HQS Wellington Christmas Party WC2
This stunning, unique and historic venue offers a fantastic location for a variety of events; ideally situated between the City and the West End at her mooring on the Thames Embankment (near Temple tube station).
Built in 1933 Wellington is the last surviving member of the Grimsby class of sloops, which served valiantly during the Second World War. Since then the Wellington has been fully refitted and has been moored on the Thames since 1948, when the ship was purchased to be the Livery Hall for the Honorable Company of Master Mariners.
HQS Wellington offers the finest facilities for your Christmas party.
Arriving on this majestic piece of history, guests are met by beautiful ornate interiors, impeccable service, traditional festive decorations and of course ever moving river views.
Sparkling and mulled wine are followed by canapés and a sumptuous festive feast as party goers dine and celebrate amongst priceless marine artefacts.
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The Court Room
The staircase leads down another deck to the Annex and Court Room. The Annex is dominated by an almost life-size portrait of King Edward VIII.
Double doors open into the magnificent Court Room, once the engine room of Wellington. The Court Room underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2005. Cabinets are set into the panelled walls and these display the Company’s silver and gold together with half models and framed antique charts.
The Court Room is an impressive function venue for 120 people. The Court Room is equipped with a modern suite of audio visual equipment, including a large ceiling mounted screen, sound system and internet access.
The Model Room
HQS Wellington is entered through a spacious reception area. This features a teak divided ornate staircase descending through two decks which was saved from the breaking up of the Burns and Lairds’ Irish packet Viper. It was fitted in Wellingtonduring the 1947 conversion. This area is ideal for receiving guests, and contains many paintings and marine antiques.
The staircase leads down to the Model Room and Library. These adjoining rooms are full of books, models and marine artefacts including ships’ bells and medals. The rooms are eminently suitable for small meetings and private dining. The room is eminently suitable for conferences (up to 40 people), private dining and for receptions.
The Quarter Deck
The Quarter Deck is one of the reasons that you will hire the Wellington. With unrivalled views up and down the river, the Quarter Deck is a unique open-air venue. This space, covered by an awning, is ideal for summer cocktail parties, receptions and barbecues. The river traffic passes smoothly by as the sun sets over the House of Parliament. You sit back, cocktail in hand as the band strikes up. What could be nicer.
The Committee Room
The Committee Room which is situated on the upper deck of the ship, comfortably seats 20 people boardroom style. Panelled in light oak, it commands extensive views over the river Thames and the Embankment.
About the Wellington
The historic ship HQS Wellington is the last surviving member of the Grimsby Class of sloops which served the nation with much distinction in World War Two. She has been moored on the Thames since 1948 during which time she has been the home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, a City of London Livery Company.
Today she is part floating museum, library as well as being a unique conference and dining venue. Tours of the library and museum are available on request and these are provided by highly experienced and knowledgeable Master Mariners.
The Wellington Trust is the charitable body which took over the ownership of the Wellington in 2005 in order to ensure the preservation of the ship for the nation. Its specific and primary aims are:
Restoration, maintenance and preservation of the ship
Education of the public in the history and traditions of the British Merchant Navy
Chief Executive of the Wellington Trust: Commodore Angus Menzies RN
Patron: HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO