These London venues are just what you need to host the ultimate summer do
City Summer House
Walk in off Brick Lane and you’ll immediately find a tiki bar, food stalls and a dancefloor (sometimes used for silent discos). A selection of flexible party packages cover venue hire, a hog roast, a Pimm’s reception, a DJ, and garden games, while extras can include hot tubs, a photo booth and funfair stalls.
Sea Containers House
, South Bank
One of the big openings of 2017, this venue will no doubt be a popular choice for summer parties this season. Our pick of the spaces is Level 12 (which can be split into four smaller rooms), and its adjoining roof terrace, where the cityscape views get even better.
The Conservatory & Garden Room
, The City
The Barbican’s best-kept secret is without question its rooftop Conservatory. The delightfully incongruous space houses exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants under its glass roof.
Tucked away in a six-acre garden just beyond Moorgate, the Honourable Artillery Company is one of the City’s most prestigious venues. The garden can be hired for a range of summer events: group sports activities include cricket, football, rugby and croquet.
Part of the Grade II-listed Royal Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall claims to be one of the largest uninterrupted floor spaces in central London. The elegant space also requires little decoration: its glass-vaulted ceiling and stylish combination of Edwardian architecture and intelligent lighting (controlled by an iPad, no less) impress all on their own.
Tropicana Beach Club
, Covent Garden
This ‘rum-soaked tropical oasis’ has the palm trees and beach-party atmosphere to get an indoor bash pumping. Exclusive use is the obvious choice, but smaller groups can take over one of two semi-private areas, each with its own bar. Once the barbecue food has all been eaten, guests can get involved with beach games like surfboard limbo.
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This article was first published in SquareMeal Venues + Events, Spring/Summer 2017