As the summer sun sets on London and we look forward to the Autumn and Winter event season, our minds turn to sumptuous suppers, served in intimate and unique, tucked-away spaces.
Amongst our favourites are the hidden gems found within London’s iconic institutions; places you probably never knew existed…
The Dining Room, Sir John Soane’s Museum
The quirky residence of one of this country’s most-celebrated architects, is the perfect location for a lavish feast for 30, complemented by lashings of Claret. The venue must be illuminated by real candles, creating a truly rarefied atmosphere. Dinner can be preceded by a candlelit tour of the museum’s incredible collection which includes a complete set of Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress.
Venetian Gallery, Wallace Collection
Art-lovers are in for a treat with the opportunity to dine beneath works of art by Canaletto and Guardi in the Collection’s Venetian Gallery. 24 guests can capture the magic of 18th Century Italy within the elegant surroundings of the space, fit for the Doge of Venice himself!
Once experienced, never forgotten, this 14th century, former treasure house faces the Houses of Parliament and provides the perfect setting for a decadent banquet for 20. With vaulted ceilings and plenty of intriguing historic features, this building will create a lasting impression.
Natural History Museum
Not the first London venue you think of for a small, intimate event but the iconic Natural History Museum is re-inventing itself whilst the famous Hintze Hall (as well as the departure of dear old Dippy) is out of action in January to August 2017. Smaller parties can now experience their own “Night of the Museum” with the addition of six new spaces available for private hire including the Images of Nature Gallery, the atmospheric Earth’s Treasury and the awe-inspiring Whale Hall.
Cool, crisp and achingly-cool, Ice Tank is a compact, blank canvas space in the heart of Covent Garden. The only limit with this venue is your imagination with which you can set the stage to provide the perfect backdrop for an occasion for up to 60.
Master’s Saloon, Cutty Sark
You don’t need to have sea legs to experience the enchantingly exclusive Master’s Saloon aboard the Cutty Sark. 10 lucky guests can dine like the Captain of this Victorian tea clipper in his actual Saloon with the original mahogany features and furniture, including a suspended drinks holder designed not to spill a drop as the boat sets sail.