Are you organising a special event in one of the most iconic and exciting cities in the world? London has much to offer to visitors from around the globe – but did you know that many of our most famous tourist attractions are also available for private hire?

Whether you are planning an extravagant corporate event or a once-in-a-lifetime private celebration, it doesn’t get much better than London’s finest historical buildings. Here are 8 of the most memorable and stately venues you could possibly wish for – supplied by Mike James, working together with Best Venues London:

  1. House of Commons, London SW1

One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Palace of Westminster in the heart of London needs no introduction. When parliament is not in session, there are no less than 10 different venues within the Palace that can be hired by UK registered organisations.

From the ornately appointed Members’ Dining Room to the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames, the House of Commons can cater for wide range of meetings and presentations, lunches, dinners and receptions as well as weddings for up to 200 guests.

  1. St Paul’s Cathedral, London EC4

Imagine hosting an event amongst the glory and grandeur of St Paul’s Cathedral. Its grand spaces and function rooms can accommodate up to 70 people for meetings, 250 seated diners and 350 for a standing reception.

Choose the Wren Suite, the Crypt or the North Churchyard and impress your guests with the truly awe-inspiring architectural surroundings of one of Britain’s most famous landmarks.

  1. Tower of London, London EC3

One of the UK’s top tourist attractions with a history going back 1,000 years, the Tower of London offers event space for up to 2000 people at this World Heritage Site.

Whether you are planning a small dinner, a reception, banquet or large function, the magnificent ancient surroundings of the Tower must surely be the ultimate historic venue in which to welcome your guests. Why not add a private view of the Crown Jewels for your guests before the main function?

  1. Kensington Palace, London W8

Organise a sumptuous private event or corporate function that’s fit for a King among the majestic splendour of Kensington Palace, a royal residence from 1689 to the present day.

Whether you are planning to host an intimate reception or a glittering banquet, your guests will be nothing less than entranced by the stunning surroundings of this most wonderful of royal homes.

  1. Westminster Abbey, London SW1

A stunning location in central London and only a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey is a sought-after choice for meetings, receptions, intimate dinners and large garden parties, particularly during the summer months.

With a choice of rooms and garden spaces catering for up to 350, as well as the Abbey Museum which can accommodate up to 150 reception guests, Westminster Abbey is the perfect backdrop for corporate events and private celebrations.

  1. Natural History Museum, London SW7

The world famous museum is a memorable venue for a wide range of events for all occasions. Hire the grand setting of the Central Hall for elegant dinners and cocktail receptions, or large-scale award ceremonies and entertainment events for up to 1200. The futuristic Earth Galleries can cater for 50-600 people and is perfect for extravagant parties and exclusive functions.

  1. Old Royal Naval College, London SE10

The jewel of Greenwich with a strong sense of history and tradition, the Old Royal Naval College is the ideal location for formal receptions, ceremonies, conferences and weddings.

Whether you choose the grandeur and drama of the Painted Hall for a large event or opt for a more intimate venue at the Admiral’s House, the College’s baroque surroundings will delight and surprise your guests in equal measure.

  1. Serpentine Galleries, London W2

Set in the tranquil surroundings of Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine is one of London’s favourite art galleries, offering an exciting and varied exhibition programme. The beautiful neoclassical Grade II listed building has wonderfully proportioned rooms that can accommodate up to 70 seated or 150 standing guests.

The Serpentine is available for private hire for all types of event ranging from elegant champagne breakfasts to stylish evening receptions, except weddings and 21st birthday parties.