It’s the same every year. After all of the cold, the rain and the darkness, summer finally arrives and the best outdoor venues London has to offer become tricky to find some space in.
But that’s fine. Because with our hand-picked guide to 10 of the best venues with outdoor space in London, you’ll be able to snap up an area and revel in the glorious sunshine ahead of the crowds.
Perfect for corporate summer parties, drinks receptions, company picnics and team away days, sometimes you just want some extra space to stretch your legs, and these venues are also fantastically equipped for outdoor actitivities, too.
1. Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen (West End)
The beautiful Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen sits within the heart of the West End, just a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road station. Indulge in an extensive gin menu and a healthy helping of home-cooked food, their outdoor space provides the perfect setting for a corporate drinks reception. More details here.
2. Lost Society (Battersea)
Not only does Lost Society boast some seriously impressive art deco-inspired interiors, but it also offers an outstanding outdoor space. Featuring its own garden cocktail bar, Lost Society’s outdoor terrace accommodates up to 100 people. Find out how to book Lost Society for your next event here.
3. The Hurlingham Club (Fulham)
There’s certainly no shortage of outdoor space at the historic Hurlingham Club. With 42 acres of landscaped gardens, this venue provides the ultimate summer party setting. Imagine croquet on the lawn and drinks on the terrace while you enjoy the luxury of this Georgian country house background. More details here.
4. WWT London Wetland Centre (Barnes)
This unique west London venue is home to a whole host of wildlife, creating a real back-to-nature feel for your event. Their outdoor Wetland Living space features a thatched and whitewashed lodge set in the middle of a Nature Reserve; outdoor venue hire in London doesn’t get much more secluded and quiet than this. More details here.
5. Kings Place Events (King’s Cross)
Not a bad view for your summer party, is it? This charming waterside setting couldn’t be lovelier for your annual team get-together. Delight your colleagues with views across Regent’s Canal as you sip on Aperol Spritzes in the sun. More details here.
6. K+K Hotel George (Earl’s Court)
The outside space at K + K Hotel George provides an ideal setting for a company garden party in London. Enjoy the stylish surroundings of this 4-star contemporary boutique hotel – With Earl’s Court Station just a two minute walk away, this space is both beautiful and practical. More details here.
7. Apples And Pears (Brick Lane)
The Lounge Bar and Garden at Apples and Pears accommodates up to 65 people standing, providing an intimate yet attractive space for startups and SMEs. This popular cocktail bar can offer canapes and bowl food for gatherings of over 30 people, and is an appealing prospect for any office garden party in east London. More details here.
8. Cargo (Shoreditch)
Built under the railway in one of the coolest parts of town, Cargo features a large outdoor terrace area complete with a bar. It’s the perfect space for laid-back summer events, offering plenty of room and a creative vibe – one of the top picks for a summer party in Shoreditch. More details here.
9. The Driver (King’s Cross)
This King’s Cross classic is home to a whole host of private event spaces. Each floor offers something different, with their crowning jewel, the Roof Terrace, providing the perfect spot for summer drinks soireés. More details here.
10. Night Tales (Hackney Central)
Found in a prize location close to Hackney Central station, Night Tales’ 300-capacity railway arch / garden is very flexible; it can be used as a nightclub, meeting space, dining area or just a spot to let loose at your office summer party. This popular east London hangout has covered seating areas, bookable private booths and a licence until 3am – so bring your a-game to the dancefloor, yeah? More details here.