The definitive guide to London dining & events

...Places to host a summer soiree

Date: 24.06.11 Category:

“From informal to extravagant, here are a few ideas on hosting a summer party that will make them swelter.”

Reach new heights this summer by throwing your bash on one of London's hottest rooftops. The newly launched Vista at the Trafalgar offers an impressive panorama spanning from Trafalgar Square to Big Ben. And for equally iconic views in a City location, SkyLounge overlooks Tower of London and the Gherkin. With a reputation for hosting stellar events amid lush surrounds, The Roof Gardens is a predictable choice – but for good reason. And if you're expecting things to heat up, the alfresco Hydro-Spa above the rooftop garden at Sanctum Soho Hotel could make for a steamy finale.

If you're thinking big, Home House offer a range of sophisticated spaces both inside and out to host a spectacularly summery extravaganza. The sprawling grounds of the Hurlingham Club make for a picturesque backdrop to a stunning summer soiree, as does the leafy expanse of Hyde Park surrounding the Serpentine Gallery. And for a large scale event with wow factor, a drinks party in the John Madejski Garden at the V&A is guaranteed to blow guests away.

Outsmart the weather at Number Sixteen, where the covered conservatory which opens onto a tree-filled garden that will keep guests happy rain, hail or shine. Likewise, guests can pop out to mingle over mojitos in the little Havana garden at Barts. Or for a larger affair, the Courtyard Garden at the Sanderson provides a lush open-air oasis and shelter from the elements.

If you want to create a special summer soiree of your own, enlist the help of EventOracle who can organise something spectacular – be it a picnic in your garden, a full blown marquee affair or anything in-between. MELON can also take on the challenge, organising summer parties and BBQs at an exhaustive range of private residences, event spaces, parks and gardens across central London. And if you're looking to throw the corporate event of the summer, OPM can create an original and impressive experience that will dominate water-cooler conversations for weeks after.

For an informal dinner party on a balmy evening without any of the stress, Archie’s at Home will come and create a wonderful evening for you. Or for a fine dining experience within the comfort of your own home, Urban Caprice can bring celebrated dishes from the iconic restaurants of The Ivy, J Sheekey and Le Caprice to you.

If you're thinking of hosting a summer soiree this year, be sure to check the Deals page on LadyBlonde.com for special offers from some of the wonderful venues and service providers mentioned above.

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Vista at the Trafalgar

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Vista at the Trafalgar

Bar

"A stylish oasis above the chaos of Trafalgar Square, Vista is a hidden gem with a chic Mediterranean vibe."

The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS

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Skylounge

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Skylounge

Restaurant with bar

"Hidden up high, near The Tower of London, is Skylounge: a bar and restaurant with stunning rooftop gardens and views across the..."

7 Pepys Street, City of London , EC3N 4AF

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The Roof Gardens

The Roof Gardens

Nightclub

"As The Drifter once sang; Everything is alright up on the roof."

6th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA

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Sanctum Soho Hotel

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Sanctum Soho Hotel

Hotel

"A roof garden in Central London with bar and al fresco hydro spa? Entertain here and your reputation will be made."

20 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NF

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Home House

Home House

Private members' club

"This private members' club sees a marriage of the traditional and the modern in an impressive and versatile setting off Portman..."

20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW

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The Hurlingham Club

The Hurlingham Club

Private members' club

"An idyllic oasis, this member's club is one of London's most precious spots."

Ranelagh Gardens, London SW6 3PR

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Serpentine Gallery

Serpentine Gallery

Museum / gallery

"Rightfully named by The Observer as the most beautiful gallery in London."

Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

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The V&A

The V&A

Event space

"This beautiful Victorian building houses a myriad of event spaces, as well as its impressive art collection."

Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

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Number Sixteen

Number Sixteen

Number Sixteen

Hotel

"Discreet, chic and homely, Number Sixteen is a haven in South Kensington. "

16 Sumner Place, London SW7 3EG

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Barts

Barts

Bar

"A quirky speakeasy-style bar with a Cuban-themed Havana garden, Barts is a bit of a hit with the Chelsea crowd."

Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DW

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The Sanderson

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The Sanderson

Hotel

"Sanderson is a five star luxury hotel offering a stylish bar and restaurant in a beautifully and intriguingly designed space."

50 Berners Street, London W1T 3NG

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EventOracle

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EventOracle

A caterer

"A young team (wise beyond their years) keep events fresh and bang on trend...if not a beat ahead of it."

Unit 3, 8 Gorst Road, London NW10 6LE

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MELON

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MELON

A party organiser

"Adopting a creative and strategic approach to planning perfect private and corporate events."

1A, 51 Nevern Square, London SW5 9PF

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OPM

OPM

A party organiser

"OPM plan imaginative parties packed with charachter, all across the globe."

Studio A1, The Old Gas Works, 2 Michael Road, London SW6 2AD

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Archie's At Home

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Archie's At Home

A caterer

"For dinner parties, picnics, parties and weddings, Archie's At Home delivers personal, exquisite service."

88 Balvernie Grove, London SW18 5RP

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Urban Caprice

Urban Caprice

A caterer

"As part of the Caprice restaurant group, you know you will get exquisite service every step of the way. "

Royalty House, 72-74 Dean Street, London W1D 3SG

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