This sleek and striking venue is the next stage in events space evolution, with an 8-storey cocoon at its heart.

The Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum is a very impressive event space to hold a variety of events in.

The Darwin Centre is the Natural History Museum’s most major and striking expansion since its move to South Kensington in 1881.


Dinner 30-150

Buffet/Reception 30-250

Conference 100-300

natural history museum london darwin centre
natural history museum london darwin centre

Venue History​

The history of the Natural History Museum goes back to over 250 years. The origins of the museum lie with Sir Hans Sloane, who was both a physician and a collector. Sir Hans Sloane donated his impressive collection of natural curiosities to the nation in 1753.

This collection however originally was given to the British Museum – once the collection grew with other donations, Sir Richard Owen the British Museum’s natural history collection’s Superintendent persuaded the government to move the collection to a new museum.

The site where the new museum would stand was initially occupied by what was called ‘the ugliest building in London’ – this building held the International Exhibition of 1863. The new museum was officially declared open in 1963, however different sections before this year had already been opened to the public.

Venue Overview

Inside the Darwin Centre is a glass lift which runs up the edge of the Cocoon - which is an 8 storey cocoon – the glass lift allows guests to appreciate the stunning views of the Darwin Centre. Private viewings of the Museum can also be offered to guests –here they can view displays of hundreds of real specimens, high-tech installations and brilliant historic insect collections which date all the way back to 400 years ago.

Inside of the Darwin Centre locates three event spaces which are all clean and modern and all of which are available for evening hire. The first of the spaces is the Atrium, which is an outdoor courtyard and Nature Gallery. At the foot of the imposing cocoon stands the glass Atrium – this is a stunning space which has an impressive setting for receptions and seated dinners.

Another space great to host reception drinks in is the outdoor courtyard. This isolated space is a hidden gem which can be used on a summer’s evening in conjunction with the adjoining Atrium.

The Darwin Centre has hosted a wide variety of events, from cocktail receptions to seated dinners. When you’re at the Darwin Centre, you’re given the choice to admire the modern architecture or enjoy the Darwin Centre’s tranquil private garden.

natural history museum london darwin centre
natural history museum london darwin centre


Natural History Museum, the Darwin Centre, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom