• Private dinner party in the Picture GalleryDinner party set-up in the Picture Gallery by The Admirable Crichton © Mark Bothwell
  • Private dining in the Picture Gallery © Mark Bothwell & The Admirable CrichtonDinner party set-up in the Picture Gallery by The Admirable Crichton © Mark Bothwell, catering by The Admirable Crichton
  • Reception catering by approved supplier CreateCatering by Create © Create
  • Prosecco served at drinks reception© Clean Plate Pictures
  • Private dining in the Picture Gallery © Mark Bothwell & The Admirable CrichtonDinner party set-up by The Admirable Crichton © Mark Bothwell
  • Private dinner party catering by approved supplier Table TalkCatering by Table Talk © Table Talk
  • Private dinner party set-upPrivate dinner party in the Picture Gallery
Enjoy an unforgettable private dining experience in our beautiful central London venue, complete with stunning period details and striking decor.

The Foundling Museum is the ideal venue for your private dinner party, with two beautiful rooms to hire. With its sumptuous olive-green walls, Persian carpet and striking plaster ceiling, the Court Room is perfect for an intimate dining event. Up to 40 guests can be seated on two tables, or up to 20 on a single table. This space also provides a unique setting for a pre-dinner drinks reception.

Alternatively the Picture Gallery, with its tall windows and large-scale paintings, makes a powerful backdrop for larger private dining events. Guests can dine alongside William Hogarth’s magnificent portrait of the Foundling Hospital’s founder, Thomas Coram. Up to 100 guests can be seated on round tables, or up to 46 on a single table.

Whether you are hosting a corporate event, looking to entertain valued clients or celebrating a special birthday or anniversary, the Foundling Museum offers a unique environment in which to impress your guests. A private tour of the Museum can be included as part of your event, and for classical music fans, an opportunity to view the Gerald Coke Handel Collection makes for a truly unique experience.

Our dedicated events team would be delighted to assist you with all aspects of planning to help create the perfect private party. We work closely with some of the leading suppliers in the industry to create a unique and memorable occasion for you and your guests. Chosen for their high quality of service, our carefully selected list of approved suppliers includes florists, production companies, musicians and photographers, along with some of London’s top caterers offering exquisite food and drinks.

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.


  • See how the Picture Gallery can be set for a dining event in our timelapse video
  • Everyone was as pleased and happy as anyone can ever be for the superior evening we enjoyed last night at the Foundling Museum. The museum itself is of course very very fine, and my guests were just amazed when they walked into the beautiful Court Room.

    Karen Johnston, Salvador Dali Museum
  • I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and all the team at the museum for helping to make the Adoption Awards such a great success. It all ran very smoothly and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks for all your help in the planning and to the team on the night, who helped it to run like clockwork, we look forward to coming back next year.

    Rachel Lee, Coram
  • I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help in the lead up to last week’s event and all the support you and your team gave on the night. We’ve had very encouraging and warm feedback from guests. Many were unfamiliar with the Foundling Museum and were so pleased they had the opportunity to visit out of hours.

    Harbeena Lalli, National Trust
  • What a great evening we had on Wednesday. I just wanted to send my thanks and to let you know how wonderful the whole Foundling team were. My trustees were inspired by the Foundling mission.

    Stephen McEnally, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

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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.