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New year, new spaces

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 11:15
With the success of last season's Christmas parties now feeling like a distant memory, we decided to take a look at some of the exciting new spaces on offer at our venues in 2019... 

Illuminate at the Science Museum

Opening 1st March 2019, Illuminate is a progressive new venue designed to both anticipate and surpass the needs of the ever-evolving events industry. Illuminate is situated on Levels 4 and 5 of the Science Museum. It will be available for both daytime and evening hire, with capacities of up to 400 for dinners and conferences and 450 for receptions. Among the unique features of this new space is a panoramic window on Level 5, offering stunning views of the City and an abundance of natural daylight, it will be a key element in ensuring a productive meeting or conference experience. 

Museum of the Moon at Natural History Museum 

Summer 2019 will see the spectacular Museum of the Moon, by artist Luke Jerram, installed in the Natural History Museum. The world renowned art installation, measuring six metres in diameter, features detailed NASA imagery to perfectly recreate the moon’s surface. Museum of the Moon will take centre stage in the stripped back Jerwood Gallery. The gallery’s gilt and terracotta ceiling panels and stained glass windows along with the moon will provide an elegant backdrop for summer events; from weddings and summer parties to dinners and networking events. On arrival, guests can enjoy a drinks reception in the summer sun in the modern Darwin Centre courtyard, before moving through to the stunning nineteenth-century Waterhouse architecture of the Jerwood Gallery.

National Gallery

The National Gallery presents two new outdoor event spaces for 2019, The National Gallery Garden and Jubilee Walk. 

The National Gallery Garden 

The National Gallery Garden offers a peaceful escape from neighbouring Trafalgar Square. Accessed by a secret door directly from the iconic London landmark, this hidden courtyard is surrounded by fragrant jasmine bushes, complete with an unforgettable view of the National Gallery’s famous façade. Available for evenings and all day hire on weekends, the garden is ideal for private drinks receptions, intimate alfresco dining, and pop-up events for up to 60 guests. 

Jubilee Walk 

Nestled between the two sides of the Gallery, the new Jubilee Walk event space features an architectural backdrop like no other. The covered space is surrounded by limestone and glass features that epitomises modern urban elegance. Ideal for creating bespoke event settings, this space is perfect for a memorable occasion. Suitable for drinks receptions for up to 420 guests and sit down dinners for up to 315 guests

The Royal Institute of British Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has opened a new bar at its renowned flagship venue, 66 Portland Place. The venues team announced that the bar, located near the building’s Art Deco staircase, will also be available for private event bookings on Mondays and Fridays. With its stylish, pared back aesthetic and central London location, the bar offers the perfect backdrop for occasions with up to 70 guests. Packages start from £500 for non-members.

Roof Pavilions Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre’s rooftop pavilions will be refurbished in Spring 2019. From weddings, private parties, dinners, meetings and small conferences, our two pavilions are fantastic and intimate spaces for events. With capacity for up to 220 people, riverside views and private courtyards, these hidden gems in the Grade-1 listed Royal Festival Hall will give your event the wow-factor The Southbank Centre events team are happy to take you on a site visit in these fantastic spaces with the best views across London. 

The Lock at Twickenham

The Lock forms a part of Twickenham’s new East Stand development. It is a larger space that may resonate with clients as a more traditional event setting. The venue is divided into two – The Lock No. 4 and No. 5 – and overlooks the pitch. It is well-suited to hosting gala dinners, awards and parties, with each space able to cater for a 900-capacity reception or 550-capacity dinner.

Vaults at RSA House

RSA House has revealed its re-designed Vaults following a 9 month redevelopment programme. The generous spaces with expansive ceiling heights provide a stunning backdrop for events of up to 220 guests. At the heart of the capital, the Vaults offer peace and solace along with numerous underground and mainline stations just moments away. RSA House’s purpose-built theatre, The Durham Street Auditorium, which is ideal for screenings, meetings, and conferences, is also now re-open for event hire following the 9-month re-development programme of the Vaults.

The Photography Gallery at National Maritime Museum

The new photography gallery, which currently hosts the Insight Investment Astronomy Photography of the Year exhibition has opened at the National Maritime Museum and is available to hire for a private event space.The space provides a fun and atmospheric setting for anyone looking for an out of the ordinary event space.

As an event space, the new photography gallery can accommodate:

  • 100 guests standing

  • A fascinating tour of the gallery

  • Can be used as a reception or VIP area as an added benefit to hosting larger events at the National Maritime Museum

Royal Opera House

In September, the Royal Opera House revealed their incredible new spaces following a three year construction project. Designed by Stanton Williams, the elegant and welcoming public areas boast new bars, a new restaurant and a glazed terrace with panoramic views of Covent Garden. The new retail space is brimming with unique products inspired by their theatre and designed by some of the UK’s most exciting brands. Public exhibitions exploring ballet, opera and craft peel back the walls of our building to reveal the creativity that takes place every day behind the scenes and on stage. At the heart of the project is the transformed Linbury Theatre, an intimate 400-seat theatre with state-of-the-art technical facilities. Their spaces are open every day from 10am, playing host to a new programme of events which is welcoming hundreds of people every week to dance with The Royal Ballet, sing with The Royal Opera and get crafty with their craftspeople. The Royal Opera House is open for business once again, join them for your event and play your part in their story.

Lincoln’s Inn

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn ended 2018 on a high as Her Majesty the Queen paid a visit to officialise the grand re-opening of the illustrious Great Hall following significant renovation works. The hall, which was originally opened by Queen Victoria in 1845, has been restored to showcase its authentic splendour with the benefits of modern enhancements. Her Majesty’s visit also marked a special moment for the development of the brand-new Ashworth Centre which will open for bookings later this year, providing a refined contemporary space for conferences and events for up to 160 delegates. The centre, proudly named after Mercy Ashworth, one of the first women to be called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, will extend the campus’ event capabilities in a modern display of architectural innovation against the remarkable backdrop of its infamous historic grounds.