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Five great new venues to check out in London this May

By Time Out London contributor

As summer (kind of) approaches, there’s a flurry of new spaces opening and pop-ups, well, popping up across London. From beaches to rooftops, venue experts Hire Space have found five top new venues to check out this month.


Taking on the space that housed Notch last year, this prime rooftop space above Oxford Street will reopen as Sisu. Jumping on the trend, the venue will be transformed into a Scandinavian greenhouse, decked out with wooden tables, heated concrete seats and lots and lots of lush greenery. There’s also a canopy for when the British weather takes an inevitable turn. It’s perfect for summer parties, with plenty of street food offerings and a negroni machine, which sounds pretty great to us.

Sea Containers

Situated at the top of the iconic Sea Containers building on the South Bank, you’ll find Sea Containers Events. It’s got a range of spaces for all types of events, spread over 25,000 square feet, which has all been newly designed. The real jewel, however, is the rooftop terrace that has amazing, panoramic, 360-degree views over London’s iconic buildings and the Thames – perfect for summer soir



Taking a techy twist, CodeNode is new to the events game. Just around the corner from Liverpool St station, the venue is best known for hackathons but it offers so much more. The space has a laidback vibe and with the fully licensed Space Bar, surrounded by ping pong tables and seating, it’s a great place for networking drinks with a bit of added fun.

Brixton Beach

Brixton Beach is back this month – and this year it will be transformed into a Cuban beach resort offering cocktails (obviously), cinema screenings, beach barbeques, DJs, and exercise classes (to burn off all the cocktails and food, we assume).

Across its 2,000 square metre rooftop space, Brixton Beach features three bars, a host of street food and a nightclub. The Clubhouse is a late-night covered area that will be filled with live music, dancers and cabaret performances. Summer weather is not guaranteed, but we can hope.

The Ned

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Already a celebrity hot-spot, you’ll find The Ned in an old banking hall in the City. It was formerly the Midland Bank, housed in a building designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens, hence the name. It comes from the minds behind Soho House and it’s a beautifully decadent, art-deco behemoth. It has 252 bedrooms, nine restaurants, a rooftop swimming pool overlooking St Paul’s, a gym, spa and hamam.

It also boasts a variety of grand, historic spaces including six private hire rooms for anything from meetings to parties, including the Tapestry room, so called because of a 1920s wraparound tapestry adorning the walls. There’s also a Vault Room lounge, complete with a 20-tonne safe door and 3,000 safe-deposit boxes.

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