Summer party venues

Summertime provides the perfect conditions for a celebration, whether it's a wedding, business gathering or special event of some kind. Whatever the occasion, London’s summer party venues offer a variety of spaces and facilities, with many featuring excellent outdoor spaces for celebrations in the open air. SquareMeal has scoured the capital in order to find the very best venues available for a summer party. Choose from iconic London landmarks, football clubs, zoos, restaurants, museums and even boats for your next party venue in London and celebrate the warmer season in style.

Updated on 19 November 2018

The City Summer House

The City Summer House

91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL

Every June and July, the Boiler House on Brick Lane is converted into a fun venue for private parties, receptions and casual dining. You can expect to find an even split of indoor and outdoor space, along with a tiki bar, food stalls and dancefloor. Flexible packages cover venue hire, a hog roast, a Pimm’s reception, a DJ and garden games. Extras can include hot tubs and photo booth, while there’s a VIP Garden, available with the high-end Access All Areas package.

Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250
The Bloomsbury Ballroom

The Bloomsbury Ballroom

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4DA

The 1920s home of the London Cabaret Club is well set up for large-scale private events. Cars can pull right up to the Grade II-listed building and Holborn tube is close by. The main Ballroom has a built-in stage beneath tall ceilings and art-deco windows, and AV is included (six large screens and projectors). The adjacent Rose Room can stand alone with its own large bar, while the Long Bar is much as it sounds, and a useful breakout space or green room.

Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 570
Max Banquet 300
Camden House

Camden House

London Camden Triangle, Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm, London, NW1 8AB

This 2018 new opening captures all of the most enduring modern event trends under one rectangular roof. Divided into zones, rather than rooms, Camden House is an airy, daylight-flooded, easy-access blank canvas. Even the venue’s central bar subdivides, giving its largest sub-space a private bar to go with its private entrance. That said, Zone 3’s biggest feature is probably its retractable roof. In all three zones, bi-folding walls and doors soundproof smaller events. For celebrations, the 2:30am licence is worth noting.

Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 900
Max Banquet 450
Puttshack

Puttshack

Westfield London, London, London, W12 7HB

Located at Westfield London, this gigantic venue is brought to us by the people behind ping-pong hangouts Bounce. Puttshack is set to focus on another group sport, though: mini golf. This time they’ve added a new element to the crazy golf experience by making it digital: all balls will use Trackaball technology to keep tabs on each player’s putts, while a computer will keep track of the scores. Exclusive use is an option.

Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 104
Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre

Station Road , Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB

Specially built for the London 2012 Olympic Games, this white-water slalom centre is a no-brainer when it comes to orgaising action-packed away days. But the venue is also keen to impress that you can combine paddles with pens by hiring one of its meeting spaces for half of the day. Offering a private terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows with views out over the white-water course, these suites can be combined for theatre-style presentations.

Max Meeting 450
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 400
The Yacht London

The Yacht London

Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars, London, WC2R 2PN

Permanently moored at Temple Pier, The Yacht London is a characterful 1927 steam vessel available for hospitality bookings. A 3am license means parties can last way into the night, while its central location gives views of some of the capital’s iconic landmarks, including Big Ben and the London Eye. The alfresco Top Deck is the place to book in summer, and there’s the option to hire spaces in conjunction with one another.

Max Meeting 35
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 100
ZAPspace

ZAPspace

369 Stratford High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

Occupying an old art deco theatre in Stratford, this three-storey trampoline park specialises in offbeat teambuilding activities. Breakfast and lunch meetings can be hosted at the Old Town Bistro and post-activity drinks in the SkyBar. Bookers can hire the whole venue or individual floors. If you want to keep the team out after hours head to its sister venue, The Curious Fox, which serves punchy cocktails and has a late license. From April to September, it's also possible to host events in the 360-capacity outdoor bar and street food venue across the road, Pitch Stratford.

Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 92
Max Banquet 80
Putt in the Park Battersea

Putt in the Park Battersea

Sun Gate, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ

This mini-golf specialist has courses in three London parks. Next door to Go Ape, its Battersea branch is well set up for exclusive-use events. Food comes from a wood-fired pizza oven, drinks from a well-stocked long bar, and there are hardwood floors for dancing. A large outdoor area is heated and the 18-hole, all-weather course itself raises some eye-catching challenges for all levels of player. Watch out, in particular, for some turbulent water hazards.

Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 80
Cinnamon Kitchen

Cinnamon Kitchen

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

Canape Cup 
 2018 - 3rd place Found in a former warehouse in Devonshire Square, Cinnamon Kitchen is a landmark for Indian food in London. It offers plenty of space for events, including a covered outside terrace. Its PDR has a window that opens onto the main kitchen, along with AV facilities for meetings. In its bar, Anise, groups can enjoy small-plate dishes and cocktails in open booths. The restaurant team, under Vivek Singh, has won the SquareMeal Canapé Cup many times.

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 130
Bluebird

Bluebird

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

The visible red-steel frame of the striking 1920s building is softened by greenery, while low lighting adds atmosphere at night. By day, the ground-floor café, which overlooks a cobbled courtyard, is a good spot for group lunches. Inside, the upstairs restaurant and bar can be hired exclusively, but for intimate dinners book the Mezzanine Room. Further spaces include the art deco Gallery Room and the Beaufort Room with its own bar.

Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 250
The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square , Marylebone, London, W1U 3BN

The Wallace Collection stands tall as both a national museum and one of London’s most prestigious townhouse venues. With its world-class collection of old masters, the Great Gallery makes an indelible impression for dinners and receptions, while the leafy, glazed Courtyard is a lovely setting for drinks, seated dinners or awards ceremonies. For more intimate gatherings, there is a suite of elegant drawing rooms and a selection of smaller dining spaces.

Max Meeting 20
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 160
28 West

28 West

28 Westferry Circus, London, E14 8RR

Down on Canary Wharf waterfront, 28 West takes the edge off busy days in the financial district. Alongside continental beers and classic cocktails, menus cover the casual bistro bases (think burgers and steaks). Its two spaces can be hired privately: the Bar for buzzy standing receptions with bowl food and canapés; the Lounge for sharing platters on sofas. VIP events are handled with aplomb; for more ad hoc occasions, there’s table football in the bar.

Max Meeting 70
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 80
Lee Valley VeloPark

Lee Valley VeloPark

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Road, Stratford, London, E20 3AB

One of the legacy venues from the London 2012 Olympics, Lee Valley Velopark was where Team GB took seven gold medals to dominate the track cycling. Today, that legacy is instilled in its event spaces, which include Track Centre, a memorable spot for exhibitions and conferences, and the Concourse Pods which overlook the track. Elsewhere, bookers can choose from a string of meeting rooms and suites, most of which look out over the outdoor road cycling circuit.

Max Meeting 1000
The Tower of London

The Tower of London

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

Each of the Tower of London’s function rooms has its own story: the White Tower houses the armour of Henry VIII, while the Medieval Palace makes a great summer party space. The Martin Tower, which used to be home to the Crown Jewels, is available for intimate dinners, and New Armouries: Banqueting Suite is your best bet for conferences. A private view of the Crown Jewels or a Yeoman Warder tour are popular add-ons.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 240
IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

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

The refurbished Savoy Place offers increased capacity and cutting-edge tech. We like the idea of the Kelvin Lecture Theatre – with its original mahogany paneling – for presentations and product launches. Check out the Turing Lecture Theatre upstairs for a more contemporary feel. Our favourite spaces are the Riverside Room and Maxwell Library, which have fine views over the Thames. The Johnson Roof Terrace is made for summer parties.

Max Meeting 34
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
Putt in the Park Acton

Putt in the Park Acton

East Churchfield Road, Acton, London, W3 7LL

The third of Putt in the Park’s three London venues, this mini-golf course in Acton Park closely follows the group’s successful template. Next to 18 carefully designed holes, there’s a standalone clubhouse serving pizzas from a wood-fired oven and well-turned drinks from a long bar. Hardwood floors make for easy dancing and there’s a heated outdoor area to rest up in. Exclusive-hire packages mean groups get the run of the whole place.

Max Standing 90
Max Banquet 60
Sea Containers Events

Sea Containers Events

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

One of the big openings of 2017, this South Bank venue at the top of the Sea Containers building turned heads with its 2,300sq m of event space and killer river views. The Cucumber restaurant is the standout space, but the private dining room – with its balcony and sight line to St Paul’s Cathedral – is particularly popular. Those cityscape views get even better on the roof terrace. Catering is by Green & Fortune: expect seasonal and locally sourced food.

