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Hampton Court Palace

For hundreds of years, Hampton Court Palace has provided the backdrop to celebrations and Royal weddings. It was a home to Henry VIII, who used it for lavish banquets.
Hampton Court Palace, arguably most associated with King Henry VIII, was originally transformed by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Whilst little of his work remains unchanged, it was he who had begun the transformation of a manor house into one of the finest palaces in England. Henry VIII became so enchanted by the palace, that no sooner had he received the palace as a gift from Wolsey he began ordering his masons to work throughout the night by candlelight so he could have his palace completed.

Hampton Court has become one of the most coveted venues to hire in the UK, not only because of its historical background, but due to the diversity of rooms on offer, so there is sure to be the perfect solution to any event.


The Garden Room set within its own secluded garden offering guests a chance to stroll around the grounds is a light and airy orangery with an astounding palace backdrop. One of only two areas available in the palace that are able to host dancing, it is the perfect location for wedding receptions.

The Great Hall, was originally used to seat 600 people from the King’s Court twice a day for meals. With walls adorned by magnificent 16th-century Flemish tapestries commissioned by Henry VIII, and a stunning hammer-beamed ceiling richly decorated with intricate carvings, the Great Hall is deserving of those who have entered its doors. From a performance by Shakespeare for James I to Tony Blair and world leaders, the Great Hall has welcomed worldwide guests who have all marvelled at its grandeur and historic prominence.  The Minstrel Gallery overlooking the Great Hall can be used to welcome and entertain guests.

The Great Watching Chamber can be used in conjunction with The Great Hall or as a stand-alone room for a dinner or reception. Originally used by Henry VIII’s bodyguards to keep watch over him, it is the last state room of all the King’s residences that exists in its original form. With a gold-leafed ceiling and ornate tapestries, the Great Watching Chamber provides the opulence required for more intimate dinners.

Situated in the heart of the Queen’s State Apartments the Public Dining Room features paintings from the Royal Collection and as its centrepiece a magnificent marble chimney piece carved by Grinling Gibbons. Overlooking the topiary and fountains in the East Front Gardens, it is a fantastic setting for smaller dinners and drinks.

The Queen’s Guards Chamber completed in 1717 once housed Queen Caroline’s bodyguards – the Yeoman of the Guard – who controlled access to the Queen’s Apartments. Now the room is home to two larger-than-life marble Yeoman, who remind guests of those who came before them. An ideal room for dinners, presentations and receptions.

The King’s Guard Chamber offers protection to the sovereign of a very different kind. This astounding room was created with William III’s safety in mind, displaying nearly 3,000 swords, bayonets, muskets and pistols completed in 1699 by his gunsmith. In the summer months, it offers wonderful views of the Privy Garden but we are sure there is enough adorning the walls to keep guests entertained.

In the King’s Eating Room, as the King sat alone, it used to be an honour to witness the King eating, if you were visiting him at court. For your event, the room is ideal for an intimate dinner or reception.

The Cartoon Gallery, one of the largest rooms at the palace overlooking Fountain Court, with beautiful oak panelling, can play host to sumptuous dinners and receptions. Originally used as a meeting room for the Privy Council, the walls are adorned by 16th century cartoons, providing guests with plenty to keep them immersed in the history of their surroundings.

The most intimate setting within the palace is the little Banqueting House. On the bank of the River Thames, with its own private walled gardens, it provides guests with the option of either a boat ride or a picturesque walk to their lunch or dinner. Built as William III’s personal entertaining space, the splendour of the décor, complemented by the tranquil and idyllic setting offers a spectacular venue for dinners, lunches, receptions and conferences.

Transport Links
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Hampton Court railway station, 35 minutes from Waterloo, is only a 200 metre walk away from the palace. It is within the M25 and easily accessible by road, with parking onsite.
Great Hall
Reception capacity: 400 . Dinner: 270
Great Watching Chamber
Reception capacity: 150. Dinner: 100
Public Dining Room
Reception capacity: 120. Dinner: 80
Queen's Guard Chamber
Reception capacity: 175. Dinner: 150
Cartoon Gallery
Reception capacity: 300. Dinner: 200
King's Guard Chamber
Reception capacity: 200. Dinner: 150
King's Eating Room
Reception capacity: 60. Dinner: 40
Banqueting House
Reception capacity: 80. Dinner: 50
Garden Room*
Reception capacity: 300. Dinner: 230
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