A setting for stately spectaculars
For centuries, Hampton Court Palace has boldly and magnificently played host to gala celebrations, festive banquets and historic meetings. England’s most famous kings and queens, from Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to William III and Mary II, dazzled audiences of ambassadors, courtiers, cardinals, artists and dignitaries with the grandeur and majesty of Hampton Court.
Today, you and your wedding guests can step onto this inspiring stage and experience the soaring state rooms, grand staircases, cobbled courtyards and gorgeous gardens of one of the greatest palaces ever built.
Whether you are planning a spectacular wedding or a more intimate reception, Hampton Court Palace’s inspirational venues guarantee you and your guests a stirring atmosphere – and a day you will always remember. You will enjoy first-class, personal service from a dedicated manager able to advise and help you choose the perfect space.
Twelve separate spaces to choose from.
Henry VIII’s Apartments
Capacity - 250 for reception, 220 for dancing, 180 for dinner. Available for evening hire
The space- It was once Henry VIII’s beer cellar. Today, the atmospheric Undercroft complements the majestic hall above, offering the perfect venue for dancing and after-dinner entertainment. Together with the Great Hall, the two spaces make a magnificent setting for an unforgettable event.
Capacity - 400 for reception, 270 for dinner. Available for evening hire
The space - It is simply one of the most spectacular spaces in Britain. England’s last and greatest medieval hall, this magnificent venue is where royal residents dined with courtiers, entertained dignitaries and danced, laughed and celebrated until the early hours underneath its awesome hammer beam ceiling.
– Commissioned by Henry VIII, The Story of Abraham tapestries cost £3 for less than a square yard at a time when a family could survive on £5 a year
– A special venue for music – with its wonderful acoustics and a dais that makes a natural stage
– Increase capacity with use of the Great Watching Chamber
Great Watching Chamber
Capacity - 150 for reception, 100 for dinner. Available for evening hire
The space - Adjoining the spectacular Great Hall, this warm and spacious state room has a history of entertaining. When James I’s courtiers had finished dancing they would pile into the Great Watching Chamber to eat. Wonderful for receptions, the chamber welcomes round table or banquet-style arrangements for dinner.
– Fantastic golden ceiling and the Triumphs of Petrarch tapestries survive from Henry VIII’s time
– Welcome your guests via the grand Queen’s Staircase
– Henry VIII’s Yeoman of the Guard ‘watched’ the court from here, controlling access to the King’s apartments beyond
Capacity - 150 for reception, 100 for dinner
The space - Rustic ovens, slab stone floors and a great roasting fireplace characterise the largest surviving Renaissance kitchens in Europe. Here, bustling teams of cooks churned out two meals a day for Henry VIII’s 600-strong royal court. An unusual venue and a palace favourite.
– Mingle in the charming passages and red Tudor brick courtyards nearby
– A roasting fire, lit during events, adds to the atmosphere
– Costumed food historians available to entertain guests with stories of Tudor recipes and cooking
Capacity - 300 for reception, 200 for dinner
Available for evening hire
King William III intended this long, oak-panelled room for his personal use, before deciding to display an awesome set of ‘cartoons’ by the Renaissance master Raphael. Today, guests enjoy the wonderful 17th-century copies of Raphael’s originals, as well as views of fountains and colonnades in the courtyard below.
– This large reception space easily links to the grand William III’s Apartments to accommodate even larger numbers
– The impressive cartoons (working drawings) that currently occupy the gallery are probably by painter Henry Cooke
Mary II’s Apartments
Queen’s Drawing Room
Capacity- 150 for reception, 80 for dinner. Available for evening hire
The space - One of the palace’s most imposing, this room is decorated with the lavish paintings of Antonio Verrio. Commissioned by Queen Anne, the artist depicted her husband George, Prince of Denmark, in heroic naval guise and Anne herself being crowned by the gods Britannia and Neptune.
– Offers guests spectacular views of the 1200m tree-lined Long Water
– Overlooks the beautiful East Front and Great Fountain Garden
– The Queen and her ladies-inwaiting would retire here to play cards
Capacity - 200 for reception. Available for evening hire
The space - Highlighting the gallery are its nine spectacular canvases depicting The Triumphs of Caesar, a set of paintings among the most famous and important in European art history. Created between 1484 and 1506, the works have been at the palace for nearly 400 years. A popular space for drinks receptions.
– Nestled in a quiet corner of the palace, the gallery offers easy access to the lush gardens of Mary II
– Mantegna’s paintings portray Julius Caesar arriving ‘triumphantly’ in ancient Rome with captured jewels, women and elephants
William III’s Apartments
King’s Eating Room
Capacity - 60 for reception, 40 for dinner, 24 for reception and dinner. Available for evening hire
The space - Observing royal protocol, William III would dine here in the presence of important courtiers. The King sat and ate at a large table while everyone watched. Today, the luxurious King’s Eating Room is popular for drinks receptions and dinners where hosts aim to impress.
– Glorious views over the Privy Garden
– Furnished with torcheres (stands), pier glasses (mirrors) and pier tables
– Perfect for an intimate dinner or reception
King’s Guard Chamber
Capacity - 200 for reception, 150 for dinner. Available for evening hire
The space - Nearly 3,000 swords, bayonets, muskets and pistols adorn the walls of this striking space, originally decorated this way for a military-conscious King William III. Guests will enjoy the grandest of entrances as they climb one of the palace’s true treasures – the remarkable King’s Staircase.
– Spectacular views of the Privy Garden below
– A team of conservators take four years painstakingly cleaning each piece of armour
– As guests climb the spectacular staircase they join Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar vying for a seat beneath the gods’ banquet on the ceiling above
The Orangery and Privy Garden
Capacity - 250 for reception, 150 for dinner
The space - This long graceful room was originally designed as a private greenhouse for King William III. The Orangery opens onto the immaculate Privy Garden, where guests can wander among the pyramid yews and round-headed holly trees.
– A fantastic venue for summer drinks receptions
– Just as monarchs did, guests can arrive by river and through the fabulous gilded screens by French master blacksmith Jean Tijou
Capacity - 300 for reception, 220 for lunch, dinner and dancing. Available for day and evening hire
The space - An all-purpose venue, nestled within its own private walled garden.
– Private paved terrace leads guests to the stunning surrounding gardens
– Beautiful wall of French doors open out into the private walled garden
Little Banqueting House
Capacity - 80 for reception, 50 for lunch and dinner. Available for day and evening hire
The space - From the terrace of this hidden gem guests will enjoy stunning views of the Tudor and Baroque palaces merging together. Inside, the venue’s main room offers spectacular decoration, with 18th-century paintings and murals by Antonio Verrio, as well as beautiful views of the river.
– Built by King William III for his personal entertaining
– Idyllic private walled garden and easy access to other areas, including the picturesque Pond Gardens
– Just as guests of the King once did, yours may wish to make an entrance and arrive by river
Palace courtyards - 1,200 for reception, 600 for dinner, 360 for dinner and dancing
Palace grounds - 3,000 for reception, 1,500 for dinner, 1,000 for dinner and dancing
By special permission, marquees can be raised throughout the palace’s complex of charming courtyards or within its immaculate gardens and grounds. With 750 acres of tranquil rolling parkland available, Hampton Court offers a wonderful backdrop for large-scale events.
– Purpose-built structures can be positioned to take advantage of unforgettable vistas of Hampton Court
– Gardens run down to the River Thames and feature sparkling fountains and glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs