Venues on offer range from the iconic Somerset House on the Strand, to London Film Museum in Covent Garden, and not forgetting the quirky Cartoon Museum in Bloomsbury. Museum venues can be a perfect space to hold a cocktail reception, a design event or any corporate occasion, with the added benefit of the current exhibition to add a unique ice breaker and guaranteed talking point and also meaning that in some cases, there are new wonders to marvel at each and every time you visit, giving you wonderful return appeal.
The Trafalgar Tavern was built in 1837 and sits on the bank of the River Thames, welcoming visitors and providing the sights for visitors to Greenwich for over 150 years. Charles Dickens was once a familiar visitor to this historic tavern, and the Nelson Room became famous for holding its renowned whitebait dinners. In more recent times, the Tavern has become available for private hire, and has become one of the most attractive and most popular venues in the heart of the City of London to celebrate a wedding. Trafalgar Tavern’s historic characteristics and charm both inside the building and out remains unchanged, with beautiful balconies and bay windows that overlook the Thames. To give you a sense of City living, the Nelson Room and the Hawke and Howe have been recently re-furbished, and now ooze beautiful late regency magnificence. The first floor of the Tavern can be hired out in its entirety exclusively for your wedding. The venue will be available for the entire day, so there will be plenty of time for your suppliers to set up and for you to take photos of the room should you want to. The Nelson Room can accommodate up to 200 guests for a sit down dinner, and 350 guests for a standing reception. This room is also licensed for civil weddings.
Built on historic foundations at the very heart of the capital, is London’s working arts centre - home to the UK’s largest creative community and one of London’s best loved public spaces. It is also so much more than a building, it is a global platform for creativity, dedicated to nurturing and empowering ideas, backing newness and championing openness. The venue offers 12 impressive blank canvas event spaces, suitable for staging events of all styles and sizes. From season to season, our cultural programme is ever changing, offering a myriad of opportunities to enhance your event and provide guests with an unforgettable experience at . Venue spaces include: the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, Embankment Galleries, Portico Rooms, Navy Board Rooms, East Wing, West Wing, Seamen's Hall, River Terrace, Lightwells and Deadhouse, Lancaster Rooms, River Rooms and the Screening Room. Download their exclusive Summer and Christmas package offers below and enquire today.
With spectacular views overlooking the iconic Trafalgar Square, the terrace is one of themost impressive outdoor event spaces. Ideal for a summer drinks receptions and alfresco dinner parties, with an exquisite black and white mosaic floor, this venue is a true London landmark that never fails to make an impression. Capacities: 100 standing (or 250 when combined with the adjacent Mosaic Terrace) 60 seated
Whether you are planning a conference, special celebration, wedding, or corporate away day, the Horniman Museum has the ideal space for you. The Horniman offers a totally unique venue for hire in London, just a short train journey from London Bridge, but set in idyllic 16 acres of landscaped gardens in Forest Hill. Choose from an elegant Grade II listed Victorian Conservatory, or sleek and contemporary Pavilion or intimate Bandstand, all boasting stunning views of the London skyline.
The Science Museum is an amazing exhibition space, with astounding galleries and creative blank canvas spaces, combined to make a unique and inspiring London venue for corporate or private hire. Take advantage of a diverse range of spaces and unparalleled opportunities for accessible, exciting event experiences in the cultural heart of the capital. You can hire: One or more of our ten uniquely themed galleries or brand-new suite of Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries for evening hire, Our 400-seat IMAX Theatre, available for daytime and evening hire and ideal for product launches and presentations. Our new dedicated events space Illuminate, available for day-time and evening hire perfect for meetings and conferences of up to 400 individuals as well as unique evening receptions and dinners. Our recently refurbished Smith Centre which contains a large salon, boardroom, large meeting room and courtyard area. Available for daytime and evening hire.
