Want to host a summer party but don’t have space in your flat? Want to have a garden party but your garden isn’t much more than a couple of concrete slabs that you have to share with the house next door? Or is it your job to organise the office summer shindig? Whatever the reason might be, London once again has delivered with a whole host of unique venues for you to host your summer party.
Country House Setting
What makes the River Room so perfect for summer parties is that it has its own private terrace with views stretching out over the Thames and the Petersham Meadows, which in the summer are home to the unique belted Galloway cattle. Cattle, the river and Richmond Park just minutes away, you might be in London, but you’ll feel like you’re hosting your summer soiree in your country house. It can host up to 60 guests or for more intimate private dining then check out the Terrace Suite which can sit up to 30.
Where: The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
Nearest station: Richmond (0.8 miles)
Karaoke and Drinks on Tap
Ice cold drinks on tap? Check. Air conditioning to the stop the summer sweat? Check. The vocal range of Mariah? Erm. So Lucky Voice can’t help you with your singing skills, but they can host you for a night of private karaoke and they can make sure the drinks are flowing all night, because how else are you going to take on Bohemian Rhapsody if you don’t have a little Dutch courage? They even put together some party packages so you can just worry about hitting the notes.
Where: 173-174 Upper Street, London N1 1RG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Essex Road (0.3 miles)
Taking You to the Caribbean
Sure, you could be on a white sandy beach in the Caribbean, sure you could be, but what if we told you there was a way to feel like you were there (almost) without having to spend all the money? With over 200 brands of rum from around the world, Burlock in Marylebone is the place to go if you want to get sandy beach vibes without leaving London. Check out their events this summer like Daiquiri Day (petition to make it the new Monday?) and the Caribbean Carnival.
Where: 31 Duke Street, St. Marylebone, London W1U 1LG, UK
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.2 miles)
We're On a Boat
Why is it that people on boats always look like they’re having the best time? Have you noticed? If you want to have the best time then The Yacht London will give you that boat experience, without you ending up in the middle of nowhere when it finishes sailing at the end of the night. The top deck hosts private parties with space for 200 guests and panoramic views of the Thames and Southbank. Get in the BBQ, the Pimms, Aperol Spritz and DJs and make everyone on the Embankment jealous.
Where: The Yacht London, Temple Pier Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN, UK
Nearest station: Temple (0.1 miles)
Hidden Courtyard Garden
Hidden within Sanderson Hotel is the whimsical Courtyard Garden, making all your garden party dreams come true. The open-air oasis is filled with trees, flowers, flamingos, mosaics and a reflecting pool. Decked out in pink to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne, the swing has become a throne covered in roses, get ready to see it on an Instagram near you soon.
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
The Postal Museum is one of London’s most highly rated new culture spots, but it’s also a pretty cool place for a party. After all, when was the last time you hosted a bash that came with the largest trainset in London? When it comes to organising a party the Clerkenwell venue has all the advantages of a museum, albeit an interesting and topical one, with large spaces, galleries and so on, but they also have something nobody else can compete with many feet below the surface, a fully working mail rail experience.
Where: 15-20 Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.5 miles)
The Pool at Haymarket Hotel might sound like a spa, but it’s definitely more of a bar and an atmospheric one at that. The ceiling is covered in hundreds of fibre-optic lights, there’s an ever-changing colourful light installation and the pool can be customised. Want it filled with floating candles? No problem. Want to make your guests do aqua yoga? Get involved. Or want to it turned into a dance floor? Considered it done.
Where: 1 Suffolk Place, London, SW1Y 4BP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Make Your Party Go With A Bing
Out West is where the party is, at least when it’s round at The Bingham in Richmond. The hotel is ideal for a private dining experience, but it also has a pretty un-secret weapon in the river that rolls straight by at the bottom of the garden, making this the ideal garden party venue.
Where: 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey, TW10 6UT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Richmond (0.6 miles)
Sky's The Limit
A view across The City and a bar the shape of a pineapple, is there a better party combo? The sky bar at the Dorsett Hotel, Jin Bo Law, is the perfect place to celebrate. With an outdoor terrace and plenty of space inside the bar is ideal for a party.
Where: 14th Floor Dorsett City, 9 Aldgate High Street, London EC3N 1AH
Nearest station: Aldgate (0.1 miles)
Wow your guests from the outset with a party at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. The grand entrance with its colonnades are only the start, with various party options, from private dining in the La Dame de Pic restaurant, to various event spaces to suit pretty much any function.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.1 miles)
The Ivory Vaults, over at St Katherine’s Dock, are certainly unique. The impressive historic vaulted ceilings are the perfect place for a quirky underground celebration. With over 10,000 square feet, they can host up to 450 people and have spent the last 40 years providing immersive theatrical experiences.
Where: Ivory Vaults Ivory House St Katharine Docks London, E1W 1BP
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.4 miles)
We're Going To Wembley!
Central London’s all very well, but what if you’re North West? Or you’re planning a pre-party before an event at Wembley? Or you just want to ogle one of the football wonders of the world? Sky Bar 9 have a solution, hire their terrace, or bar, for a really unique party.
Where: Lakeside Way, Wembley HA9 0BU, UK
Nearest station: Wembley Stadium (0.2 miles)