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Want to make the most of the English summer by hosting an amazing al fresco event? Perhaps you’re planning a corporate picnic, garden tea party or stylish soiree, or maybe you’re organising a family BBQ, relaxed retirement party or laid-back birthday bash. Whether you need a lust lawn for a fun game of croquet or you're after that perfect location by the Thames to enjoy canapés and a glass of sparkling wine, Tagvenue can point you in the right direction.

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Outdoor Venues Hire Guide

In London the summer never seems long enough, so it’s best to enjoy the warm days while you can. The city offers various opportunities for outdoor venue hire. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Garden venue hire – An English garden is a style well known all around the world. Such a charming setting is the perfect space for afternoon teas, drinks receptions and all kinds of summer parties.

  • Rooftop terrace – London has one of the most recognised skylines in the world. Wouldn’t it be lovely to sit back with a tasty Pimm’s cocktail and enjoy the view? With #tagvenue finding a venue for your marvellous rooftop party is easy. Some venues also feature a fantastic outdoor balcony space.

  • Al fresco dining – Fresh air boosts your appetite and sharpens your senses. When the weather’s good, organise a private dining event in an outdoor venue. It will make the entire experience more memorable. Bon appétit!

Things to consider when hiring an outdoor venue for your event:

  • Your budget

  • Ease of accessibility for the elderly or disabled

  • Time of the event (try to hold your event after the hottest part of the day so the sun won’t be so strong for your guests)

  • Lighting (this is key for events that carry on into the evening)

Here at Tagvenue we’ve rounded up some of London’s best outdoor venues, from local beer gardens and quirky cafes, to quiet riverside spots and the hottest rooftop bars and spaces. So let us do the legwork and help you find the perfect outdoor venue for your next event – you can just relax and soak up the sun.

Outdoor Venues in London FAQ

What types of great outdoor venues can you find in London?

London has many charming outdoor venues for you to discover, including secret gardens, terraces with beautiful views and boat venues on the Thames. It’s up to you to choose a spot to match your event and consequently create an amazing atmosphere. Take a look at a few of our most recommended venues:

  • The Cloister Garden at Museum of the Order of St John – Enjoy the open air in a cloister garden fantastic for receptions or an elegant champagne cocktail with friends.
  • The Sky Bar at Leonardo Royal London St Paul's – The outdoor terrace of this legendary London venue offers some of the best views in town for your next outdoor event.
  • Festival Garden at Aeronaut – Book your next outdoor event in this charming pub venue. With quirky picnic benches and lush green lawns, you will definitely enjoy the experience.

Can I hire an outdoor venue with an enclosed area in case of rain?

London is known for its unpredictable weather, so many venues have backup options for outdoor spaces in case of sudden weather changes. Many open air spaces either have an option of putting out umbrellas, or indoor spaces where they can reseat you, however, make sure to discuss this with the venue manager before booking your chosen venue.

Can I hire an outdoor venue for free?

Free venue hire is another way of referring to minimum spend venues. That is a pricing option which allows you to only commit to a certain amount for you and your guests to spend on food and drinks, while not having to pay a hire fee for the space itself.

Guests Reviews of Outdoor Venues on Tagvenue

Kate McAuliff
Booked Pub at The Cavendish Arms
We had a great time celebrating a birthday at the Cav! We had a whole section of long tables that made it easy for everyone to see each other, and the staff were great with keeping up on drink and pizza orders. Everyone loved it. Shirley was fantastic answering all my questions and arranging our evening. The proximity to Stockwell and Vauxhall made it a great meeting point for everyone who came. Thank you!
Saachi Ahluwalia
Booked Upper Terrace at Cinnamon Kitchen
I had planned a surprise birthday at the anise bar in cinnamon kitchen and it was amazing! The food was great and especially all the staff! They were extremely helpful and looked after us all so well on the night so thank you to them and the manager on that night. I can’t remember all the names (I’m so sorry) but one that I do recall is Amaan who was so great (there was another waiter on that night and he was amazing too!). The anise bar area is so spacious and was well set up prior to our arrival. They have a music system as well which was great because we could play our own music. The food was extremely good and the staff super warm and welcoming! I would recommend having an event at cinnamon kitchen if you are thinking about it!
EVelina Gron
Booked Terrace at Stephen Street Terrace
I arranged my company's annual Summer Party and after looking for many venues in central London I found this hidden gem close to Tottenham Court Road thanks to Steve. The venue had everything we wished for – absolutely delicious food, beautiful interior, a large dance floor and big outside space. It was a perfect venue to finish off our day that started with a treasure hunt around central London. Florentina did an excellent job from the moment we booked the party, until it finished on the night, making sure we all had a good time. The service and staff was excellent and I really have nothing at all to complain about. I cannot recommend Stephen St Terrace enough!!
Booked The Bedouin Tent at St. Ethelburga's Centre
I have to say a Big Thankyou to you both for making us feel so welcomed .... right from the first call by Nicholas he was so. Calm and welcoming. He was very helpful and very reasonable with what we were looking to do in the party . On the day, Thomas was very helpful very kind with everything... we had a long journey , we were lost , baby was crying , so many things were going wrong but Thomas was so kind and helped with everything... Being an event organiser I goto so many venues where it’s all about there venue, their walls, furniture, they restrict you from doing almost everything but here we felt so welcomed and relaxed so we could actually enjoy the space All my guests Loved the venue! They looked at prices and I will be recommending this to most of my friends. Would definitely try to comeback for our next event. Kind regards
Mary DaSilva
Booked Garden at Freud Museum London
The garden is splendid and makes for a wonderful backdrop. There was ample space for 24 chivalri chairs for the children, a bouncy castle and seating for the adults. We had two huge barbeques and serving tables.
Kim Donnison
Booked Whole venue at 4th Floor Studios
Perfect venue for a party and excellent service from Toby and Hannah. Loved the space, props, lighting and outdoor terrace. Highly recommend.

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