The month of June spells summer, which in turn spells festivals, jovial picnics in the park, and a boom in the sale of cider, sunscreen (factor 10,000) and short shorts. It’s also the season that sees the opening of many an outdoor space, whether in the form of rooftop, terrace or beach-themed pop-up (of which we actually have two this month). The venue experts at Hire Space return to share their favourite upcoming venues that offer private-hire spaces for your next London event.
Chef Tom Sellers won huge acclaim for Restaurant Story, his original London Bridge eatery. He now brings his culinary expertise and modern European fare to Knightsbridge, along with his elegant yet unassuming ambience. Up to 16 private diners can be accommodated in the Bloom Room, the restaurant’s event space, which can also be used as a meeting room; even more guests can be welcomed for standing cocktail parties, product launches and other functions. Dining guests can dig into Sellers’ delectable menu items – such as the veal chop with girolles, black truffle and Madeira sauce – or can even liaise with the chefs to create a tailored menu. For big and bold events, the whole venue is also available for hire.
‘80s Miami comes to South London until the end of August, in the first of our beach-themed pop-ups this month. The vibes of the colourful Floridian city will descend upon Brixtonians throughout the summer, with a super central location between the station and the vibrant market. Small groups of up to 15 people looking to hire a space can choose their favourite from the themed rooms, Motel, Salon and Diner, while large corporate events can hire out the venue in its 20,000 sq ft entirety. DJ sets, signature cocktails and street food (we should mention the steak-frites with bearnaise...) will keep the Miami mood alive, while Londoners won’t lose their bearings thanks to the Euro 2016 screenings.
The beach also graces Soho this month, with another paradisiacal pop-up appearing in the basement of Archer Street. This one brings the style and prestige of a European destination beach club, with blue and white, Mediterranean decor, plus glistening sand and palm trees. The whole venue can be hired out, with past events including summer parties, corporate events and even wedding receptions. Until October, this chic 'beach club bar' will be available for hire for up to 220 guests, who can savour the signature Ciroc Vodka cocktails – such as the Heatwave, a blend of Ciroc Blue Stone, peach liqueur, chilli bitters and orgeat – which is, apparently, a sweet almond syrup.
Rooftops have defined London summers lately, and this year is no exception. This Oxford Street rooftop popup will provide stunning views of the bustling West End – surely one where it’ll be essential to get your timelapse video app out. Accessible via a secret Marble Arch entrance, the space holds up to 100 people for private events, during which guests will be able to sample the unique 'tuna can cocktails' and Japanese street food from Fudo Shack. The (hopefully) sun-soaked venue will be open seven days a week, from 10am to 10pm, meaning daytime corporate events will be accommodated without fuss.
We’ve been waiting for this moment for a while, and we’re delighted it’s finally here. Tate Modern – already a popular venue on hirespace.com – is reopening in June, following a long-awaited expansion. The world-renowned art gallery will now boast 60% more space and 10 extra storeys. And along with this redevelopment comes no fewer than seven brand new event spaces. Huge receptions for up to 600 people (or dinners for up to 400) can be hosted in The Tanks, a circular venue dedicated to live art. Various levels of The Switch House will wow up to 400 guests with its collections of contemporary art, while The Restaurant fits up to 80 diners for networking with a side of British cuisine. Finally, The Level 10 Viewing Terrace will soak up summer rays, providing reams of natural light for up to 80 diners or 150 reception attendees – with an external terrace for cool summertime evenings.
For more awesome London venues, head to hirespace.com.