If you’re looking for a venue that’s steeped in history, you’ll love the Historic Royal Palaces. These six exclusive venues date back hundreds of years, having entertained some of the most famous names in history. Now, these beautiful buildings are available to hire for events, with a vast selection of breathtaking event spaces to choose from.
Tower of London
Arguably London’s most famous landmark, the Tower of London is a secure fortress, royal palace and infamous prison. With its remarkable atmosphere, this venue is hard to beat when it comes to entertaining.
Venues at the Tower of London include the White Tower, the castle’s oldest and most recognisable building. The White Tower is home to the King’s Great Hall, where up to 250 guests can enjoy a magnificent reception.
For a more versatile event space, take a look at The New Armouries. This unique and inspiring backdrop is ideal for corporate away days for up to 300. The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is another space which can be hired for events. This prestigious room comes complete with splendid oil paintings of venerable field marshals and historic displays of regimental colours. It’s great for dinners for up to 70 guests, or receptions for 80.
Further venues available for hire at the Tower of London include St Thomas’s Tower, which was built over 700 years ago and can accommodate up to 40 guests. Events for up to 80 can also be hosted in Wakefield Tower, which was originally created as part of Henry III’s lodgings. The Jewel House is another popular choice. Home to the world’s most valuable array of crowns, coronation regalia and jewels, this space can accommodate up to 150 guests.
Events at the Tower of London benefit from the opportunity to add entertainment such as a private viewing of the Crown Jewels, a special Yeoman Warder tour or even a viewing of the ancient Ceremony of the Keys.
Banqueting House is a venue with royal drama and splendour in abundance. A popular choice for entertaining in central London, the venue comes complete with hundreds of years of history, and breathtaking architecture.
The beauty and scale of Banqueting House continues to inspire guests today, just as it would have done back in 1622. The spectacular venue once played host to kings, queens and courtiers, but today it can be hired for a range of events including dinners, conferences, weddings and parties.
There are two main event spaces available to hire at Banqueting House. The Main Hall is an exuberant venue for dinners and receptions and was designed for entertaining. This spacious venue has room for up to 380 seated guests, or 500 for standing receptions. It has the space for prestigious dinners, large parties and award ceremonies.
The Undercroft is a more intimate venue, perfectly complementing the soaring, majestic Main Hall. This venue was originally designed as a drinking den for James I – a place to escape the rigours of public life with his favourite courtiers. This atmospheric event space can be easily adapted to suit a wide range of events. It’s perfect for dinners for up to 120 or receptions for 380.
Hampton Court Palace
The majestic event spaces of Hampton Court Palace were made for entertaining. The Palace has been hosting unforgettable events since 1514 and its popularity now is as strong as ever. With a great riverside location in Surrey, Hampton Court Palace is within easy reach of London, making it ideal for both corporate and private events.
Some of the most spectacular event spaces in Britain can be found within the walls of Hampton Court Palace. The Great Hall is a prime example of beautiful medieval architecture and once played host to royal residents, courtiers and esteemed dignitaries. The hall can be hired for evening events for up to 270.
Another historic event space at Hampton Court Palace is The Cartoon Gallery, which was originally used as a meeting room for the Privy Council. The gallery is one of the largest of the palace’s Georgian rooms, and overlooks the fountains and colonnades of Fountain Court. Up to 200 guests can be entertained here.
For smaller dinners, take a look at the King’s Eating Room. This beautiful room occasionally hosted William III when he dined with important courtiers. It’s ideal for receptions and dinners for up to 40 guests.
If you’re looking for a room for up to 100, the Great Watching Chamber is a fantastic choice. This intriguing room was once home to the royal bodyguards as they kept watch over the King. It’s available to hire in the evenings and can accommodate up to 100 for dinner.
The stylish royal residence of Kensington Palace has charm and character in abundance. The beautiful palace offers a wide range of exciting, versatile spaces, where you can create an unforgettable event.
The Orangery at Kensington Palace has room for up to 300 guests and is popular all year round for dinners, parties and weddings. Originally intended as a greenhouse for Queen Anne’s orange trees, the venue was frequently used as a party venue for balls and celebrations.
The King’s State Apartments are another option at Kensington Palace, with room for up to 220. These include the King’s Dining Room, which is dominated by an imposing image of King Charles I on horseback, alongside many other Royal Collection masterpieces.
The long, spacious Queen’s Gallery offers stunning views over Kensington Gardens and the palace’s Wiggly Walk. The gallery comfortably accommodates up to 170 guests and has great acoustics too.
If you’re looking for a vast space for a reception, the Entrance Hall could be just the thing. This elegant entrance opens onto the beautiful East Front Gardens and has room for up to 400 guests for drinks receptions.
It’s worth noting that due to the nature of the venue, Kensington Palace is limited to hosting 80 events per year. So if you’d like to hire this venue make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
With its splendid royal gardens and stunning architecture, Kew Palace is an exquisite venue. The venue is set within the Royal Botanic Gardens, offering a beautiful backdrop for entertaining.
The Grade I listed venue is both regal and intimate, with a rich history as the family home of Georgian royalty, particularly that of King George III, Queen Charlotte and their children. Today, this tiny yet perfectly formed royal palace is the perfect place for events. The palace and its charming outbuildings have a beauty and history which is guaranteed to fascinate your guests.
Event spaces at Kew Palace include the King’s Dining Room, which still looks as it did when King George III was in residence. Today, the room can accommodate up to 40 guests for a reception or 30 for seated dinners. Alternatively, you could hire the Royal Kitchens for a dinner party of 40. This intriguing space comes complete with historic roasting range, charcoal grill, pastry oven, and kitchen table.
The Queen’s Garden is an enclosed private garden which perfectly suits summer parties for up to 40, in the warmer months. The garden is laid out in a 17th-Century style including a gazebo, Florentine sculpture, a sunken garden and a mount crowned with a rotunda. Queen Charlotte’s Cottage can also be hired for events. This picturesque place is great for an intimate, informal summer gathering.
Hillsborough Castle is an oasis of calm on the edge of the city of Belfast, nestled within acres of stunning, landscaped gardens. The castle has hosted political talks and esteemed royal residents in equal measure and is sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests.
The spacious and versatile Throne Room is ideal for larger dinners and receptions. This impressive venue has room for up to 80 guests for dinner or 150 for receptions. The Castle’s State Rooms are also popular choices for events. Up to 80 guests can dine within these rooms surrounded by paintings from the Royal Collection.
The Red Room at Hillsborough Castle is a grand yet intimate space for small, personal celebrations for up to 10 guests. Another intimate space is the State Dining Room, which can accommodate up to 24 diners or up to 70 for a reception.
The Castle also includes two marquee sites for up to 350 guests on the South Lawn and South Terrace. These spaces allow you to host your event amongst ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways, picturesque glens and trimmed lawns.
For more information on event hire at any of these six Historic Royal Palaces, visit hrp.org.uk.