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Written by Tanisha Bhat - 26 October 2023

The 22 best venues for a summer party in London

London summer is a curious thing. The greyscale sheen of the capital is almost instantly transformed. Sunlight floods the streets and buildings, and the city's denizens come out of their damp hovels in hordes, surging towards London's best summer party venues.

The summer is the time for restaurants, bars, and pubs to bring out the outdoor seating, book a sub-par DJ, and slice enough limes to furnish an 18th-century navy.

If you need some inspiration or guidance on what spaces to check out while out with your friends or visiting London for the first time, check out our list of venues for a summer party in the lively city of London.

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Lincoln's Inn Summer Party London Hire
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1. Medieval meets Modern in Central London: Lincoln’s Inn


Although Lincoln’s Inn might have you questioning which century you are in, the North Lawn and East Terrace are both picturesque venues in London great for hosting summer parties. The East Terrace has that perfectly manicured lawn with trimmed trees and colourful plants that capture the essence of summer.

Receptions, BBQ and dry hire packages are available on the East Terrace from June to September for up to 450 guests. The North Lawn is a big area of grass that can host up to 100 guests and has outdoor tents, tables and chairs set up for your event.

As for food and drinks, Lincoln’s Inn has a wide variety of canapés, mains and desserts to choose from. Our favourites are the Apple & Celeriac Mini Tacos and the Sibling Gin Cured Scottish Salmon with Buttermilk, Cucumber Dressing and Granola Crumb. Their private dining menu also has a great selection of traditional wines, beers and soft drinks.

2. Look over the London skyline at your summer party: The Hoxton - 12th Floor


Ever wanted to party on a hotel rooftop? Then The Hoxton is the place to host your next summer party.

The 12th floor at The Hoxton can accommodate up to 150 guests and boasts comfy lounge rooms, high-quality DJ equipment, a complete bar, and an outdoor terrace with amazing views of London. You can also choose from two different menus to feed your guests that will definitely be hungry from all the dancing and partying. Choose from the hotel’s exclusive restaurant, Seabird, that offers fresh seafood dishes or consider delicious small plates and platters from the Apartment Bites & Bowls menu.

The events team at the Hoxton is ready to elevate your summer party, figuratively and literally.

Lighterman King's Cross London Summer Party Venue
Lighterman King's Cross London Summer Party Venue

3. A canalside summer party venue in London's Kings Cross: The Lighterman

King's Cross, London

The Lighterman is a modernist 3-floor granite behemoth of a pub, found jutting over the ribbon-work of canals that cuts through King's Cross. This striking summer party spot is perfectly placed to let you drink a few beers in the sun with your nearest and dearest.

With an impressive capacity of 350 guests, The Lighterman is one for those wanting a no-holds-bar summer party in one of London's most iconic areas.

Boathouse canary wharf summer party
Boathouse canary wharf summer party

4. Celebrate your summer on a boat: The Boathouse London

Canary Wharf, London

Consider Pirates. The original raconteurs, history's celebrated connoisseurs of rum, sun and jaunty songs. Say what you want about the scourge of the ocean; they sure knew how to have a good time.

Canary Wharf has recently been blessed with a new summer party venue that would make even the meanest of sea dogs smile. The unique and stylish space has brought the aesthetics of a cosy jazz bar to the not-so-tempestuous waters of Canary Wharf. The twenty-person capacity vessel gives breathtaking views of the steel and glass city-scape, with below and above deck bringing the vibes.

5. Feel the sun on your face in this West London spot: The Bluebird Cafe

White City

The Bluebird Cafe has gracefully spread its wings, becoming the sister venue to the iconic Kings Road landmark in Chelsea. This White City spot has the same sense of style and charm as its original counterpart.

With a Sagrada-designed interior, the well-lit cafe offers all-day dining and drinking. From morning brunch to evening cocktails, The Bluebird offers modern British cuisine and a range of tipples to sip.

Exclusive hire for your summer party is available for up to 200 guests for a standing reception or 100 seated. Get a faceful of sun and enjoy the heated outdoor terrace that opens onto the vibrant piazza by the BBC. This spot is ideal for making the most of those long, warm days.

The venue is flexible and offers its Chef and Events Manager on hand to bring your culinary and party dreams to life, ensuring an unforgettable summer event.

Design museum London summer party venues
Design museum London summer party venues

6. For an aesthetically minded summer party in London: The Plaza at The Design Museum


The exterior of the iconic Design Museum is a striking backdrop to any summer party. The distinctive copper-covered, hyperbolic paraboloid roof juts out above a wall of blue-tinged glass – imagine the sun setting over this, whilst drinks and canapes are enjoyed below. It's a pretty special spot.