The Alex Fitch Room is the most enchanting room at Harrow School. As part of a War Memorial building, the entire contents of this room were donated by the Fitch family in memory of their son. This unique space can host 20 guests for an intimate private or corporate dinner, with a superb wood clad backdrop. Alex’s portrait is hung above the fireplace, the light above it is never put out in respect for the fallen. All proceeds from the hire of this room go towards a bursary for a Harrow boy. Related Venue: Speech Room
Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for your ceremony. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop. Included in the hire are two private balconies, which offers uninterrupted views of our famous Courtyard on one side and the River Thames on the other, providing a truly stunning setting for exclusive photography. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Navy Board Rooms Steeped in history and dating back to the 18th century, the Navy Board Rooms are an impressive suite of rooms with a distinctive sense of charm and heritage. Climbing the grand, sweeping Nelson Staircase is an experience in itself, as each flight is a one-off architectural work of art. Entering the main space, marble fireplaces and wooden floors create a grand atmosphere, with large sash windows offering panoramic views across the River Thames. Originally home to the Navy Board, overseeing British naval affairs around the globe, the Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue. The interconnecting rooms offer wonderful natural light, original features and great flexibility. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Photography One of the fantastic benefits of having your wedding at Somerset House is the opportunity to have photographs in our famous Edmond J Safra Fountain Court with its dancing fountains (seasonal). Included in your hire is a 45 minute slot, following the ceremony, for photographs in our iconic Courtyard. The perfect backdrop for your day. Please note that as an arts and culture centre open to the public, we cannot confirm what might be happening in the Courtyard or around the rest of the public areas at Somerset House at that time. We have a very exciting and constantly expanding public programme, which sees lots of different installations, exhibitions, artwork and public events all over the site. It’s a huge part of what makes us Somerset House. There are also occasions where essential works need to take place on the building and these instances are out of our control. Add a Sit-Down Reception Available as an add-on for the Afternoon Ceremony only. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms While you and your guests are taking your photos in the beautiful Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, and enjoying a drink on our River Terrace, our suppliers can transform this space into the perfect sit down dinner. Venue hire: additional £7,000+VAT. This extends your guest access to 22:00, venue clear by suppliers by 23:00. Includes a private area of our River Terrace between 16:00 – 17:30 Option 2: Seamen’s Hall If you would like to host your sit down reception in a different space at Somerset House then the Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of our South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, would be the perfect option. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Seamen’s Hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. Venue Hire: additional £8,000 + VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Includes a private area our River Terrace between 16:00 – 18:30 Sit-Down Reception Only If your ceremony is already booked then this is the perfect option for your celebration. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for evening events. With original features and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop for your sit down reception. Venue hire: £8,000+VAT. This will give suppliers access from 17:30, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Option 2: Seamen’s Hall Located on the ground floor of the South Wing, the Seamen’s Hall has marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, making it the perfect space for evening gatherings. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers an air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue. Venue Hire: £9,000+ VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00.
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, is a state-of- the-art venue showcasing emerging and established talent within the fast-growing contemporary art world. A gallery by day and private events space by night, the venue boasts the perfect setting to impress clients wishing to host events ranging anything from private dinners to evening networking / drinks receptions, immersive events, brand activations, press days and many more. The venue itself is 6,000 Sq./Ft split over two floors, both of which can operate independently. Exclusive hire of the venue allows for up to 420 guests, with a wide range of facilities on site, including a six-metre custom made LED screen, a sixteen thousand watts / 32 speaker audio system, accompanied by showcase track lighting and multiple rigging points throughout the entire venue. There are also two fully equipped onsite kitchens, both with rear loading bay access. With industrial features as well as a versatile layout, is a brilliant backdrop for events of all natures.
North West London
Experience the year-round magic of Lord’s; from the elegance of the Pavilion to the unique J.P. Morgan Media Centre and the modernity of the newly-built Pelham's. Conveniently located in the heart of London and offering stunning vistas of the Ground, Lord’s is an exceptional venue boasting 14 different spaces perfect for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and dining events for between 10 – 300 people. Long Room Lunch/Dinner – 200 Standing - 300 Long Oval table – 82 Writing Room Lunch/Dinner – 60 Standing – 70 Long Oval table – 24 Theatre style – 45 Cabaret – 32 Boardroom – 18 Pelham’s Lunch/Dinner- 136 Standing - 169 Long Oval table – 60 Theatre style – 136 Cabaret – 88 Boardroom – 66 Thomas Lord Suite Lunch/Dinner without reception area – 400 Lunch/Dinner with reception area - 250 Dinner Dance – 200 Standing – 500 Cabaret – 160 Theatre style – 300 Boardroom – 58 Classroom – 126 Pavilion Roof Terrace Standing – 250 Mound Stand Terrace Standing – 350 Tavern Boxes Theatre – 30 Boardroom – 18
Treat your guests to a birthday party to remember in The Postal Museum play space - Sorted! There's sackloads of fun to be had in our indoor play area, specially for children aged 8 and under! Discover an immersive mini-town with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes, everything to keep the little ones happily occupied at London’s newest indoor play area. Once the children have organised parcels in the miniature post office, and delivered the letters in our large wooden post vans - continue the party in our private party space.
Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and exclusive location for your meeting. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop. For any company get together Included in the hire are two private balconies, which offer uninterrupted views of our famous Courtyard on one side and the River Thames on the other, providing a truly inspiring setting. Morning Hire Access from 07:30-11:30 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT (includes supplier set up and derig) Afternoon Hire Access from 13:30 – 17:30 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT (includes supplier set up and derig) Full Day Hire Access from 07:30 – 17:00 Venue Hire Fee: £3,750+VAT (includes supplier set up and derig) Catering Options If one of our many onsite restaurants a cafes don’t take your fancy, our onsite caterer, Bryn Williams at Somerset House will ensure culinary excellence is at the forefront of your experience, while maintaining the highest standards of catering health and safety throughout your event. Option 1: £24.95 + VAT per person Tea & coffee on arrival Hydration Station: cucumber & mint/lemon & lime Mid-morning tea, coffee & cookies Selection of freshly prepared sandwiches & wraps Fruit cup Mid-afternoon tea, coffee, brownie & granola bar Option 2: £31.50 + VAT per person Tea, coffee & mini pastries on arrival Hydration Station: cucumber & mint/lemon & lime Mid-morning tea, coffee & cookies Selection of freshly prepared sandwiches & wraps Selection of freshly prepared salads Fruit cup Mid-afternoon tea, coffee, brownie & granola bar AV Options Option 1: AV Package from £1,445 + VAT Audio : PA sound system, mixing desk, 2 x handheld mics, 2 x lapel mics, 1 x lectern mic Presentation : 2 x 65” LCD Screens, 2 x laptops, seamless switching between slides and video, clicker and lectern Technician : 1 x technician Option 2: Video Conference Upgrade (in addition to AV Package) from £1,601 + VAT A technician will manage a video conferencing presentation as host presenter using a show laptop. As host, they will be able to manage the participants, cue in presenters and advance slides. Also included is a camera operator and camera to capture all the action within the room for those joining remotely. Option 3: Boardroom from £1,596.50 + VAT This option is designed for clients using the Portico room for a U-shaped or hollow square boardroom set up using push to talk microphones with our twin 65” LCD screens for PowerPoint. (If sound is required for the presentations, we would need to add a PA system). Option 4: Live Streaming (in addition to AV package) from £3,919 + VAT Broadsword can create the perfect live streaming solution for your event and will put together a bespoke quote based on your requirements. Enhance Your Event Private Views: Combine your event with exclusive access to one of our exhibitions. Available outside public opening hours. Guest Tickets: Surprise your guests with tickets to an exhibition alongside your event. Available during exhibition opening hours. Exhibition Talks and Tours: Offer your guests a unique insight into one of our exhibitions. Only available outside of opening hours. Behind the Scenes Tours: Whether it’s an historical or film location tour, you can enrich your guests’ experience by taking them on a journey through Somerset House. Our Historical Highlights tours are typically 60 minutes and introduce the history of our magnificent 18th century building – taking in everything from Tudor intrigue to Georgian enlightenment. Your guide will lead the group from the intricate Lightwells to the atmospheric, subterranean Deadhouse, visiting graceful staircases and the iconic Edmond J .Safra Fountain Court.
Since our founding by Benedictine monks, hospitality has always been at the heart of the Abbey. We have held royal weddings, state occasions, and every coronation since 1066. Now you can hire one of our stunning historic spaces for your next event.
Our Underglobe space is situated directly beneath the Globe Theatre – right in the belly of the beast. By day it houses Globe’s Shakespeare exhibition, but at night it comes alive as one of London’s exclusive hidden events spaces. With a sweeping staircase, private mezzanine and secret river-side entrance we can happily host up to 350 guests seated and 450 standing for exclusive Gala dinners, award ceremonies or decadent wedding parties. Complete with a full-sized model oak tree and full sound, lighting and projection systems, the Underglobe has everything your event needs to go off with a bang. Our Underglobe becomes an even more magical space during Christmas, with a new theme every year, this 2020 our guests are immersed in a secret underground forest lay covered in snow. Welcome to a magical evening of feasts, fairy tales and enchantments! With lunchtime packages starting from £75+VAT per person, and evenings from £110+VAT, our festive packages include everything you need for your party. Please note that the Underglobe is only available for evening events.
Henley on Thames
Set on the banks of the River Thames, the River & Rowing Museum's idyllic location is the perfect backdrop for your event. Our contemporary Museum, was David Chipperfield's first major building within the UK, designed to mirror boat houses of old. With clean lines and wall to ceiling glass, our event spaces are filled with natural light, framing life on the river and the lush Thames valley landscape. Choose this venue, to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, while being just 45 minutes from London.
The Grade I listed building is nearly 200 years old and a true icon of the capital. With twenty two different event spaces that include both contemporary and historic event venues, available for daytime and evening events, as well as options for outdoor and indoor entertaining, the venue offers an unparalleled amount of choice for corporate events, private parties and wedding receptions for between 2 and 1200 guests. With beautiful picture galleries, a dedicated conference suite and options for late night dancing until 2am, this is a breath taking venue for all occasions, located at the very heart of London just off Trafalgar Square.
