Set against the backdrop of Somerset House’s iconic 18th Century façade and with breath-taking views across the Thames, the River Terrace is one of our most exclusive spaces and the perfect location for up to 500 people for a standing reception. Perfect for summer parties, you can invite your guests to a private barbecue expertly planned by one of our caterers or simply enjoy a drinks reception while the London landmarks light up your event. The River Terrace is a glamorous alfresco London setting to entertain guests in the warmer months and the stunning Seamen’s Hall is included in your hire as a wet weather contingency, with a capacity of up to 200, along with seasonal jumbrellas should the British weather prevail. The Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of the South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, is perfect space for receptions, private dinners and other 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 part of which is included in the hire of the Seamen’s Hall, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers and air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue.
Off the Strand
About The RSA House Just off the Strand, the stylish Georgian home of the Royal Society of Arts is a highly versatile venue. Its Great Room – think domed-glass ceiling and period paintings – has movable seating that enables it to host events ranging from conferences to gala dinners. The striking and spacious Vaults can also be used for drinks receptions, meetings and dinners. In total, the venue has 11 spaces to choose from, and all come with the latest AV kit. It's also worth noting that the venue has a new coffee shop, Rawthmells that's ideal for casual business meetings.
In the heart of Covent Garden and set in London’s original flower market, has three unique event spaces available for hire. The interactive Museum Galleries can be hired before public opening for naturally lit breakfasts under the Victorian glass roof, and after hours for memorable evening events. Guests enter through the immersive World City Walkway and then have exclusive access to two floors of London’s rich transport history. Highlights include an iconic collection of red Routemaster buses, early Tube carriages and an Elizabeth Line driving experience. The quintessential backdrop is complimented by integrated branding opportunities and bespoke menus delivered by some of London’s finest caterers, carefully selected due to their excellence. The Galleries can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated dinner, 500 guests for standing receptions and 200 guests for seated breakfast events. The Cubic Theatre is a purpose-built auditorium featuring 121 distinctive moquette seats, perfect for conferences, training sessions and film screenings. A high-spec short throw projector ensures slick presentations, whilst a DCI/DCP projector and Dolby Digital surround sound offers a full cinema experience. The adjoining Foyer can be used for registration, catering and breakouts with great branding opportunities. All guests are welcomed to visit the Galleries, making for inspiring breaktimes. Smaller celebrations are welcomed to Canteen. Situated at the front of the Museum, Canteen has views over Covent Garden piazza and is flooded with natural daylight. Featuring decommissioned furniture from the London Underground network and the Museum’s vintage poster collection, Canteen is perfect for informal gatherings, small cocktail receptions and networking events.
Embodying all the elegance and grace of the Edwardian era, this period venue exhibits immense light and sophistication, creating a simply breath-taking effect for your event. The Lindley Hall is an iconic venue in central London providing the perfect setting for any occasion. The venue has capacity for up to 700 guests and is entirely flexible; perfectly suited to a truly unique event.
Having previously housed The Wapping Project arts programing, the venue had a 4 million pound investment before being left dorment for several years. Boasting much of the original hydraulic equipment and machinery, the space is bathed in atmospheric pools of natural light, pressure pipes, rusty chains, huge hooks, valves and bare brick walls. The venue is a fantastic space for just about any style of events; Dinners, press days, workshops, car launches, private and corporate parties, the site is ideal for anyone looking for a venue with the added wow factor.
Bishopsgate Institute has been awarded the "Good to Go" accreditation from Visit England, meaning our venue is Covid-secure. Contact us to learn more about our safety measures. Our Grade II* listed building is a haven in the city, where culture, heritage and learning meet. Renowned as a central hub for public events for 125 years, Bishopsgate Institute is also a remarkably atmospheric location for private and corporate events. From the moment you step across the threshold, the originality of the building is clear. Our venue combines elements from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, along with typically Victorian motifs. Every one of our rooms is full of individual character and steeped in history. Our spaces are suited to any event you might have in mind, and our flexible rooms have capacity for between 4 to 500 people. Set on the edge of the City of London, you can find us just two minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station.
A beautifully distressed chapel, Asylum is a grade II listed building built in 1826, bombed in WWII. The present use of the chapel is as a flexible space which can be hired for photographic and film shoots, exhibitions, theater, weddings and funerals. A unique venue in South East London for weddings, corporate events, press shows and private dinner parties.
