Best venues for a gala dinner in London

Got a big fundraising or gala dinner planned? These large venues and ballrooms are perfect.

Updated on 18 April 2024

The right venue is a crucial part of pulling off a successful gala dinner. You need a venue large enough to host a big crowd - ideally a hundred or more - with room for cabaret-style round dining tables or similar. You need in-house catering, or certainly the capacity for a catering team to come in and prepare food for large numbers. Perhaps most important of all, you need a venue that’ll inspire and delight your guests, and potentially encourage them to feel generous when it comes to donations and fundraising.

What is a gala dinner, though? This is the name often given to large-scale, formal or semi-formal dinners. They’re often held in support of a cause, to promote an organisation, or hand out awards. Gala dinners often involve multiple parts - a drinks reception, a sit-down dinner as well as an afterparty with music, and the event can also include speeches, prize raffles and presentations. Commonly they’re held in order to raise funds from guests, whether for charity or in support of a specific goal.

So, the key to a good gala dinner is in the planning! A good venue can help you with the planning aspect - many of the venues we’ve picked out below are experts when it comes to large scale events and coordinating lots of moving parts. Sometimes the events team can even help out with planning live music, catering and more, which all helps to make sure the whole event goes smoothly.

Fortunately, London is packed with fantastic halls and ballrooms available for private hire, many of which are very used to hosting large banquets and fundraising dinners. Scroll down for our pick of the best, or take a look at more large-capacity banqueting venues in London right here. 

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 4PX

If you want to impress, royal palaces are guaranteed to do the trick. Kensington Palace has lots of historic rooms suitable for gala dinners, including the recently renovated Orangery, which features huge arched windows and capacity for 200 seated dinner guests.

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
The Langham Hotel

The Langham Hotel

1C Portland Pl, Marylebone, London, W1B 1JA

There aren’t many better places to hold a fundraising dinner than the Grand Ballroom at The Langham Hotel. Not only is it jaw dropping space, but all the food at the hotel is overseen by culinary director Michel Roux Jr, so you’re guaranteed a meal that will live long in the memory.

Max Meeting 26
Max Theatre 275
Max Standing 375
Max Banquet 250
Stationers

Stationers' Hall

Ave Maria Lane, City of London, London, EC4M 7DD

This stupendous, history livery hall has stood in St Paul’s for over 350 years, and the main hall is ideal for large dinners, adorned with stunning timber floors, carved oak panelling and huge stained glass windows.

Max Meeting 200
Max Theatre 200
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 205
15Hatfields

15Hatfields

Chadwick Court, Southwark, London, SE1 8DJ

15Hatfields leads the way when it comes to sustainable event management, whether its via tackling food waste, eradicating single-use plastics or powering the venue via renewable energy. You can hire smaller blank-canvas rooms in conjunction to build your own gala dinner space, with catering handled by the excellent in-house team.

Max Meeting 330
Max Theatre 300
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 230
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Speaking of impressive venues, they don’t come more impressive than the Houses of Parliament. The historic Churchill Room and Members’ Dining Room are both large enough for a memorable gala dinner, but the more modern, river-facing Terrace Pavilion is also worth checking out.

Max Meeting 160
Max Theatre 150
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 170
Glaziers Hall

Glaziers Hall

9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DD

Glaziers Hall’s Banqueting Hall does what it says on the tin, but there are more options inside this impressive riverside venue, many of which boast impressive views of the Thames. We love the London Bridge Arches room as well, situated among the renovated Georgian brick arches underground.

Max Meeting 300
Max Theatre 300
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 220
Andaz London Liverpool Street

Andaz London Liverpool Street

40 Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN

This luxury Hyatt hotel on Liverpool Street is perfectly located for anyone planning events in the City. It also boasts some absolutely magnificent large venue spaces, including an old Masonic Temple, and the dramatic 1901 Ballroom complete with stained glass dome.

