It’s easy to get over excited about the summer months as a Brit, so there’s nothing worse than organising a glorious outdoor event and feeling those first drops of rain. This year, make sure you pick a garden party venue with covered areas too. At Venueseeker, we have picked our top five weather-proof summer party venues London can enjoy, with or without the rain.
Old Billingsgate is one the most sought after summer party venues London has. This venue is just a few minutes walk from Blackfriars, Bank and London Bridge stations. The impressive building looks over the Thames with views of the Shard and Tower Bridge, which can be admired from the extensive outdoor terrace. Indoors, the grade II listed building can host a vast array of production equipment. The impressive structure has a vast hall space that has spectacular triple height ceilings and a mezzanine gallery, a light-filled Gallery and the Vaults below.
The Deck at the National Theatre has to be one of our favourite summer party venues London has that is suitable for all weather. This stunning rooftop venue is ideal for lunches, dinners or full-day hire allowing guests to overlook London. The outside space has comfy deck chairs, making guests feel as if they’re on holiday. In the covered areas, there is atmospheric lighting and cocktail tables. The National Theatre has ensured it remains a theatrical space with cabaret seating and audio-visual equipment including a speaker’s platform. It can hold up to 120 people at a standing barbeque.
The Artillery Garden at the Hac
The Artillery Garden at the HAC is a bigger venue than the Deck. This is definitely a garden party venue London can brag about, being home to some of the most exciting and creative events we have hosted. With large indoor and outdoor spaces, the Artillery Garden is perfect for daytime and evening events for 400 to 2,000 guests. This historical location has a funfair available including dodgems, big wheel, helter skelter and side stalls, ensuring your guests will never get bored. And when the rains come, it has a wet weather cover or guests can saunter inside to admire the historic Armoury House.
Coq d’Argent is an exclusive and intimate garden party venue London has right in the heart of the City. Guests can catch some rays in its stylish rooftop garden, before going indoors to the elegant restaurant to enjoy a masterclass in French cooking. The venue can host up to 300 VIP guests standing or up to 150 people in an exclusive-hire seated dinner.
The British Library
The British Library may not be the obvious choice when considering the range of summer party venues London provides, but we can assure you, you won’t be disappointed. The stunning outdoor terrace is perfect for cocktail parties in the summer months, and if the weather turns guests can take shelter indoors with its curved glass walls still allowing for plenty of daylight. This one of the most unique garden party venues London has, with capacity for up to 400 guests.