Your Journey Through an Event at St Paul’s Cathedral

20.06.17

It was London's tallest building until 1967, survived the relentless bombardment of the Blitz of the Second World War, and is widely regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cathedrals. What else could we possibly be talking about other than the iconic St. Paul's?

 

After Old St. Paul's was gutted by the Great Fire of London, construction of the cathedral that we know and love today was completed in 1711. Of course it still operates as a place of worship and also is one of the city's most visited tourist attractions. Entering the building the space is alive with open-mouthed visitors absorbing the beauty of the majestic dome. It’s after hours, however, that St. Paul’s simply has to be seen.

 

As an event venue the Cathedral is extremely versatile, with much more to offer than you may know. Here we take you on the journey you would take during a dinner for 250 guests.

 

Entrance

Having arrived and ascended the famous steps to the cathedral entrance, there will be no delay in wowing your guests. Passing through the doors you will be able to wander around the main body of the building, taking your time to marvel at the exquisite architecture and history of this legendary place. Formal group tours can be arranged, however if you’d rather something more relaxed, several guides will be present to answer any questions. Having taken in the grandeur of their surroundings, guests will then make their way downstairs to the Crypt.

Nelson’s Chamber

The first area you will enter is the Nelson Chamber, which is where you are able to enjoy your reception. With its dramatic vaulted ceilings the room centres proudly around the tomb of Admiral Nelson, and is deceptive in its size. You are even able to hold receptions in here comfortably for over 200 guests. More than just a space, on the perimeter of the Chamber, you will find the time line and which will keep everyone even more engaged!

The Crypt

From Nelson Chamber you will be able to proceed to the Crypt, a spacious setting again with vaulted ceilings and a variety of layout options. In the Crypt your guests can be seated for dinner, but for larger events such as standing reception, up to 350 people can be accommodated. For smaller groups, a long table set up can be arranged which uses the long shape of the Crypt beautifully.

And that’s not all…

St. Paul’s isn’t just about large scale dinners and receptions. It boasts a variety of different spaces that are ideal for unique meetings, conferences, and private dinners in the Wren Suite, Temple Bar, and in Chapter House next door. Meanwhile, if outdoor space is required the North Churchyard can accommodate a standing reception of 350 guests, and is fact one of the only areas of outdoor event space in the City of London.

So, if a beloved cultural and architectural icon isn’t necessarily the most important requirement in choosing your next event venue, then perhaps sheer practicality and versatility is? Either way, St. Paul’s Cathedral offers an incredible collection of central London event spaces that need to be seen to be truly appreciated.

 

Please do get in touch with us today if you would like to arrange a private viewing of the cathedral’s event spaces by emailing info@foodbydish.com or calling 020 269 0398 today!