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.
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.
Guildhall takes guests on a journey of over 800 years with its awe-inspiring architecture and versatile function spaces. Within the walls of this national treasure lie nine rooms providing unique surroundings for corporate events and hospitality.
Situated in the heart of the City of London, the world’s leading international financial and business centre, this striking Grade I-listed landmark offers a stunning setting for banquets, conferences, dinners and receptions. With clients that include leading international organisations, charities and professional and academic bodies, Guildhall offers an extraordinary portfolio of historic spaces, fully equipped with excellent facilities for modern business requirements. All of Guildhall’s spaces are available for daytime or evening hire whether for a meeting of 10 or a glittering reception for 900, from the stunning setting of Guildhall’s largest and most impressive room, the Great Hall, to the largest surviving medieval crypts in London, hosting your at Guildhall guarantees your guests will have a unique experience.
The stained glass surroundings of the Old Library and the traditional stone Livery Hall are favourites for dinners and awards ceremonies, whilst the Art Gallery houses a magnificent display of Victorian art and is a popular space for drinks receptions. If it’s not a grand gala you’re planning, Guildhall’s Chief Commoner’s Parlour and Basinghall Suite spaces can accommodate anything from 10 to 80 guests and provide the perfect backdrop for a small conference, meeting or presentation. Or why not try something a bit different, with canapes in the London-themed Undercroft Gallery, followed by dinner in our atmospheric Roman Amphitheatre?
Elegant entertaining and blockbuster exhibitions, the Royal Academy of Arts is the oldest fine arts institution in the country. The Royal Academy of Arts is an iconic setting for parties, dinners, wedding receptions and corporate events. Situated at the heart of London’s West End it boasts lavish rooms, intimate spaces and a world-renowned collection across its Burlington House and Burlington Gardens buildings. Opened in 1768, the RA is a perfect setting for any special occasion nestled within a building with a remarkable history.
Additionally, guests of corporate supporters can enjoy drinks and canapés in the regal 18th century John Madjeski Fine Rooms of Burlington House alongside private views. During the summer months corporate supporters can entertain in the Main Galleries themselves throughout the world famous Summer Exhibition.
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.
Built on historic foundations at the very heart of the capital, Somerset House is London’s working arts centre, home to the UK’s largest creative community and one of London’s best loved public spaces – run as a charity by the Somerset House Trust, all event hires directly contribute to its cultural programme, education and outreach work, and helps achieve the upkeep of the Grade 1 listed, public building. You can be confident that your event will be directly supporting an organisation offering immense value to an audience that goes far beyond your attendees.
Our spectacular, neoclassical building offers 12 blank canvas event spaces, suitable for staging events of all styles and size. Clients also have the opportunity to enhance their event by connecting it with Somerset House’s diverse cultural programme, with private tours of the building and exclusive access to our exhibitions.
The grandeur and heritage of Somerset House’s diverse venue, coupled with the expertise of our Events team, offer an unrivalled location for an unforgettable event.
Spectacular, neoclassical building offers 12 blank canvas event spaces, suitable for staging events of all styles and size.
Located just a few short steps from the bustling activity of the Strand, in the heart of London, the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court is centred around the iconic fountains and surrounded on all sides by glorious 18th century architecture. Popular with the public throughout the year, the courtyard hosts some of the city’s best loved major events such as Summer Series and Skate, our annual ice rink.
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and Sir William Chambers’ neoclassical backdrop is at the heart of Somerset House, offering a spectacular oasis for bespoke and unforgettable events.