One of the most important rooms at the Royal Hospital Chelsea is the Council Chamber in the State Apartments.

It is one and a half stories high and was designed as the dining room for visiting Royalty.

The heavily moulded ceiling, displaying James II's cypher, is by John Grove, the wainscoting by William Cleere and the fine lime wood carving over the fireplace by William Emmett.

The State Apartments also feature a painting of Charles I and his family by the school of Van Dyck, and portraits of Charles II, Queen Catherine, James Duke of York, the Earl of Ranelagh, Sir Stephen Fox and Sir Christopher Wren.

The State Apartments can be hired for private functions

Royal Hospital Chelsea Newsletter

Stay up to date with what's going on at The Royal Hospital by signing up for our e‑newsletter.


View the archive

Chelsea Pensioners at the Lord Mayor's Show 2017

The Chelsea Pensioners will be taking part in the annual Lord Mayor's Show in London this year, to celebrate their 325th anniversary.

RHC Matron on judging panel at 3rd Sector Care Awards 2017

Royal Hospital Chelsea Matron, Susan Williams joins expert panel of judges at the 3rd Sector Care Awards 2017


Follow @RHChelsea