Escape the heat and celebrate summer in the city of London!

Although it doesn’t seem it today with the grey skies, cloud and heavy downpours of rain, summer is on its way! With that in mind, there’s never been a more appropriate time to think about planning your summer party so that you’ve got something to look forward to.

There’s plenty on offer in vibrant London with some great exclusive parties to choose from, so check out our top selection of options with this afternoon’s blog. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to take some time out, unwind from work, let your hair down and have some fun this summer!

Beach paradise in the city

Don’t have the time to nip over to a tropical island for a holiday this year? No problem! This relaxing paradise is available at a top four-star venue in London and is the ideal way to unwind with your whole team. This summer beach bar party features a tropical style bar with a thatched roof and is surrounded by real sand and palm trees to get you in the mood!

On arrival, everyone will be treated to a refreshing cocktail and after that, you’ll be able to enjoy unlimited wine, bottled beer and soft drinks for three hours. If you’re hungry then there’s a seriously good BBQ finger buffet available with options that everyone will love. If that’s not enough, the venue will run a selfie competition for one lucky guest to win a fantastic two night stay for two people, so get ready to pose!

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Experience summer on the Thames

Fancy a summer celebration that’s not on dry land? If so, you’ll love this brilliant floating party down the Thames. With a choice of two great themes of either a Garden Party or Festival, you’ll feel suitably summery once you’ve boarded and you’re greeted with a chilled glass of Prosecco. Once everyone’s arrived, you’ll set sail and embark on a tour of London’s most famous landmarks, all whilst enjoying some mouth-watering food from a tasty BBQ menu.

Also included is a DJ and disco, so you’ll be able to throw a few shapes whilst on board, a cash bar to keep your drink supply flowing and there will also be oversized novelty games so you can compete against your friends – who’s for a round of giant Connect Four?

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Garden party in Chelsea

This summer party at an iconic venue in Chelsea will provide everything you and your colleagues need to escape the office and relax for an evening. You’ll enjoy semi-exclusive hire of the stylish summer garden and exclusive use of the fabulous Marco grill.

Lounge around on the deckchairs, watch the sports on the large TV’s or just soak up the sun! No summer celebration is complete without some ice cold drinks, so how about enjoying unlimited jugs of fruity Pimm’s, beer, wine and soft drinks which will keep that merriment flowing all evening! You’ll also enjoy a selection of canapes from the grill and tubs of ice cream. What’s not to love?

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Enjoy awe-inspiring views on the South Bank

Celebrate your summer in style with a party on this dazzling terrace which offers some incredible panoramic views of the city along with sumptuous food and drink. Start the night right with a glass of Pimm’s or Prosecco before tucking into the delicious BBQ menu. Enjoy tasty meat, fish and vegetarian options along with salads and a blissful choice of desserts.

Unlimited drinks are available for five hours and guests will also be able to take part in fun novelty games and dance the night away to the DJ’s top playlist which will create the perfect party atmosphere.

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Italian meal with alfresco dining in Covent Garden

Make your way to buzzing Covent Garden and relax with your colleagues and enjoy some delicious options from the fantastic summer menu at this top restaurant. This particular restaurant is owned by one of the most popular TV chefs in the country, so you know that you’ll be in for a sumptuous dining experience.

This venue offers plenty of alfresco dining space where you’ll be able to tuck in and watch the world go by – why not order some tasty cocktails to accompany your meal and enjoy the true taste of summer?

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We have plenty of other summer parties available in London, so make sure you check them out here for more variety and get your summer event organised today!

Experience a Summer Party to Remember in Manchester

If you’re looking to plan a corporate party in Manchester, then the good news is that you won’t have to wait until Christmas; how does a summer party sound? It’s the perfect way to take advantage of the warm weather, the fresh air and it’s a valid excuse to just get away from that stuffy office and let your hair down.

You’ll want to choose a venue that’s unique and truly inspirational to make your event unforgettable, and we’ve got the perfect place for you and your team to enjoy a summer celebration in the city. This fantastic museum venue is filled with character and situated in the heart of Manchester in the Castlefield area, making it easy for everyone to reach with its close proximity to a variety of excellent transport links. There is also off-site car parking facilities for those looking to drive on the day of the event.

