Lancaster House Summer Party SW1
Lancaster House is managed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Situated close to Buckingham Palace, this historic house offers a magnificent setting, a prestigious central location and first-class facilities for all types of events and hospitality.
Steeped in political history and magnificently preserved, Lancaster House has a wide range of rooms and a large garden – the ideal place in central London for your Summer party!
It is the perfect backdrop for any occasion from an intimate dinner to an international summit. The house also has a glamorous side. It has been used for receptions and shows during London Fashion Week, and in 2007 various rooms were used in the filming of The Young Victoria, Disney’s National Treasure Book of Secrets, and BBC/HBO’s production of Churchill at War.
Commissioned in 1825 by the ‘grand old’ Duke of York, York House – as it was then known – was a hub of social and political life throughout the 19th century.
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.
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
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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.