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Lancaster House

A world-class venue for your special event

“I have come from my house to your palace” Queen Victoria

Steeped in political history, discover magnificent Lancaster House with its fabulous Louis 14th style interiors, beautiful art collection and splendid gardens.

Situated in the centre of London next to Buckingham Palace, this historic house provides an impressive setting and first-class facilities for your reception, conference or other special occasion.

Find out more about hosting your event at Lancaster House.

The Grand Hall and Staircase

On entering the house, the Grand Hall opens up to reveal a sweeping staircase in an echo of the Palace of Versailles, part of architect Benjamin Wyatt’s original design.

Over the past two centuries numerous high-profile occasions have taken place here, from society banquets to international summits and receptions.

The Grand Hall, with its beautiful ornate ceiling, marble walls and beautiful frescoes is an extraordinary, atmospheric location to hold receptions, with a capacity of up to 200.

To enquire about booking the Grand Hall and other fine rooms contact the team on +44 (0)20 7008 2711 from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email lancasterhouse.enquiries@fco.gov.uk

The Long Gallery

At more than 35 metres in length, the Long Gallery dominates the whole of the east side of the house. With 18 windows and a large ornate skylight, the room is filled with natural light. Winston Churchill gave a Coronation Banquet for the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II here in June 1953.

The Long Gallery can host:

  • receptions, press conferences or ceremonies for up to 350 people
  • 200 people seated theatre-style
  • a conference table for up to 60, with a further 120 people seated beside and behind the table
  • lunch or dinner with seating for 150 people

 

The Music Room

With windows opening onto a balcony overlooking Stable Yard and recesses flanked by Corinthian columns, the music room is the wonderful venue for meetings, press briefings or formal dinners. It can accommodate:

  • a boardroom table for 36 people
  • theatre style seating for 100 people
  • lunch or dinner with seating for 76 people

It was named the Music Room because, throughout the 19th century the Sutherland family hosted evening parties here. Leading musicians performed in this room when they came to London, including Frédéric Chopin, who played here for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848.

The State Drawing Room

Many dignitaries have enjoyed the splendid setting of the State Drawing Room. Between the windows, which look on to St James’s Park, candelabra are supported by a swarm of cherubs.

The State Drawing Room accommodates:

  • receptions for up to 120 people
  • boardroom style meetings for up to 40 people
  • lunch or dinner with seating for 48 people

 

 

The State Dining Room

The most conspicuously ‘old French’ room in the house, the State Dining Room commands an impressive view across the Mall and St James’s Park. The clock on the table against the west wall is said to have belonged to Napoleon when he was First Consul.

The State Dining Room can hold:

  • receptions for up to 120 people
  • 50 people seated theatre-style
  • boardroom meetings for up to 32 people seated
  • lunch or dinner with seating for 67 people

The Eagle Room

Four magnificent eagles form the centrepiece of this room, proving particularly popular with American delegations. Accompanied by elegant chandeliers made in 1829, the finery of the Eagle Room makes it an ideal place to entertain.

The Eagle Room is well placed to host a range of smaller gatherings, able to accommodate:

  • receptions for up to 50 people
  • 22 people at a boardroom table
  • 30 people seated theatre style
  • lunch or dinner with seating for 22 people

The Green Room

The ceiling of the Green Room is decorated with a painting of the solar system featuring all the signs of the zodiac, while the chimneypiece is carved with figures of Summer and Winter. With its original furnishings dating from the 1820s, this room, once the second Duchess of Sutherland’s boudoir, is a vibrant piece of living history.

The Green Room is well placed to host a range of smaller gatherings, able to accommodate:

  • receptions for up to 40 people
  • boardroom meetings for up to 20 people
  • 28 people seated theatre style
  • lunch or dinner with seating for 20 people

The Gold Room

With its original chandelier and antique clock by Thuillier of Paris, the Gold Room is resplendent. It retains its wealth and splendour from the time when it housed the London Museum’s Cheapside hoard of Elizabethan treasure.

The Gold Room is well placed to host a range of smaller gatherings, able to accommodate:

  • receptions for up to 40 people
  • boardroom meetings for up to 16 people
  • 20 people seated theatre style
  • lunch or dinner with seating for 16 people

Rooms 108, 109 and 110

Before Lancaster House assumed its current use as a government venue for events and hospitality, it was a private residence for the Duke of York and subsequently the Marquis of Stafford.

These three rooms functioned as a suite of bedrooms for the proprietor.

Rooms 108, 109 & 110 are well placed to host a range of smaller gatherings:

  • room 108 & 110 can accommodate meetings for up to 16 people
  • room 109 is a fixed set-up, available to accommodate a roundtable meeting of up to 8 people

All rooms are also available to host small breakout sessions from larger conferences or as an additional space for receptions and dinners.

Lancaster House Terrace and Garden

Backing onto St James’s Park, the Lancaster House garden is of a scale and size unique to London, boasting unparalleled views of Buckingham Palace, the Mall and Green Park.

With a capacity of over 200, this beautiful setting is ideal for a summer reception, with total privacy from the world outside. A marquee can be hired from one of our approved suppliers for use on the terrace.

To enquire about hosting your special event at Lancaster House, contact the team on +44 (0)20 7008 2711 from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email lancasterhouse.enquiries@fco.gov.uk