• Drinks reception in the Court RoomDrinks reception in the Court Room © Clean Plate Pictures
  • Private drinks reception in the Court RoomDrinks reception in the Court Room © Mark Bothwell
  • Prosecco served at drinks reception© Clean Plate Pictures
  • Private drinks reception in the Court RoomDrinks reception in the Court Room © Mark Bothwell
  • Drinks reception canapés by approved supplier Food ShowCanapés by Food Show © Food Show
  • Book launch reception at the Foundling MuseumJake Arnott book launch © Crispin Hughes
Are you looking for an unusual event venue in central London? Enjoy exclusive use of the Museum for your drinks reception and impress your guests with our striking historic interiors.

The Museum makes an unusual venue for your next party. Your guests can explore our historic Collection and fine interiors whilst enjoying drinks and canapés from some of London’s top caterers. Our carefully created out of hours package takes the stress out of planning. Whether you’re hosting a special reception for colleagues, celebrating a birthday or retirement, or looking for a post-work drinks venue with a twist, this is the package for you.

Located on the first floor our two event spaces provide elegant surroundings in which to entertain guests. Perfect for smaller events, the Court Room boasts one of the best surviving Rococo interiors in London with a magnificent plaster ceiling. Across the corridor the grand Picture Gallery, with its tall windows and extraordinary display of masterpieces by some of Britain’s greatest painters, is ideal for large receptions providing a stunning backdrop for your next party.

Our 1923 Broadwood grand piano, located in the Picture Gallery, can be used to set the tone for a perfect evening. Guided tours can also be arranged for smaller groups to enjoy a more intimate occasion.

If you’re looking for an unusual party venue in central London, our dedicated staff can assist you with everything from site visit, administration and pre-planning through to on-site management of the event itself. We work closely with a selection of approved suppliers from caterers and florists, through to photographers and musicians, so you can create the perfect event. We welcome enquiries for press events, product and book launches, brand experiences, corporate receptions and more.

Evening hire is available every day. Daytime hire is available on Mondays only.

Income generated from venue hire supports our vital and unique work with disadvantaged children and young adults.


  • The Capability Brown Festival held our closing celebration at the Founding Museum. It is a beautiful venue and our guests relished the Picture Gallery, the Court Room and the exhibitions, all brought to life by an introductory talk from Caro the Director. The Foundling Museum pairs its fascinating history with a friendly and efficient welcome from the events team, which was reflected in the glowing feedback we have received from our guests.

    Ceryl Evans, Capability Brown Festival
  • Frontline recently held a launch event for our Fellowship Network at the Foundling Museum. It was the perfect venue for an event like this, and the different spaces helped to create a dynamic event. The staff were incredibly helpful. We will certainly hold events at the Museum in the future.

    Aimee Hardaker, Frontline
  • I wanted to send my sincere thank you to all of you who helped make last Wednesday’s reception a success. We had a wonderful time and all our guests loved the venue. Thank you also for all the help you gave me in the planning and on the night. It made my life a lot easier.

    Jo Marren-King, Henry Smith Charity
  • We recently had a drinks reception at the Foundling Museum to celebrate a colleague’s retirement. The staff are welcoming and very helpful, and the catering was delicious. Many commented on what an impressive building it is. Guests very much enjoyed the short talk on the history of the Museum and enjoyed looking at the exhibits while catching up over a glass of champagne. I can’t recommend the venue enough to help you create a memorable and enjoyable evening.

    Helen Hume-Smith, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • I just wanted to thank your team for making the event a great success. We got really good feedback and the space was perfect for it – very magical and special. I hope we’ll have the opportunity to work together again in the future.

    Fanny Guesdon, Young People in the Arts

Enquire now

Discuss your event with our dedicated events team on +44 (0)20 7841 3616 or fill out the enquiry form below to find out more about this unique venue for hire in central London.