What makes it more special is the Plaza is capable of hosting a wide variety of events in this al fresco Space for up to 100 Guests. This outside space is an absolute winner for summer parties, receptions and networking events. It's a summer party venue for those seeking to make an impression and one that won't be forgotten in a hurry.

7. A summer party full of bowling & karaoke: All Star Lanes Shepherd’s Bush


In case the British rain decides to make an unscheduled stop in the summer, All Star Lanes welcome you into their exciting space. With bowling lanes, karaoke rooms, and dartboards, your time will be quite eventful.

We know all this bowling will make you peckish and parched, but fear not, this venue serves flavourful drinks and mouth-watering American classics with a twist. Why not go for the big one… a tender steak.

Exhibit summer party London
Exhibit summer party London

8. A 600 person bar and terrace in the London sun: The Exhibit Bar & Restaurant

Balham, London

Situated in the heart of Balham, with 23 years behind it, The Exhibit has prided itself on packing just about everything into its SW12 building. Boasting multiple bars, a studio space, a private cinema and a karaoke booth, it's literally an all-singing, all-dancing venue.

For a summer party, though, it has to be their beautiful garden space. The fully-covered 100-person capacity 'Gin Garden' has enough hanging flora and plush chairs to get you in the mood for a gin & tonic or three. The summer party space can be combined with a DJ and private bar, meaning you won't have to queue or fight for room on the dance floor. All you have to do is find the perfect summer outfit.

Pantechnicon, summer party venue
Pantechnicon, summer party venue

9. A Botanical Garden with natural light all in a relaxing setting: Pantechnicon


Whether you are looking to host a summer party for work or fun – Pantechnicon has the space for all event types with fun drinks and lively vibes. Six floors and eight rooms with hidden nooks and beautifully set tables are all at your disposal for your private event or special occasion.

When you enter the roof garden and terrace space, it feels like a botanical oasis with green vines dangling from the ceiling and bright natural light shining through the windowed ceiling.

The beautiful glass-covered venue feels like a retreat from the bustling city below, which allows you to unwind with delicious, carefully sourced and seasonal food items and crafted cocktails and spritzes made with house infusions, botanicals and exclusive spirits.

If you’re looking for a place to throw your summer party – work or play – check out Pantechnicon’s private space for an intimate dinner or hold a work event for up to 160 people in one of the restaurants.

omeara, summer party venue
Omeara, summer party venue

10. A hidden gem amongst the hustle and bustle of the city: Omeara


Listen to music, look at art and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of Omeara, all under the beautiful arched ceiling.

Situated in one of London’s most iconic buildings and designed to be an escape from city life while in the centre of London. With fun drinks and fantastic live performances, this space has great energy if you are searching for a fun night on the town with friends or want to host an all-out rager for your birthday party.

In the summer months, this venue hosts fun parties and invites special guests to perform live music, so gather your friends and enjoy the delicious 2 for £10 cocktail deal from 5 pm to 7 pm or their unmatched collection of tequila while listening to fantastic musical performances.

If you are looking to host your private party, Omeara offers that with space to hold up to 320 guests. Go all out for your summer bash and host a party for you and your friends in one of the private hiring options at Omeara, fitting for whatever sized party you are looking to throw.

Woods Quay, Wood Silver Fleet, summer party venues
Woods Quay, Wood Silver Fleet, summer party venues

11. Unmatched views of the River Thames for your summertime celebration: Woods Quay, Wood Silver Fleet


Open kitchen, Michelin-standard tasting room, ample space for guests, classy drinks all at your fingers tips while situated along the Embankment on the River Thames overlooking the beautiful city. Woods Quay is one of London's newest riverside venues.

The green botanical decor is spread throughout the venue for a fun summery atmosphere and suits the interior botanical setting. Fitting the vibrant summer vibes is their fresh menu items, such as the pea risotto topped with pickled radish and feta or the lemon curd, ginger and greek yoghurt pudding.

The picturesque setting is great for your summertime party, big or small. Whether you are looking for a boozy brunch or a classy dinner, this venue has amazing views at all times of the day.

If you are looking for a great place to enjoy time with other people in an intimate and beautiful setting, look at their private hiring options with space for up to 250 guests, you can host a range of events.

Night Tales Hackney, summer party venues
Night Tales Hackney, summer party venues

12. Tropical hideaway perfect for a summer night out on the town: Night Tales


Journey to Hackney Central to the lively and vibrant Night Tales on a warm summer day to enjoy a yummy drink with your friends. This venue boasts a large covered terrace with rows of tables, an outdoor bar and space for a DJ to play music while you catch up with friends.

