Why should I use VenueScanner?
There is no lack of websites covering rooftop venue hire in London. In fact, there are loads of them. So why should you ignore everyone else and pick VenueScanner as the place to find your space? (That’s the last rubbish marketing phrase - we promise).
You should use VenueScanner because we have serious event-planning credentials. When our founder, Rebecca Kelly, first thought up the idea of VenueScanner, she wanted to create a genuinely useful resource that matched PAs and party planners with amazing venues. We started in London - which is where we are based - and have since grown into towns and cities all over the country. International expansion is definitely on the horizon.
We help people to find venues for all kinds of events. The introvert planning a small gathering for her 40th birthday uses VenueScanner, as does the yoga teacher looking for somewhere to teach classes each week.
At the other end of the scale we help businesses to find 500-capacity conference venues and plan memorable team away-day experiences. Whatever event you are planning, you can bet that our experienced team have sourced the venue for functions much like it before.
We have a selection of the most in-demand rooftop bars London has to offer, and it’s easy for you to compare each option until you find the right space for you.
Just tell us a little about the event you’re organising: the function type, your budget, area of town and preferred date, and we’ll return a shortlist of potential venues muy rapido - that’s “very fast” if we’re recalling our GCSE Spanish correctly.
Best areas for Rooftop Venue Hire in London
Ever had someone ask you to recommend a bar or restaurant in London? They give you no additional information. They want you to effortlessly pluck their perfect match out of the air and now, out of nowhere, you are under pressure to deliver.
We can’t fix that problem, but we can suggest some of our favourite areas to find a rooftop bar in London. Areas like Shoreditch, which is home to the ever-changing Queen of Hoxton and 64 Great Eastern Street; the office building where you can wow clients in the charming roof garden.
If you’re searching for the best rooftop bars Soho has to offer, you’ll find venues including the Karma Sanctum Hotel, Runway East, Wimpole Street and Henry Wood House all on our platform, providing lovely views and a sense of calm in London’s most famous social district.
Another area with lots of rooftop venue choice is close to the Embankment, where spaces like 58VE and the Duplex Penthouse have Thames-side views that are always in hot demand.
How to plan a rooftop party in London
First, you’ll need to decide on the goal of the event. That’s easy if you’re planning a birthday celebration - the goal is for everyone to have fun and bring you loads of presents - but if you’re organising a networking event to win business, you’ll need to figure out how you will go about doing that.
You’ll need to consider a budget, and whether you need to keep aside a pot of money to cover additional extras - catering, entertainment and the like - or whether this comes included when you agree a price with the venue. Some venues will operate on a minimum spend basis, which means that you essentially hire the space for free - as long as your guests spend an agreed amount at the bar or on food.
Agreeing a date is never an easy task, but if you can get the majority of your guests to indicate that they’re free on a chosen date, that will represent a big step forward. It’s also important to consider your location - that’s especially true if people are travelling into London from further afield.
The influence of COVID has seen a surge in popularity of hybrid events (where some of the audience join your event virtually), so you may want to consider bringing an online element to your party if not everyone can join you in person.
Using a platform like VenueScanner gives you the chance to compare different venues - their prices, facilities, location, reviews and more - without speculatively searching “best rooftop venues London.” It’s just more efficient this way.
Finally, once you’ve found one or two great candidates for your event, it’s worth arranging a site visit to figure out exactly how your function might play out on the day. If COVID-related reasons mean you can’t do this, you’ll find lots of venues have 3D Virtual Tours on their VenueScanner profiles.
What is VenueScanner Concierge?
This service is for corporate event organisers with lots on their plate. If you need to plan a rooftop event in London but are very short on time, this free service helps you find your dream venue in a transparent way. Our concierge team have their finger on the pulse when it comes to the best venues with outside space, private balconies and hotels with rooftop bars in London - just tell them your needs and we’ll negotiate the best rates on your behalf.
How to get started
To start discovering the best rooftop venues in London, just click here. You can browse as you please or apply a couple of filters to start narrowing the search.
Click here to find out more about VenueScanner Concierge or check out our blog for more venue-finding inspiration and latest news from the industry.