Drinks Receptions

Immerse your guests in an inspirational setting surrounded by art curated with the utmost academic rigour.

Evening receptions at The Courtauld offer you the opportunity to immerse your guests in an inspirational setting surrounded by art curated with the utmost academic rigour, whilst enjoying drinks, canapés and more.

Whether you are planning a large celebratory reception, or an intimate soirée, The Courtauld has various unique and spectacular spaces to host up to 350 guests, across either one floor or the entire gallery.

As with all of our events, elevate your evening reception by organising a guided tour from one of our highly regarded Courtauld Experts or an out of hours private view of one of our temporary exhibitions. In February, we are launching a major exhibition of new and recent works by Peter Doig – including paintings and works on paper created since the artist’s move from Trinidad to London in 2021. The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Peter Doig will present an exciting new chapter in the career of one of the most celebrated and important painters working today. It will be the first exhibition by a contemporary artist to take place at The Courtauld since it reopened in November 2021 following its acclaimed redevelopment.

Evening reception hire is available once we shut to the public, between 18:45 – 21:00.

A full list of our carefully selected preferred suppliers can be found in our venue hire brochure.

Browse our function rooms below and contact our dedicated planning team for further information and availability.

Third Floor Galleries

Consisting of three different permanent exhibition spaces, the Third Floor Galleries at The Courtauld provide the perfect setting to host guests amongst iconic artworks from the Courtauld Collection.

Greeting guests as they enter the Third Floor Galleries, at the top of our iconic staircase, the Weston Gallery is a welcoming ante-room featuring works by Degas, Manet and Pisarro. The perfect space to greet guests with a welcome drink, the Weston Gallery also features a specially commissioned large-scale painting by the contemporary artist Cecily Brown on display at the top of the Courtauld’s staircase, revisiting the early history of the building.

The largest reception space on the third floor, the spectacularly restored LVMH Great Room is the home of masterpieces from The Courtauld’s world-renowned collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Highlights include Manet’s A Bar at the FoliesBergère, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, and the most significant collection of works by Cézanne in the UK. London’s oldest purpose-built exhibition space, the previously subdivided LVMH Great Room has been reinstated to its original breath-taking proportions and volume and provides an unforgettable new space for guests to enjoy as part of any event.

Guests also have access to the Katja and Nicolai Tangen 20th Century Gallery which stages carefully curated displays from The Courtauld’s collection of 20th century works of art, in particular a breathtaking piece by Oskar Kokoschka CBE.

The Third Floor Galleries are available for standing receptions for up to 150 guests.

Pricing starts from £10,000 + VAT.

For larger receptions, the Third Floor Galleries can be hired in conjunction with our Second Floor Galleries to accommodate up to 350 guests.

Pricing starts from £18,000 + VAT.

Second Floor Galleries

Our Second Floor Galleries, the Blavatnik Fine Rooms, are formerly home to three of the most prominent artistic, scientific and historical societies  – the Royal Academy, Royal Society and Society of Antiquaries. Sumptuously decorated with stunning ceilings, beautiful fireplaces and ornate door handles, the Fine Rooms consist of a suite of six galleries that span the entire Second Floor of the building.

Guests are welcome to explore all six of the Fine Rooms throughout the evening. Our world-renowned and carefully curated art collection provides the perfect conversation starter, showcasing some of the greatest and most-loved works from The Courtauld’s collection from the Renaissance through to the 18th century. The works on this floor are dedicated to the Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance as well as 7th and 18th century Europe. Major highlight include Botticelli’s large-scale The Trinity With Saints, The Courtauld’s celebrated collection of works by Peter Paul Rubens and comprehensive collection of decorative arts which includes ornate ceramics and rare Islamic metalwork.

The Blavatnik Fine Rooms can accommodate up to 200 guests for a standing reception.

Pricing starts from £10,000 + VAT.

For larger receptions, the Second Floor Galleries can be hired in conjunction with our Third Floor Galleries to accommodate up to 350 guests.

Pricing starts from £18,000 + VAT.