The best London venues with outside space

The capital is home to some pretty special venues, many of which offer unique outdoor spaces which are perfect for al fresco events. From rooftop gardens to pretty patios, courtyards and riverside terraces to sprawling greens, read on to discover some of the best London venues with outside space.

Updated on 18 April 2024

Our website features thousands of restaurants, bars, pubs and event venues which have been tried and tested by our team of expert critics. If you are looking for a selection of the best London venues to hire, our carefully curated lists are a great place to start. Sure, London is home to plenty of pubs with beer gardens and restaurants with terraces, but how do you know which London venues with outdoor space are best suited to private events? Well, allow us to help.

Discover a wealth of fantastic party venues with outside space with our carefully selected list of the best. These come equipped with gardens, courtyards, balconies and terraces, all of which are available to hire for the likes of summer barbecues, al fresco drinks receptions and a whole host of other outdoor events. During the balmy summer months, there is something undeniably enticing about hosting an event in an outdoor space - whether you want a summer party venue to be enjoyed al fresco, or an exclusive rooftop venue for an evening of breathtaking vistas.

London venues with outdoor space are not just for huge summer festivals and birthday parties though, as there are plenty of spots featured in our list that are home to more intimate al fresco spaces, such as balconies and terraces. These event spaces can also work for corporate functions too - having an outdoor break out area is always a welcome addition to a conference, while corporate away days are often more fun when team building activities take place outdoors (think the likes of lawn games or assault courses, depending on how competitive you want to be).

Whatever you are looking for, our pick of the best London venues to hire with outdoor space is sure to feature a place that’s perfect for you.

The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery

Somerset House, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0RN

Set against the grounds of the historic Somerset House, The Courtauld Gallery is already a pretty spectacular event’s space to begin with, boasting a world-famous collection of artworks within its walls. You’ll also find the courtyard terrace, an intimate spot for up to 60 guests, offering a private bar and seasonal decor.

Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 60
IAC Lounge & Terrace

IAC Lounge & Terrace

190 Fleet Street, City of London, London, EC4A 2AG

Sleek, simple and boasting a lovely wraparound terrace, the IAC’s sixth floor spaces are ideal whether you're planning a birthday bash or networking drinks reception. Canape menus offer the likes of duck spring rolls and chorizo and pumpkin bites, alongside extensive vegan and veggie options to ensure everyone is fed.

Max Meeting 50
Max Theatre 70
Max Standing 120
Butlers Wharf Chop House

Butlers Wharf Chop House

The Butlers Wharf Building, 36e Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YE

If there’s one sure fire way to impress your guests, it’s with a venue that overlooks the river and London’s city lights. Butlers Wharf Chop House offers a space right beside Tower Bridge, with a terrace that runs alongside the river for an event space in a prime location. The cherry on the cake? It’s also an incredible steak house.

Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 140
The Marylebone Hotel

The Marylebone Hotel

47 Welbeck Street , Marylebone, London, W1G 8DN

Located in London’s fancy West End, The Marylebone Hotel is a magnificent venue for hire, boasting an intimate outside area with a retractable roof, stylish fireplace, and sofas, as well as space for a long table for dinner parties.

Max Meeting 84
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 88
Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour

The Butlers Wharf Building, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YE

With views of Tower Bridge that are hard to beat, this venue's outdoor space gives an intimate feel, with the city lights as your backdrop. Think fairy lights, candles, and fur throws whilst you sip on fine wine and eat delicious food.

Max Meeting 110
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 110
No.11 Cavendish Square

No.11 Cavendish Square

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

This Grade II listed townhouse, based in the centre of London, is equipped with a sizeable courtyard. Benches line the outskirts, there are tables available, and greenery helps you feel like you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle of the city.

Max Meeting 136
Max Theatre 280
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
The London City Beach

The London City Beach

Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PU

You don't need to travel far for a day by the beach, because Southbank has its very own available for hire during the summer months. This spot caters for team building days, conferences, or corporate parties with space for up to 1200 guests.

Max Standing 1200
The Langham Hotel

The Langham Hotel

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

Holding the title as one of the oldest private gardens in the West End, the courtyard garden is able to cater for up to 250 guests whilst still managing to maintain an intimate feel. Pergolas, fairy lights and colourful flowers give this a real back garden vibe.

Max Meeting 26
Max Theatre 275
Max Standing 375
Max Banquet 250
Louie London

Louie London

13-15 West Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9NE

The vibrant music at Louie London always succeeds in bringing a party atmosphere to your event. Located in the heart of Soho, there are several distinctive spaces available for hire, from the moody Cabana to the convivial Alligator Bar and Terrace. Host up to 120 guests with cocktails, snacks and, of course, live music.

Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 200
100 Barrington

100 Barrington

100 Barrington Road, Brixton, London, SW9 7JF

Primely located just a few steps from Brixton Market, 100 Barrington’s brick archway location provides for a sort of hybrid outdoor space that’s technically covered but allows guests to spill out into the streets for something more al fresco. Twinkling lights and ornate detailing provide a pretty unique backdrop for all kinds of events.

