How to host a summer party in London

Summer parties are a great way to kick back, relax and enjoy the sunny weather in the company of good friends, family or colleagues. While the summer never sticks around for long in the UK, we want to help you make the best of it by giving you some tips for creating and hosting the perfect summer party in the heart of London. You don’t need to get out of the city to escape the city this summer!

Read on to find out the best organisation and planning tips to help you create a truly special summer party that you’ll be proud to host.

Pick a theme

Parties are a lot easier to plan when you’ve got a theme to stick to – think of national holidays like Christmas, Halloween or even Valentine’s Day – but a summer party can often get stuck without direction. To counteract this, and to help you create a more specific plan, choose a nice summery theme for your party.

You could decide on a beach or pool party and fill your chosen venue with palm trees and fairy lights. Get inspired by summer events like Wimbledon or festivals to get people involved with either sports or music. You could even do a fiesta theme and get the pinata and sombreros involved!

Once you’ve picked your theme it then makes it easier to decide on décor, food and drinks…

Decide on your drinks

The best part of a summer party is that cocktails can be top of the menu! They’re not only easily customisable but also fun and refreshing for all your guests on a hot day. You can have a lot of fun with your theme when it comes to cocktails because there are so many different ones available.

For example, if you’re following a fiesta party theme, as we mentioned before, tequila sunrises could be a real hit. Additionally, how about Pimms for your guests at a Wimbledon themed party?

Whatever you choose as your cocktails, make sure you pay attention to what they’re served in too – fun and creative glassware can often be just as eye-catching as the drinks themselves.

Create some tasty treats

Your guests won’t survive on cocktails and drinks alone, so it’s up to you to come up with a menu that will epitomise the summer party you’re hosting. Once again, your theme will be very handy for this, but you’ll first need to decide what kind of food you’re planning on offering.

Will you be providing a sit-down meal or is a buffet more your style? You probably won’t need to provide much in the way of hot food, since it’ll hopefully be warm, but maybe you’d like to have a BBQ?

Once you’ve made these decisions, you can then choose what you’d like to include. Maybe buffet items would work best for a fiesta-style party, such as spicy street food, or maybe a BBQ would fit the theme of a summer festival party.

If this sounds like too much work, why not call on the help of The Brewery’s fantastic team of chefs and hold your party at our venue? Our chefs will be able to provide a perfectly bespoke and personalised menu for your summer party, or you’ll be able to take advantage of the summer menu we’ve created for our own summer parties if you book a party with us.

Decorate your space

The best way to maximise your theme is by embracing décor for your party. You can do a lot with a few simple accessories, such as fairy lights and lanterns, or could go all-out with expansive palm trees or festival tents to really create an immersive atmosphere.

You can be as creative as you want and really embrace the theme you’ve chosen – why not take a look on Pinterest for some inspiration, or talk to a designated event design team, like the one we have at The Brewery.

Our specialised event design team can help create whatever style of décor you could wish for, and we’re also holding our own summer party for 2022 themed around an English garden that you could book instead!


If you are looking to attend one of our summer parties, you’ll be able to enjoy a summer city garden, with a delicious BBQ menu, cocktails on arrival, unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks, and a jaw dropping raised clear marquee. Book your package for the summer using our enquiry form.