Max Meeting 60
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 220
The HAC

The HAC

Armoury House, City Road , Old Street, London, EC1Y 2BQ

The Honourable Artillery Company (or HAC) is well-known for its huge 5000-capacity private hire garden, but inside you’ll find a few large banqueting rooms with more than enough room to host a fundraiser. Well-respected caterer Searcys handles all the food and drink, leaving you in capable hands.

Max Meeting 400
Max Theatre 400
Max Standing 5000
Max Banquet 350
The Tower of London

The Tower of London

Tower Hill , City of London, London, EC3N 4AB

What could be more impressive than hosting a fundraiser at The Tower of London? The New Armouries Banqueting Suite has been built for such occasions, presenting a relatively contemporary space that still provides easy access to the more historic areas of the venue. There’s also the more modern Reveller, which looks out onto the Thames through large panoramic windows.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 240
The Mandeville Hotel

The Mandeville Hotel

Mandeville Place, Marylebone, London, W1U 2BE

A classic venue in one of London’s most desirable postcodes, The Mandeville Hotel impresses at every turn. Inside you’ll find the MacLaren Hall, which exudes old-school opulence thanks to wood-panelled walls and an amazing carved ceiling.

Max Meeting 32
Max Theatre 80
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 90
The Westin London City

The Westin London City

60 Upper Thames St, City Of London, London, EC4V 3AD

The Westin’s slick, modern Ballroom has room for banquets of up to 200, and includes a private entrance, cloakroom and washroom, providing complete privacy for all your guests. It can be divided too, in case you’re planning a smaller gathering, or you want separate reception and dinner areas.

Max Meeting 18
Max Theatre 248
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
Mansion House

Mansion House

Walbrook, City of london, London, EC4N 8BH

Venues don’t come much more stupendous than Grade I-listed Mansion House, locations in the City near the station of the same name. Check out the lavish Egyptian Hall if you’re planning a large-scale dinner, as it can host nearly 400 amid its towering pillars and decorative domed ceiling.

Max Meeting 400
Max Theatre 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 360
RSA House

RSA House

8 John Adam Street, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 6EZ

This 18th century Georgian townhouse has a huge range of private event spaces spread over four floors, but gala dinners are often held in The Great Room - a stunning 130-seater hall with domed glass ceiling.

Max Meeting 35
Max Theatre 180
Max Standing 220
Max Banquet 130
Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 2AB

Goodenough College’s Great Hall is a spectacular room in its own right, with high vaulted ceilings and original oak panelled walls. It has hosted royal visits and ambassadorial receptions in the past, and can be hired in conjunction with the college’s glorious outdoor Quad for summer receptions.

Max Meeting 120
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 220
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

South Way, Wembley, London, HA9 0FA

When Wembley isn’t hosting international football, this iconic stadium is often hosting large private gatherings and gala dinners. Wembley’s hospitality and private venue portfolio is astounding, with a number of huge suites that are ideal for large banquets and receptions, including the massive Great Hall, which fits nearly 2000 people.

Max Theatre 1800
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 1900
 Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1J 7BX

This luxury Mayfair hotel sits in a perfect spot for you to gather guests from far and wide, and boasts a huge, well-equipped ballroom that seats up to 650 guests, complete with stage and curtains at one end of the room and a private entrance.

Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 650
Inner Temple Hall

Inner Temple Hall

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, City of London, London, EC4Y 7HL

Inner Temple Hall has capacity for 240 dinner guests within its walls, and a talented catering team handles all the food and beverage on the evening, leaving you with less to worry about. From May to July you can also hire the huge gardens - the second largest private green space for hire in the City.

Max Meeting 270
Max Theatre 270
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 240
London Stadium

London Stadium

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

London Stadium has a variety of great gala dinner venues to choose from, covering a variety of sizes. Largest of all is The Deck, which sits out on the pitch itself and can accommodate up to 750 guests, with all catering handled in-house.

Max Meeting 20
Max Theatre 800
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 750

If you want more recommendations for London venues that can host big parties, check out our list of the best large venues for hire in London. We also have a whole list dedicated to London's best large summer party venues as well!

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