Glasshouse venue with beautiful views. This elegant venue is perfect for weddings, receptions, dinners and summer celebrations..
Today the Orangery is a beautiful Grade I listed building with fantastic views of Kew Gardens.
Popular events which have taken place at the Orangery have ranged from large-scale parties, receptions, dinners and summer and Christmas parties. Also, being situated near the Main Gate inside the gardens makes it a perfect setting for weddings and other events.
It was Princess Augusta – the Kew founder - who decided to employ William Chambers to be the architect for the Gardens but also to tutor her son (the future King George III). Chambers finished the Orangery in 1761 and is known as the largest classical style building inside the gardens.
Originally, the Orangery was designed as a hothouse, specifically to grow citrus plants, however, due to the lacking of light it was not suitable for this. Large glazed doors were added to the Orangery in 1841 by Sir William Hooker – this improved the Orangery’s effectiveness as more light could make its way into the building. After this instalment, Sir William Hooker used this building to house plants which were too big for other glasshouses.
The purpose of the Orangery was again altered and converted into a timber museum, to exhibit wood from Britain’s colonies. The number of specimens of wood continued to grow and in 1878 more than a thousand samples of wood arrived.
The timber museum continued to exist for a long period of time until the Orangery was converted into a team room in 1989 and in 2002 it was altered to look as it does today.
Today the Orangery is an elegant and spacious building which has a maximum capacity of 180 guests for lunches and afternoon teas. Equally the space can be used outside of opening hours as an event space for corporate events or special-occasion dinners.
The Grade I listed venue is very light, airy and elegant, making it the perfect candidate for a range of events. It also has beautiful views of the landscapes which are greatly appreciated by everyone who observes it, especially during the warmer months this can be even more appreciated on the terrace.
The Orangery can hold a maximum of 400 guests standing and 200 guests seated.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Kew Green, Richmond TW9 3AB, United Kingdom