The Old Royal Naval College

(8 reviews) 8 5
Greenwich London South East London SE10 9NN
The Old Royal Naval College 37 0
Upper Grand Square 1
The Webb Room, Admiral's House 2
The Old Royal Naval College - Admiral's House Ceremony 3
The Old Royal Naval College Grounds 4
Wedding breakfast in the Wren Room 5
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About The Old Royal Naval College

Greenwich, London
South East London, SE10 9NN

The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich is London’s ultimate riverside wedding location, perfect at any time of year.

One of the most spectacular and iconic landmarks in London, this elegant ensemble of buildings offers you a choice of wedding experiences, from the awe-inspiring opulence of the famous Painted Hall (repoening late 2018 / early 2019), to the intimate ambience of the historic Admiral’s House. The famous buildings of the college that have dazzled visitors for centuries sit alongside the river with unrivalled views across to the City and Canary Wharf. 

The vaulted Undercrofts and the Victorian Skittle Alley can also be hired to create your own personalized wedding event, guaranteed to delight your guests and create memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Marrying at the Old Royal Naval College gives you exclusive permission to take photographs in the grounds with the river and fine baroque architecture as a backdrop.  You can also choose to arrive by boat, alighting at Greenwich Pier to create a dramatic, one-off photo opportunity.

The Old Royal Naval College is breath-taking at any time of year.  In the chilly days of winter the rich interiors are warm and welcoming.  The classical buildings gleam and glisten in spring, and on warm summer evenings guests can enjoy an al fresco drink in the King William Colonnades.  As autumn progresses, the gold, orange and russet hues of the trees add another layer of beauty to the location.

Couples who choose to marry at the Old Royal Naval College will be assigned their own wedding coordinator, supported by a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to creating your very own fairy-tale wedding in one of the country’s most spectacular and historic places.

Conserving the Painted Hall for generations of future brides and grooms

In 2013 the Old Royal Naval College completed the first phase of planned conservation works in The Painted Hall, which saw 560 square meters of paintings in the Upper Hall cleaned and restored to dramatic effect. The Old Royal Naval College is now embarking on the next stage of its ambitious plans to restore The Painted Hall to its former glory. Over the next three years we plan to conserve the remaining 3,700 square meters of Thornhill’s masterpiece.

The Painted Hall will therefore be closing its doors for weddings on Sunday 25th September 2016, reopening late 2018 / early 2019.

During the conservation period our Admiral’s House and Queen Mary Undercroft are still available for hire.

For more information on the conservation of the Painted Hall or to help us make a difference visit:https://www.ornc.org/landmark-conservation-project

• Say your vows in the breathtaking Painted Hall or romantic hideaway of the Admirals House • For intimate weddings in the Admirals House or grand affairs in the Painted Hall • Endless photo opportunities both inside and outside

Facilities at The Old Royal Naval College

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Chapel on Premises
Exclusive Use
In the City
Stately Home
Historic
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
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
Other Features :
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

The Old Royal Naval College Location

The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, South East London, SE10 9NN

Greenwich London South East London SE10 9NN
020 8269 2131
8 5

The Old Royal Naval College Reviews (8)

Top Class - Made Our Wedding Wonderful!
Venue Service

By Toyin & Dan Miller, on 07 Jun 2018Date of Wedding - 01 Jun 2018

We fell in love with this venue following our first visit and were so happy that the Queen Mary Undercroft was available for our big day in June 2018. Lizi, Ben and the team were first class in all their communications and engagement with us - often providing very helpful suggestions. The menu tasting evening was amazing and we were made to feel special through every step of the process. The food and bar service on the day was top notch and the food itself was so well presented and very appetising. The ORNC setting is really wonderful and we loved the proximity to both Greenwich Park and the Thames River - it made for a great day and one that all our guests really enjoyed. I would highly recommend this venue and the events team - you are in great hands from day one!

Lovely venue, superb staff, excellent food
Venue Service

By Keren Perrott, on 20 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 04 Aug 2017

The Admiral's House was the perfect venue for us. The staff were fantastic through the planning to the day itself, and helped ensure everything ran smoothly. The food was excellent and the chef was very patient with all our menu requirements and last minute requests. So pleased we chose this as our wedding venue.

Elizabeth Smith, Sales & Marketing Manager at The Old Royal Naval College responded to this review on 21/08/2017 13:14:30

Keren & Richard - thank you so much for your lovely words! We had a fantastic time looking after you and your guests on your special day but also in the lead up and planning. We loved all your little details and how you made it your own. (Plus your fantastic shoes!) We wish you both a happy life and hope we will see you in Greenwich again!

Absolutely fantastic. Best day of our lives.
Venue Service

By Jamie and Funmi, on 10 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 31 Jul 2017

Lizi and Ben...the venue...the food. The team is very meticulous and patient in fulfilling (and exceeding) expectations and requirements. We were pleased with every aspect of not only the day, but the stages prior to the wedding. A big thanks to the team who were always: - Professional - Patient - Friendly - Genuine - Excellent

THE MOST AMAZING DAY OF OUR LIVES
Venue Service

By Simon Lewis, on 05 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 22 Jul 2017

Firstly I cannot thank Lizi for her amazing help and support in the lead up to our big day and Ben on the day itself! They are the dream team of weddings! We got married in the Admirals House, for just a small wedding ceremony & breakfast for 35, with additional evening guests. I know we were a small party, but the attention that each of our guests received from the kind-hearted Ampersand staff on the day warmed my heart. The food was incredible & so flavoursome. We knew just from reading the menu, what our food would be. The chef is 5***** - amazing cook! We had an incredible day that we will never forget...thank you so much Ben & Lizi - and thank your amazing staff as well!

