An intimate, central London setting with book-lined walls, The Seamus Heaney Library in named after the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, playwright and translator, who was a regular guest at the hotel and personally opened the refurbished room in July 2011. A unique and atmospheric space, it houses hundreds of first editions dating from the 1930s as well as a range of 20th century classics. The air conditioned wood-panelled room has ample natural daylight and is furnished with Lutyens designed "spider back" chairs, parquet floors and a long oak table
Located on the lower ground floor, the Livery Hall is quiet and tranquil. It is perfect for meetings, dining and receptions. It is the largest and most modern room at Founders' Hall and features large pothole windows that flood the room with natural light and provide views of the gardens of St Bartholomew the Great. The DDR includes meeting room hire, tea and pastries, mid-morning tea & coffee, fork buffet lunch, afternoon tea, staffing and cutlery, cloak room, basic AV and flip chart.
This contemporary space boasts floor to ceiling windows creating a light an airy space which guests can enjoy while overlooking the Queen's Lawn terrace and Imperial College's iconic Queen's Tower. The space also benefits from access to the outside terrace area, perfect for warmer months. With the flexibility to divide the space into three different areas, it can be transformed to suit a wide range of events including smaller drinks receptions, themed parties, exhibitions, conferences, corporate parties and private sit-down dinners.
Room 30 houses the Gallery's most iconic Spanish paintings by artists such as Veláquez and Zurbarán, including the fabled Rokeby Venus. Situated just beyond the Central Hall, Room 30 is a perfect space that can host an elegant reception for up to 300 guests or a dinner for 220 guests.
Albert's at Beaufort House in Chelsea is renowned for its excellent food and fine dining. We can cater for executive dinners, private dinner parties, business lunches, conference buffets, working breakfasts, and also offer an external catering service. Our Private Dining Room is a flexible, stylish space that can cater for up to 30 people seated and room hire or minimum spends vary depending on the day of the week.
Most people would agree that there is nothing better than a slap up meal. All of life’s major milestones and celebrations are almost always centred around food and more and more people are turning to private dining rooms to take the hassle out of hosting.
Private dining rooms provide a unique and intimate setting for your guests and you can tailor your dining experience to suit almost any occasion, large or small. Here at Hire Space our selection of top restaurants and tasting venues is guaranteed to get your mouth watering.
Planning the perfect private dining party is far from a walk in the park, but it’s definitely a lot of fun. Whether you’re organising an afternoon tea in a leafy garden courtyard or a large corporate party, the devil is most definitely in the details. Tips and tricks for hiring a private dining room or restaurant:
Writing a guest list will help you create a budget and find the right-sized venue (a small private dining room for 20 people, an entire restaurant for a large group, etc.)
Think outside the box. You no longer need to limit yourself to traditional restaurants and hotels, although they are the obvious and most straightforward option, be creative and you will find lots of alternative options such as loft spaces, outdoor terraces, galleries, studios, theatres and pop up restaurants.
Think about the type of space that would best suit your event. What vibe are you trying to create? Rustic & family or high-end luxe?
Would you want to use an external catering or restaurant? Shortlist venues that offer the style of food you’d like at your event. Are you interested in locally sourced, field to fork fare or more traditional options; Italian, British, Nordic, fusion, etc.
Don’t forget to ask your guests for dietary requirements in advance of the event. Find out if you can do a menu tasting and whether the in-house catering team can accommodate special dietary requirements (halal, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, etc.)
Make sure you know what is and isn’t included in your booking (ask about what furniture and equipment you can use, as well as who’ll provide the linen, tableware and service staff). Some venues can also have hidden fees and charges such as corkage, service and waste disposal fees, cake-cutting fee, late licence fee, etc.) and if VAT is included.
Find out if there are any vendor restrictions (some venues may have noise or decor restrictions, or penalise you if the clean up is unsatisfactory)
Think about any special requirements you have (i.e. do you need a piano, AV equipment, a stage?). Consider whether you need a rain plan (this is essential if you intend to hold your private dining event outdoors).