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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Royal Hospital's central and largest courtyard can be used as a stunning location for a drinks reception or for photography.
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.
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.
|Reception||60 - 400|
|Lunch||40 - 100|
|Dinner||40 - 270|
|Dinner dance||100 - 220|
|Meeting/conference||15 - 100|
|Exhibition space (m2)|
|Marquee capacity||0 - 400|
|Outside space||0 - 400|
Have you been to visit our little hidden gem yet? Wren House is situated at the heart of Royal Hospital Chelsea, with stunning views over Figure Court and down to the banks of the Thames. Formally a family home, this beautiful venue space is spread across two floors, with a number of reception rooms, plenty of breakout space, a large kitchen and accessible toilets.
This venue is perfect for daytime hire, lending itself to breakfast meetings, away days, small conferences and intimate lunches. The large reception room can be setup in a number of different ways, and is perfectly situated between two breakout rooms.
Main reception room capacities:
We are keen to use this space as much as possible during the week, so have put together a very competitive pricelist for midweek dry hire (Mon to Fri)! Half day (4 hours) @ £500 + VAT, and full Day (8 hours) @ £1K + VAT, both inclusive of security and cleaning.
If you are keen to utilise this fab little venue, please get in touch via RHCevents@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk or 020 7881 5350 (availability at the discretion of the events team).
We look forwards to hearing from you soon! RHC Team