Kensington Palace Pavilion event space opens March

A new events venue is to be installed in the beautiful gardens of Kensington Palace in 2018.

A glass-fronted building overlooking the palace’s famous Sunken Garden, will replace the Orangery at Kensington Palace for three years, the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces has announced.

The Kensington Palace Pavilion will be flooded with light, set in the heart of the palace grounds and will be available for hire from March 2018.

Alex Donnelly-Palmer, events and operations manager at Kensington Palace, said: "With the Orangery closing imminently for planned conservation work it was important for us to provide an exciting alternative option for the many clients who choose Kensington Palace for their events.

"Additionally, clients booking events in the Kensington Palace Pavilion will contribute to Historic Royal Palaces’ charitable cause, as income raised from all commercial activities is reinvested in conservation, public access and educational activities to ensure the palace continues to be well-maintained and open for all to enjoy." 

It will temporarily replace the Orangery at Kensington Palace, which will close in January 2018 for a major conservation and building project.

The new venue is purpose-built, with flexible space for a range of events and a unique terrace overlooking the stunning gardens and East façade of the historic Georgian royal home.

The Pavilion will feature two main event spaces, with capacity for 800 guests for a standing reception across both rooms, and 300 for a seated dinner with the option of a separate drinks reception area.

It will have a covered terrace area, while the area around the Sunken Garden can also be used alongside the terrace for larger events.

Building work will begin in February 2018 and the Pavilion will be available to host from March 2018. 

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