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    Be it a birthday bash, high tea or a social get together, we suggest trying these green patches, if you’re looking to celebrate within the city

    With birthdays and team outings giving reason to celebrate every weekend, hosts are constantly on the lookout for new venues. “It’s more trouble to organise at venues like coffee shops, but people are willing to take the trouble as they want the change of location,” says Lakshmi Ravichander, partner at Event Art, a city-based events management company and wedding planner. We suggest giving your guests the advantage of a view the next time you are playing host. From outdoor barbecues at Swiss Hutte, to a day by the shore at The Beach Club — our list has you covered.

    GARDEN SEATING AREA AT AMETHYST. EXPRESS/A.RAJA CHIDAMBARAM.1.Crimson Chakra, Adyar
    The garden just outside this five-year-old restaurant is ideal for an afternoon of barbecuing. Surrounded by birds of paradise, ferns and other flowering plants that attract a lot of butterflies, with a little pool in the centre, this space can accommodate 15-25 people and owner Nikhil Moturi says tea parties, birthdays and themed team events are an everyday thing here. Their food packages, that include snacks, dessert, tea and a welcome drink, start from Rs 350 per person. Details: 9677277900

    2. Ashvita Bistro, Alwarpet
    What we like about Ashvita Bistro’s garden space is that it allows you to be amidst trees like custard apple, bamboo and oleander, while still having a roof over your head (it is partly open air and partly covered by a sun roof). A green house of sorts, this naturally lit space can accommodate around 25 people and lets you select from a list of Thai, Continental and Asian dishes for your menu. From Rs 550 plus tax per person onwards. Details: 42109990
    GARDEN SEATING AREA AT CRIMSON CHAKRA, ADYAR. EXPRESS/A.RAJA CHIDAMBARAM.3. Amethyst, Royapettah
    If you are looking for green, we don’t think it gets any greener than Amethyst. With plants like the Bauhinia and Philodendron, trees like the foxtail palm and flowers like spider lilies, this cafe boasts of a garden so thick that you will forget you are on one of the busiest roads  in Royapettah. While their indoor events space, The Folly, can accommodate 100 with ease, the green landscape just outside their cafe is where all eyes go. The cafe can be rented at Rs 10,000 for three to four hours (food as per order), while The Folly costs Rs 30,000 for a day. Details: 45991633, 45991634, 45991635

    PICTURES OF GERMAN HUTT FOR INDULGE. EXPRESS / R.SATISH BABU4. The Beach Club, ECR
    While the other places on our list give you copious amounts of greenery in the city, there are times when just green is not enough. At The Beach Club, your group (around 20) gets access to a luscious lawn and swimming pool overlooking the ocean. And for your post swim meal, a multi cuisine buffet is what the team offers. Approximately Rs 600 per head onwards. Details: 9003877195
    5. Luz House, Mylapore
    For those who like a bit of old-world charm, Luz House on Luz Church Road is sure to strike the right chord. Choose to book the entire 200 plus year-old house or just the floor of your choice. We suggest taking ground floor that has access to their lawn where many a mehendi has taken place till date. While you will have to make your own food arrangements, the team here is happy to help with lighting and furniture rentals. From 19,000 onwards for a six hour event. Details: 65651361

    PICTURES OF LUZ HOUSE FOR INDULGE. EXPRESS / R.SATISH BABU6. Swiss Hutte, Greams Road
    Joe Lobo’s Swiss Hutte is one of our top recommendations for several reasons. Firstly, the private garden area here is barbeque equipped and can accommodate up to 40 people. Secondly, you will be surrounded by trees like the Baobab, Ceiba and Balsa. And finally, there’s nothing like sitting around a small bonfire outside a Swiss chalet as you wait for dinner to be served. Starting from Rs 1,250 per head. Details: 42074844

    Rutland Gate Studio
    The garden just outside the Rutland Gate Studio is also a great option for kids’ birthdays, tea parties and poojas. Even if you choose to rent just the studio, you still get a good view of the garden from it. The studio and garden can be rented at Rs 3,500 per hour (Rs 4,000 post 7 pm) and can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests. Details: 28330280

    Ryan Peppin

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