Impress your guests by hosting your event in a UNESCO world heritage site. The Old Brewery is a south east London private hire hidden gem. With stunning copper features influenced by our Naval and brewing heritage, our dining room and outside terrace offer a unique experience for your party needs. With views of the Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf outer-terrace is perfect for celebratory drinks and canapes, plus our dining rooms elegance and grandeur allows the perfect backdrop to dance the night away.
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.
Wasing Park offers a range of outstanding facilities for unique events including meetings and conferences, retreats, birthday parties, anniversaries and team building activities. Less than an hour from London and close to Reading, it boasts historic buildings including a boutique hotel with 26 en-suite bedrooms. On the Estate are stunning lakes, a Woodland Venue and a Secret Walled Garden both available on a ‘dry hire’ basis for the larger corporate event. Wasing is the perfect exclusive use venue to host events of any size, whether it’s a dinner party for 20, a wedding for 140, or a festival for 20,000.
Situated in the City of Westminster, Porchester Hall’s Grade II listed classic art deco design and understated elegance make it a sought-after venue for a variety of events. The grand entrance to the Hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier. From the stairway, guests are led through to the Main Hall, which is the very essence of grandeur and opulence. Porchester Hall is ideal for weddings, charity galas, conferences, fashion shows, filming, boxing, banquets, exams, private parties, concerts and much more. The main hall’s grandeur and versatility have seen it play host to concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Pink Floyd; broadcasts such as Beyoncé‘s ‘Black Is King’ and Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’; as well as countless legendary parties. The Small Hall, Duchess of York Suite and the Blue Room are all ideal for smaller events, or as extensions and ancillaries to the Main Hall. Catering We work with a carefully selected group of caterers to provide you with a wonderful selection of menu choices to suit all cultures, tastes and budgets. For flexibility, we also offer a dry-hire option, along with corkage and cash bars. Suppliers We have a network of fantastic recommended partners, including photographers, DJs, entertainers, florists and AV, however our clients are welcome to use their own suppliers if preferred.
Mail Rail at The Postal Museum is an award winning venue in Farringdon, Central London. Available for exclusive unique venue hire, our inspiring venues are suitable for all corporate, experiential and private events. For more than 100 years, Mail Rail was hidden from view. Now you have the chance to experience the secret space for yourself – the ambition, dedication and ingenuity that makes it truly unique space. Mail Rail is an immersive subterranean venue which has maintained many of its original fixtures including exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings, archways and authentic railway features. This industrial event space also contains a mini exhibition gallery with numerous interactive displays for guests to experience during their event. Highly adaptable it can be hired for product launches, award ceremonies, corporate events and gala dinners. The unique 275 capacity venue also provides guests with an exclusive opportunity to enhance their event experience with an underground miniature train ride through the secret 100-year-old Mail Rail tunnels
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.
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 both daytime and evening events. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop which can be tailored to any event brief. This network of four elegant 18th century spaces can be adapted for press days, fashion events, meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners, wine tastings and exhibitions. Included in the hire are two private balconies for your guests to enjoy. Whether you prefer to watch the sunset across the River Thames from the south-facing balcony or marvel at our sensational fountains from the north-facing balcony, the Portico Rooms are a truly stunning venue for your event. The Portico Rooms is connected to the Navy Board Rooms, and you can hire the two venues in tandem for larger bookings. Steeped in history 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, 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 as the country set about building an empire., the Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue for meetings, conferences, receptions, intimate dinners, and press days.
The Fellow is a discreetly stylish hidden gem of a pub just around the corner from the grandeur of the new Kings Cross station. With a focus on the finer things and some wonderful spaces to enjoy them in, The Fellow is the ideal place to gather your gang together to celebrate an engagement, a birthday or a Friday!
A sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden offers a unique lifestyle destination in the heart of central London. Two restaurants, a delicatessen, florist and lifestyle shop are all united by Floral Court, offering a variety of opportunities to suit any occasion. The Shop is a beautiful room house inside a striking Grade II listed building connected to La Goccia restaurant. The room is drenched in sunlight through three Victorian atriums which illuminate the Genoese chandeliers in our emporium. Staying true to Petersham Nurseries’ origins, the Shop is a green space, abundant with specialist indoor plants and magical floral displays. A memorable and impressive venue to host an elegant seated meal or standing event, under the chandeliers. The florists back drop provides a sensational setting for any event. Whether a product launch or special celebration, The Shop is a unique space which will thrill and wow your guests. The Shop is licensed for civil ceremonies and parties are invited to hire connecting La Goccia Bar for a post-ceremony reception or consider our sister restaurant The Petersham just a few steps across Floral Court.
