Spring is around the corner…we promise!
With what is being dubbed “The Beast From The East” in full swing, the weather forecast certainly looks bleak for London for the rest of this week. So what better way to escape the big chill than to dream of the Great British Summer and of course plan the annual company summer party! It’s the perfect time to secure the best venues on your preferred dates. Being the eternal optimist… the return of the warmth and sunshine will be greeted with many Londoners enjoying sunny afternoons and balmy evenings on rooftops and outdoor spaces across the capital.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 Summer Party venues for 2018 that we think will impress guests and create lasting memories (and fans). The list excludes the likes of Kensington Roof Gardens, which for some has been a hugely popular summer party venue, but sadly closed it’s doors in January. With some new additions, some recently refurbished and of course the usual favourites we hope you will find some inspiration here and please feel free to contact our team of venue specialists to check availability and rates.
Our top 10 Summer Party Venues we love for 2018!
(in no particular order)
1. Rumpus Room – Mondrian London – SE1 9PD
Boasting some of the finest views of London, Rumpus Room is an elegant rooftop playground perched atop Mondrian London. With an extensive list of the world’s best champagnes as well as classic and British-American inspired speciality cocktails, the space is ideal for receptions and parties for up to 250 guests. The outside terrace space provides a perfect opportunity to watch the sunset, drink in hand. With a vibe that harnesses the youth and energy of the South Bank while projecting the glamour of modern London, Rumpus Room comes alive as the sun goes down, featuring DJs and live entertainment.
2. The Trafalgar -St James
The Rooftop is a space for sipping individually crafted cocktails and drinking in the inimitable city view. Complete with alfresco and canopy-covered seating, the sky-high space lends itself as a year-round experience. Outdoor heaters and blanket selections provide warmth through cooler months. The Roof Top has a max capacity 180 guests for a standing reception or 70 seated, offering two bars and a retractable canopy in case of adverse weather conditions.
Additionally, for premier occasions, we offer ROOM – a glass enclosed private dining room with space for 14, offering spectacular views onto Trafalgar Square. Room is available for private hire only.
3. Eight Members Club – Moorgate
Eight Moorgate offers space for conferences, private dining and larger parties of up to 500 guests or banquet dinners of up to 150 guests. Described by many as a hidden gem in the City, Eight Moorgate is the perfect location for an exclusive summer event with a stunning wrap around terrace. With meeting rooms that can host a plethora of styles from boardroom, to theatre style, presentations to workshops this venue is one that few will know about and provides a certain draw factor for delegates and attendees.
4. Ace Hotel – Shoreditch
The Rooftop is a super-functional patchwork of meeting spaces that work as well for banquets as they do board meetings. Wide windows flood the place with ever-precious sunlight — dolling out dreamy views of Shoreditch and greater London.
The Rooftop Bar and Terrace at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is a sunlit haven from the city below and provides respite and rollick, panoramic views of the city and gatherings of all kinds.
5. Sushi Samba – East Terrace – EC2N 4AY
As the highest outdoor dining terrace in Europe, this space offers spectacular views of the London skyline with casual lounge furniture and a bar serving signature cocktails and Champagne. It it ideal for networking events requiring the WOW factor, as it towers above our neighbours offering a viewing platform like no other. The 39th Floor lounge and bar is reserved as a back up in case of adverse weather.
Capacity: 40 seated or 120 standing
6. Bōkan, Canary Wharf
Bōkan is the newest destination restaurant, bar & roof terrace in the heart of Canary Wharf offering a “Lounge in the sky” all year round! Perch inside at the rooftop bar or unwind on the terrace, Bōkan is an easy-going & informal hideaway, transporting you far from the buzz of the busy streets below.
The roof terrace features a specialist gin bar, rooftop daybeds, Sunday jazz sessions, perfect for exclusive events and intimate gatherings, whilst admiring striking views of London.
7. Sea Containers Events
The roof terrace:Sitting at the top of the building behind the iconic Sea Containers letters, our stunning roof terrace is one of the capital’s most exclusive and distinctive outdoor event spaces.
With panoramic 360 degree views of London, from The Shard all the way around to the London Eye, your event will feel like it is floating on the London skyline. Standing: 150
8. Century Club, Soho
Capacity: 150 guests for a standing reception
Undoubtedly the pièce de résistance of Century Club, and they are extremely proud to host the largest rooftop terrace in Soho. With stunning views over Shaftesbury Avenue, and London’s iconic skyline, the terrace is the ideal spot for hosting any private event.
With a fully retractable roof, this is the perfect place for private hire all year round. It is an excellent choice for an array of events, from breakfast events to drink receptions, private dinners, product launches, summer parties, live performances & much, much more.
9. Ham Yard Hotel – The Roof Terrace
On the fourth floor of the hotel, there is a large, leafy roof top garden with sweeping views over the London skyline. The garden is also home to two bee hives which are tended to by our dedicated bee keeper, Camilla. There is a lounge area scattered with Whitman benches, upholstered seating and a bar.
The Roof Terrace is exclusively available to in-house guests and can also be hired for private events.
Things to note – max capacity is 100 guests, no amplified music or PA systems and the finish time is 10pm at the absolute latest.
10. Radio Bar @ The ME London
We mention this iconic rooftop as many of you may already know it well, however, the venue has recently refurbished the rooftop bar areas and it’s most certainly worth a revisit!
The rooftop bar situated on the 10th floor of the ME London hotel with striking views across the river Thames and London’s skyline. The rooftop is accessible via a dedicated express lift from the ground floor of the hotel.
Radio Rooftop Bar has capacity for 240 guests and the venue is available for exclusive hire.
Well, there you have it. 10 of our favourite London roof top and terrace venues for this year. There were a few others that we haven’t mentioned but are certainly worth considering and we’d be delighted to further discuss your event requirements for 2018.
Warmest regards from all the Inspirational Venues & Events Team!