Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire Kent House Knightsbridge?2024-04-18T15:00:28+00:00

Kent House Knightsbridge stands as a venue like no other in the heart of London. Steeped in an extraordinary history (originally commissioned for Prince Edward, Duke of Kent) this elegant townhouse offers a unique backdrop for your event. With a diverse range of spaces, an awe-inspiring staircase & skylight plus two inviting terraces at your disposal, Kent House Knightsbridge allows you the creative freedom to curate your event exactly as you envision it.

What type of events is Kent House Knightsbridge suitable for?2024-04-18T15:03:02+00:00

Our blank canvas venue lends itself seamlessly to a wide spectrum of events, whether corporate events like a high-profile press day, a grand product launch or a corporate conference. And when the sun sets, the venue transforms effortlessly into a luxurious setting for celebratory occasions like weddings, prestigious gala dinners and enchanting Christmas parties.

Which room is right for my event?2024-04-18T14:50:12+00:00

Exclusive use of Kent House Knightsbridge gives you access to the entire venue. As the last surviving townhouse of its kind, our unique space offers an array of rooms that can be customised to suit your event needs. These spaces can be utilised to create breakout areas or to establish distinct atmospheres, as guests, journey through the building, experiencing the charm of each room. From the captivating black and white Marble Hall to the intimate Rutland Room, the spacious Sanctuary upstairs and its adjoining terrace, our venue offers diverse settings to complement your event. All rooms feature neutral-coloured walls, providing a blank canvas for you to infuse your brand messaging or event styling seamlessly.

What is the venue capacity2024-03-15T18:08:26+00:00

Kent House Knightsbridge can cater for numbers between 10 and 300 people.

Can I visit the venue before booking?2024-03-15T18:08:13+00:00

Absolutely, in fact we positively encourage a site visit! A site visit gives you the chance to visualise how your event will unfold, meet the team and ask any questions. Site visits are available by appointment only and must be confirmed 24 hours prior to ensure our staff are on site.

What is the booking process?2024-03-15T18:09:03+00:00

Provisional dates can be held without commitment for one week (except over December). Clients will always be given notice and an opportunity to confirm before a provisionally held date is released. Once our clients have notified us they would like to book an event, a contract is issued which needs to be returned within 7 days along with a deposit invoice.

What event planning support do you provide?2024-04-18T14:51:49+00:00

To ensure your event runs perfectly, Kent House Knightsbridge work with Evolve Events, an award winning events management agency. Evolve take pride in getting the operational and logistic detail right, providing all the elements needed to enhance your event. The team will oversee every element of your event from site visit to the briefing and management of suppliers and delivery of event.

What is included in exclusive venue hire?2024-04-18T14:52:28+00:00

When you exclusively dry hire Kent House Knightsbridge, following elements are included: Fully furnished kitchen, catering furniture, uplighting, security, red carpet, ropes and posts.

Will there be other events schedule on the same day as my event?2024-03-15T18:10:55+00:00

No. When you hire Kent House Knightsbridge you get the whole venue exclusively to yourself.

Can I hire any of the spaces separately for meetings?2024-04-18T14:53:26+00:00

Yes. Kent House can be hired exclusively or on a floor-by-floor (ground or first) or room-only basis. Private hire of Kent House Knightsbridge provides a range of options for London meeting spaces over two floors, with four large and spacious rooms that can be configured for different sizes, complimented by two terraces for refreshing break-out spaces With flexible layouts, our discreet townhouse is perfect for a wide range of meetings, whether casual discussions, intimate board meetings, or extensive team planning days with dedicated break-out rooms. Kent House Knightsbridge is ideal from 10 to 300 guests. Meeting room hire starts from £100 per hour.

Does the venue have any outside space?2024-03-15T18:12:28+00:00

Yes, we have two lovely terraces (on the ground and first floor) which are perfect for BBQs, receptions or serving drinks and canapes, providing additional space for adjoining rooms or as refreshing outdoor break-out spaces.

How flexible is the venue for brands?2024-03-15T18:13:40+00:00

Whilst Kent House Knightsbridge is a historic venue it is not a listed space so offers great flexibility for branding. As a blank canvas venue it provides a neutral and elegant backdrop, allowing the brand or product to hold the spotlight. The space, with its natural light, lends itself beautifully to events with an easy flow between each room.

