When it comes to organising a summer event, there is so much to think about. It doesn’t matter if it’s a corporate event, a BBQ or a wedding, your to do list can really pile up. So when searching for the ideal venue in London, it can be tricky to find something that is the perfect match for your event.
With so much choice in the capital, it can be hard to find an outdoor venue that will really add something to your event. If you are finding it hard to choose, take a look at our list of the best outdoor venues that London has to offer.
1. The Pavilion at the Tower of London
- Capacity: 150-1,200
- Type of Events: Corporate events, team building days, summer parties
If you are looking to host your event at one of London’s most iconic venues, then the Pavilion at the Tower of London is perfect for you. Its outdoor space is set in the moat of the Tower and gives great views of the historic building.
This iconic venue boasts a great central London location and as a purpose built event space it can cater to all kinds of events, from corporate events or team building days to weddings and much much more.
2. Alexandra Palace
- Capacity: 50-10,000
- Type of Events: Outdoor Banquets, Garden Parties, Corporate Events, BBQs
This popular London venue is ideal for so many different summer events. As one of the best outdoor venues around, it works for family events, BBQs, picnics and corporate away days.
Basically, if you are looking to host an event that makes the most of the British summertime, this is the perfect place for you.
There are a number of great things about this venue, not least that there is ample free parking available. This is ideal for events that have lots of guests or guests coming from far away. Save them the congestion charge and have your event at Alexandra Palace.
3. The Garden Room at Syon Park
- Capacity: 200-800
- Type of Events: Outdoor Banquets, Garden Parties
This venue boasts boundless private space to expand your event as far as you need it, ideal for those that are looking for outdoor event venues in London that have a big capacity.
Set in 50 acres of idyllic parkland in west London, it’s an ideal place to hold your event away from the hustle and bustle of central London
The private outdoor space makes this venue ideal for outdoor banquets, which can be caterers by our fantastic partner company, Create Food. This venue is also a purpose built event space that can easily be adapted to work with your requirements. It also is a great blank canvas venue if you are looking to add your own decorative touches or really make the venue your own.
4. The Conservatory at Painshill
- Capacity: 80-400
- Type of Events: Weddings, team building days, conferences
If you are looking for one of the best outdoor venues, you can’t go wrong with the Conservatory at Painshill Park. This venue is set in the grounds of a 160-acre park and truly is an ideal outdoor location.
This stunning location also has the ability to be flexible and adaptable to your event and your needs.
It is a purpose built event space that is specifically designed to accommodate all kinds of events, you can even split the venue in two to create a separate reception space.
5. The Artillery Garden at The HAC
- Capacity: 150-2,000
- Type of Events: Summer party, conference, team building days
Set against the historical backdrop of the Armoury House, the Artillery Garden at The HAC is a great choice of venue for those that are looking for outdoor venues in London. The Artillery Garden is an exclusive location, as it is only available twice a year.
This venue has a large capacity, making it ideal for corporate events requiring plenty of space for up to 2,000 guests.
This is not only one of the best located outdoor venues in London, it also boasts its own fun fair, which can be incorporated into your event’s entertainment. Hosting your event at the Artillery Garden will ensure a memorable day.
6. Central London Gardens
- Capacity: 400-1500
- Type of Events: Summer Parties, BBQ, Street Food Events, Drinks Receptions
These Central London Gardens offer some of the best outside space in the capital, perfect if you’re looking for idyllic, yet flexible outdoor venues. Central London locations make these gardens a great, accessible choice for all of your guests.
This alternative venue offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of central London, and is the perfect space for your summer event. The space can be tailored to most events and offers lots of options for customisation.
7. Old Billingsgate
- Capacity: 400-2400
- Type of Events: Conferences/Exhibitions/Drinks Receptions
This venue is located in one of the most iconic places in London. Located on the banks of the River Thames, Old Billingsgate is part of London’s rich and varied history. This venue is also excellently located for public transport links, with Bank, Canon Street and London Bridge tube stations just a few minutes’ walk away.
This venue started its life as a market before being converted into an event venue in more recent years.
Old Billingsgate also boasts an outdoor terrace which makes it one of the best outdoor venues in London for summer events.
8. British Library
- Capacity: 400
- Type of Events: Summer BBQ/ Cocktail party
The British Library is a truly unique space that is available throughout the summer months. With the ability to host up to 400 guests, it’s a great venue for large events that make the most of the British summertime.
One of the best things about this venue is that it has options that make it suitable for all weather possibilities.
With its modern architecture and stunning outdoor terrace, it is sure to be a hit with your guests. The terrace restaurant also serves the highest quality food with the freshest ingredients, making this venue a great choice for sit down dinners.We all know that the location can make or break the event, so it’s important to get the best possible venue for your event. Hopefully this list has given you some great ideas and maybe an option or two for your event.
Let us know what you thought of the suggestions below and if you have any other venue ideas, we would love to hear from you!