Max Meeting 215
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 150
Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries

Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Kensington Gardens is home to two of our favourite modern art galleries: the Serpentine Gallery and the more recent Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Together, the spaces combine the sense of occasion of a listed building with the coolness of a contemporary art space. The former will host private dinners, while both make formidable spaces for drinks receptions. Come summer, the temporary pavilion is a striking one-off space for standing soirées.

Max Standing 250
Pitch Stratford

Pitch Stratford

Pitch Street, Stratford, London, E15 4PA

This pop-up party space in Stratford offers street food stalls, an open-air bar and a giant outdoor cinema screen. Launched in 2017 the trendy seasonal space is open April to September and is available for private hire. Teambuilding activities can be arranged at its sister venue, ZAPspace Trampoline Park, which is conveniently next door. The nearby Curious Fox bar is also part of the same company and benefits from a late license.

Max Standing 360
Max Banquet 360
KidZania London

KidZania London

Westfield London, Ariel Way, London, W12 7GA

Within White City’s landmark Westfield shopping centre, Kidzania London is a children’s mini-city that invites adults to play too. Groups can take on over 60 role-play activities such as fighting crime with the police. These can be added onto events in the city’s diverse range of spaces, which are also offered for dry hire. The Main Square works as well for a conference as it does a street-food party, while the Theatre has stalls, circle seating and a full stage.

Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 300
The Deck

The Deck

National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Sitting on the roof of the National Theatre, The Deck has been recently refurbished in time for 2018 summer events. The new space is wrapped in glazed panels, which means panoramic views of London can be enjoyed both inside and out on the terrace. State-of-the-art AV from the theatre’s Sound and Lighting departments means that conferences, away days and product launches will go without a hitch, while an in-house catering team looks after dinners and receptions.

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 170
Max Banquet 100
German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium

1 King's Boulevard, King's Cross, London, N1C 4BU

This listed Victorian building (London’s first purpose-built gymnasium) is D&D London’s best-looking venue. The ground-floor Grand Café is a softly lit art-deco affair, with light marble floors. At either side of the space, staircases lead to a more formal mezzanine restaurant with its own entrance which can be hired exclusively. Smaller groups can hire the semi-private space on the same level. The middle-European influenced food wins plenty of plaudits.

Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250
The Worx

The Worx

10 Heathman's Road, Fulham, London, SW6 4TJ

With nearly 3,000sq m of space to play with on a campus of nearly an acre, this industrial-feel venue has nine large, contemporary rooms leading off from a central courtyard and restaurant. All spaces have high ceilings and provide a blank canvas for a range of events, from themed parties to teambuilding. Conferencing clients include Rolls-Royce, Google and Yves Saint Laurent. The space is used for shoots, so lighting, stage and AV are easily arranged.

Max Meeting 220
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 220
Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea Football Club

Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW6 1HS

Stamford Bridge sports a long lineup of contemporary facilities for hosting groups. Look first to the newly refurbished (late 2017) West Stand, with its myriad modern event spaces and teambuilding options. The all-new 1905 Club, which replaces Marco Grill, is already proving popular for meetings and dinners on non-match days. Elsewhere, we’re fans of Under the Bridge, a state-of-the-art music venue used for award ceremonies and dinners.

Max Meeting 800
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 650
HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington

Victoria Embankment, City of London, London, WC2R 2PN

Moored near Temple tube, HQS Wellington offers a memorable backdrop for events. Her prime Thames location gives visitors excellent views of the South Bank, London Eye and river traffic. Its spaces include the wood-paneled Court Room, accessed via an ornate teak staircase; the Model Room, with its collection of antique miniature ships; and the exterior Quarter Deck, which has 180° views. Catering comes courtesy of The Cook & The Butler.

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 220
Max Banquet 120
Flat Iron Square

Flat Iron Square

Flat Iron Square, London, London, SE1 1TD

This cool indoor-outdoor corner of Bankside is a shoe-in for lively summer events, with a choice of 11 catering options from the on-site restaurants based in the site’s characterful railway arches. Live entertainment can be hired in for either the outdoor stage, in front of a covered terrace area, or the permanent indoor venue Omeara. The site has also proven popular with winter events, particularly at the ski lodge, which can be hired exclusively.

