London's best museums for hire

Happily, London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world – a fact that isn’t lost on some of the capital’s top event organisers. You see, these incredible spaces might not be where your mind immediately goes when you think of a party, but they create magical backdrops for all kinds of occasions. From the hallowed halls of the V&A through to the contemporary lines of the Science Museum, hiring a museum in London is one of the best things you can do to create instant impact.

Updated on 18 October 2021

When they’re not open to locals and tourists looking to fill a few hours, museums in London act as the stage for every kind of event you can think of. From fashion shows and elaborate private dinner parties through to conferences and product launches, because they often have a multitude of spaces, museums offer up the ideal flexible hosting site. With knowledgeable in-house teams, event planning is typically straightforward too. The experienced event planners at each museum come with their own armoury of contacts in most cases and can help you arrange everything from caterers through to florists.

If you’re looking for immediate wow-factor you might want to look at museums in London with a large capacity – somewhere with a huge entrance hall, for instance. For smaller, more intimate gatherings you can often hire rooms with a specific theme or even a dedicated gallery space that allows you the privilege of entertaining surrounded by world-class art.

Whether you’re looking to show your team how much you appreciate them this Christmas or want to put on a client summer party to remember, the invitation pull of a globally recognisable institution is sure to help ensure a full house come the big day (or night).

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Hampton, London, KT8 9AU

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens , Kensington, London, W8 4PX

Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 300
Museum of London

Museum of London

150 London Wall , City of London, London, EC2Y 5HN

Max Meeting 230
Max Theatre 230
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 350
Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road, Fitzrovia, London, NW1 2BE

Max Meeting 154
Max Theatre 161
Max Standing 390
Max Banquet 80
London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

Covent Garden Piazza (south east corner), Covent Garden , London, WC2E 7BB

Max Meeting 100
Max Theatre 88
Max Standing 310
Max Banquet 110
The Tower of London

The Tower of London

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

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 240
Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries

Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Max Standing 250
Museum of London Docklands

Museum of London Docklands

No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road , Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AL

Max Meeting 273
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 240
Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, Kensington, London, W14 8LZ

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 60
Kew Palace

Kew Palace

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Kew, London, TW9 3AE

Max Meeting 10
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 24

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