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Featuring a dedicated event and conference space on the second floor of the venue’s grade two listed building, there’s also a fantastic balcony area that’s suitable for registration and serving refreshments. You can rest assured that these purpose-built facilities will be sure to provide you with everything you need to enjoy a memorable event.

With this excellent summer package, everyone in your party will be treated to an ice-cold glass of refreshing Pimms on arrival to the Upper Courtyard to get the party started, where you’ll feel those summer vibes in full swing!

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As for the food, make sure that you and your guests are hungry, because the outstanding hospitality team have cooked up an absolute summer feast that comes in the form of a delicious BBQ buffet. With something for all tastes, these sumptuous items will be sure to get everyone’s mouths watering – how about indulging in a selection of charred meats, colourful summer inspired salads and mini sliders?

For dessert, there’s some incredible sweet treats that everyone will love such as fruity Vimto jelly, luscious fruit kebabs and an irresistible Eton mess that comes with plump, fresh strawberries. If you can’t decide what you want to go for, then why not treat yourself to a couple of desserts?

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Your summer corporate party won’t finish once the food has been devoured, because the venue’s professional DJ will take you and guests through the rest of the night with their top playlist which will see everyone throwing moves of all manners! If you’ve got a favourite track, then why not speak to the DJ and put in a request?

Included in this summer party package is event management and security for your peace of mind, as well as a digital welcome screen, a photo chandelier and occasion tables and chairs. A PA system, which includes a microphone and lectern will also be provided for your event.

There really is no better way to let your hair down and boost team morale with a summer celebration, so why not get planning your corporate summer party now to ensure availability for your preferred dates?

Refreshing Drink Ideas to Kick Start your Spring

The arrival of this beautiful Spring weather means that the sun is out and the air is fresh, so it’s the perfect excuse to get outside and relax. And we say that there’s no better way to enjoy the start of this new season than with a delicious and refreshing drink. So whether you’re planning an outdoor summer party and need some drinks inspiration or whether you’re just looking to have your friends and family around for a get together, then these mouth-watering cocktail and mocktail ideas will be sure to go down well with all of your guests!

Watermelon Pina Colada

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Ingredients

3 oz. Pineapple juice

2 oz. Malibu White Rum

1 oz. Coconut Milk

2–3 Cubes Watermelon (should be around 1-inch each)

1 cup of crushed ice

Watermelon slice to garnish

This tasty concoction takes a refreshing twist on the classic and much loved tropical cocktail, the Pina Colada. It’s super easy to make and all you need is a blender! Simply throw all the ingredients into the blender and blend for about a minute. Once finished, pour into Pina Colada glasses and garnish the side with a slice of watermelon. For maximum effect, add in a cocktail umbrella for that authentic holiday feel!

Passion fruit Mojito Recipe

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Ingredients

2 large, ripe passion fruit, halved

Large handful mint leaves, torn

2 tbsp light brown sugar

2 ½ oz. white rum

Soda water, to top up

Once again, we’ve taken a tasty twist on another favourite cocktail, the Mojito. This time around, we’ve added some passionfruit to it and made it come alive! It doesn’t take long to make and tastes fantastic. To begin, simply remove the pulp from the passion fruit and place into a jug along with the mint leaves, sugar and the white rum.

Then place your muddler to crush the ingredients and mix them well together. If you don’t have a muddler, then the end of a rolling pin will work perfectly too. Add in plenty of crushed ice to the jug, before pouring in soda water to fill up the jug. Serve in two hi-ball glasses and prepare your taste buds for a real taste sensation!

Summer Berry Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)

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Ingredients

Six Strawberries

10ml Elderflower Cordial

10ml Ginger Syrup

10ml Fresh Lemon Juice

60ml Cranberry Juice

60ml Apple Juice

Strawberry and lemon slice to garnish on the side

The Summer Berry Mocktail is a refreshing alternative to an alcoholic cocktail and makes for the ideal drink for the warmer weather. To make, add the strawberries into a cocktail shaker and muddle. Once the strawberries have been crushed well, add in the elderflower cordial, lemon, cranberry juice, ginger syrup and apple juices. Pop on the top and get shaking! Add ice to a tall glass and pour tall – just don’t forget to add your fruit to garnish. So there you have it – the perfect summer berry mocktail which be sure to be a hit with the whole crowd!