The Royal Hospital is home to the world-famous Chelsea Pensioners, retired soldiers who have come to live in this very special place in their later years. It is an excellent and novel venue for wedding celebrations, dinners and receptions, against a backdrop of this extraordinary history.
You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that profits from venue hire at the Royal Hospital will go towards both caring for the Chelsea Pensioners and securing the future of the buildings.
The Great Hall
The largest room at the Royal Hospital Chelsea is the Great Hall. It is an atmospheric venue with capacity for up to 250 for a Grand Dinner or 400 for a standing reception.
While dining in splendour in the Great Hall, one can gaze upon a magnificent mural of Charles II, painted by Antonio Verrio, dating back to 1690.
The Admirable Crichton and Royal Hospital Chelsea
The AC is proud to be on the accredited supplier’s list at this prestigious central London venue and would love to discuss the possibilities our delicious food and creative décor offer.
The State Apartments
The State Apartments are an elegant environment for a drinks reception or private dinner with capacities of 220 and 96 respectively. Consisting of two rooms, the Council Chamber and the Ante Room, the Apartments have hosted Monarchs and other notable figures since the 1700’s.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and embellished by Robert Adam, the State Apartments offer an exquisite experience for guests. During their time in the State Apartments, guests are surrounded by paintings by the school of Van Dyck, Kneller and Lely as well as important carvings and mouldings by William Emmett, John Grove and William Cleere.
It is the perfect place for a relaxing start to a wedding or to house special guests who may require a private space before the main event. Bridal parties can prepare here and have their pre-ceremony photographs taken in the luxurious surroundings. Available throughout the day and as needed, these rooms provide a comfortable private space. Wren House can also accommodate intimate wedding dinners and receptions.
The Figure Court
The elegant Figure Court lies at the very heart of Wren’s original design for the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Bordered by the State Apartments, the Chapel and the Great Hall, the courtyard space is dominated by the inspiring gilded statue of Charles II, created by Grinling Gibbons and presented to the King in 1682. The imposing outside space is available as an extension of the Great Hall venue.
The Wren Chapel
Commissioned by King Charles 2nd and designed by Sir Christopher Wren over 300 years ago, Wren’s Baroque chapel sits at the heart of his original buildings and is a rare example of his pure ecclesiastical style, retaining the original wainscotting, pews and plasterwork. It is a perfect setting for weddings and christenings.
The Chapel is available to hire only in conjunction with another venue space and can seat up to 400 people. Sebastiano Ricci’s mural ‘The Resurrection’ creates a stunning backdrop to this beautiful venue.
In a secluded and picturesque part of the Royal Hospital estate is the charming Ranelagh Gardens. The gardens form part of the world famous Chelsea Flower Show and this seasonal venue makes the perfect space for any outdoor event. It is an adaptable area that can be used for barbeques, fun days, sports events, drinks parties and children’s events, accommodating up to 200 guests.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea can offer private and secure parking for your guests for the duration of the event.
For more information about how The AC can help you arrange a party at this outstanding venue, contact Team AC: www.admirable-cricton.co.uk
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