Summer is truly on its way! From the moment the first summer ray hits the top of the Shard we are ready for summer party season. The seasonal events merry go round is about to go alfresco given every opportunity. Of course you will think of Cooks & Partners synonymous with our devotion to celebrating the seasons. This means we are bubbling with excitement that we are almost coming into asparagus season, we are buzzing that we are placing orders for London’s local Sipsmith summer cup and of course we are brimming with enthusiasm that our English berries will soon be bountiful.
So where do we recommend that you spend your summer soirée and how do we suggest that you style an al fresco palace?
Here are our top 4 of each (and there are, of course, many more ideas once you get us chatting).
SUMMER LOCATION HOT SPOTS
- The Orangery at Holland Park, a secret spot in exclusive west London and an old regal dining residence http://bit.ly/2mN4BGF
- The View from the Shard, there is no better place to get a breath of fresh air in London (level 72 is at the building pinnacle and is a semi outdoor gallery) http://bit.ly/2m5mmEi
- Harrow School, nestled in English history, the venue offers several options for outdoor hospitality. The complex spans across sports grounds and parklands, giving ample opportunity for team away days. http://bit.ly/2mN4BGF
- Eltham Palace, it’s worth the little venture out of central London. The Grounds and gardens adjoin the Medieval Palace and Art Deco house making it a very exclusive location (they have their own private bridge too) http://bit.ly/2mxE9QM
How to style the best summer party
- Alfresco hospitality often relishes less formality – we love recreating the buzz of the London Street Food scene, drawing inspiration from the busy seafood grills on the English coast.
- Work with the outdoors rather than compete against it. This often means more organic choices in lounge furniture of table linens.
- Think about how your event will change in the sunlight. Although our summer evenings offer extended daylight you still need to be mindful of the latter part of your evening. Simple uplighters, lantern trails or festoon lights are all great ways to add atmosphere.
- Think about your drinks choices carefully as this is a big tone setter – opt for elegance with English sparkling wine. Our favourite at the moment is the Blanc de Blanc from the Bluebell Vineyard (Kent) or vibrant splashes of colour with festival inspired gin infusions.