Dating from the 13th to the 15th centuries, when they were substantially rebuilt following a fire in 1298, in its monastic days the Cloisters were one of the busiest parts of Westminster Abbey – where the monks would spend much of their time and conduct a large amount of day-to-day Abbey business.
Today the Cloisters remain a hub of Abbey life; offering access to all parts of the Abbey Precincts the four 100-foot long vaulted-ceilinged walkways frame a lawned quadrangle, Cloister Garth, which contains a memorial fountain commemorating the famous gardener and architect Lancelot Capability Brown.
The Cloisters contain the tombs and memorials of several Abbots of the Norman church, clergymen and officials such as organists and workmen as well as some actors and actresses who were not allowed to be buried in the main church.
In the evenings and at weekends the Cloisters can be transformed into a stylish event space unlike any other in the heart of London, becoming an atmospheric and elegant open-air gothic arcade dressed to your unique requirements and accommodating up to 400 guests for a stylish drinks reception.
For further details about hiring the Cloisters please contact the corporate events team at Westminster Abbey Bookings@westminster-abbey.org