Outdoor entertaining may not be front of mind on a cold January morning, but if you’re hoping to host a summer event for your company or your friends and family if Covid-19 restrictions allow, now is the perfect time to research the market. From corporate garden parties to client hospitality, special birthday parties to romantic weddings, there’s a wealth of wonderful summer venues just waiting to be discovered
Here are some of our personal favourites.
Stationers’ Hall and Garden
Located just a few minutes’ walk from St Paul’s Cathedral, Stationers’ Hall and Garden is a magnificent Grade I listed building and one of the few ancient Livery Halls remaining in the City of London. Built in 1673, the Hall offers 4 interlinking rooms resplendent with period opulence, as well as a large secluded garden for up to 200 guests.
Offering the greatest flexibility for corporate and private events in sumptuous and luxurious surroundings, Stationers’ Hall is the perfect City venue for summer garden parties, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, private dining events, summer barbeques, staff soirees and much more.
For hospitality on a grand scale, it’s hard to beat Blenheim Palace near Oxford, home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. There’s a wealth of stunning, historic private hire spaces to choose from including The Great Hall, The Long Library, The Marlborough Room and The Orangery – perfect for corporate and private entertaining.
Whatever your summer occasion, Blenheim Palace is a truly inspiring venue. The Orangery has a private palatial entrance and terrace overlooking the Italian Garden – a stunning location for a fairytale wedding. Or opt for a bespoke marquee on the South Lawn against the incredible backdrop of the Palace to host your outdoor event Whatever your choice, Blenheim Palace will offer hospitality of the highest standard, turning any event into a memorable occasion.
The City Summer House
Conveniently located on London’s famous Brick Lane on the site of The Old Truman Brewery, The City Summer House is one of London’s most popular summer party venues. The building’s unique brickwork and rustic metal furnishings have created a very contemporary inner city venue with unashamed hipster roots.
The industrial feel venue is an even split of indoor and outdoor spaces, with a fantastic warehouse style inside events space, plus a covered outside garden, themed bar, picnic tables, glowing lanterns and much more. Whether you’re thinking of hosting a hog roast summer party, a product launch, conference or BBQ, there’s a wide range of flexible party packages on offer for a truly unique summer event experience in the heart of the East End.
Create an unforgettable experience combining a one-of-a-kind venue with spectacular London sightseeing from the Thames. Bateaux London’s fleet includes two stunning vessels, both with a distinctive and elegant European style.
The Glassroom (previously called Symphony) offers magnificent, uninterrupted views of the capital and an exterior viewing platform, making this a wonderful venue for gala dinners and private parties.
The Scandinavian designed River Room has an enormous outdoor rooftop observation deck. Covered in astro turf and featuring plants and outdoor furniture, it’s the perfect place for a special summer event set against the impressive backdrop of London’s landmark sights.
The Wasing Estate on the Berkshire/Hampshire border is home to Wasing Park, a deluxe conference, events and wedding venue encompassing the historic Castle Barn, Garden Room, Victorian Summerhouse, Secret Walled Garden, Stables Lodge and Church.
With versatile event space catering for lavish private celebrations and exclusive corporate events, Wasing Park is an unblemished jewel set in the middle of beautiful parkland, undulating farmland and magical ancient wooded fishing lakes. It’s also a great location for TV and film shoots.
At Best Venues London, we’re veterans at sniffing out all the best places to host a party. Why not give us a call on 020 7186 8687 and get our professional venue finders to help? Not only is our service fast and free, we promise you’ll be delighted with our suggestions for fabulous outdoor venues for your special summer occasion.