Choosing the perfect celebration venue can be tricky. Your checklist includes high-end food, impeccable drinks, luxurious surroundings and a flawless atmosphere – and if it doesn’t, it should. Plenty of places get one or two of these things right, but don’t settle for that: plan your summer celebrations carefully and you won’t have to venue-hop to get the very best of everything. Here are five luxurious party spots that tick every box.
High ceilings, a living green wall, wooden tables and three imposing fairy-lit trees give Tom Sellers’ Knightsbridge hotspot a magical outdoors feel; a perfect setting to celebrate with superior European dishes accompanied by expertly executed seasonal cocktails.
It’s trendy, for sure, but that doesn’t stop it being laidback, relaxed and fun – thanks in part to a refreshingly unpretentious soundtrack featuring everything from ’80s pop to ’90s RnB, and its upstairs Living Room is open until 1am for post-dinner partying.
Over the top in all the right ways, Pierre Gagnaire’s theatrical restaurant complex houses two top-notch restaurants, a tea room and a lounge bar, serving everything from afternoon tea to Michelin-starred fine dining. Each space in sketch has its own unique style and artistic charm, including a marshmallow-pink Gallery and the enchanted forest-inspired The Glade. Pleasingly, the same attention to detail that has gone into the decor and the food has gone into the drinks, so don’t expect to be popping in for ‘just the one’.
Mews of Mayfair
Tucked away in a hidden close, stumbling upon Mews of Mayfair feels like a win any time of the year, but never more so than in summer, when you can sip cocktails al fresco in the cobbled courtyard. Don’t worry if the sun goes behind a cloud – these two 18th-century townhouses house four floors of food, drinks and dancing, its classic Mayfair luxury shining through in both its Brit bistro fare and a drinks menu that features superior spirits and fresh-fruit concoctions.
A dark, decadent and quirky nightspot, the ethos at MNKY HSE is ‘eat, drink and play’, and they have fun with all those things, whether it’s the inventive execution and surprising flavours of Pablo Peñalosa Nájera’s experimental Latin American cuisine or the delicious and playfully presented cocktails. Ours is a Guanabana bellini, please (Cîroc vodka, Guanabana puree stirred with Van Wees Likeur, rhubarb bitters and Prosecco). And of course, the whole space transforms as the night evolves into a lively party place.
Travel is the theme at this speakeasy-style bar; a gold curtain is pulled back to reveal a dark staircase leading to a colonial-inspired interior with quirky relics and tropical-print wallpaper. The drinks menu is in three chapters – Old World, New World and the Orient – and each mouthwatering cocktail is served in a travel-inspired vessel and cleverly garnished, including some incredibly creative sharing options, with the kitchen using ingredients from near and far. Throw in the brilliant live music, and you’ll feel like you’re celebrating in some far-flung part of the globe. You just won’t really know which one.