Museums. Packed full of history, impressive artefacts and fascinating tales of bygone eras. While some of us take the occasional weekend trip to a museum and find ourselves having to fight through the throngs of tourists, Hire Space want to bring you the incredible historical setting of a museum as a backdrop for your events. Fancy a night at the museum? We’ve got you covered! Here are our top 5 museums to hire for events in London.
This immersive museum reveals the history of our fantastic capital, and now you and your guests can experience it too! Take a journey through fashion, culture, technology and much more and leave your guests thirsty for knowledge and armed with facts. With an abundance of flexible event spaces, and even the whole museum available to hire, you can be certain this museum can cater for it all, from conferences to cocktail receptions or even a themed dinner taking inspiration from one of the exhibits.
Closest station: St Pauls/Barbican
Star Feature: Host a dinner for 400 in the incredible London Ellipse Hall - this room is the proud owner of London’s only 360° digital ellipse, offering endless branding or entertainment options.
London Ellipse Hall, Museum of London
This museum, situated on a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenwich, offers gorgeous nautical-themed event spaces as well as offering incredible tales of exploration and endeavour across the Seven Seas in their immersive galleries. Set sail on your event journey within the museum’s multiple event spaces, ideal for a corporate dinner or networking event surrounded by maritime exhibits.
Closest station: Cutty Sark DLR or Greenwich Railway Station
Star Feature: The Great Map, so-called because of, you guessed it, a large map spanning across the floor, is the museum’s largest event space. Capable of welcoming 1000 delegates for a reception or award dinner, the star feature of this room is the impressive glass roof, perfect for replicating that starry sky out at sea!
Great Map, National Maritime Museum
The Postal Museum, in Clerkenwell, reveals the fascinating history of our postal service, including the Mail Rail, an intrinsic part of British history transporting millions of conversations every day. The Mail Rail space offers exposed brick, vaulted ceilings and can welcome over 250 guests for a reception, or 150 for a dinner or award ceremony. Even boasting an outdoor space perfect for all kinds of summer events, this museum can do it all!
Closest station: Farringdon
Star Feature: The Mail Rail Depot also offers an underground miniature train ride through the secret 100-year-old Mail Rail tunnels beneath the streets of London. Now that is something to write home about.
Mail Rail, Postal Museum
Based near the historic site of the Foundling Hospital in a grade II listed building, this museum adds a slightly different perspective to your events. Located in Brunswick Square, the Foundling Museum describes the poignant tale of Britain’s first charitable home for children. Beautifully preserved yet fully-equipped event spaces settled amongst fascinating exhibitions offers powerful insight to its previous occupants and the era in which they lived. From large corporate events to smaller intimate dinners or gatherings, this venue can be flexible to your event needs and might just give you some food for thought too.
Closest station: Kings Cross St Pancras
Star Feature: The magnificent Picture Gallery contains original paintings gifted to the hospital dating back to the 1740s. A seriously beautiful space for dinners, charity events or drinks receptions.
Picture Gallery, Foundling Museum
5. Freud Museum
Get ready to psycho-analyse your delegates at the previous and final home of Sigmund Freud, arguably one of the most famous psychologists in history. This historic venue, also later home to his daughter Anna, would be ideal for corporate dinners, educational events or receptions. There is also a meeting room for presentations or workshop sessions with full AV and a garden for some fresh air during breaks. Simply stepping foot in this venue conjures up images of Freud shaping the practice of psychology forever.
Closest station: Hampstead
Star Feature: The house itself and its previous occupants are enough to win the star feature award! However, the study, preserved just as Freud himself left it, adds a fascinating talking point to any event.
These five museums are sure to take you back in time, impress your guests and bring a whole new meaning to ‘that event will go down in history!’ If you want to discuss any of these venues, or any other venues for your upcoming events, reach out to us today on firstname.lastname@example.org or via our social channels below.
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