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Let’s go outside at The National Gallery

07 February 2019, by Laura Round

Laura Round, from the National Gallery Events Team, is delighted the venue is now offering two new beautiful outside spaces for hire. 

Situated centre stage overlooking Trafalgar Square and recognised as one of the most famous galleries in the world, the National Gallery has always had more than its fair share of appeal. Now with the official opening of the National Gallery Garden and Jubilee Walk, we’re giving event organisers even more reasons to choose our glorious venue. 

Demand for outdoor entertaining options in central London is on the increase and our two new spaces have their own distinctive and versatile features which allow for different events.  This is a new and fresh offer from the Gallery and we’re looking forward to seeing how these spaces can be transformed by our creative suppliers and clients. 

The National Gallery Garden is a hidden courtyard accessed through a secret door directly from Trafalgar Square. The space is surrounded by fragrant Jasmine bushes and offers a peaceful escape from neighbouring square. There are so many possibilities for this pretty space but we expect it to work particularly well for private or corporate drinks receptions, intimate alfresco dining, and pop-up events for around 40-60 guests. It’s available throughout the week in the evening and all day at weekends.

Jubilee Walk is a larger, partially covered space nestled between the two sides of the Gallery. It offers contemporary architecture featuring white limestone and glass and leads down to decorative wrought iron gates facing Trafalgar Square. It’s suitable for drinks receptions for up to 420 guests and is perfect for creating a bespoke event for a memorable occasion. 

We’re delighted by the creative opportunities that these new outdoor spaces will provide and are looking forward to working with Jackson Gilmour to offer event organisers even more delicious, alfresco food choices in these spaces.

All photographs by Mark Bothwell, flowers by Simon J Lycett Ltd and event production by Oxygen Event Services.