A new outdoor event space has been unveiled in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) London.

For the first time IWM London, which uses permanent and temporary exhibitions to tell the story of those whose lives have been shaped by conflict over the past century, has opened its grounds for private hire, with a newly created terrace area.

The space, which will be operated by the venue’s catering partner, Peyton Events, has been designed with summer parties and drinks receptions in mind. Furnished with informal seating, parasols will shield up to 175 guests on warmer days while heaters will ensure the space can be enjoyed during cooler evenings.

The new terrace is located to the side of the Grand Atrium – an event space in London with a German V2 rocket, suspended from a 25-metre high vaulted ceiling and a popular choice for large scale drinks receptions and dinners.

Oliver Peyton, creative director of Peyton Events, commented: “IWM London’s impressive facade, flanked by two impressive 15-inch naval guns, makes it one of the most recognisable buildings in the capital, and the surrounding parkland really is an oasis of greenery and tranquility. So, what could be nicer than inviting guests, business contacts or clients to a summer drinks reception, with spectacular food, in a truly memorable venue?”