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Venue Review: Gala Events at Kensington Palace

When you’re hosting a gala event it’s essential to find the right venue. The formal finery and glamour of gala events must be framed by a venue equally luxurious and magnificent. Whether you’re raising funds for charity, hosting an evening of ballroom dancing or putting on a grand performance you need a venue that’s right for your event. Your guests will be wearing their finest so greet them with an events space no less spectacular.

Queen William III and Mary II

Kensington Palace provides ultimate luxury and an ambience of refined grandeur; an exact match for the ideal gala event. Built in 1605, the palace first belonged to the Earl of Nottingham before it was purchased for the crown by William and Mary during their co-regency in 1689. Since then, Kensington Palace has inspired romantic images of the royalty nestled in its idyllic location in Hyde Park. In 2012 the Palace was reopened after a twelve million pound, two-year restoration.

Interior of the Orangery

Run by Historic Royal Palaces, it should come as no surprise that Kensington Palace is the paramount space for gala dinners. Grand halls that once held lavish parties to entertain the monarchy are now available for private events. Immerse your guests in four hundred years of quintessential English history for an evening of regal finery.

The Queen's Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery, once the preserve of Queen Mary II’s parties is now available to host dinner parties of your own. The long room is ideal for accommodating a single long banqueting table and can host up to 70 dinner guests or 170 for a standing reception. As they dine, guests will be treated to magnificent views of Kensington Gardens and the palace’s famous Wiggly Walk.

The Wiggly Walk Kensington Palace

The Wiggly Walk is best attempted before drinks

It’s not often you can say you enjoyed dinner in the King’s Drawing Room, but this magnificent space can host up to 90 guests for a sumptuous evening of entertainment. The Cupola Room can be booked in addition increasing the capacity of the space for a reception of up to 190 guests.

The King's Drawing Room, Kensington Palace

Finally, The Orangery. Perhaps the jewel in the crown of this royal venue. Located within the famous Kensington Gardens, the Orangery can host up to 120 guests for a dinner dance. Originally a space in which Queen Anne intended to shelter her orange trees from the cruel English winter, this beautiful space has since seen countless glamourous parties over the course of the palace’s storied history.

The Orangery, Kensington Palace

With the country enraptured by the latest royal news and a royal wedding on the horizon, there has never been a better time to choose Kensington Palace for your gala event and have a regal celebration of your own. Backed up by the dedicated and expert events team at Historic Royal Palaces your gala event will go off in style.

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George Barker

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