Midsummer in 2017 is celebrated on Saturday 24th June, and if you are looking for a venue in which to revel in the solstice or hold another summer-themed event, look no further than these top picks.
Opting to celebrate Midsummer in Nordic Bar would be great for a few reasons. Firstly, the contrast between the warmth most of us associate with summer and the cold most of us associate with Nordic countries could make for a fun and unexpected dynamic. Secondly, Midsummer is a pretty big deal in many Nordic countries and you just may find a few of our Northern friends already eager to join in the celebrations. And thirdly, it’s a genuinely cool venue with a relaxed, welcoming vibe.
Dating right back to 1811 and yet still somehow one of the city’s best kept secrets, Dulwich Picture Gallery – thought to be the world’s first propose built public art gallery – is truly one of London’s best hidden gems. Though the building itself is an architectural masterpiece and offers up great event space, you could also opt to fully embrace the summer mood by heading out to the beautiful landscaped gardens, where marquees can provide shade (and shelter if need be; this is the UK after all).
The Garden is fast becoming one of the best open-air installations in all of Europe, let alone London. This fantastic outdoor space features giant oak trees, festoon lighting and bespoke furniture, making it an adaptable venue that can turn its hand to pretty much everything, from live music to wedding receptions, and from corporate functions to private parties. The generous capacity allows for as many as 1500 guests to attend, so no one need be left off of the guest list.
Proud East is surely one of the most versatile offerings on this list, functioning as a restaurant, café, cocktail bar, pool room and multi-purpose event space. Found right on the banks of the regent’s canal just off the popular Kings Road, it overlooks the water and has a lovely, fresh feel both inside and out. All-in-all, there is ample space for as many as 300 guests and the nearest transport links in the area include Hoxton and Haggerston over-ground stations.
Though it is a heated, tented venue in the winter, during the summer months The Magic Roundabout is opened up to the elements to serve as one of the city’s most unique, open-air terraced spaces. With 3 bars, a dancefloor and award-winning street food on offer, you’ve got pretty much everything you could possibly need for a great summer soiree. The décor itself also brings an instant hit of fun, with bold colours and quirky, playful designs awaiting every glance.