Kensington Palace has been the backdrop for spectacular social occasions, the scene of private events and a place for conducting Royal business for centuries.
Today, the palace is available to hire for a limited number of events each year, whether for fabulous garden parties, sumptuous weddings, amazing dinners or sensational awards ceremonies.
The State Apartments are a succession of opulent, palatial rooms consisting of four venue spaces, The Privy Chamber, The Kings Drawing Room, The Cupola Room and The King’s Gallery. These spaces are available for private evening hire. Alternatively, the Kensington Palace Pavilion is available for both daytime and evening hire. This semi-permanent structure was erected in March 2018 to replace the Orangery whilst it undergoes restoration works. The Pavilion is a much larger, light and flexible space acting as a blank canvas to let your imagination run wild!
The Palace is a traditional, opulent and extravagant venue suited to indulgent dining, and provides the unique opportunity to host banquets and receptions in such an iconic building. Kensington Palace is very popular with international clients as a classical landmark and home to William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Kensington Palace is part of the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) group, an independent charity that manages the UK’s unoccupied royal palaces. Blue Strawberry is one of very few suppliers with a crown accreditation listing, meaning we are approved suppliers across all HRP venues.
The V&A is one of the world’s most iconic museums of art and design. It is an elegant and exclusive location for a range of events. The magnificent gallery spaces and stunning John Madejski Garden combine to make the V&A one of London’s most unique venues for entertaining.
The V&A is synonymous with the very finest art and design in the world. The Incredible Grade 1 listed building is the perfect setting for any event. Built in 1857 to house many of the objects from the Great Exhibition, this building was known as the South Kensington Museum before officially becoming the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899.
Built for the sole purpose of entertaining and creating a spectacle, Banqueting House has been making an impression for nearly 400 years. The only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall in London, it was commissioned by Charles I, the ceiling of the Banqueting House is a unique masterpiece and the only surviving in-situ ceiling painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens.
Banqueting House has two spaces for corporate and private evening entertaining. The Main Hall is topped by the magnificent Rubens ceiling and able to seat 380 for dinner or 500 for a drinks reception. The Undercroft is an atmospheric space for pre-dinner drinks or more contemporary parties.
Banqueting House is part of the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) group, an independent charity that manages the UK’s unoccupied royal palaces. Blue Strawberry is one of very few suppliers with a crown accreditation listing, meaning we are approved suppliers across all HRP venues.
Home of Henry VIII and the Tudor Dynasty, Hampton Court Palace is a 500 year-old royal pleasure palace.
The original Tudor Hampton Court Palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century, but it soon attracted the attention of Henry VIII, who brought all his six wives here. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and famous features such as the Maze and the Great Vine, the Palace has been the setting for many nationally important events.
When William III and Mary II (1689-1702) took the throne in 1689, they commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new baroque palace. Later, Georgian kings and princes occupied the splendid interiors. When the royals left in 1737, impoverished ‘grace and favour’ aristocrats moved in.
Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public in 1838. It has remained a magnet for millions of visitors, drawn to the grandeur, the ghosts and the fabulous art collection.
Splendid formal gardens, elegant cobbled courtyards and magnificent Tudor and Baroque architecture make this 500-year old treasure a spectacular backdrop for a variety of events. From large-scale galas to small, intimate dinners the venue can accommodate a diverse range of events across its different spaces.
The National Gallery is located in the heart of London – the centrepiece of Trafalgar Square and the backdrop to historic moments and contemporary celebrations. Founded in 1824, we are one of the most visited galleries in the world. Located on Trafalgar Square, we have stunning views of Nelson’s Column, Westminster and beyond.
Guests are surrounded by some of the world’s greatest paintings by artists such as Leonardo, Monet and Van Gogh. Inside the building, it’s not only the paintings that demand attention, the grand architecture changes from Victorian splendour to modern minimalism in a few steps, meaning there is always a suitable and impressive space for any event.
World-famous Westminster Abbey surrounds guests with a fascinating history. An architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries. It has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions, including sixteen royal weddings.
Over warmer months, event spaces also include the spacious College Garden space which can accommodate large scale events and boasts a temporary marquee for events throughout the Summer.
Arguably London’s most iconic building and a symbol of power and splendour, St Paul’s Cathedral is a breath-taking events venue. St Paul’s was a huge Gothic cathedral built by the Normans and regarded as one of the masterpieces of medieval Europe, with a tower and spire reaching a height of 489 ft. It was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666, following which, a decision was taken to build a new cathedral from scratch.
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum aims to inspire visitors with award-winning exhibitions, iconic objects and stories of incredible scientific achievement.
Set within the cultural heart of London, our unique and inspiring galleries and spaces can accommodate from 10 guests for a sit-down dinner up to 1500 guests for a standing drinks reception.
With origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851, the museum continually strives to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science. Our world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe.
With 13 events spaces to choose from, we can accommodate from 10 to 1500 guests for day-time or evening hire.
Battersea Arts Centre has a long history of hosting a wide variety of distinctive events, from weddings and parties to major fundraisers, trade fairs, location filming, conferences and meetings. Rooms range from the small and intimate to the grandeur of the Victorian Grand Hall.
Battersea Arts Centre is the guardian of the former Battersea Town Hall, built in 1893 by Edward Mountford. Over the past 120 years this building has played host to many fascinating people and incredible stories with infamous speeches, radical politics, cutting edge performance and personal journeys. The stunning, architecturally award-winning Grand Hall is a totally unique space for larger weddings, corporate events and live performance. Filled with history and creative flair, Battersea Arts Centre is an ideal venue for couples wanting to tie the knot somewhere a little different.
The breathtaking home of the Chelsea Pensioners set in 66 acres in the heart of Chelsea. Founded in 1682 by Charles II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Royal Hospital Chelsea was built as a home for ‘veterans broken by age and war’. For over 300 years it has housed the famous scarlet-coated Chelsea Pensioners, former soldiers of the British Army, who come to live in this magnificent site during their retirement. Its stunning buildings and gardens make for a truly idyllic location for your event in central London.
Set in the heart of fashionable Chelsea, a stone’s throw from the King’s Road and with views reaching across the Thames, the Royal Hospital offers a range of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces for receptions, dinners, weddings, concerts, sporting events and meetings. The Grade One and Two listed buildings house exquisite period interiors that feature a wealth of architectural detail; whilst outside, spacious and elegant courtyards create the perfect setting for any occasion.
The Great Hall, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, is the largest of the interior spaces at the Royal Hospital. It has changed little in its 300 years and retains an imposing air of grandeur with magnificent oak panelling and paintings of British monarchs. The Great Hall is perfect for receptions, large dinner parties, weddings, performances and dancing.
With views of the Thames and Figure Court, the two beautifully designed rooms of the State Apartments (the Council Chamber and Ante Room) have hosted gatherings attended by royalty for hundreds of years. The ornately decorated ceilings are only surpassed by the old master paintings by Van Dyke, Lely and Kneller. The two rooms are hired together for a suite of elegant interiors for drinks or dinner.