The Foundling Museum

(6 reviews) 6 5
40 Brunswick Square London West Central London WC1N 1AZ
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About The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square, London
West Central London, WC1N 1AZ

In a leafy, secluded square at the heart of historic Bloomsbury, the award winning Foundling Museum celebrates the history of Thomas Coram's Foundling Hospital. Britain's first children's charity and England's first public art gallery. The museum continues to celebrate the ways in which artists have helped improve children's lives for over 270 years. We do this through a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, collections displays, artists' projects, concerts, events and learning activities for all ages.

The museum houses beautiful eighteenth century interiors preserved from the original Hospital building, as well as an internationally important collection of art that includes paintings by Hogarth, Reynolds, Ramsey, Brooking and Gainsborough. The museum also contains fascinating artefacts relating to the composer Handel, who along with Hogarth was, instrumental in the establishment of the hospital.

Take your vows in our picturesque rooms, then relax and sip champagne in historic interiors and dance the night away in style. Enjoy exclusive use of the whole Museum throughout. This central venue will make your event truly memorable. The Picture Gallery and Court Room offer a versatile combination for a range of events.

• Suppliers can have access from 4.30pm for ceremonies to start at 6pm • Two licensed rooms (Court Room and Picture Gallery) • Café can be transformed into a disco area with DJ, dance floor and atmospheric lighting • Closest station: Russell Square and Kings Cross • Capacity: 20 - 100 seated , 250 standing • Dedicated events team

Facilities at The Foundling Museum

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Stately Home
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities

The Foundling Museum Reviews (6)

A romantic and flawless setting
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By Eamon, on 08 Oct 2015

We were married at the Foundling Museum in August and it we could not have been more delighted with every aspect of the day. The setting is simply beautiful - and with flowers the romance of the Picture Gallery and the Court room comes fully alive. We had only our ceremony at the Museum followed by canapés and champagne, moving on to another venue for the evening. What did we like? The staff were exceptionally helpful throughout the process in all sorts of ways - suggesting an amazing florist (Nicky Doodson) and photographer (Dan Weil) making planning the day so much easier. The fact that both knew the venue and the staff made co-ordination between them very simple. Also, having a piano in the Picture Gallery was a great advantage in having music during the ceremony. We would unreservedly recommend the venue to anyone and were particularly pleased that our wedding could contribute to the charitable work of Foundling Museum.

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By Andy Patterson, on 07 Sep 2015

Id like to thank the Foundling Museum for helping to make our wedding so memorable. It was everything we'd hoped for, and more, and we are totally indebted to the Foundling team for helping to make everyone feel so welcome and for making the evening go so smoothly. We had loads of positive comments from our guests about the venue and the organisation. I'd like to thank you again and to wish you every success for the future.

Elegant yet intimate setting - a very special day
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By Claire Parker, on 04 Sep 2015

Our son was married at the Foundling Museum last August. The ceremony took place in the beautiful, brilliantly lit Picture room, with live music in a serene and gently solemn atmosphere. We then repaire to the Court Room for a drinks reception and a few speeches, and went back to the transformed Picture Room for the dinner. The Museum staff were discreet but wonderfully efficient, and very pleasant. The catering was superb. A very memorable occasion!

Amazing venue, Amazing location.
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By Rebecca Parker, on 03 Sep 2015

We attended a wedding here in August and it goes down as one of my all time favourites. The venue was stunning - classically beautiful but not so formal that we couldn't have fun! It was so moving to see the legal ceremony and then sit down to the most stunning wedding suppers in beautiful surroundings. To top it all off it's in Central London. What more could you want....

Elegant, stunning backdrop for our anniversary
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By Marianne Deconinck, on 18 Aug 2015

We held our 15th wedding anniversary at the Foundling in June alongside some 55 guests. It was an unforgettable experience and what stood out for us was: the exclusive use of such a beyond stunning venue, the support and expertise of the team in the planning stages and then on the night, as well as the incredible Court room (drinks) and Picture Gallery (dinner). I may pre book for our 20th!

Somewhere intimate and classically romantic
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By Natalie, on 18 Aug 2015

When we started to look for the perfect venue for our wedding, we had a clear picture in our minds of what we wanted: somewhere intimate and classically romantic, whilst at the same time interesting and unique. The Foundling Museum offered us all of these qualities and the flexibility to plan a ceremony and reception which suited our needs exactly. From the moment we stepped inside the ‘Court Room’ on our first tour around the venue, we knew that we wanted to become husband and wife in that room. From that moment it was just a case of confirming the date and organizing the details – a process made not only stress-free but also enjoyable and pleasurable due mainly to the fantastic support of the museum’s efficient and ever-helpful events coordinator. Questions were dealt with quickly and thoroughly, every request was fulfilled beyond our expectations and on the day itself the team went above and beyond to make our wedding a memorable, hitch-free occasion. As our memories of the day start to become a bit hazy, we can look at our photos and remember how stunning our wedding looked against the back-drop of the museum. Our friends and family still mention how beautiful and special the venue was and it has even been admired from afar, by those who couldn’t come on the day and have since seen it in photographs. The first and best decision we made about our wedding was to choose the Foundling Museum as our venue – everything else seemed to just fall into place afterwards

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