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    Lancaster House

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    Steeped in political history, Lancaster House is a venue suited to hosting anything from intimate dinners to large conferences and even international summits.

    Steeped in political history, Lancaster House is a venue suited to hosting anything from intimate dinners to large conferences and even international summits.

    Host your event in the venue that has hosted more heads of state, politicians and celebrities than any other venue in London. Lancaster House has been a government favourite since 1913, and remains a glorious venue in a prestigious central location.

    Situated in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace, Lancaster House is the property of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It is a magnificent setting that has previously hosted receptions and London Fashion Week shows. It has also been used in filming, from Young Victoria and Disney’s National Treasure Book of Secrets to Downton Abbey.

    Lancaster House is an ideal venue for a range of events, from an intimate dinner to a large international summit. There are a wide range of rooms (including the Long Gallery, Grand hall and Music Room) and a large stately garden. The house is just off St James’s Park.

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    The Duke of York commissioned Lancaster House in 1825. Known as York House, it was a nineteenth century social and political hub. Following the Duke’s death, the house was purchased by the Duke of Sutherland whose family owned the house from 1829 to 1913. The high profile and politically engaged Sutherland’s hosted many influential twentieth century figures at the house including the Italian nationalist leader Garibaldi. The Sutherlands were also keen art collectors and some of their impressive art collection remains on the walls of Lancaster House today.

    The house became Lancaster House in 1913 when Lord Leverhulme bought the house for the nation and named it after his home county. Since 1913 the house has briefly been home to the London Museum but has otherwise been used as a centre of government hospitality.

    Dinner 50-150
    Buffet/Reception 50-700