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Dinners and receptions

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.

Owing to the exclusive nature of this venue, we are only able to hold 100 private events per year. 

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The State Apartments

Opening in April 2023 until October, Kensington Palace will play host to the largest fashion exhibition ever to be held in its walls, with a large number of both historic and modern dresses going on display across the glittering State Apartments and intimate exhibition spaces. As a result not all of our State Apartments are available to hire, but will return at the end of 2023 increasing our venue capacity.

Pianist playing at Reception and Dinner in the Palace September 2019.
King's State Apartments with Explainer history talk.

The King's Drawing Room

Fantastic views and spectacular artistry await guests in this wonderfully light and warm room.

The avenues of Kensington Gardens converge outside the chamber's central window, giving guests a vista over Queen Victoria's statue, the Round Pond and the rest of Kensington Gardens.

  • Can accommodate up to 70 guests for seated dinners
  • Increase capacity for up to 100 guests, or standing drinks receptions for up to 150 guests, in conjunction with the Cupola Room
  • Combine with the Kensington Palace Pavilion for late night dancing

The Cupola Room

A setting for countless nights of music, dancing and celebration, this splendidly-decorated room is also where the future Queen Victoria was baptised surrounded by close family.

Guests look out over the palace's Wiggly Walk, Sunken Garden and the Pavilion.

  • Can accomodate up to 30 guests for seated dinner, with drinks served in the Entrance Hall
  • Increase dining capacity for up to 100 guests, or standing drinks receptions for up to 150, in conjunction with the King's Drawing Room
  • Combine with the Kensington Palace Pavilion for late night dancing
Evening showcase event in the Cupola Room

Kensington Palace Pavilion

Flooded with light and situated in the heart of the palace grounds, the Kensington Palace Pavilion offers a unique events venue overlooking Kensington Palace’s famous Sunken Garden. The glass fronted Pavilion temporarily replaces the Orangery which will re-open in early 2024 following a major conservation and building project.

Reception and dinner set up in the Pavilion in October 2019 for Premier League. Gold themes, gold florals and dessert stations.

This unique space provides a truly exclusive and memorable event experience for extravagant gala dinners and evening receptions. Use as a standalone reception space, or combine with the Palace State Apartments for that extra unique touch. 

  • Up to 800 for a standing drinks reception
  • Seat up to 300 guests for a dinner dance

Available for both daytime and evening hire, this is the perfect space for summer parties, large-scale event builds and events requiring outdoor space. 

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 work with you deliver an unforgettable experience for your guests.

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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