Although the British weather can be unpredictable there is no reason why you can’t plan a great event in an outdoor venue in London. A properly planned event can offer its attendees a wonderful experience without the discomforts of wind or rain.
Whether you are a cautious planner and you’re already thinking ahead for next year’s summer outdoor events, or you’re risking it for a bit of fresh air, here are some of our favourite venues for outdoor events.
1) A versatile garden for any occasion
This dynamic outdoor theatre and garden are the perfect place for lively day-time events. Parties, award ceremonies and product launches are ideal for this wide-open lawn. The modern polycarbonate façade of the building is not only a unique backdrop but can also project digital imagery.
Totalling 600 m2, this beautiful outdoor venue can seat up to 250 people. If you’re thinking of a party, then a marquee, the DJ, and the dancefloor all fit into this completely versatile space.
2) Engaging with the arts
How does a drinks reception overlooking the Thames sound? This stone terrace, located in front of a historical landmark offers the perfect blank canvas for an event that will create a lasting impact.
Thanks to its connection with one of London’s biggest arts and culture centres, you also have the chance to team up with their calendar and include their diverse cultural programming in your event.
3) On cloud nine
An exclusive rooftop terrace like no other in London, it offers panoramic 360° views of the city skyline and is surrounded by glass barriers to make you feel like you’re floating.
With a capacity of up to 225 people, it is attached to an indoor bar – just in case it rains – making this the ideal outdoor venue for a trendy, upscale event. We’re thinking cocktail receptions, dinners, or a summer party.
4) Modern art at your fingertips
Located in the courtyard of a small Modern Art Gallery, this outdoor venue is perfect for a drinks reception. Your guests will be able to enjoy the art exhibitions currently on display, truly appreciating the deeply honest work of each artist.
If you’re looking for a venue that will help you create a cultural and artistic experience, in a simple yet meaningful way, then you’ve come to the right place.
5) A space dressed to impress
With 65 acres of historic landscaped gardens, this location offers a variety of carefully designed spaces to choose from. There is a versatile white pavilion in the garden, easily dressed to fit your event needs. They also offer a conservatory in the Italian Garden, with prize-winning camellias, roses and wisteria to liven up your garden party.
Looking for something a little more formal? Their café has indoor and outdoor seating options and can also be decorated to your exact specifications. If what you have in mind is an away day, team building or a relaxing company outing, the Walled Garden and Cricket grounds are ideal to keep your employees entertained and impressed.
6) Lively and casual all year round
This quirky venue jutting out onto the Thames is an eclectic space full of live music, urban gardening and experiential dining. Its family-friendly, community vibe is the perfect setting for a corporate away day, a creative workshop, a seminar or a party.
Located in London’s up-and-coming cultural district, it has easy access to public transport and your guests can even arrive via the river!
7) A market-style party venue
This market-style open space in Bermondsey has shops full of artsy vintage clothes and antique articles and they currently have an exciting art collection on display. It offers an incredible variety of cuisines from around the world, as well as craft brew beers and wine. Whether it’s a casual meeting, after-work drinks or a celebration, this high-energy venue will definitely keep your spirits high.
8) A secret apothecary’s garden
Hidden beside the Thames is the oldest botanical garden in London. It houses more than 5,000 plants of all types and offers its unique collection of flora as the perfect backdrop for an outdoor private event.
Whether you’re planning a cocktail reception, a garden party, a wedding or photoshoot, this old apothecary’s garden is ideal. Its tranquil beauty is a photographer’s dream, and the venue is dry-hire so it’s totally adaptable to your wishes.
9) A quaint Victorian setting
This venue has personality and beauty all rolled into one! The Victorian brickwork exposed on the main building’s walls and a quaint lighthouse overlooking the Thames make for a perfect backdrop to your outdoor event.
With 1,500 m2 of open space to dress as your heart content, it’s ideal for summer parties, cocktail receptions, photoshoots or a corporate lunch.
10) A high energy environment
This outdoor venue in London was created for the sole purpose of providing an innovative, modern and trendy environment in which to carry out any type of event. They offer full AV coverage, 2 bars and a fully operational kitchen with catering services included.
You couldn’t ask for a better place to launch a new product, have a drinks & networking reception or activate your company’s brand.
11) Modern, elegant and professional
This versatile rooftop venue has a view that stretches from the London Eye to the Shard. Designed with a sleek and modern touch, it offers the perfect setting for a drinks reception, a corporate meeting or a product launch.
The epitome of professional elegance, its relaxed lounges, simple yet refined furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows can host up to 180 people and is perfectly situated overlooking the river and close to a dozen public transport options.
12) An oasis of peace
This exquisite oasis in the centre of London is perfect for an outdoor event. It has a beautiful open lawn and huge marquee, providing versatility and elegance. Their delicious catering is provided by Moving Venue, one of the best in the biz! You can choose between a flaming grill BBQ, fresh summer bowls or a sumptuous seated dinner menu.
If you’re looking for an outdoor venue in London that offers wide-open spaces, good food and beautiful Instagramable photo spots, this is your best choice.
13) A floating marvel ideal for brunch
This unique venue is designed to offer you and your guests a deluxe private experience in a cosy, modern environment. This terrace, located on the deck of a boathouse, is exquisitely furnished and boasts views of the city around it.
Thanks to their partnership with some of London’s best caterers, their exclusive, tailored service is ideal for a private lunch, a small reception, a picnic or a presentation.
14) A stunning view from the middle of the river
This dreamy outdoor venue in London sits on stilts in the middle of the river. You can already imagine the panoramic, breath-taking views it offers from every one of its floor-to-ceiling windows, but it also has an open deck that can be dressed and tailored to your exact needs.
As an added impressive feature, your guests can arrive by boat directly on to the deck or make their way down the whimsical wooden pier. It’s perfect for weddings, private dinners, receptions or parties.
Endless skies… and possibilities!
Despite the British weather, there are plenty of outdoor venues in London with stunning gardens and views. Whether you’re looking for a chic, modern setting, something more rustic and natural, or a venue that is elegant and regal; this city has it all!