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Hire The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich ~ Whole Venue








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King William Walk, GreenwichSouth, East London, SE10 9NN

*REOPENING EARLY 2019* Contact our team today to reserve your date.
The Painted Hall, created between 1708–27 by Sir James Thornhill, is often described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’. Your wedding day is a one-of-a-kind experience that deserves a venue like no other. The moment you enter the Painted Hall, you will know that you have found such a venue. Exquisite paintings by Sir James Thornhill soar to the lofty ceiling of a room that always inspires awe and wonder. Here in the “finest dining hall in Europe”, your wedding breakfast will feel warm and intimate, even in the midst of such grandeur.
Beyond the hall itself, there is a wealth of venue treasures to discover. The majestic vaulted Undercroft that sit beneath the buildings can be hired separately or in combination with the hall. This setting showcases a different side of the Old Royal Naval College, a unique ambience, no less impressive. The Victorian Skittle Alley is a remarkable period setting which you can hire in conjunction with the Queen Mary Undercroft, giving your guests a chance to try their hand at skittles, 19th century style! It also works perfectly as a calm space for any guest that wants a moment away from all the excitement.
Your guests will arrive via the beautiful Westgate entrance, just moments away from the Painted Hall. Alternatively, why not make your entrance as dramatic as your venue and arrive by boat?Amidst the majesty of the Painted Hall, the bride will make her way down the aisle, with all eyes on her, the centrepiece of Sir James Thornhill’s masterwork. Here a beautiful civil ceremony is conducted, lasting for around half an hour and leaving barely a dry eye in the hall!
Once you have said your “I do”s, guests are invited to take advantage of warm weather, with an al fresco drinks reception on the King William Colonnades. During the cooler months, guests will be welcomed to the Queen Mary Undercroft for their pre-dinner drinks. This is a wonderful opportunity to take photographs capturing the enchanting backdrops offered by the grounds at the Old Royal Naval College. Before long, guests will be called to dinner. On returning to the Painted Hall, you will find it transformed for your wedding breakfast and speeches. Here in the “finest dining hall in Europe”, your celebration will feel warm and intimate, even in such grand surroundings.
As the mood changes, your guests will appreciate a change in scenery, as they discover more of the Old Royal Naval College’s elegant spaces. Take to the Undercroft to cut the cake and dance the night away in atmospheric surroundings. Hire the Queen Mary and your guests can even try their hand at skittles in our refurbished Victorian Skittle Alley!

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Ratings & Reviews

Brian FawcettMarch 5th, 2019

Really enjoyed our visit. Took the free guided tour which was excellent. The guide brought the history of the buildings to life. He was very knowledgeable about the history of England and how the palace which stood in this location played its part. Will come again!


Happy DazeJune 12th, 2019

Since the University of Greenwich took over the site a few years ago you have been able to access some parts of the building never before accessible to the Public, such as the Painted Hall. The artwork within is excellent. Not only that but the columns are artificial, actually painted onto the wall. Have you discovered Thorntree's sinister hand yet? It's under a carpet in the large painting at the far end of the Hall. Ask the guide to show it to you! Not too sure if you can visit the nuclear reactor building yet.....even though the nuclear reactor has long gone!


Heng NgMay 28th, 2019

Stunning architecture. The Royal Navy has vacated the premises now. Today the historic buildings are occupied by the Laban Dance & Music Conservatory and Greenwich University.Thank you


Dennis DixonMay 7th, 2019

The Old Royal Naval College is home to the Painted Room which actually takes your breath away. There are padded benches to lay on so you can fully take in the whole painted ceiling which is incredible. Below stairs you can find an old bowling alley which you can have a play on. You will have to retrieve the ball you throw and reset the skittles yourself but that is its charm. There is much to see here so give yourself at least 3 hours to take it all in. The entry fee was £12 which, on its own is really reasonable, but you get to use that ticket for a whole year. Bargain. The old Royal Naval College is a must see if you are visiting London.


Beate DörreMay 11th, 2019

Takes your breath away! Was lucky to be here than only a few people were visiting, so almost the complete hall for myself! The audioguide is very good for taking it all in in your own time - and time you need to find all the "hidden" details.

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