This stunning 3300 sq ft converted bank complete with period feature ceilings, situated in the heart of Mayfair, is complete with original ornamental ceiling features combined with industrial exposed pipework creating a remarkable contemporary interior. Located in the heart of Mayfair, and a six-minute walk from both Green Park and Oxford Circus, this is a prime location in one of London’s busiest luxury shopping districts. Situated next door to some of the city’s most renowned locations and the most elite brands in the world on New Bond Street and Berkley Square. The gallery provides a unique atmosphere for those looking to host a premium event. The pristine interior of a white space gallery makes it the ideal venue for press and brand launches, conferences, private dining, fashion shows, exclusive parties and memorable functions. The gallery is complete with grey polished concrete floors, white walls and adjustable lighting throughout the space. This venue is well-equipped for your events with a street-level entrance, kitchen area and large professional LED screen.
Museums have become the unlikely stars of event organisation. They’re unique, luxurious, and have a lot more to offer than a meeting room in a hotel. For something a little more eclectic, yet still formal, museums tick all of the right boxes. This is exactly why event managers have grown to love them and they have had a massive surge in popularity in recent years. If you’ve never considered it before, then a museum may be just the venue that you’ve been looking for.
The Benefits of Hosting an Event in a Museum
There are lots of positives to hosting an event in a museum. Whether it’s a book launch or a conference, and AGM or even a wedding reception, there is a place in a museum for everything. Most have rooms made especially for lectures or talks that can be adapted to suit any purpose and you’ll find that museum staff are more than willing to help you with whatever you need in order for everything to run smoothly.
A Chance to Engage With Culture
If you are looking for somewhere special to hold a meeting, then a museum brings the wow factors in spades. Where else can you browse artefacts and paintings during your lunch break? If you have anyone coming in from overseas, then giving them a chance to see and immerse themselves in some local culture will be greatly appreciated by everyone. It should go without saying that a museum provides the perfect cultural backdrop for any type of arts event.
Helps Bring Ideas Forward
It’s well known that being in a creative space helps when brainstorming and strategy planning. What better creative space is there than that of a museum? If your team can immerse themselves in all of the discoveries that surround them, then they are much more likely to come up with their own. The room that you hire out will be yours to use and so you can work together in whatever way that you need to come up with new ideas and ways to implement them. This also makes a museum the perfect venue to bring in an outside facilitator.
Formal and Informal
A museum is a step up from a hotel conference room, but it they can be used to create any vibe that you need. It can be formal or informal which is why they are such good venues for a wide variety of events. Depending on which part of the building you are using for your event, you can host either a kid’s party or a drinks reception. With so many rooms in museum venues for hire in London, there’s one for every event.
If an event is being held in a museum, them people are going to want to go to it. The novelty of it and curiosity will draw everyone in. Museums are designed specifically to be as welcoming as possible, meaning that people aren’t going to be as tentative when turning up as it is a public building. Having your event in a museum guarantees that you’ll get a crowd of interested people turning up to see what it’s all about. A museum is always seen as somewhere fancy so no matter how informal your event, it’s a venue that people just can’t say no to.
The majority of museums are all stunning in their own unique way. Many have interesting architecture that is unlike any other building in the city and this continues internally. With features designed to catch your eye alongside all of the artwork on and displays a museum really is a venue that makes you stare. This only adds to its prestige and so anyone attending an event there will feel like they’ve just become a member of a very exclusive club.
What You Need to Remember When Hiring a Museum Venue
You might have decided that a museum is the venue you need for your next event, but don’t rush in too quickly! There are a number of things that you need to consider before making a booking.
Handle With Care
Museums are a prestigious venue – there’s no doubt about that. Yet with so many precious items on the walls and on display, you will have to follow a strict set of rules. Each museum is different, and they will let you know exactly what to expect but particularly with any equipment that is needed, you’ll need to take a lot of care not to damage anything.
Food and Drink Policy
Following on from this, food and drink may not be allowed in the same room as where you are hosting your event, particularly if it is near some of the exhibits. This will mean getting everyone to leave their drinks at the door and moving rooms if there is food served.
It’s a Public Building
While a museum may be happy for you to cordon off part of an exhibition for your event, it’s likely that this will only take place after hours. A museum’s first priority is the general public that it caters for, and no event is going to be able to change that. This will mean that you’ll need to stick to sanctioned rooms during the day, but that you might be able to move somewhere else in the evening.
No matter what type of event you want to host, a museum is sure to be a venue that you’ll want to consider. They have far more in terms of versatility than you might think at first, which is why they are so ideal for a full range of different activities. People will be excited to go to your event simply because of its location – and promotion like that is really hard to come by. So why not inject a little culture into your next event by hosting it in a museum?