Once you enter the space, the vibes are distinctly 'East London': Industrial architecture lit by fairy lights, colourful lighting and enough flora to make Titchmarsh smile. Inside, grab a drink at the tropical-themed bar, sit on the comfy couches inside or check out the picnic tables outside.

Select a drink from the extensive cocktail menu and treat yourself to yummy street food. We suggest a black truffle-infused mozzarella pizza and try the sharing cocktails, like a Giant Pornstar Martini.

For an unmatched summer vibe with tropical decor and yummy drinks, check out Night Tales and book your next summer party for your friends and family to celebrate any occasion in a venue with up to 600 guests.

Colours Hoxton, summer party venue
Green Room at the Colour Hoxton, summer party venues

13. An ideal place for a range of occasions to host your lively summer bash: Colours Hoxton


Colours Hoxton is the space to go for a fun summer party with indoor and outdoor spaces for you and your guests to socialize, dance, drink and enjoy each other's company with lively music.

Throw your full-on summer party in the main room or congregate in the green room for an intimate sit-down lunch or standing reception that opens onto the terrace to enjoy the warm weather.

Begin your festivities with a cocktail reception and sharing platters, then end the night with a jam session on the dance floor under the multi-coloured lights and disco ball.

Select from one of the Colours Hoxton spaces for your ideal summer bash. Check out the rooms available for private hire that suit your event needs, holding up to 120 standing guests.


14. A unique summer party venue for those who get weird around trains: London Transport Museum's Canteen

Covent Garden, London

For an event that Francis Bourgeious would be proud of, try the London Transport Museum.

This unique venue is flooded with natural light and looks over Covent Gardens' bustling piazza. Set in London's original flower market, you will find space for up to 50, perfect for intimate gatherings.

Lined with decommissioned tube furniture, the space is adorned with tiles, vintage posters and maps that have been reclaimed from the underground. To an enthusiast, you may also spot vintage light fittings and luggage racks.

Catering is available with options for great British specials and homemade bakes to feast on. For a memorable night of memorabilia, this is the place.

Lost Garden at Lost Society, summer party venues
The Lost Society, summer party venues

15. Eclectic decor and unmatched summer vibes: Lost Garden at Lost Society


From the fun black and white designed floors on the outdoor terrace to the green wallpaper and comfy pink seats inside, The Lost Society is a classy place to enjoy a warm summer day.

Celebrate any occasion in style with your bar and bartender serving you and your guests drinks all day and night. The beautiful monochrome garden creates a botanical oasis once you enter the doors of this venue.

Within the venue is The Lost Garden, where you can transport into a lush, green hideaway for a yummy sit-down meal under the sun and a BBQ for peak summer vibes.

Hire this venue for your intimate dinner with friends or full-blown party where your guests can dine, drink and dance within the monochrome, botanical setting.

PocketSquare Skyline Bar, summer party venue
PocketSquare Skyline Bar, summer party venues

16. An ode to the city of London with carefully curated decor and beautiful views: Skyline Bar


Hidden away in the city’s first Hyatt Place hotel up on the 9th floor is the Skyline Bar, where you can enjoy a signature drink with a view of London as your backdrop.

Once you hop off the elevator and enter this venue, you see the expansive bar space and windows lining the area for great natural lighting. The Skyline bar has bold interior decor with velvet seats, striking patterns, and natural wood and copper tones carefully collected to make a statement.

Take a step outside to see the picturesque views on the artfully designed terrace. We recommend a table outside especially during the warm months so that you can enjoy the lovely summer nights.

This venue aims to lace together artistic decor, breathtaking views and unique cocktails and food. For your intimate event or private party to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, check out this venue's private hire options that hold up to 80 guests.

Market Hall West End, summer party venue
Market Hall West End, summer party venue

17. A Foodie's summer party heaven: Market Hall West End


Market Hall has venues spread throughout London and is a solid choice for those wanting a summer venue in London with some variety.

The Market Hall in West End is an expansive space with 11 traders and seating for over 1,000 people. This space is one of the largest food halls in the UK and has beautiful high ceilings that bring in natural light and a food hall for whatever you’re craving that day.

Check out this venue's exclusive options for your private summer gathering. The Market Hall West End offers two spaces. One is a cocktail bar that fits up to 150 guests, and the other is an exclusive top floor for 350 guests with two bars and exclusive roof terrace access. Start planning your summer party today.

Mr. Fogg's Secret Garden, summer party venue, 2
Mr. Fogg's Secret Garden, summer party venue

18. An eccentric, secluded spot to enjoy a party with your friends: Mr Fogg's


Mr Fogg’s has forged a reputable buzz in London, with flowers everywhere you look, rustic tables and chairs and beautiful outdoor space.

