London’s unknown venue

London’s unknown venue

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Lambeth Palace is one of those buildings in London which most people know of but have never been inside. It has nine acres of manicured gardens and several unique event spaces in its location on the south bank of the River Thames, where it has stood since the 13th century. Now after nearly 800 years the Palace is opening its doors for external events.

Louise Donovan recently became Head of Events and wants to increase awareness of Lambeth Palace as a destination for events where everything is included. The most impressive feature is the nine-acres of grounds which are perfect for team building exercises or reception functions. The garden can host up to 190 and a marquee is available should the weather turn slightly worse. The walled ground includes border rows, wild flower patches, a pond and a very large lawn.

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Lambeth Palace was built as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s London residence and for centuries it has witnessed and hosted some intriguing and significant historical moments. Last year the palace hosted 175 events and is becoming a popular location for events.

Event spaces include the Atrium which is next to the Crypt, built in 1199, and the Chapel which is a beautiful setting for a choir of classical music.

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The Guard Room, the State Room and The Great Hall

A larger space is the Guard Room, that was once an armoury for when the Archbishops of Canterbury had their own private troops in the medieval period. Today, the Guard Room can host a sit-down dinner for 80 or a standing reception for 150.

The State Room has spectacular views across the gardens and is used for when the Archbishop welcomes special guests, which has recently included both the Queen and the Pope. It can hold 80 people and includes a break out room when numbers exceed that. The Great Hall was a favoured venue for Henry VIII’s banquets and large feasts. It can hold 200 people and is currently going through some restoration to bring it back to its former glory.

Despite its central location in London, Lambeth Palace feels tucked away and intimate, making it the perfect venue for functions of all shapes and sizes. With its prime position, distinctive charm and fascinating history, the Palace now wants to host more events and continue the legacy of 800 years of hospitality.

For more information please contact Ben Butler at EP Business in Hospitality

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