- Capacity: Guests: 2300
- Spaces: Apartment 1A, Cupola Room, King’s Drawing Room, King’s Gallery, Privy Chamber, Terrace, The Orangery, The Queen’s Gallery, The State Apartments, The Sunken Garden
- Facilities: Disabled Access (The Orangery Only), Gardens, Security, Taxi Marshal, Wedding License
- Food and Beverage: First-Class Catering
- Events: Balls, Dinners, Lunches, Marquee Events, Meetings, Reception Events, Receptions, Weddings
- Decor: Classic, English Baroque, Georgian Interior, Queen Anne Architecture
- Availability: All Year Round
- Recognition: A Member Of Prestigious Venues, Highly Commended in Prestigious Star Awards 2015
Set amid the tranquillity of Kensington Gardens in the heart of West London, Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for over three hundred years. Today, as well as being a popular London landmark for visitors from around the world, it is also an inspiring venue for stylish events.
The opulent State Apartments have been the place to see and be seen since 1689 and provide a rich and sumptuous backdrop for a memorable dinner. The Queen’s Gallery is the perfect introduction; an ideal setting for pre-dinner drinks followed by a fascinating tour offering guests a glimpse into the past and the lives of the people who shaped the history of this magnificent palace. Then to dinner in the Cupola Room, King’s Drawing Room or King’s Gallery; all lavishly decorated by William Kent as befitting their grand public purpose.
Since 1704, the graceful Orangery has been a historic location for summer entertainment. Originally built for Queen Anne, she would entertain friends with masked balls and frivolous parties. In winter months, it provided an elegant shelter for Anne’s collection of exotic plants and trees. The spacious Orangery is the perfect venue for a summer wedding or an evening party and benefits from a Portland stone terrace and expansive lawns.
For more intimate events, Apartment 1a provides a unique opportunity to entertain in the former residence of Augustus Frederick , Duke of Sussex, son of George III; Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria; and, most famously, Princess Margaret. In 1960, Margaret and Lord Snowden transformed Apartment 1a into a more contemporary family home whilst retaining many of its original 18th century features. Set in a private garden, Apartment 1a provides a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of London and a quiet retreat for private meetings, lunches or dinners.
Originally a private country house, the building was acquired in 1689 by William III and Mary II who commissioned Christopher Wren to transform the site into their elegant new London home, away from the noise and bustle of Whitehall. For the next 70 years the palace was at the centre of royal life and played host to the courts of William and Mary, Queen Anne, George I and George II. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of the future Queen Victoria and here, on that fateful day in 1837, that she received news that her uncle was dead, and that she was Queen. More recent residents have also included Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Today, it remains a Royal Household and is also home to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. The State Apartments are open to visitors throughout the year. Kensington Palace has lain almost untouched since Queen Victoria’s reign and has begun a multi million pound restoration project scheduled to finish in spring 2012.