Horniman Museum & Gardens Est. 1980

100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, United Kingdom

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This Victorian Conservatory and museum set in South London is home to a spectacular secret garden.
Set on acres of award-winning gardens, the glass conservatory is a unique and utterly beautiful place to host anything from a magical ceremony to a delightful dinner party. With many venues options within the museum and gardens, rent out the property in entirety or pick one of the intimate niches.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Views
Cityscape
Courtyard
Garden
Historical Monument
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Park
Skyline
Style
British
Elegant
Garden Party
Romantic
Victorian
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
LGBT Weddings
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Hidden in one of the most elegant locations in South London and set in surprisingly rural parkland is the Horniman Conservatory.

This elegant, Grade II Listed Victorian Conservatory stands within a stylish terrace allowing guests to enjoy views across the award winning gardens. This beautiful structure is one of the very few glass houses available for private hire, and is truly breathtaking, requiring very little decoration to enhance its elegant lines.

Licensed for Wedding Ceremonies for up to 120 guests this idyllic and truly romantic space features prominently in the Wedding Dreams of many couples, and we are always delighted to help make those dreams a reality.

The conservatory can sit up to 120 guests for a ceremony or wedding breakfast, whilst the addition of a marquee allows up to 30 additional evening guests.

Also within the 16 1/2 acres of award winning gardens you will find the recently built Horniman Pavilion & the wonderful Victorian Grade II Listed Bandstand. Both these beautiful and unique venues enjoy outstanding views across London & are licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies.

The newly renovated Bandstand is perfect for small, intimate ceremonies from as few as 4 guests up to a maximum of 50. It can also be used for photographs or a drinks reception following your vows in the Pavilion or Conservatory. Restored to its original Victorian elegance, it offers a picturesque snap-shot of a bygone era, with stunning views across the surrounding gardens and beyond to the horizon and the impressive landmarks of central London.

The Horniman Pavilion is an idyllic yet modern venue for a wedding or civil partnership ceremony for up to 60 guests. It is also the perfect venue for a private party. Built in 2011 as the final part of the £2.3m garden renovation project it is a bright and airy space with floor to ceiling windows which fold back across the front of the building to give full access to a large open deck overlooking the London skyline.

These spaces can all be hired individually or to be used in conjunction with each other.

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Estimated Price Per Head

from $70 to $300

Additional Charges

When hiring the venue we then provide costs for all additional costs associated with your day - this includes not just food and beverages but all all hire equipment, including a temporary onsite kitchen erected especially for each event, all staff, all delivery and collection fees. The Venue price range shown above allows for all these additional costs (which range greatly depending on which of the 3 spaces within the grounds you are hiring). The price per head is based on food only, which is not an accurate reflection of the total costs. It is essential to contact Suzanne James for full cost details.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
120
Buffet
120
Standing
150
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1980
Curfew
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Corkage/Bottle Fee – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol For A Fee
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • Street Parking
Venue Features
The Scene:
Whether you are planning a conference, special celebration, or corporate away day, the Horniman Museum and Gardens could be the ideal venue for you.

We have three unique spaces available for event hire.

The Conservatory:

This elegant Victorian Conservatory stands within a stylish terrace and allows guests to enjoy views across the award winning gardens. The Grade II listed cast iron Conservatory was originally built in the Horniman family house in Coombe Cliff, Croydon in 1894. By 1982 it had fallen into disrepair and, with the help of English Heritage, it was dismantled and beautifully restored and reopened in 1988. It is now used for performances and parties and is licensed for civil ceremonies.

The Pavilion:

Set within the Horniman Gardens the Pavilion is an idyllic yet modern venue.  Built in 2011 as the final part of the £2.3m garden renovation project, it is a bright and airy space with floor to ceiling windows which fold back across the front of the building to give full access to a large open deck overlooking the London skyline and much of the Horniman's beautiful award-winning 16½ acres of gardens.

The Bandstand:

The Bandstand is perfect for small, intimate occasions or for photographs. Newly refurbished to its original Victorian elegance, it offers a picturesque snap-shot of a bygone era, with stunning views across the surrounding gardens and beyond to the horizon and the impressive landmarks of central London.

Extra Perks:
Free onsite parking for one vehicle (Bridal Car), plus disabled parking space.

All Conservatory bookings of 6 hours or more are offered the opportunity to reserve the Bandstand for photographs for up to 1 hour free of charge.
Awards & Notables Blog: A Horniman Wedding
Also featured in Brides Magazine May 2015 & Your London Wedding May/June 2015
Celebration Locations
Horniman Conservatory:
Victorian Grade II Listed Conservatory set within it's own terrace, private garden also included in the hire.
- View: Overlooks the Museum & landscaped Gardens
- Max Capacity: 120 seated, 150 for evening reception (with Guest Marquee)
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Horniman Bandstand:
Victorian Grade II Listed Bandstand. Fully Renovated.
- View: Stunning views across the Central London Skyline and also the Museum's own landscaped gardens.
- Max Capacity: 50
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Horniman Pavilion:
An idyllic yet modern venue. Built in 2011 as the final part of the £2.3m garden renovation project, it is a bright and airy space with floor to ceiling windows which fold back across the front of the building to give full access to a large open deck.
- View: Stunning views across the Central London Skyline and also the Museum's own landscaped gardens.
- Max Capacity: 60 Seated, 80 Standing
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Suzanne James Catering is the sole caterer for all events. 
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