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Expect the unexpected at the National Gallery

08 February 2016, by Alicia Masson, Events Co-ordinator, National Gallery

When imaging an event at the National Gallery, most picture a regal dining experience among great works of art. Few expect multiple dancing spaces, a licence until 02:00 and exclusive lunch time events in secret galleries. However since the launch of venue hire in 2015, never before has there been so much versatility and creativity surrounding the nation’s gallery.


The Wohl Room

Our most popular spaces house one of the greatest collections of Western European paintings in the world. Guests are encouraged to explore this collection by having the opportunity to entertain in multiple galleries throughout the evening. An evening can begin with sipping cocktails in Central Hall and a tour of North Italian art work to dining in Room 30 among iconic Spanish paintings from Velázquez to Zurbarán. Rather than ending the evening after petit fours, guests can dance the night away in the Annenberg Court, or enjoy after dinner drinks on the Portico Terrace overlooking the iconic Trafalgar Square

The Gallery’s newest space, Room A, has proven incredibly popular since its official opening in July 2015. Hidden away beneath existing galleries, Room A, often referred to as ‘The Secret Gallery’, tells the entire story of 400 years of painting in a single space. It’s a real gem for venue hire lunches as it is the only gallery space available in a national museum for day-time hire.  In the past it has held events ranging from five-course Christmas lunches through to smaller corporate conferences with just a few nibbles.

Gallery A with small stage 

The versatility and sheer size of the National Gallery means each event is a truly bespoke experience. Where some guests may hold private tours of the Impressionist Galleries, others will devour a pudding station in the Turner Room. And with venue hire still evolving, the Events Team at the National Gallery are developing and exploring what can be achieved when producing a truly unforgettable experience for everyone. 

Discover more about National Gallery Venue hire on our Venues pages or Contact Us for more information.