When in-person events resume, if you are in – or headed to London – be sure to put these three great venues on your radar-screen. As a local resource, Guy Roger (Leading Venues of London) was an amazing resource and partner to us earlier this year. We would recommend reaching out to them if you are considering planning an event in London.
A venue your guests won’t expect and will forever remember. St. Paul’s Cathedral has been the site of many historic state occasions including Sir Winston Churchill’s state funeral and multiple Royal Weddings. Located below the cathedral is Europe’s largest crypt which can accommodate up to 250 guests (seated dinner) or 350 for a standing reception. These unique and inspiring surroundings are the final resting place of some of the nation’s greatest heroes, poets and scientists including Sir Christopher Wren, Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington. Again, an evening/memory your guests and/or team will always remember you for.
Located in the heart of London – and the centrepiece of Trafalgar Square – the National Gallery has been the backdrop to historic moments and contemporary celebrations. The Gallery houses the UK’s national art collection. Its architecture varies from Victorian-splendour to modern-minimalism, providing fantastic backdrops for any event. There are 10 unique rooms/spaces within the Gallery to consider, including the Portico Terrace which provides atmospheric views of Trafalgar Square, Westminster and St Martins-in-the-Fields. A truly historic and impactful event space.
3. Cutty Sark
One of the world’s most famous and iconic sailing ships, Cutty Sark is a one-of-a-kind event space. Built in 1869 to carry back tea from China, this ship travelled the world and survived the high seas. The ship boasts a spectacular riverside setting with sweeping views across the Thames and to the city beyond, providing flexibility and amazing photography opportunities. With the ability to hold a standing reception for 450 people or a dinner of 250, the ship provides four superb locations for evening events. Have dinner in the “Tween Deck” which is where precious cargo was once stored or enjoy sunset reception drinks on the Weather Deck with breath-taking views across London.