As summer settles on London, and commuters bask in the first few rays of sun, the capital becomes a hive of activity bursting with things to see, do, eat and experience. Take a look at our top tips to ensure your event is 'seasons in the sun' and not 'singing in the rain'
Location, Location, Location
With a wealth of stunning and iconic venues at your fingertips, from historic palace gardens, landscaped parkland and sun-soaked roof terraces, the capital is rich with summer spaces to suit any occasion. Why not tread the manicured lawns at Chiswick Gardens, or marvel at the grandiose hull of the historic Cutty Sark as it gleams in the evening sun.
Whether it is the opulence of the roof terrace at the National Theatre, or the light and airy orangery at Kew Gardens, blending the inside and outside is a fantastic way to enjoy the best of the summer weather with all the luxuries of a traditional event, while also providing some much needed respite should the weather take a turn. Wherever you are in London, there’s a bounty of localities which are sure to impress even the most seasoned travellers.
Food and Drink
The advent of summer brings with it a fantastic assortment of seasonal produce and is a great opportunity to sample some creative cuisine and tasty treats. Classics like bangers on the BBQ, a picnic and jugs of Pimms are a sure-fire way to get guests in the celebratory spirit, offering an informal, relaxed way to dine whilst enjoying the weather. Refreshing, icy drinks using the sweet, fruity flavours which abound this time of year will quench thirsts whilst championing the best of British summer fruit.
Make sure you ask your venue how to get the most out of their outdoor spaces, perhaps creating activities which encourage guests to venture outside. Afternoon tea in the grounds of Syon Park or Champagne overlooking the sites of London from on-board HMS Belfast are real crowd-pleasers and add value to the guest experience. For night owls, why not wind down the evening at RIBA Venues by the crackling embers of a communal fire pit, surrounded with plush bean bag chairs to create a truly magical climax to your evening.
Try devising a theme which celebrates the summer season. Employ an informal dress code which encourages relaxation and do away with the suit and tie. With the summer Olympics in Rio this year, why not capitalise on the trend and host a carnival themed extravaganza and encourage guests to join in with clothing, face paint and even a few attempts at the Samba! If you prefer something more classic why not go for a British seaside theme, boasting pastel colours, parasols and deck chairs, or a Bahamas style Tiki hut with accompanying exotic cocktails and faux sand. The possibilities are endless and the only limit is your imagination.