Vauxhall Arches

Vauxhall Arches

South Lambeth Road , Vauxhall, London, SW8 1RT

For something a bit different, why not host an event against the backdrop of the railway arches at Vauxhall Station? Choose from two impressive outside spaces, The Terrace or The Runway, which host up to 150 or 600 guests, respectively. Complete with bright decor and deck chairs, it's the perfect spot for a summer celebration.

Max Meeting 60
Max Theatre 223
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250
Electrowerkz

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens Street, Angel, London, EC1V 1NQ

The courtyard at Electrowerkz offers a large space for up to 170 guests. Providing an urban and unique backdrop from the plants that hang from the ceiling to the large sparkling disco ball to get the party started. Here, you can add on packages of buffets or feasting menus with drinks galore.

Max Meeting 115
Max Theatre 150
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 115
Limin South Bank

Limin South Bank

56 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PP

What better space for an al fresco event than a beach in the heart of the city? Limin brings a taste of the Caribbean to South Bank with its menus of jerk chicken, rum-based cocktails and sandy restaurant. The terrace here is covered and heated, making it functional all year round. 

Max Meeting 60
Max Theatre 60
Max Standing 280
Max Banquet 180
Cinnamon Kitchen

Cinnamon Kitchen

9 Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 4YL

Cinnamon Kitchen gives an effortlessly cool vibe with minimalistic tables and chairs, but plenty of plants for good measure. Whether it’s blue skies or a starry night, you can enjoy views of the city’s outline alongside some delicious al fresco dining.

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 130
Bluebird

Bluebird

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

This Chelsea institution is more than just a cute spot for brunch with the dog in tow, it’s also one of London’s best venues to host your next party or event. When weather permits, there’s also access to the garden terrace where you and your guests can unwind in a relaxed and stylish setting.

Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 230
De Morgan House

De Morgan House

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

This Grade II listed venue overlooks Russell Square and is host to plenty of affordable conference and meeting rooms. Tucked away to the rear of the building is a serene garden, surrounded by trees and greenery to transport you away from the city centre.

Max Meeting 32
Max Theatre 80
Max Standing 70
Max Banquet 40
Lula

Lula

6A -8A Lonsdale Road, Queen's Park, London, NW6 6RD

If you’re looking to host an event in North London, then why not consider Lula’s laid-back atmosphere and vibrant menus of Mediterranean fare? For an al fresco space, host your party on the terrace, decked out with potted plants and cushion clad benches for a relaxing evening of outdoor dining.

Max Meeting 60
Max Theatre 60
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 110
Sea Containers Events

Sea Containers Events

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

Ideally located on the Southbank, Sea Containers holds six event spaces across three floors, as well as three private terraces with riverside views. If you’re looking to make a statement, this venue is perfect for parties, receptions, meetings and dinners.

Max Meeting 215
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 150
IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

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

If you’re looking to impress a large number of guests, IET London: Savoy Place boasts the Johnson Roof Terrace that can hold up to 200 people. With breathtaking views of the London skyline and River Thames, this spot guarantees to add the wow factor to any special occasion.

Max Meeting 50
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
Los Mochis London City

Los Mochis London City

9th Floor, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 2AT

Stylish dining, panoramic vistas and a pan-pacific menu of Japanese and Mexican cuisine are all on offer at Los Mochis City. Found in the heart of the capital, groups can enjoy everything from sushi to tacos, providing breathtaking views from the stunnng rooftop. 

Max Meeting 450
Max Standing 665
Max Banquet 450
Coq d

Coq d'Argent

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

With panoramic views over London, Coq d’Argent’s heated rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to indulge in fine wines, cocktails, and some of the best French food in the city. And with four terraces to choose from, able to cater for 40 to 100 guests, you’ll find the perfect area no matter how many are in attendance.

Max Meeting 70
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 150
Beit el Zaytoun

Beit el Zaytoun

Park Royal , Park Royal, London, NW10 7AE

An impressive space with delicious food to match, Beit el Zaytoun is an excellent choice of venue hire in Park Royal. Boasting a conservatory-like dining space and large canalside garden, it’s a great space for summer events with a menu boasting Lebanese-fare.

Max Banquet 50
Paternoster Chop House

Paternoster Chop House

35 Old Bailey, Blackfriars, London, EC4M 7AU

When it’s not booked out for filming (it was famously used for First Dates), you can hire out Paternoster Chop House for a private party or event. Just a short stroll from St Paul’s, this is the perfect venue to host a night even more iconic than its surroundings.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 130

When London gets its brief spells of sun, we don’t want to waste a single second of it, and that’s why we’ve found the perfect spots for those al fresco events when the opportunity arises. Whether you’re after a large summar party venue for 200 guests overlooking the Thames, or an intimate tranquil gardens and courtyards hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there’s a space for every occasion in the capital. We’ve helped narrow down your search, so check out our pick of the best London venues and get planning your next fabulous event (just pray the weather holds up).

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