Dinners and receptions

Our palace, your place

Our palace, your place

Celebrate in royal style at Kensington Palace

For almost 400 years, Kensington Palace has been home to some of England’s most popular royals, from Queen Victoria to Diana, Princess of Wales. A series of stylish residents and virtuoso artists have left their mark on the palace over the centuries, and the result is part stately home, part work of art.

Nestled in the heart of London and set in its own magnificent grounds, this stunning Baroque palace has spaces to suit events large and small, from intimate drinks receptions to lavish dinners. What finer setting for a celebration to remember?

Owing to the exclusive nature of this venue, we are only able to hold 100 private events per year. We advise that you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

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The State Apartments

The State Apartments comprise several individual rooms, each with its own unique charms.

From the priceless 17th-century tapestries that adorn the Privy Chamber to the Cupola Room’s exquisite tromp l’oeil ceiling, your guests will be spellbound by the State Apartments’ conspicuous displays of royal grandeur.

The State Apartments can be used in any combination to suit events of all sizes, from cosy dinner parties to receptions of regal proportions.

  • The King’s Gallery can cater up to 170 guests for drinks receptions and up to 110 guests for dinner.
  • The King’s Drawing Room can cater up to 100 guests for receptions and up to 90 guests for dinner.
  • The Cupola room can accommodate up to 80 guests for receptions and up to 60 guests for dinner.
  • The Privy Chamber can accommodate up to 50 guests for receptions and up to 36 guests for dinner.

The State Apartments are available for evening hire only.

The Pavilion

The Kensington Palace Pavilion, a glass fronted building overlooking the palace’s famous Sunken Garden, will replace the Orangery at Kensington Palace for three years.

This unique new space will provide a truly exclusive and memorable event experience for extravagant gala dinners and evening receptions.

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The Queen’s Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery is a masterclass in understated elegance. Formerly a domestic space where Queen Mary II and her ladies-in-waiting would practise embroidery, this spacious wood-panelled room is hung with masterful oil paintings and offers stunning views over Kensington Gardens.

The Queen’s Gallery can comfortably accommodate large numbers of guests while retaining its special air of intimacy, making it perfect for celebratory dinners and chic drinks receptions.

The Queen’s Gallery can cater up to 150 guests for drinks receptions and up to 72 guests for dinner. It is available for evening hire only.

The Entrance Hall

The Entrance Hall is a relatively recent addition to the palace. Light, airy and centred around a striking electroluminescent light sculpture, it makes a refreshingly modern counterpart to the historic state rooms and galleries.

Hire of the Entrance Hall includes four separate spaces, making it ideally suited to large dinners and drinks receptions.

The Entrance Hall comprises four rooms: Stone Hall, White Court, the Stone Staircase and the Vestibule. It is available for evening hire and can cater up to 300 guests for receptions and up to 140 guests for dinner.

Alex Donnelly-Palmer speaking on the Stone Staircase at the private evening promo for the launch of the Diana - Her Fashion Story exhibition

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 a cosy dinner or a lavish reception, our approved suppliers will help you deliver an unforgettable experience for your guests.

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Contact us

If you would like to hire Kensington Palace for your dinner or reception, please call our team on +44 (0)20 3166 6115 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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