What better way to usher in the summer in London than by throwing a BBQ party, people. The capital is pretty limited on back garden space, so grab your guests and get them down to one of these venues where the barbecues are on fire! Be it a corporate soiree or a private knees-up, maximise on that rare London summer sunshine and get booking an outdoor foodie rendezvous to remember at one of the following Hire Space-approved venues.
Montague on the Gardens
While the winter sees this gorgeous Bloomsbury hotel's outdoor deck transformed into a charmingly snowy lodge, it's full-on BBQ time at Montague on the Gardens as soon as summer hits. The accommodating team offer a welcome as warm as the coals on the barbie, there's room for 200 of your guests, and Pimm's can be served for a truly British take on summertime fun.
Sure, you could host a garden barbecue party this summer... or you could push the boat out by opting for HQS Wellington, or to us, the good ship BBQ. The Second World War navy ship moored at Victoria Embankment is an impressive setting for a bit more than your average burger in a bun - a fleet of chefs will prepare English lamb, minute steak and king prawns in a lime marinade. All aboard, we say!
London Fields Brewhouse
Looking for a BBQ venue with some cool kudos? How about London Fields Brewhouse, where the barbecues keep going 'til late. Bond with colleagues over beers brewed on site or plan a really trendy summer bash for a large-scale celebration. And should the Great British weather be threatening (isn't it always?) there's plenty of space inside at the venue's warehouse areas housed under the railway arches.
The Royal Park Hotel
Planning a small-scale summer get-together, a networking event or even a reward for your team at work? The Royal Park Hotel near Hyde Park is home to a gorgeous courtyard for a traditional sort of barbecue. The leafy terrace can be hired out during the day or in early evening hours of the week, and it comfortably holds up to 40 people. At just £150 per session, it's a bit of a no-brainer for those smaller summer shindigs.
The Deck at The National Theatre
If your summer BBQ needs to be the kind that really wows a sophisticated crowd, may we introduce you to The Deck at The National Theatre? Here you can chow down on barbecue eats while you drink in those views across the South Bank. The river-facing terrace can accommodate 120 and there are four different BBQ menus to choose from for your party - classic, Caribbean, surf & turf or a special World Cup-themed Brazilian grill. That definitely scores a goal with us.
So there's really nothing more to it - leave the cooking to the professionals and the venue booking to Hire Space, and you'll have yourself a seamless summer BBQ party, no sweat!