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

We are sadly not blessed with year-round sunshine in London, but when the weather is good here, there is 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.

Updated on 06 July 2021

There is something undeniably glamorous about hosting an event in the great outdoors, with the sun shining down on your guests as you sip cocktails or sit down to enjoy a gourmet picnic. During the warm summer months, gardens and courtyards available for private and corporate hire are hot property and there is certainly no shortage of choice in the capital’s most popular neighbourhoods, including central London, the West End and the City.

To help you find the right venue for your next outdoor event, we have taken the time to compile a list of the best London venues with outdoor space, all of which are available for private hire. Ranging from luxury hotels and fine-dining restaurants to historic palaces and sporting grounds, SquareMeal’s complete list of London venues with gardens and courtyards is sure to feature a space for every kind of outdoor event.

Whether you are looking for a historic, opulent venue with a picturesque lawn garden or a small and quiet courtyard in central London, you will find what you are looking for here. Outdoor events are often associated with festivals, weddings and large-scale celebrations, but our list also includes some venues which you can hire for much smaller affairs, such as birthday dinners or intimate family reunions. It’s not all about the parties either, as plenty of London venues also offer outdoor simply as a breakout area, an ideal breathing space for high pressured business conferences or corporate away days where delegates are required to give it their all.

If you are looking to host an outdoor event during winter, spring or the autumn, there is no need to worry about being rained off by the famously unpredictable English weather, as some of the venues we have featured come equipped with all-weather facilities, such as heaters and retractable roofs.

Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries

Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Max Standing 250
No.11 Cavendish Square

No.11 Cavendish Square

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

Max Meeting 136
Max Theatre 280
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
Bluebird

Bluebird

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

Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 250
10-11 Carlton House Terrace

10-11 Carlton House Terrace

10-11 Carlton House Terrace , St. James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Max Meeting 125
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
The King

The King's Fund

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

Max Meeting 280
Max Theatre 280
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
Rosewood London

Rosewood London

252 High Holborn, Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

Max Meeting 430
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 340
Barber-Surgeons

Barber-Surgeons' Hall

1a Monkwell Square, Wood Street , City of London, London, EC2Y 5BL

Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120
The Conservatory & Garden Room

The Conservatory & Garden Room

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

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 650
Max Banquet 280
The Queen

The Queen's House

Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 120
De Morgan House

De Morgan House

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

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 70
Max Banquet 32
British Academy

British Academy

10-11 Carlton House Terrace , London, SW1Y 5AH

Max Meeting 125
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Hampton, London, KT8 9AU

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens , Kensington, London, W8 4PX

Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 300
The Orangery & Courtyard at No.11

The Orangery & Courtyard at No.11

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

Max Meeting 136
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 120
Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, Kensington, London, W14 8LZ

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 60
Grove House

Grove House

Froebel College, Roehampton Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5PJ

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150
Paternoster Chop House

Paternoster Chop House

35 Old Bailey, City of London, London, EC4M 7AU

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 130

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 light, bright and modern venues in London, which benefit from plenty of natural light.