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.