Venue Hire

On the banks of the Thames, in the heart of one of London's most fashionable districts, the Royal Hospital Chelsea offers a number of historic and beautiful spaces to hire, both inside and out.

Whether you're planning a stylish wedding reception, a prestigious corporate event or a fun-filled sports day, we'd be delighted to show you around. Just call our events team on 020 7881 5305 or email

Of course, the Royal Hospital can offer more than just a picturesque backdrop for your event. We can also provide private parking, excellent approved caterers to suit all budgets and an experienced and dedicated events team, who will do their utmost to ensure the success of your special occasion.

In addition, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that profits from venue hire at the Royal Hospital go towards securing a future both for the building themselves, and for the Chelsea Pensioners who live here.

For Corporate Friends of the Royal Hospital, venue hire is available at specially reduced rates. 


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The Great Hall

With its richly panelled walls, fine oil paintings and beautiful 17th century mural by Antonio Verrio, the impressive Great Hall is the largest of our indoor spaces and is little changed since Sir Christopher Wren first designed it more than 300 years ago.

At a glance:

  • Room capacity for drinks: 400
  • Room capacity for dinner: 250
  • Additional outside space available for hire: Figure Court

The State Apartments

The two rooms of the elegant State Apartments - the Council Chamber and the Ante-Room - boast a prestigious history of entertaining monarchs and other notable figures since the late 17th century. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and later embellished by Robert Adams, these beautiful rooms feature paintings by Kneller and Lely.

At a glance:

  • Room capacity for drinks: 250
  • Room capacity for dinner: 100
  • Additional outside space available: Cannon Gardens or Figure Court

The Wren Chapel

The stunning Wren Chapel, with its sonorous acoustics, is available for use for a number of different events including concerts, carol concerts, debates, lectures and media launches.

Featuring a fine mural of The Resurrection by Sebastiano Ricci, dating from 1714, the Chapel creates inspiration and a sense of drama for events and can accommodate up to 400 people.

Figure Court

The elegant Figure Court lies at the very heart of Wren's original design for the Royal Hospital. Bordered by the State Apartments, the Chapel and the Great Hall, the courtyard space is dominated by the imposing guilded statue of Charles II, created by Grinling Gibbons and presented to the King in 1682.

At a glance:

  • Capacity for drinks: 400
  • Available for hire separately or in addition to the Great Hall and the State Apartments.

Ranelagh Gardens

Ranelagh Gardens is one of London's hidden gems. Tucked away in the extensive grounds of the Royal Hospital, these magical gardens provide an ideal outdoor space for a whole host of events, from theatrical productions and children's parties, to summer drinks receptions.

At a glance - Capacity: 250

Burton Court

Ideal for corporate sports or team building events, Burton Court facilities include tennis courts, a football pitch and a cricket pitch with nets, as well as a large area of green space suitable for a wide range of activities. Changing rooms and showers area also available in the cricket pavillion.

At a glance - Capacity for sporting events: 400

Conference Facilities

Whilst on the outside, the Light Horse Court building remains faithful to Christopher Wren's original design, the inside has been transformed into a bright and functional conference centre and provides an ideal venue for anyone looking to host meetings or conferences at a prestigious central London location.

The large conference room fully equipped with audio visual equipment and wi-fi connection. An adjacent ante-room can be used for refreshments throughout the day.

Catering packages and bespoke tours of the of the Royal Hospital can be arranged for conference clients on request.

At a glance - Capacity: 40 theatre style