What is included in the evening hire venue cost?

Our standard rates for evening hire include exclusive access to the whole museum for the evening, your events manager in the run up to and on your event, plus museum staffing and security throughout the evening.


How long can we provisionally hold a date for?

We normally hold a date for up to two weeks to give you some time to look around and think about the venue that’s right for your event.


When is the Museum available to hire?

The Museum is available to hire Monday daytime and Tuesday – Sunday evening from 17.00. The Clore Creative Studio and Study Studio are available to hire Monday-Sunday, throughout the day.


What time will our evening event need to finish?

The usual end time for events is 23:00, although we can extend this until midnight for an additional fee. If you would like your event to run past midnight we will need to apply to the local council for an extended licence – nothing can therefore be agreed until approval has been granted. An additional fee will apply.


Do you have recommended places to stay overnight nearby?

We work with a number of local hotels to offer preferential rates to you and your guests for overnight stays. These are all within walking distance of the venue.


Do you have a car park?

We have limited spaces that can be offered to one or two guests, although unfortunately we are not able to permit cars to remain on site overnight. The Museum is a short walk from Russell Square, Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras stations. There is also room for a coach or bus to arrive outside the venue to drop off your guests. Alternatively there is an NCP car park available at the Brunswick Centre, a two minute walk away.


Do you have disabled access?

Yes, the Museum is fully wheelchair accessible with ramped access and a lift to all floors, as well as accessible toilets. A wheelchair is available on request.


Do you have a cloakroom we can use?

Yes, a cloakroom is available for your use.

Can we bring our own drinks?

Yes, as a venue we do not charge corkage. We work with a select group of suppliers who can cater for your day and who usually apply a service charge to cover the cost of glassware etc. If you are having a drinks reception only, we are happy for you to provide your own drinks and glassware. Please note that you would be required to remove all dirty glassware and rubbish at the end of your hire. Limited onsite refrigerators are available to chill drinks – please speak to a member of the team to find out more.

Can you recommend suppliers?

Yes, although we are a dry hire venue we work closely with a range of high quality, approved suppliers. We can help you to pick the perfect suppliers for your event, from caterers and florists to lighting and entertainment companies. Please ask a member of the team for further details.



From cocktails and canapés, to spectacular three-course feasts, our approved caterers can satisfy a range of tastes and budgets. Browse our list of suppliers to find out more. We prefer that clients use these accredited suppliers as each has been chosen for their high quality of service and their experience of working with the Museum.


Can we serve red wine?

Red wine can be consumed throughout seated dining but we do not allow it to be served during standing receptions. This is because it can stain our precious floors and furniture if spilt, causing permanent damage.

Can we have live music?

The Royal Academy of Music offers a great variety of musical options, from jazz trios and solo pianists, to harpists and brass ensembles. Prices vary, although a breakdown of these costs can be sought by discussing requirements with the Royal Academy of Music directly.


Do you have a piano on site?

Yes, we are proud to own a 1923 Broadwood piano, located in the Picture Gallery, that can be used for your event. Please ask a member of the events team for further details.


Can we have dancing?

Yes, we allow dancing to take place in our Study Studio on the ground floor which can be transformed into a dancing area. You will be required to hire a dance floor as we cannot allow dancing to take place on the original flooring.

Can we decorate the venue?

With its stunning eighteenth-century interiors, the Museum doesn’t need much to bring the romance and beauty of the space alive. Floral displays, lighting and accessories can all add elegance and glamour. However, we understand that with no rules when it comes to decorating a venue, it can be a daunting prospect. That’s why we work with a carefully-selected group of suppliers who can help create your perfect event – from florists, lighting and production companies. See our list of approved suppliers to find out more.


To arrange a visit please call 020 7841 3616 or email us at events@foundlingmuseum.org.uk