Max Standing 600
Egg London

Egg London

200 York Way, King's Cross, London, N7 9AX

A warehouse club that hosts all-night dance parties, Egg London handles less frenetic corporate affairs with aplomb. It’s a versatile venue for launches, networking events and themed parties. Cell 200 is suitably self-contained, while The Terrace dancefloor room has a new sound system, dedicated conference facilities and access to an outdoor space. A basement dancefloor room suits fashion shows, and look out too for the Main Room, set to open in May.

Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 80
Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR

Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital Chelsea offers a fine range of event spaces. While the Chelsea pensioners still live within, the listed buildings now house some superior indoor function rooms. Little has changed over three centuries: the striking oak-panelled Great Hall remains a stately setting for banquets. With Old Master paintings on the walls and Thames views, the State Apartments and Wren House make elegant spaces for smaller occasions.

Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 300
Butlers Wharf Chop House

Butlers Wharf Chop House

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

This bastion of British produce is popular with City folk who pop over the river for superior steaks and rotisserie-style cooking. Interiors are smart but cosy, and guests can enjoy views over Tower Bridge. Four semi-private dining areas allow groups to take in the atmosphere of the main space. Exclusive events can be held in the bar and grill. In summer, receptions can also spill out onto the riverside terrace. A dedicated events coordinator ensures smooth running.

Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 140
The HAC

The HAC

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

Tucked away in a six-acre garden close to the City, the Honourable Artillery Company is a hidden gem. On the north side of its lawns sits 18th-century Armoury House, where the standout space is the oak-panelled Long Room with its minstrels’ gallery. Elsewhere, there’s the more contemporary Prince Consort Rooms, which our own marketing team booked for a recent SquareMeal Tasting event. The garden can be hired for summer events.

Max Meeting 480
Max Standing 5000
Max Banquet 350
Barge East

Barge East

River Lee, White Post Lane, Stratford, London, E9 5EN

In Hackney Wick, a 114-year-old cargo boat has become a one-of-a-kind bar, restaurant and venue. Barge East itself was sailed over from the Netherlands, but everything onboard is locally sourced, from the seasonal small plates to the craft beer and espresso martinis. Small groups can enjoy all of these in the Captain’s Cabin. For bigger groups, exclusive use means you can spread across the cosy lower deck and covered top deck, and even out into an amphitheatre on the bank.

Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 55
All Star Lanes White City

All Star Lanes White City

Ariel Way, White City, London, W12 7FU

Opened in April 2018, All Star Lanes White City has already starred in A Question of Sport. Designed with art-deco Miami in mind, the venue’s Babylon 305 private room is a lavish setting for events. As well as a couple of lanes and a cocktail bar (with mixologist), it’s got two karaoke booths, a Nintendo Wii and an up-to-the-minute projector and big screen. Canapés can be delivered and, if all of that’s a bit overwhelming, personal party planners are available.

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 100
ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

3 Thornton Street, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2AD

The UK’s tallest sculpture is home to the world’s longest tunnel slide. Book one of the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s two sky-high event spaces, or its canopy-protected outdoor space, and you can add on the ride of a lifetime for each and every guest. With panoramic city views and a late licence, this is a special venue for business breakfasts through to evening drinks receptions and gala dinners – whatever your group’s mode of departure.

Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 270
Max Banquet 140
Skinners

Skinners' Hall

8 1/2 Dowgate Hill , City of London, London, EC4R 2SP

Dating from 1670, Skinners’ Hall is home to one of the City’s ‘Great 12’ livery companies, combining stately halls, elegant chambers and homely rooms. Guests enter across a paved courtyard before heading, perhaps, to the Great Hall for a banquet, the Old Court Room for a private dinner or the handsome Court Room for a board meeting. The Roof Garden, with its elegant fountain, suits summer entertaining, while the Outer Hall’s roaring fire makes it a fine choice in winter.

Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 170
Devonshire Club

Devonshire Club

5 Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 4YD

The Devonshire Club is a Mayfair-style members club in EC2. Spread across a Georgian townhouse and 18th-century warehouse, it comprises a boutique hotel, a modern British restaurant and a Garden Room that opens onto a rare outdoor space in the City. For entertaining, there’s also a glamorous Cocktail Bar and the weekend-only Library Bar, which focuses in on cognac and whisky. For the serious stuff, there’s a trio of smart boardrooms.

