For luxury galas, weddings and special events, only the most lavish event venues steeped in charm and history will do. If you're planning an event in the United Kingdom, royal palaces will provide a spectacular backdrop for your most prestigious events.
Tower of London Dating back to William the Conqueror, The Tower of London has 8 function spaces of various sizes. For example, The Moat can accommodate receptions and dinners with 200 - 2,000 guests. The White Tower has space for 250 guests for receptions and 80 for dining. The Martin Tower is perfect for small groups of up to 12. Small groups of up to 8 can go behind the scenes for the Secrets of the Tower tour.
Hampton Court Palace (Surrey) Set on spectacular grounds among fountains and gardens, Hampton Court Palace was built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII was the first member of the British royal family to live here. The 9 function rooms and the exhibits that are open to the public provide a glimpse into the lifestyle of the many kings and queens who resided at Hampton Court Palace up until the 18th century. The Great Hall has a capacity of 400 for receptions and 270 for dining.The outdoor marquee site is designed for groups of over 450 people.
Banqueting House (London) Dating back to 1622, Banqueting House, which was part of the Great Palace of Whitehall built by Henry VIII, features majestic Baroque architecture. This venue with its famous Rubens ceiling, which once hosted royal receptions and masque performances, has 2 large event venues. The Main Hall has a capacity of 500 for receptions and 380 for banquets and other seated functions. Undercroft has space for 380 for receptions and 150 for dinner.
Kensington Palace (London) Kensington Palace, completed in 1689, was the residence of William and Mary. Event spaces, which can accommodate groups ranging from 80 - 400, include the Queen's Gallery, 4 State Apartments, the Orangery, the Hub and the Sunken Garden.
Kew Palace (Surrey) This Georgian-style summer event venue is perfect for small groups of 20 - 50. Event planners can select from the King's Dining Room, the Queen's Garden and The Royal Kitchens.
All of these venues are administered by an independent charity called Historic Royal Palaces and receive no funding from the British Monarchy.
For other royal event venues and ideas for events with a royal flair also consult Pleasures and Palaces for Galas and Special Events, Luxury Hotels Fit for a Prince (with Old World Charm), Corporate Events Fit for Royalty, Incentive Destinations: Royal Residences to Explore in Bangkok.
For tips and resources to help you plan your event in the United Kingdom, consult the United Kingdom Meeting & Event Planning City Guide.