Magnificent - Spectacular - Incredible - The finest available venue
Venue Service

By Roger B, on 16 Nov 2006

From the moment we contacted Leiths, nothing was too much trouble. Our impressions of The Painted Hall, Management team - Ian, Kate and Will cannot be fully described in any other way than the superlatives already used. The food was delicious, service superb and ambiance second to none. The early November evening ceremony, reception and breakfast presented a back drop which left guests open mouthed. The after-breakfast party downstairs in the Queen Mary ante-room was so successful the bride and groom didn''t want to leave! Truly a day we shall remember for the rest of our lives. Thank you Leiths.

The Painted Hall Surpassed Our Expectations as Our Wedding Venue!
Venue Service

By Natalie Wills, on 20 Mar 2005

We would not hesitate to recommend The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich as a venue for your wedding. The venue is breathtaking and certainly gave a ‘wow’ factor to our celebrations. If you haven’t visited The Painted Hall we urge you to. We chose to marry in a civil ceremony and our wedding took place in The Painted Hall on the 29th January 2005. The Painted Hall is a truly stunning venue for an evening winter wedding and we received many compliments from our guests about our choice of venue. On a dark winter’s evening The Painted Hall took on a romantic air, the candelabras providing very subtle lighting and the Hall itself offering a stunning back-drop for our photographs which were deliberately taken indoors. From the moment we visited Leith’s, the Old Royal Naval College’s exclusive hospitality and events management company, we received unbeatable service. Our wedding coordinators, Bonnie Sahil and Kerry Pedrick, could not have done anything more to help us in organising our wedding. No question or request was too small or too big and their professionalism, together with their friendly approach and genuine enthusiasm, made preparing for our big day a pleasure rather than a stress. We were very lucky to have this kind of support throughout. On the day itself Leith’s continued to impress us. Ian’s catering team were all immaculately turned out and attentively looked after our family and friends. His team was slick and professional at all times and did a great job catering for a large crowd. We received many compliments about the food which was excellent. We enjoyed a fairytale wedding in a stunning venue … a day dreams are made of.

A TRUE "CINDERELLA AT THE BALL" VENUE!!
Venue Service

By Glynis Sullivan-Porteous, on 09 Mar 2005

If you want to feel like Cinderella, and have each and every one of your guests say WOW at the same time when they walk into your venue, then go to the Painted Hall. It has to be seen to be believed - it is quite breathtaking and without exception our guests were blown away by its beauty. Topped with the fact that the catering is done by Leiths, you can have one really amazing "do", and they are very good at catering for your exact budget so you don't even have to break the bank. The team at Leiths were quite simply wonderful - which was particularly important to me as I was arranging the wedding from New York, so didn't have time to chase people up all the time. The meal and drink service on the day was like a military operation, and so many of our guests commented on the fantastic food, and the fact that every time they turned around their glass had already been filled!! (Perfect for our friends!) After the meal that took 3 hours (we didn't want to leave the setting!) we went downstairs for dancing which was great as there's a bar that runs along the whole length of the room - with lots of staff as there's nothing worse than waiting for a drink! If I had to do it all again there's nothing I would change - apart from the fact I'm so sad that I don't have to speak to my contacts there again - they became firm friends in my 9 months of planning! Go and see for yourself the venue - words really can't do it justice.

The venue made it a fairy tale wedding to remember
Venue Service

By Kevin and Rajee Watts, on 09 Mar 2005

We were married in January at 4.30pm. The Painted Hall looks absolutely magnificent in the early evening as the long hall spans out in front of you, the painted walls and ceiling were illuminated by the candlabra lights throughout. As 100 or so guests arrived, the remnant splendour of the hall came to life and the feeling was truly surreal. This is a great venue for a winter wedding. We had the civil ceremony in the main hall where seating had been set up at the top of the hall, theatre style. We used a string quartet for background music. After the service we held a drinks reception by the entrance and photographs were in the collonades outside and inside the hall itself. As you are unable to access the hall until 4.00pm one of the down sides is that all the photography is by flash as it is dark early. But the collonade shots still look quite impressive, and down by gates to the river Thames came out well. The shots inside the hall look very impressive with the painted backdrop everywhere. (Outside it was very cold!!) For the reception we had a banquet in the upper hall (no party, just dinner and speeches) and the service was excellent. The caterers were very attentive to our needs and followed our instructions accurately, were also on hand for last minute adjustments throughout, as you would expect. Early contact in the planning stages had been a bit poor but once we had finally met, the communication after this, two weeks or so leading up to the event, was excellent. We found it a bit pricey on drink but food was competitive. Good quality though and very flexible. Overall, it is more affordable than you might think overall. All our guests were blown away with this venue and often will remind us; that it truly was a "fairy tale wedding to remember".

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