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Dinners and receptions

Staging unforgettable events since 1514

Staging unforgettable events since 1514

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime reception at Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace, with its magnificent halls, lavish galleries and lush gardens, has been a place of feasting and merrymaking for more than 500 years. Now you and your guests are invited to rub shoulders with some of England’s most famous (and infamous) kings and queens in the pleasure palace of King Henry VIII.

With an idyllic riverside location just a few miles from London, Hampton Court is without doubt one of the most spectacular venues in the whole of Britain. The palace has spaces to suit all kinds of events, from intimate dinners to large-scale banquets and receptions.

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Great Hall Private Dinner

The Great Hall

Simply put, the Great Hall is one of the most spectacular event spaces in the country.

It is England’s last and greatest medieval hall, the place where royal residents dined with courtiers, entertained dignitaries and celebrated until the early hours beneath the magnificent hammer-beam ceiling.

Now, you can hire this jaw-dropping venue for dinners, banquets and extra-special receptions.

The Great Hall is available from 18.30 onwards and can cater up to 270 guests for dinner

The Cartoon Gallery

Originally used as a meeting room for the Privy Council, the Cartoon Gallery is one of the largest of the palace’s Georgian Rooms.

Overlooking the charming fountains and colonnades of Fountain Court, the Cartoon Gallery gets its name from the Raphael masterworks that line the walls. These enchanting surroundings make it the perfect venue for a dinner to remember.

The Cartoon Gallery is available from 18.30 onwards and can accommodate up to 200 guests for dinner or 300 guests for drinks receptions.

Cartoon Gallery drinks reception
Hampton Court Palace The King's Eating Room

The King’s Eating Room

In this beautiful room, William III would mark important occasions by dining in the presence of notable members of the Royal Court. Today, the grand yet cosy atmosphere makes it ideal for intimate dinners and receptions.

The King’s Eating Room is available from 18.30 onwards and can accommodate up to 40 guests for dinner or 60 guests for drinks receptions.

The Great Watching Chamber

The Great Watching Chamber acts as a more intimate counterpart to the adjoining Great Hall. This intriguing room, where royal bodyguards once kept watch over the king and his guests, is available for both receptions and dinners, but can also be used to increase the capacity of the adjacent Great Hall.

The Great Watching Chamber is available from 18.30 onwards and can carter up to 100 guests for dinner

The Orangery and Privy Garden

The Orangery, which was originally designed as a private greenhouse for William III, makes an ideal venue for elegant drinks receptions.

You and your guests can spill out into the immaculate Privy Gardens before making your way through the State Apartments to one of the palace’s glorious dining rooms.

The Orangery and Privy Garden are available from 18.30 onwards and can accommodate up to 20 guests for drinks receptions.

The Little Banqueting House

The Little Banqueting House is every bit as charming as its name suggests. With a peaceful setting amid the palace gardens, this picturesque dining room’s spectacular Baroque interior offers a classic backdrop for any reception, lunch or dinner.

You may also consider treating guests to a private tour of the palace before they sit for dinner. 

The Little Banqueting House can accommodate up to 50 guests for lunch or dinner.

The Garden Room

This bright, airy 1920s-style orangery opens out into a walled garden reserved exclusively for you and your guests. Enjoy a champagne toast under the ancient trees before heading indoors for dinner and dancing until the small hours.

Available during the day, the Garden Room also makes an ideal base for groups wanting to explore the palace and have lunch in an extremely private and peaceful setting.

The Garden Room can accommodate up to 180 guests for lunch or dinner.

Approved suppliers

Over the years, we’ve worked with some of the best caterers, florists, entertainers and production specialists in the industry.

Whether it’s dinner for two or a large-scale gala dinner, our approved suppliers will work with you deliver an unforgettable experience for your guests.

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Contact us

If you would like to hire Hampton Court Palace for your meeting or conference, please call our team on +44 (0)20 3166 6507 to discuss your requirements.

Alternatively, you can fill out an enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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