Queen’s HouseA former royal residence and the first classical building in England, designed as a palace of pleasure and celebration
Queen's House is a former royal residence in the London borough of Greenwich and the first classical building in England. Designed as a palace of pleasure and celebration, the venue still hosts extraordinary events of a great variety while also functioning as a gallery. The house offers three main event spaces for elegant, engaging and lavish corporate and private events. Queen's House enjoys commanding views over the River Thames, city skyline and the Royal Observatory. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor event spaces, each with a spectacular backdrop. This is one venue no one forgets.
Queen's House is one of the most important buildings in British architectural history, as the first consciously classical building in England. It is an extraordinary venue. The Great Hall on the north side of the house is the main event space. The venue's iconic black and white marble floor and soaring gold-leafed ceiling balance its perfectly cubic two-storey space. With room for up to 120 guests, it makes for a warm and open dining hall, grand reception space or romantic wedding ceremony location.
The Orangery and South Parlours on the south side offer three more adjoining rooms for celebrations. The light-filled Orangery connects the parlours and offers stunning views of Greenwich Park. Guests can step out of the Orangery in fine weather to take in the vista during arrival drinks or admire the vast marine art collection in the parlours.
Full event hire at the Queen's House also includes access to the cloakroom and facilities in the Undercroft. The Undercroft is a series of three vaulted rooms below the Great Hall. These spaces offer an opportunity for event guests to dance the night away till the early hours. There is, of course, the option of venturing out onto the grounds for a fireworks display for celebrations that require that extra 'wow' factor. Queen's House is a venue of great significance in London, fit for the most remarkable events.
King James I commissioned the architect, Inigo Jones, to design the building in 1616 for his wife, Anne of Denmark. However, Anne of Denmark never lived to see Inigo Jones's progressive classical design realised, dying in 1619 with only the first floor completed. It was not until 1629 when James's son Charles I gave Greenwich to his wife Henrietta Maria, that work the house resumed.
The Queen's House was completed around 1636 and is considered remarkable for its break with the traditional red-brick Tudor building style. It was also recognised for its elegant proportions and the high quality of interiors. Queen's House was the first entirely Classical building in England. It has been used throughout the years as a Royal Palace, the home of the Rangers of Greenwich Park and a school. Today as an art gallery, the house is a permanent home to one of the three Armada portraits of Elizabeth I and hosts a range of exhibitions throughout the year. As a venue for events, Queen's House now hosts some of the most successful celebrations and milestone corporate events.