The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is a spectacular architectural masterpiece at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, on the banks of the River Thames. The historic site with its breath-taking interiors and beautiful outdoor spaces, was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and features some of the finest architecture in Europe.
Situated just a short distance from central London, the ORNC incorporates the famous Painted Hall, the exquisitely designed Chapel, the imposing Admiral’s House, the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, and courtyards, colonnades and extensive lawns overlooking the river. These distinctive venues play host to a whole range of public events, with filming and photo-shoots, indoor and outdoor concerts, performances, festivals, talks and exhibitions throughout the year.
Become part of this rich programme and discover the perfect setting for your event amongst these unique historic treasures.
Stage your event in a historic masterpiece
The Painted Hall
Set your event against the very finest back-drop, in a venue described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’. Famed for the greatest piece of decorative painting in England, the magnificent Painted Hall was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, as a dining hall for naval pensioners at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. The breath-taking painted ceilings and walls took artist Sir James Thornhill 19 years to decorate, being finally completed in 1727.
A masterpiece providing a truly memorable setting for exclusive events; available to hire from 5pm onwards. As the Painted Hall is open to the public, daytime hire may be agreed upon application.
Let your music soar in this beautiful living, working church, with its spectacular classical interior, and outstanding natural acoustics created by its distinctive 18th century curved ceiling. This inspiring venue is the perfect setting for evening concerts, recitals and lectures. Daytime hire including weddings and special services can also be accommodated, please contact our Chapel Manager.