Charges

Some Standard Prices for Private Events

Venue Hire

VAT is not included in any of the prices on this page

The prices shown on this page are for guidance, they are not a quotation for your specific event and they don't cover every possible customer requirement. We're very flexible and are happy to quote for your exact needs. VAT is added to all charges.

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We offer some furniture free of charge. There is no separate charge for use of the kitchen, or for coat rails. We do not require you to use caterers who will pay us commission and charge you more. There is no corkage charge. We do not charge for reasonable refuse disposal following your event.

Parties, Wedding Receptions and Other Events with Music and Dancing

The prices below are for all evening events which involve loud music and dancing. From experience this type of event involves more work and more cleaning than simple receptions, therefore a higher tarif is applied.

These events can only be held on Fridays, Saturdays, or days when the following day is a public holiday. There are limits on the number of these events held in the museum - please see our availability information or ask about availability for your choice of date. Limited furniture is included, banqueting furniture is available at an extra charge.

Wedding/Civil Partnership Ceremonies

A supplement is payable if we host the Wedding/Civil Partnership Ceremony, conducted by a Registrar. This may not apply to non-legal ceremonies such as Humanist ceremonies.

Receptions, dinners and other evening events without loud music or dancing

These prices are for social reception type events, launches, etc. where there is no lound music or dancing. Quiet background music is acceptable. The prices include our basic furniture of 10 tables and 40 non-upholstered chairs. If the basic furniture is not sufficient we can offer our banqueting furniture set at extra cost. See our furniture page for details. A £50 reduction is offered if we do NOT need to move any exhibitions. This usually applies for small-scale events and standing receptions for under 125 guests. Quotations for evening business meetings and conferences are normally inclusive of all furniture and will make clear what is and is not included.

Reductions for local community organisations, and for waterways organisations, may sometimes be offered. A reduction of £50 is offered on the above charges if the event starts later at 1800, in which case there will not be any access to the building until 1800. The minimum charge for any evening booking is £325.

Daytime Conferences on Mondays

Sample prices for Monday conferences including all furniture

Number of delegates/price
Layout 30 50 60 80 100 >150
Theatre £475 £475 £500 £550 £590 £625
Cabaret £625 £650 £680 £750
Boardroom £600

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Evening Business Conferences

Sample prices for evening business conferences including all furniture.

Please note that on Tuesdays to Fridays we start setting up and arranging furniture etc no earlier than 1630.

Number of delegates/price (Times 1630 to 2100)
Layout 30 50 60 80 100 >150
Theatre £500 £520 £530 £550 £570 £590
Cabaret £675 £700 £715 £740
Boardroom £625

Breakfast Meetings

Small Conferences and Meetings

Hire of small conference room only, for the times shown. Self-service refreshments are included at no extra charge. These are samples, we will quote for your exact requirements. All tables and chairs are included.

Tuesdays to Sundays

Mondays

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Storage

You hire the museum or conference room for a specific period of time. The price you pay for this does not include any use of the premises for storage outside the hire period. You are welcome to have things delivered after the start of the hire period and have everything taken away at the end of it. However, in many cases it is convenient to be able to have things delivered in advance, or left afterwards, for example overnight until next day. We offer the use of our conference room for storage purposes in connection with a function in the museum. The following are the most common customer requirements:

We do not allow storage of anything in the exhibition galleries during our opening hours to the public, or overnight after an evening function (An exception is sometimes made on Sunday nights). Access to the storage facility is of course only available when the museum is open, or by arrangement.

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Refreshments, Furniture and Equipment Hire

We believe we offer excellent value for money compared to other interesting heritage venues in London. Our policy of allowing you to choose your own caterer means you can obtain the best deal on catering, which can often be the biggest cost at a function. If you are comparing us with other venues, check what's included in the price. We do not make an additional charge for: use of kitchen during the hire period, coat rails, use of our basic furniture.

Please Make an enquiry to ask for a quotation or check availability, to book, or contact us to arrange a viewing.

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