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.
Celebrate in style at Kew Palace Once the family home of King George III, Queen Charlotte and their children, Kew Palace is one of London’s most prestigious event venues. A Grade I-listed royal palace on the banks of the Thames Today this stunning red-brick villa, with its lush gardens and lavish interiors, makes a breathtaking backdrop for celebratory dinners and intimate drinks receptions. You can welcome your guests into this tiny, perfectly formed royal palace and its charming outbuildings – the Royal Kitchens and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage. Their beauty and history promise to fascinate and enchant your guests. Set within the fantastic Royal Botanic Gardens, this picturesque palace is an ideal location for summer weddings, family celebrations and corporate functions. Over the years, we’ve worked with some of the best caterers, florists, entertainers and production specialists in the industry. Whatever your requirements, our approved suppliers will help you deliver an unforgettable experience for your guests
A hidden gem in the heart of the city, and a 3 minute walk from Barbican tube and St Pauls tubes. The Lounge can host up to 80 guests for drinks and canopies, with an outside terrace, ideal for summer parties! This whole venue is available for exclusive hire for up to 220 people.. with a long bar, roomy dance floor and a stunning outside terrace. Ideal for corporate and private parties, press events, product launches, breakfast meetings, presentations, and wedding receptions.
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.
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.
This unique venue in London is a heritage building nestled in the trendy central neighbourhood of Hoxton, making it ideal as a wedding venue, corporate and conference venue, as well as host to drinks receptions, brand engagement, away days, private dining, workshops, cinema and festivals. The Geffrye's expansive front lawns offer a blank-canvas outdoor venue, and an incredibly rare green space so close to the City. Shaded by impressive London Plane trees and set against the backdrop of Grade I listed almshouses, this is a unique space with which to make a real impression.
The Garden Museum, located on the banks of the River Thames, opposite Westminster and the Houses of Parliament is a stunning and unique venue in London that can cater for private dinners, weddings, corporate drinks receptions, corporate dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions and product launches. Dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens, the Garden Museum offers a traditional church space with soaring pillars and beautiful vaulted ceilings alongside the brand-new, contemporary Sackler Garden, offering sought-after outdoor space and providing an oasis from the bustle of city life.
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.
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.
With a capacity for 120, this space is perfect for private networking, reception events and summer BBQs. The contemporary museum space comes with the added benefit of a private courtyard that features a beautiful living plant wall which adds to the venue’s atmosphere and acts as the perfect backdrop for summer parties. The indoor modern and contemporary museum space offers great versatility and in addition, allows guests to explore the inspiring exhibition galleries or enjoy a curator-led museum tour.
Our Members club is the perfect space for more intimate live performances and smaller events. This unique venue is styled in a speakeasy fashion and soaked in music heritage provided by resident curator Oliver Twitchett. From the moment you step in, this space provides a rare home away from home.
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.
A unique and historic venue for a party in St Albans Built in 1831 and lovingly restored to its former glory, discover how this magnificent Georgian landmark could be the perfect venue for your next event. From the timeless elegance of the Georgian Assembly Room, with its ornate chandeliers and lustrous gold leaf, to the sleek, white styling of the modern basement gallery, our versatile and impressive spaces provide a stunning backdrop for any occasion – from conferences, seminars and exhibitions to fundraising dinners, parties, drinks receptions, and even weddings of over 100 guests. These breath-taking historic spaces in St Albans' former Town Hall can cater for formal and informal occasions for up to 150 people, whilst the newly created gallery spaces offer a blank canvas for stylish product launches and parties of more intimate crowds of up to 80. For a unique experience add a personalised tour of our exhibitions and even the opportunity to touch history with a selection of artefacts for your guests to handle and ask questions of our museum staff. If you would like to speak to a member of our team about your event, please email: email@example.com or call: 07407225928
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.
If you are looking to take your event beyond the ordinary and into the unknown, this unique subterranean space, rich in atmosphere and character, is the ideal location. Our most atmospheric space lies hidden from the public gaze, one level below our famous fountains. Running along three sides of The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Lightwells are a long-time favourite of location managers for major film and television series. The Deadhouse, meanwhile, runs directly beneath the Fountain Court, and its eerie wall memorials help lend this underground tunnel an ambience all its own. Descending the stairs from the courtyard, you will discover the unique architecture and unexpected hidden depths of Somerset House, with secret nooks and crannies, this fascinating space is perfect for creative and surprising events with an edge.
Jump on board for a unique event in the heart of Covent Garden! Originally the Covent Garden flower market, the venue provides three fascinating spaces for hire. Daytime guests can enjoy the latest meeting technology and complimentary Museum access in the Cubic Theatre & Foyer. In the Museum Galleries, evening guests have exclusive access to two floors of galleries and exhibitions, surrounded by our collection of red buses, tube carriages and tube simulators whilst enjoying bespoke menus from one of our 6 approved caterers. The Museum Galleries Set in the heart of the museum the iconic Galleries provide a unique backdrop for dinner, receptions, Q&A’s and award ceremonies. With Exclusive access to two floors of galleries and exhibitions guests arrive through the dramatic World City Walkway for welcome drinks on the first-floor balcony, with views over the ground floor of the museum. Mingle amongst museum exhibits that tell the fascinating story of the world's oldest transport system, before dining amongst the iconic symbol of London, the red Routemaster bus. Hire includes complementary PA system, technical support, microphone package and standard event staffing. We work with a list of 6 approved caters who can create tailor made menus to suit all your event needs. Cubic Theatre & Foyer The Cubic Theatre & Foyer is the ideal location for seminars, conferences and film screenings. It features 121 tiered seats in a uniquely designed moquette and is available both as dry hire or with a DDR catered by our in-house caterers Benugo. Both options include complementary WIFI, AV within the Theatre, in-built stage, a registration/catering space and access to the museum for all guests on the event date. The theatre features a short throw projector perfect for presentations and a DCP/DCI projector with Dolby Digital surround sound perfect for film screenings. All equipment is supported by our in-house tech team, who are bookable throughout your event. Upper Deck Situated at the front of the Museum above our award-winning gift shop, the Upper Deck café bar has fantastic views over Covent Garden piazza. Flooded with natural daylight the Upper Deck features seating upholstered in a unique ‘moquette’ fabric design based on the pattern used on the Northern line in the 1930’s. The Upper Deck is the perfect addition to a Cubic Theatre booking or screening. Ideal for informal gatherings, small cocktail receptions and networking events. Get in contact with the team, over the phone - option 2
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.
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?