Hire the Garden Museum in Lambeth for your wedding or event

Back in May I blogged about a wonderful new museum I had discovered in London, The Garden Museum in Lambeth, which is set in the beautiful former church of St. Mary at Lambeth. The only museum in the UK to celebrate the art, design and history of gardens, its unique setting and construction, which blends medieval splendour with contemporary interior design makes it a great venue for weddings and corporate events alike. The pretty knot garden outside also makes an enchanting environment for wedding photography, a relaxed evening reception or a lively summer barbecue.

If you are interested in hiring the Garden Museum for your wedding or event, rates are detailed below.

garden museum interior

The Garden Museum’s unique interior makes a wonderful setting for weddings or corporate events

THE HISTORY OF THE BUILDING

The Museum is situated in the beautiful former church of St. Mary at Lambeth, which is next to Lambeth Palace and just across the Thames from the Houses of Parliament. St Mary at Lambeth was founded in 1062 and the Museum retains much of its medieval character. The tower was a later addition in 1377. The interior of the church was largely remodeled in the Victorian period.

In 1972 the church was deconsecrated and scheduled for demolition. At that time all the internal furniture, bells and altar were removed. Just before the wreckers arrived the building was saved by John and Rosemary Nicholson who wanted to save not only the building but also the now Grade II* listed tombs of Tradescant, Bligh and Sealy.

In 2008 the venue was transformed by the installation of contemporary gallery spaces. The Garden Museum receives no public funding and is wholly reliant on the generosity of its audience and venue hire for its continuing existence.

THE KNOT GARDEN

The Museum’s garden was created in 1980. At its heart is a knot garden designed by the Museum’s President, The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury (who was then also re-making the gardens at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire). The reason for the seventeenth-century spirit of the design is that our garden also houses the tomb of the great plant-hunters, gardeners and collectors, John Tradescant the Elder (c.1570-1638) and Younger (1608-1662), the rediscovery of which originally inspired the creation of a museum of garden history.

The Knot Garden provides a pretty backdrop for photographs, afternoon or evening drinks

The Knot Garden provides a pretty backdrop for photographs, afternoon or evening drinks

The knot garden and its surrounds are planted with species introduced by the Tradescants – such as the scarlet runner bean, red maple and tulip tree – and many others grown by them in their Lambeth garden. It is not only historically significant but also a lush and beautiful spot in the centre of London, cared for by a small horticultural team of staff and volunteers.

RATES

Private Hire details:
Sunday to Friday (5pm to 11.30pm) £3,200.00
Saturday (4pm to 11.30pm) £3,420.00
Each additional hour up to 1.30am £350.00
Corporate Hire details
Sunday to Friday (5pm to 11.30pm) £3,400.00
Saturday (4pm to 11.30pm) £3,620.00
Each additional hour up to 1.30am £350.00

For more information, please contact:

Benjamin O’Connor
External Relations and Venue Hire Manager
Garden Museum
T: 0207 401 8865 (Extension 821)
E: benjamin@gardenmuseum.org.uk