Everyone loves to dress up from time to time, and who doesn’t dream sometimes of what life would be like if they were born in a different era? With a historically themed party, you’re giving your guests the chance to do just that, if only for the day. Whether it’s just for a bit of fun, or as part of a fundraising event, you’re sure to have the crowds flocking in to get their taste of the past. If you follow our 7 top tips to planning a historical party, you’ll be well on your way to organising an event that people will remember for a very long time.
Decide on the Period
Are you looking for something that’s more Renaissance Faire, or Medieval Banquet? A Victorian or Georgian day at the park? Or a military re-enactment? Whatever you’re thinking about, you need to pick a specific time period, and stick to it. A historical party takes a lot of planning, so you won’t have the time to change your mind. Think about what your local area is most famous for historically and work around that. Is there a local historical society that you could link up with to discuss your plans? Having an in-depth knowledge of the era that you decide to go for is always a plus. You’ll also need to think about the type of audience that you want to attract as that may influence your decision.
Choose Your Venue Carefully
Once you know the period of history that you want your event to explore, it’s time to start searching for the perfect venue. Luckily, there are a whole host of historic venues for hire in London, so there’ll be one that will fit with your plans perfectly. From grand houses, to castles, to banquet halls, any type of historical party will be possible. If you are looking for an area for outdoor activities in particular, you will need to make sure that you book your venue early in the year as the summer months tend to book up quickly with different events. The managers of the properties are sure to be enthusiastic about your event, as it’s rare that a party is held that uses these venues in the way they were built for.
Hire Some Experts
With any historical event, it’s necessary to get in some experts to help to guide you. You will want to be as historically accurate as possible, and so hiring people who have studied the period of your interest in-depth will help you to create an event that really allows your guests to step back in time. They’ll even be able to help you come up with more ideas for fun activities on the day. Having them about at the event means that you will have some people who can explain the history to your guests and answer any questions they may have about this period in history.
Details are Important
Attention to detail can make or break an historical event. You want everything to be as correct as possible and encourage your guests to fully immerse themselves in the experience. For example, at a medieval banquet, no forks are allowed! If you are having an event in the Georgian era, teach people about the etiquette of the time and the role that women played. Many will find it difficult and eye-opening to have to wait to be introduced to someone or chaperoned at all times! It is these details that teach us about what our history was really like.
Have Plenty of Spare Costumes
Do you want everyone to dress up at your event? If so, it’s best to have plenty of your own costumes on hand for people to wear. It can be hard for the general public to acquire the right outfits, so you’ll want to be able to keep everyone happy when they arrive and help them to get into character! This is also a great chance to explain the different articles of clothing to the people who arrive, why they were popular, and what difficulties arose because of the way that people dressed.
Have Historical Food and Drink
What’s a party without some food and drink? Of course, at a historically themed party, you’ll need to keep everything that you serve relevant to the time period. Think mead and ale for medieval, and some traditional home-cooked pies for the Victorian era. While not everyone is going to like the food, serving it in a traditional manner is exactly the type of thing that brings these events to life. If you are using an outdoor setting, you can even organise to have a pig on a spit, although this will shock some people!
Activities for Everyone
You will need to have a good idea of the age range of the people that are set to attend your historical event and have activities prepared that will suit all ages. Archery is always popular but having opportunities for people to try their had at traditional blacksmithing, sewing, and other games will keep everyone in high spirits. If there’s plenty to do, everyone is much more likely to stay around for longer. It’s always a good idea to round off the day with a show or other activity that will encourage people to stay. This might be jousting or a parade, but whatever it is, make sure that it’s well advertised when promoting your event.
Everyone loves some history, and what better way to get involved than with an historical party? Whatever era you choose to set yours in, make sure that you plan well in advance and consult with the experts to get all of the details right. It’s a great use of some of our historical landmarks, and if people enjoy it, you might even be asked to organise an historical party every year!