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Royal Hospital Chelsea

The breathtaking home of the Chelsea Pensioners set in 66 acres in the heart of Chelsea.

Founded in 1682 by Charles II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Royal Hospital Chelsea was built as a home for 'veterans broken by age and war'.  For over 300 years it has housed the famous scarlet-coated Chelsea Pensioners, former soldiers of the British Army, who come to live in this magnificent site during their retirement. Its stunning buildings and gardens make for a truly idyllic location for your event in central London.  

Set in the heart of fashionable Chelsea, a stone's throw from the King's Road and with views reaching across the Thames, the Royal Hospital offers a range of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces for receptions, dinners, weddings, concerts, sporting events and meetings. The Grade One and Two listed buildings house exquisite period interiors that feature a wealth of architectural detail; whilst outside, spacious and elegant courtyards create the perfect setting for any occasion.  

The Great Hall

A dining room designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Great Hall is the largest of the interior spaces at the Royal Hospital. It has changed little in its 300 years and retains an imposing air of grandeur with magnificent oak panelling and paintings of British monarchs. The Great Hall is perfect for receptions, large dinner parties, weddings, performances and dancing. 

The State Apartments

With views of the Thames and Figure Court, the two beautifully designed rooms of the State Apartments (the Council Chamber and Ante Room) have hosted gatherings attended by royalty for hundreds of years.  The ornately decorated ceilings are only surpassed by the old master paintings by Van Dyke, Lely and Kneller.  The two rooms are hired together for a suite of elegant interiors for drinks or dinner.

The Chapel

Wren's chapel sits at the heart of his original buildings and is a rare example of his pure ecclesiastic style.  It is the perfect setting for concerts and music recitals, with the Royal Hospital's professional choir available for events.

Wren House

Available from May 2016, the Wren House is uniquely situated for its magnificent views across the Royal Hospital's gardens and out towards the Thames.  The space is ideal for intimate gatherings, dinners and meetings.

Figure Court

The Royal Hospital's central and largest courtyard can be used as a stunning location for a drinks reception or for photography.  

Ranelagh Gardens

Home to the world famous Chelsea Flower Show, Ranelagh Gardens is a picturesque and secluded spot for any outdoor events, from wedding receptions to barbeques and children's parties.

Burton Court

For team-building or sporting events, look no further than Burton Court. The gated green space is available for cricket pitch hire and includes changing rooms and showers in the Pavilion.  The space is suitable for a range of activities and a marquee can be erected for receptions.  

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road
0207 881 5350

Events & Capacities

Reception0 - 350
Lunch 0 - 72
Dinner 0 - 250
Dinner Dance 0 - 180
Meeting / Conference 0 - 60
Outside Space 0 - 350
Exhibition Space (m2)
Marquee Capacity0 - 400
Wedding Licence 0 - 100
Wedding Reception 0 - 180
Accessible AccessYes

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