Venue of the Month: Royal Museums Greenwich
8 May 2018 | Kate Bassett
We love visiting our venues, and we were lucky enough to pick a glorious day last week to walk around the stunning spaces of Royal Museums Greenwich, one of only four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in London!
The National Maritime Museum, which can stand up to 1,000 guests for drinks receptions, or seat 550 for dinner, re-opens for venue hire in September 2018, and is suitable for corporate dinners, networking events and Christmas parties. On warmer evenings, guests can even venture out onto the north lawn to enjoy views of the Royal Park. Alas, if the weather isn’t as good as this bank holiday weekend, keeping guests indoors to explore the Museum’s exhibits. Did you know that the main space - Neptune Court - once held the title of having the largest glass ceiling in Europe? Perfect for those not-so-sunny days, or when the chilly weather set in.
Queen’s House is a spectacular 17th Century building, celebrating its 400th birthday in 2016, and is considered one of the most important constructions in British architectural history – it isn’t surprising this is one of the most popular wedding venues in London! Saying your vows whilst overlooking the Old Naval College and the River Thames is an unrivalled wow factor, and enjoying drinks on the lawns looking over the Royal Park creates a beautiful and unique backdrop for formal photos. There is also fantastic potential to hire the grounds for Summer Parties , BBQs and outdoor entertaining.
Two often overlooked venues in the RMG collection are the Royal Observatory and the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Each space has its own unique charm and offers spectacular views across London. Seating up to 60 guests, the Royal Observatory offers dinner guests a private telescope viewing and an iconic photo opportunity on the historic Meridian Line. The RIBA award-winning Planetarium can host 110 guests for a seated meal, or 150 for a standing reception – a perfect Christmas party space for those considering a more out-of-this-world experience.
The jewel in the crown of the RMG venues has to be the beloved Cutty Sark – not only seen as an icon during the London Marathon, but also as the last surviving tea clipper of her time. Hosting an event on such a historical site will always give guests a wow factor, especially when hire includes use of the whole ship! Corporate dining for 270 in the Dry Berth (underneath the gleaming copper hull) offers an experience like no other, and guests can head up to the Weather Deck (weather of course permitting!) for spectacular views across London whilst enjoying a drink or two!
With space still available for Winter Weddings at Queen's House, Summer and Christmas Parties across all venues, and everything in between, get in touch with the PI and RMG teams to transform your brief from paper to party!