The Natural History Museum contains some of London’s most exciting event spaces, and we’re not just talking about the magnificent Earth Halls!
The Museum is also home to a handful of lesser known venues, which are just waiting to be discovered. Lead your guests on a journey of discovery at one of these intriguing spaces…
Only available between January and August 2017, the North Hall takes guests through the rich history of the Natural History Museum. Entering through the contemporary Darwin Centre, and walking past the extraordinary collection of exhibits in Whale Hall, will take guests through to this traditional dining space in the North Hall. The North Hall is the perfect place to soak up the grandeur of the Museum’s unique atmosphere with seasonal menus from Create.
Waterhouse way, part of the Waterhouse building at the Natural History Museum, has beautiful architecture and some of the most complete fossils of prehistoric sea animals in the world. Guests can dine with a view of the giant sloth or even next to fossils that inspired stories of sea dragons. Seating up to 200 guests, Waterhouse Way is a flexible event space that offers beautiful architecture and the chance to dine next to fossils from prehistoric sea animals. Not your everyday event space!
The Images of Nature Gallery at the Natural History Museum provides a beautiful and intimate setting for guests. With seating for up to 80 guests, the gallery shows historic prints, watercolours and modern images of how artists and scientists view the natural world. Star specimens and exhibits include some of the first scientific images of Australian wildlife, observed by Ferdinand Bauer on the voyage of HMS Investigator (1801-1805)Franz Bauer’s intricate illustrations of orchids and other exotic plants introduced to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Roelandt Savery’s famous dodo painting, with a more scientifically accurate interpretation of the extinct bird by Julian Pender Hume, interactive screens, where guests can explore a variety of artworks and a drawing wall. This space is guaranteed to be a hit with creatives.
One of the museum’s better known spaces is the Darwin Centre and Courtyard. Housed within an 8-storey cocoon, the landmark Darwin Centre is the Museum’s most significant expansion since it moved to South Kensington in 1881 – and it’s definitely the most striking. Your guests may appreciate a private viewing of the Museum’s enviable displays of 100s of real specimens, high-tech installations and a wonderful historic insect collection that dates back 400 years. The outdoor courtyard is an ideal space for drinks receptions; a true hidden gem, and offers a private gated entrance. On a summer’s evening there’s no better place to enjoy a glass of Pimm’s.
Seating up to 45, the Earth’s Treasury makes a great fit for elegant, intimate dinners at the Natural History Museum. Guests can see how diamonds are formed and cut, and view the royal links to precious stones. A glittering display includes everything from gold nuggets to Stonehenge rock and kryptonite.
To find out more about any of the spaces at the Natural History Museum contact us to arrange your site visit.