Your own masterpiece on the banks of the Thames
Just minutes away from central London, the Old Royal Naval College is the jewel of Greenwich and the perfect setting for all kinds of events. Whether you seek grandeur or intimacy, you will find it at Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor’s historic masterpiece, considered to be ‘the finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles’ (UNESCO).
We can cater for events, big or small, opulent or intimate – whatever you are planning, you will find the perfect venue to suit your occasion.
The Admiral’s House is your own secluded hideaway, with tranquil Thames views and a regal yet intimate atmosphere. Built in the 17th century, it forms part of the oldest building of the Old Royal Naval College, commissioned by Charles II as his new royal palace in 1660. The house can be hired in its entirety, by floor, or by room; it is ideal for all kinds of events, including dinners, receptions, meetings and weddings.
Alternatively, our Queen Mary Undercroft can accommodate weddings, conferences and receptions for larger numbers. With high vaulted ceilings and use of the Colonnades outside for your drinks reception when weather permits, this venue captures guests imagination on arrival.
Reopening in January 2019, The Painted Hall is Sir James Thornhill’s master work and often described as the “finest dining hall in Europe”, and so confers abundant prestige and elegance to the weddings, gala dinners, awards ceremonies and drinks receptions held within its walls. This outstanding space is supported by a pair of arresting vaulted undercrofts, available day and night, for hire alone or in conjunction with the Painted Hall. Hire the Queen Mary Undercroft and your guests can even try their hand at skittles in our genuine Victorian Skittle Alley!
The Painted Hall, created between 1708–27 by Sir James Thornhill, is often described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’.
In 2013 the Old Royal Naval College completed the first phase of planned conservation works in The Painted Hall, which saw 560 square meters of paintings in the Upper Hall cleaned and restored to dramatic effect.
The Old Royal Naval College is now embarking on the next stage of its ambitious plans to restore The Painted Hall to its former glory. Over the next three years we plan to conserve the remaining 3,700 square meters of Thornhill’s masterpiece.
The Painted Hall closed its doors for events on Sunday 25th September 2016 and will reopen in later 2018 / early 2019.
During the conservation period our Admiral’s House and Queen Mary Undercroft are still available for hire.
For more information on the conservation of the Painted Hall or to help us make a difference visit us here
A percentage of the profits from your event will always go straight into keeping this world heritage site in beautiful condition, so it can be enjoyed by generations to come.