Max Meeting 50
Max Theatre 40
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 110
Strada Southbank

Strada Southbank

337-338 Belvedere Road, Southbank, London, SE1 8XX

Italian restaurant group Strada made its name serving fresh pasta and authentically thin and crispy pizzas at a time when they were rarely seen on the British high street. Today, its menus are familiar, but their comforting impact is the same. At the recently refreshed South Bank branch, groups can choose between the main dining room, an outdoor terrace and Foyles, a private area named for the famous bookshop next door.

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 160
King

King's Venues Bush House

30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG

Once home to the BBC World Service, this Grade II-listed King’s College London property in Aldwych has been refurbished to offer a versatile selection of event facilities. The Auditorium is where large-scale presentations and product launches are best delivered, while its Arcade handles the pre and post drinks. For private dinners, we like the eighth-floor hospitality suite, which has north- and south-facing terraces with views out over the London skyline.

Max Meeting 395
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 120
Roka Canary Wharf

Roka Canary Wharf

4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London, E14 5FW

A robata grill is at the heating heart of Roka Canary Wharf. The towering skyline of E14 is the backdrop to an open kitchen serving contemporary Japanese cuisine, including sushi and sashimi, to a fashionable business crowd. The decor is comprised of textures and shades of natural wood. Right next to the signature grill, a chef’s table can seat up to 14. Shielded by weatherproof blinds, and with its own bar, the second-floor terrace looks onto Canada Square and is well set up for events. The venue regularly hosts sushi and whisky masterclasses, and full teambuilding days are easily arranged.

Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 60
Lockhouse

Lockhouse

Unit 31-33, 3 Merchant Square, London, London, W2 1AZ

This Paddington all-day bar and restaurant has a hint of the hipster about it: post-industrial decor, quality burgers and craft beers are the three pillars of its offering. It won’t come as a surprise that it makes a good place for lively semi-private or exclusive hire events. For the former, there is the mezzanine, where guests can enjoy set, buffet or tailored menus. This is also the place to host a teambuilding cocktail masterclass. For larger events you can take over the restaurant area or the venue wholesale.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 250
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LR

The studios that brought Harry Potter to the big screen can be booked for events. Among the spaces are the Great Hall, a range of interior sets including the Gryffindor Boys Dormitory (housed inside a sprawling studio), and the Platform 9¾ experience. The green screen area enables guests to recreate scenes from the films – such as flying on a broomstick – while experts who worked on the films can be brought in to speak and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets.

Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 480
The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard

Joiner Street, London, SE1 9EX

Found at the top of The Shard, 244m above the capital, The View is an event space that justifies superlatives: the Renzo Piano-designed building gives guests 40-mile views in all directions. The View has two viewing platforms: Level 69 and Sky Deck on Level 72, which together can hold up its maximum in summer months, or 100 less for the rest of the year. Breakfast events are popular, as are evening networking and cocktail parties as the sun sets.

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 50
Coq d

Coq d'Argent

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

Perched on the roof of No 1 Poultry, Coq d’Argent boasts impressive views towards St Paul’s and the Bank of England. Guests step out of the lift into the venue’s standout space: a rooftop garden designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd. This is a splendid spot for a champagne picnic when the sun is shining. A bar and terrace can be hired for drinks, dinner and canapé parties, while the inside space can be booked exclusively for breakfast meetings and other business events.

Max Meeting 70
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 150
Thames Luxury Charters

Thames Luxury Charters

2-7 Brewery Square, London, SE1 2LF

The five-strong Thames Luxury Charters fleet celebrates 25 years on the river in 2018. Among its well-maintained vessels are the Elizabethan – a replica of an 1890s, stern-wheeled Mississippi paddle steamer – and the Dixie Queen, which is the biggest floating venue in town. The Edwardian offers guests a more classic British experience, while the three-deck Erasmus is a showcase for chic modernity. All of them can moor at most of the piers in town and just outside, meaning private charters can include time alongside the London Eye, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and more. A long-term partnership with Dish keeps the onboard catering shipshape.

Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 432
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens , Kensington, London, W8 4PX

Set in tranquil Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace became a royal residence in 1689. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, who was commissioned by William and Mary to create a retreat from Whitehall, and has hosted the courts of countless kings and queens over the centuries. This heritage is reflected in the grandeur of the event spaces. 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. There is also modern reception space for up to 300 guests in the clean-lined Hub on the ground floor.

Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 300