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Surely one of the most ravishing private dining rooms in London, the Court Room is a hidden treasure. The Foundling Museum is tucked away in Bloomsbury, between King’s Cross and Holborn, and this room looks out over tranquil Coram’s Fields. Up to 30 can be seated among the original Hogarths and Gainsboroughs that line the olive-green walls, with a maximum of 24 on a single table.
A faithful recreation of the original Court Room, it contains many remarkable features, such as an 18th-century marble chimneypiece and exquisite roundels of the London ‘hospitals’ of the time, hung between the larger paintings. A private tour of the museum can be included as part of your event, and for classical music fans, an opportunity to view the Gerald Coke Handel Collection (see picture far right), and finger Handel’s original manuscripts and scores, is pretty special.
This article first appeared in Square Meal Venues & Events magazine, Summer 2008.