPO at the Mandrake

YOPO at the Mandrake

20–21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T1PG

YOPO in Soho boasts an array of opulent, Amazonian-themed spaces. Hire out the Jurema terrace for a jungle vibe or opt for the leafy courtyard for a refined, luxurious evening. With 30 hotel rooms available to hire too, it's perfect if you have guests travelling for your event.

Max Meeting 20
Max Standing 130
Max Banquet 65
Bluebird

Bluebird

350 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU

By day, Bluebird's ground-floor café, which overlooks a cobbled courtyard, is a good spot for group lunches, while plenty of soft greenery brings the outdoors inside. Don't miss its alfresco terrace at the front of the restaurant, where you can watch the comings and goings of the King's Road. 

Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 230

One of the biggest benefits of hosting an event alfresco is the abundance of natural light, which brightens up guests' moods. If natural daylight is crucial to the event you are hosting, but you don’t want to fully commit to an outdoor-only event, check out our pick of the best modern venues in London, which benefit from plenty of natural light and a chic, modern style.

If you want the guarantee of a stylish backdrop, but without having to worry about the weather, why not check out our guide to the best London venues with a view? Each of these venues are bound to impress with spectacular city views.

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