It’s never too early to start thinking about your summer party. In fact, a little bit of constructive daydreaming can be a great place to start when planning a party.
In London, we are blessed with a huge range of venues for summer parties: everywhere from chic hotels to historic pubs. Both are great for the traditional summer party.
But what if you don’t want a traditional summer party?
London also has a number of venu that are a little more unusual. Here at Mask we’ve helped to plan some pretty far-out summer parties over the years and so we’ve come to know some really unusual party venues.
Today, we’ll take you through some of our favourites.
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Why You Should Choose an Unusual Venue for Your Summer Party
First, though, it’s worth thinking about why you want to book an unusual venue for your summer party. What’s wrong, after all, with just booking a great roof terrace or a trendy London bar?
Well, nothing. You can have a great summer party in any type of venue. However, booking somewhere slightly (or very) unusual has a number of advantages. The first is that people will be more likely to come to your party because they will be intrigued by your choice of venue.
The value of unusual summer party venues for brands and companies is even greater. Booking a venue like those below can be a great way to signal your brand values, establishing you as a company who are willing to think outside of the box.
Finally, all the venues we’ve listed below have another huge advantage: they are fun! Whether you are looking for a spot of sunbathing in the middle of the city, or want to treat your staff to a day at the Zoo, we guarantee that your guests will love all of these venues.
The Ultimate Urban Beach:
Neverland describes itself as the ‘ultimate beach club concept’. A sprawling lounge and party complex right by the river Thames, this is a beach paradise in the centre of the city.
Neverland Fulham is a hugely popular venue for summer parties because it is so flexible. The venue is based around a series of covered areas and terraces and offers a range of spaces for hire. Booking a beach hut is a great way to spend a lazy summer afternoon with friends or colleagues and for larger parties Neverland can also provide fully-featured ‘cabanas’.
The food options are also varied, with a range of delicious street-food vendors and a killer cocktail bar.
Perhaps best of all, Neverland is also jam-packed with loads of great games. Guests can try their hand at Mini Golf, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong, or even Beer Pong. These games make a great addition to any summer party and are especially valuable when it comes to corporate events, because they can encourage an atmosphere of friendly co-operation and competition between team members.
And if you are thinking that going to the beach will be no fun in the rain, don’t worry. Neverland has plenty of covered spaces, including a jungle-covered pergoda, that makes for a chilled summer party whatever the weather.
The Hidden Wilderness:
Amber Lakes is simply breathtaking. This venue is set in a 450 acre nature reserve that is just 45 minutes from central London. If you are looking for a summer party in the midst of gorgeous countryside, whilst still within traveling distance of the city, then look no further.
Events at Amber Lakes centre on a Scandinavian Lodge that nestles in the centre of the nature reserve. This building is as stunning as the surrounding countryside: flooded with natural light and looking out over the lakes.
Amber Lakes is also a great venue for a wide range of team-building activities. If you want to treat your team to a day in the countryside, than the huge lawns and lakes of this venue make great places for outdoor activities and even Dragon Boat racing. For more relaxed events, Amber Lakes is also a luxurious venue for lunches, management conferences and fine dining.
Face to Face With Nature:
Who doesn’t love a day out at the zoo? London Zoo is among the best in the world and makes for a really unusual venue for summer parties.
London Zoo offers a huge range of event packages for summer parties. The basic package includes hire of an exclusive area for you and your guests, drinks and food, and (of course) a chance to visit the animals!
Beyond this basic package, a number of extra features are available. These range from a photo booth to a butterfly experience and the zoo can even provide a face painter to keep the kids (and maybe adults) entertained. For the ultimate experience, you can even plan an animal encounter, where an experienced and knowledgeable zoo keeper will bring a furry or feathered friend right into your event!
London Zoo offers perhaps the biggest ‘wow factor’ of any venue in London and guests are guaranteed to remember your summer party for years to come. After all, where else can you enjoy a canapes and meet a llama at the same time?
Perhaps best of all, though, is that when booking London Zoo for an event your booking fee will be donated to the ZSL Charity, helping to ensure that the Zoo can continue its inspiring work.
A Lawn Club in the Sky:
Nowadays it seems that London is full of rooftop terraces and bars, but Skylight is the most imaginative of them all. In the summer, this venue transforms into an urban lawn club in the sky.
Skylight offers all you could need for a killer summer party. There is a fully-featured bar, and London’s best food traders offer wide-ranging menus with options for everyone. And, of course, this rooftop terrace has stunning views of the city.
What makes Skylight stand out as a summer party venue, though, are the lawn games. The venue is built around a large croquet court. Yes, a croquet court! If you’ve never tried this game (and we assume you haven’t!), trust us: spending an afternoon with a Pimms in one hand an a croquet hammer in the other is quite the experience.
Besides croquet, Skylight also has a number of other games. For those who prefer a more relaxing game, there is a petanque area. Or, of course, guests can just take the opportunity to relax and look at the view.
Skylight is available to book for parties all summer long and can accommodate huge numbers of guests.
Any of these unusual venues will make the perfect setting for a summer party. Whether you are planning a corporate away day or a birthday party, taking your guests to an unusual venue is a sure way to ensure that they remember your event for years to come.
If you’ve been inspired by the venues above, give us a call today so we can discuss your summer briefs! Or, if you're already sorted for summer, we are already taking briefs for winter, we can't believe how many of venues are already getting booked up until the end of the year!