Located in Mayfair, Mr Fogg's has a separate area called the Secret Garden on the roof terrace. The eclectic and unique decor adds character to the space and provides a standout experience with rustic-orange walls, hanging lanterns, sweeping vines and colourful flowers.

Check out this space if you are looking to enjoy the summer sun and quench your thirst with one of their refreshing drinks in a picturesque setting.

Hire The Secret Garden for your summertime party that can host up to 150 standing guests.

the pier bar and lounge, summer party venue
the pier bar and lounge, summer party venue

19. Upscale setting with a beautiful view of the Thames: The Pier Bar & Lounge


From the modern interior and beautiful lighting to the creative cocktails and breathtaking views, this venue is a great place to celebrate the summertime.

The floor-to-ceiling glass walls not only bring in beautiful natural light but allow all the guests to watch the boats float past and view the beautiful city of London while enjoying their food and drinks.

The space has a fun bar with funky silver spherical light fixtures and comfy sofas all angled so you can look outside while catching up with friends. The Embankment location is convenient for most in London, so it could be a great shout for those wanting to unite disparate friends.

Whether you are looking for a private dinner with your loved ones or a large summer celebration with your office team, The Pier Bar & Lounge hosts up to 100 guests ready to celebrate the warm weather, fun drinks and chic decor.

Sky garden london party 3
Sky garden london party 3

20. Go high above grounds for your next summer party: Sky Garden


Summer is approaching quickly, so it’s time to start thinking about where you want to host your next spectacular summer party.

A popular venue amongst tourists and Londoners is Sky Garden, situated in the heart of the city with 360 degree panoramic views of London. During summertime, the sun beautifully shines through its floor to ceiling glass windows, creating a perfect backdrop for a summer party. With a capacity for up to 700 guests and exclusive hire available for a full day (6am to 6am) or half day (4pm to 2am), Sky Garden boasts a great venue to party all night with your mates on a summer day.

21. A classy summer party in the greenhouse: Bourne and Hollingsworth


The Greenhouse at the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings seamlessly blends vintage charm with green foliage in a light and airy space. In the summer days, ample natural light floods through the space creating a bright, vibrant atmosphere.

At night, soft festoon lighting from the outside casts ethereal shadows on the white walls, establishing more of an intimate feel. Night or day, the summer brings out a lively crowd that parties for hours and hours. You do not want to miss it.

25th floor Sky Terrace, The Stratford Hotel east london party venue
25th floor Sky Terrace, The Stratford Hotel east london party venue

22. A summer party with a sky terrace in London: The Stratford


Imagine hosting a summer party on a sky terrace, covered with rich oak flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook London’s beautiful skyline.

You can make that imagination come true at the Stratford Hotel. Level 7 at the Stratford is available for private hire, accommodating up to 60 guests. This intimate space consists of a modern European restaurant, Allegra, and its outdoor terrace that provides spectacular views of the city, especially Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

If you’re looking to host a rooftop summer party with an amazing dining experience, then look no further than The Stratford.

The best summer party venues in London

London in the summer is pretty great, so naturally, has no shortage of fun summer party venues. Whether you're looking for a rooftop in the city, a beach-themed bar or just an outdoor party spot in the sun – we've got the best venues in London available to find and book now. Take a look at all our summer party venues in London. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best London summer party venues respond to your enquiry.

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The sunshine is nearly here, which means... it’s time to start thinking about summer party venues in London.

Summer can be the best time of the year for a party and, much as we often complain about the weather in London, when the sun comes out during the summer months it’s one of the best places to be. It’s also one of the best places to host a party! So, bearing that in mind, we’re bringing you our favourite summer party venues London has to offer. Venue hire in London's summer months is a busy season, so get ahead of the venue hire rush with this collection.

Our favourite spots in the city range from the classic rooftop venues in London, to more general Spaces with an outdoor area. In our opinion, anywhere where you can feel a bit of the warmth of the sun on your face is a winner! So, take a look at these outdoor party venues for hire in London. We’ve got penthouse spaces overlooking the London skyline, and lush green gardens in the heart of the city. Whatever the setting you’re looking for, here’s some help to start planning your summer party now with the best summer venue hire London has to offer from HeadBox!

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For summer party venues in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

London Secret Beach, London Secret Garden – Spend a day at the beach in London! Relax on a lounge chair, enjoy the shade and sip on a cocktail at one of London's worst-kept secret summer party venues.

Neon Den, Barrio East – If you want to spend a fun day out, celebrating the summer sunshine, then head to the Neon Den. With colourful and vibrant decor and a playful and energetic atmosphere, you're sure to have a great time.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a summer party venue. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a London summer party venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best summer party venues in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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