London dining & social experiences

London dining & social experiences

 

Natural History Museum | The Painted Hall | Tower of London | Guildhall | De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms | Searcys at the Gherkin | Sky Garden | Royal Opera House | Hawker House

 

 

Natural History Museum

View of Hintz Hall in Natural History Museum looking at Dippy the Dinosaur
 

Dine under the huge Blue Whale skeleton in the Natural History Museum’s magnificent Hintze Hall.

Or travel up the Earth Hall escalator and through the Globe to discover galleries such as Volcanoes and Earthquakes and Earth's Treasury with a drink and canapé in-hand.

Dinner for 80 seated guests can also take place in the Images of Nature gallery or 200 seated guests can dine in Fossil way, featuring some of the most complete fossils of prehistoric sea animals in the world.

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The Painted Hall

The Painted Hall at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, with ornate painting on the ceiling
 

Dine in the ‘finest dining hall in Europe’, part of the Royal Naval College in Greenwich.Named the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’, the 4,000 sqm / 4,305 sqft Painted Hall reopened in 2019 following a delicate two-year refurbishment.

It is a striking baroque space designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoo and features spectacular wall and ceiling decoration by Sir James Thornhill, who lavished 19 years on this, his masterwork.

Arrive to the pier by boat and hold large gala dinners, awards dinners and drinks receptions for up to 400 in the awe inspiring Painted Hall.

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Tower of London

The White Tower at the Tower of London set up for an evening event
 

The Tower of London is part of a portfolio of lavish, historical royal banqueting venues offered by Historic Royal Palaces, which also include the iconic Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House and Kensington Palace.

Nearly 1,000 years of siege, ceremony, triumphs, blood and even bears help to create a remarkable dinner atmosphere within the ancient stone walls of the Tower of London. Almost 100 guests can dine in the White Tower or 240 can enjoy a seated banquet in the New Armouries.

Give guests a truly unique social experience with a private view of the Crown Jewels, a special Yeoman Warder (or ‘Beefeater’) tour or allow them to stand witness to the ancient Ceremony of the Keys.

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Guildhall

The courtyard outside Guildhall in London on a sunny day
 

Guildhall takes guests on a journey of over 800 years with its awe-inspiring architecture. This striking Grade I-listed landmark has been a hub for the City of London for centuries.

It offers a stunning setting for banquets, conferences, dinners and receptions.

Able to host between 20 and 550 people for dinner, or 900 for a reception, Guildhall offers beautiful spaces making truly memorable experiences, including Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

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De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms

  

Celebrate your next event in one of the most unique banqueting halls in London, located in vibrant Holborn.

With capacities ranging from 20 to 600 people, the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden has 22 spaces to choose from.

The Grand Hall is the largest space, with its arched ornate ceilings and centrepiece chandeliers.

The ornate domed ceiling and contemporary furnishings of The Crown Suite provide a great atmosphere for up to 100 guests.

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Searcys at the Gherkin

Ariel view of The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe and the London skyline at sunset
 

The Gherkin - or 30 St Mary Axe - is the modern architectural wonder that adorns London’s skyline. It is one of the most unique and exciting venues for private dining and receptions.

On the 38th floor, there’s five flexible spaces named after clouds as a nod to their elevated position above the City of London.

Groups of up to 50 can enjoy drinks in the Iris Bar before enjoying lunch or dinner with unbeatable views across the capital.

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Sky Garden

Sky garden with people looking at the view during a London sunset
 

This most extraordinary rooftop reception venue in London spans three storeys, 155-metres above the city.

Located at the top of the iconic 20 Fenchurch Street – The Walkie Talkie Building, Sky Garden offers four beautiful event spaces surrounded by London’s highest garden, with restaurants for a variety of occasions.

It offers evening event hire for up to 700 guests, and has all-day exclusive hire for 26 dates a year as it serves as a public garden the rest of the time.

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Royal Opera House

  

The Royal Opera House is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The Paul Hamlyn Hall, previously known as the Floral Hall, with its magnificent barrelled roof and stunning ironwork, is a spectacular and unique banqueting venue for up to 350 guests.

Or for something different, why not treat up to 250 guests to private dining in the Royal Ballet rehearsal studios, complete with ballet barres, mirrors and a grand piano.

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Hawker House

Hawker House street food market in East London, busy with lots of people dining
 

Hawker House is a huge casual indoor food and drink warehouse in Canada Water, east London.

It can fit up to 2,000 people in winter, and 3,000 in the summer months when the Land of Bamboo – a tropical tiki paradise opens.

This incredible warehouse space has 10 bars, 15 street food traders and loads of extra room for guests to play around with, including optional pool and beer pong tables.

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