Wanting to do something a little different this year for your office summer party? We have put together our top 10 summer venues in and around London to help you choose the place that will really make your event special.

pb1.Penguin Beach

Hit the beach this summer at ZSL London Zoo’s newest attraction Penguin Beach. Soak up the sun with a glass of Pimm’s before a barbeque or fork buffet at your own exclusive penguin show ‘Penguin Beach Live’.

WOW your guests at your exclusive show where one of our keepers will invite 12 of your guests onto Penguin Beach for an up close encounter with the penguins and their keeper.

lookout2.The LookOut

Situated in an acre of secluded garden in Hyde Park, The LookOut is a tranquil haven in the heart of a world renowned landscape providing an alternative venue to London’s traditional event spaces.

The eco-friendly venue consists of a modern and flexible building with natural lighting in two rooms that can be opened into one large area providing a blank canvas for events of all sizes and nature. Surrounded by decking and garden it makes a beautiful location for summer parties and BBQ’s.

A small Edwardian out-building called The Gatehouse provides an exclusive location with a stunning backdrop for private dining.

The LookOut has played host to a variety of events from formal sit down dinners to large drinks receptions. Situated in the heart of London in a lush green and secluded space, it’s the perfect location for a party with a difference.

KRG3.Kensington Roof Garden

The Roof Garden is an urban oasis in the heart of London and is well known for its high profile guest list and its stunning views across the capital!

In the Spanish Garden, you can dine under the stars surrounded by exotic wildlife 100 feet above Kensington High Street. The Roof Garden is as a stunning backdrop for an exclusive event for up to 500 guests, an amazing dining experience in Babylon Restaurant or a stylish night out at The Roof Garden private members club.

The Roof Garden and Babylon Restaurant is simply the most dazzling and versatile location in London for your meetings, parties, anything!

The_deck4.The Deck

Serving up some of the coolest views in town, The Deck sits on the roof of the National Theatre on the South Bank. The ultra-modern function space was designed to make the most of its stunning riverside vantage point, with retractable glass walls and an opaque roof that allows natural light to flood into the space. Best enjoyed on warm summer nights (particularly at sunset) when the room and the terrace become one, The Deck works just as well for canapé receptions and summer BBQs as for private dining and presentations, all serviced by suitably colourful in-house catering.

bateaux5.Bateaux London

Best known for its lunch and dinner cruises, Bateaux London’s famous dining vessels serve up fresh, seasonal food, prepared on board. Options range from lunch, dinner or afternoon tea reservations for two to a reception for 300 guests.

Symphony, Naticia and Harmony are available for exclusive hire and offer private dining facilities during scheduled cruises on the Thames. Small groups can book tables in the main dining rooms, while larger parties can choose between Symphony’s 60-seater PDR or from a selection of private suites on board Harmony, which also features a 250sq m open deck and holds 200 guests for dinner.

All offer great views of the London skyline.

No46.No. 4 Hamilton Place

This elegant Mayfair townhouse overlooking Hyde Park is home to the Royal Aeronautical Society. The venue blends classic interiors with modern facilities for conferences and banqueting. The stunning Argyll Room, for instance, has been sympathetically restored to make the most of its original features and has up-to-the-minute lighting and AV facilities. It also leads through to another highlight: the impressive 200-capacity Roof Terrace with views across the park. An ongoing commitment to refurbishment keeps the all-important details fresh throughout.

gh7.Gibson Hall

Gibson Hall is an ideal venue to hold your summer party & BBQ, this stunning converted banking hall features a secluded garden, the perfect setting for a truly British Garden Party. With all-inclusive packages available, your guests can relax and enjoy a BBQ and summer drinks in the grounds of the grand, City of London venue.

A garden in the City is a very rare commodity and very popular for the summer events. Gibson Hall’s garden is a stunning backdrop for any outside event, and is ideal for stand-alone BBQ’s, through to pre-dinner drinks receptions or outdoor activity events. With the garden room as the alternative wet weather solution there is no need to worry about the great British weather when organising your event.

ph8.Parkstead House

Parkstead House has been beautifully restored to provide the perfect venue for meetings, conferences, private events etc.

Our clients are often amazed when visiting Parkstead House. They have discovered a venue just five miles from central London, but with its vast grounds and breath-taking views across Richmond Park, they feel like they are a million miles away from hustle and bustle of city life.

dh9.Dartmouth House

The original building, constructed in the 16th century, was converted by Lord Revelstoke in the late 19th Century, into a beautiful town house with many interesting features.

The rooms can be used independently or as a suite and can be equipped easily with your own lighting, staging and audio/visual systems. From private luncheons for up to 20 in the elegant Small Drawing Room to formal receptions for 450 in the house, each event will receive the same high quality personal attention and efficient service. The Courtyard is a unique space in such a central London location and ideal for summer parties, BBQ’s and pre-dinner / post conference drinks receptions.

sh10. Skinner’s Hall

Skinners’ Hall, ‘the country house in the heart of the city’, is a unique venue for weddings, private entertaining and business events.

The Hall has an array of adaptable rooms suitable for receptions of up to 300 guests and seated meals for up to 170 guests. Complemented by a roof garden for summer receptions.


… and here are another 7 great venues around London which would work perfectly for your summer party.