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Set in tranquil Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace first became a royal residence in 1689. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, who was commissioned by William and Mary to create a retreat
from Whitehall, and has hosted the courts of countless kings and queens over the centuries. This heritage is reflected in the grandeur of its event spaces, from the bright Orangery, which combines
with a marquee to hold up to 1,000 guests, to the Queen’s Gallery with its rich 17th-century interiors and secluded Sunken Garden that holds 80 for pre-dinner drinks. There is also modern reception
space for up to 400 guests in the clean-lined Hub on the ground floor, completed in 2012.
Venues operated by Historic Royal Palaces
The world-famous royal residence has been given a £12m refurbishment, with a whole new event space now on offer. The Hub on the ground floor (reception capacity 300) has a clean, contemporary
style, contrasting dramatically with the rest of the historic venue. A new exhibition of Queen Victoria, Victoria Revealed, is now available for private viewings. Modern Royals, an exhibition
showcasing a royal dress collection, is open now.
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