What catering do you offer?2024-04-18T14:55:31+00:00

We work with a range of London’s leading caterers to provide indulgent cuisine to suit a variety of tastes and requirements including Asian, Kosher and Vegan cuisine as well as sustainable caterers who can provide a 10-mile-radius menu The elegance of the black and white Marble Hall provides the perfect setting for welcoming guests with drinks and canapés, whilst with its high ceilings and stylish decor, the Sanctuary is perfect for receptions and seated dinners. Food and wine menus change regularly and are created by our highly experienced catering team. If you are looking for something bespoke we can work with you to design your menu and identify the perfect pairing of food and beverages.

Can we bring in our own suppliers such as caterers and florists?2024-03-15T18:15:01+00:00

Yes you can, subject to the conditions of your hire agreement with venue management ie dry hire vs packafe agreement.

Can we have a live band at our event?2024-03-15T18:18:49+00:00

Yes you can. We recommend bands of up to 5/6 pax. Any amplified must be volume controlled via our in-house sound equipment. Each band must sign our band waiver and confirm instruments being used.

What time can suppliers access the venue for set-up?2024-03-15T18:19:24+00:00

Contractor access is permitted no earlier than 3 hours prior to your hire period commencing. We can allow deliveries such as catering hire for earlier in the day or the previous day subject to venue availability.

Do you offer late night extensions?2024-03-15T18:19:57+00:00

Regular venue hire is until midnight. An extension is available for an additional fee until 1am.

Do you have a sustainability policy?2024-03-15T18:21:08+00:00

At Kent House Knightsbridge, we work with a number of partners to help reduce our carbon footprint. For example, many of our caterers work to reduce food waste by donating leftover food to local charities or composting it. Our events team, Evolve Events, have been selected by Micebook as a 2023 Power 50 Sustainable Champion. We also partner with Event Decision, a leading sustainability consultancy firm that specialises in helping clients measure and reduce their carbon footprint.

To read our full Sustainability Policy click here.

Are there any restrictions when hiring the venue?2024-03-15T18:21:47+00:00

The serving of pork and shellfish is not permitted and the venue has a nut-free policy. There is no hire available on a Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Does the venue have air conditioning? 2024-03-15T18:22:16+00:00

The Rutland Room on the ground floor and Sanctuary on the first floor of the venue are air conditioned.

What AV do you provide and what is the WiFi speed?2024-03-15T18:22:54+00:00

When you hire Kent House Knightsbridge, we include projector hire in the ground floor and plasma screens. For a more substantial set up, using the venue’s equipment, a set-up fee will be charged. Hard wired internet is available in the Library and Rutland Room with WiFi throughout the building as at speed of 200MBPS on a leased line (ie. 1:1 contention rate). Enhanced WiFi speed can be arranged on an ad hoc basis.

Is the venue accessible?2024-03-15T18:23:30+00:00

There is one step from outside into the ground level of the building for which we provide a ramp and there is a small passenger lift from the ground level, the lift dimensions are as follows: Entrance width: 80cm, Door Height: 2.0m, Width = 1.40m, Length: 1.10m. There is also a disabled toilet located in the basement of the venue (accessible via the lift).

Does Kent House Knightsbridge offer parking? 2024-03-15T18:24:15+00:00

Kent House Knightsbridge is situated on a private residential road and does not have any parking. Metered parking is available in Rutland Gate and Hyde Park. An underground car park is also located 10 mins walk from the venue. The Piccadilly line stops at Knightsbridge, exit Brompton Road & Harrods. The walk from the tube station is less than 5 minutes. Four bus routes stop outside the venue (No,9, 10, 52 and 452).

Will there be other events schedule on the same day as my event?2024-03-15T18:24:53+00:00

No. Kent House Knightsbridge is exclusively yours for the entire day. You will be able to treat the whole venue as your own home. Exclusive hire ensures complete privacy.

What is your location?2024-03-15T18:25:29+00:00

Kent House Knightsbridge is the first pillared entrance building on the left as you pass through the security gates at the top of Rutland Gardens. It is in a superb location, in a private and secure road opposite the Knightsbridge Army Barracks.

What is the history of the venue?2024-04-18T14:57:35+00:00

Kent House Knightsbridge boasts a rich history. Built in 1790, it takes its name from Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and father to Queen Victoria, who, rumour has it, gifted it to his mistress after installing a secret tunnel connecting it to Kensington Palace. After being auctioned in 1808, it was occupied by notable figures until its demolition in 1870.

The current red brick and Portland stone building was the residence of Lady Louisa Ashburton, and it retains the name and royal legacy of the original mansion. In 1940, it was owned by Sir Saxton Noble, who hosted cultural events, including performances by Les Ballet Russes.

During World War II, Kent House served as a Red Cross store. In the 1960s, a revival began, and recent restoration efforts have preserved its classical elegance.

Today, Kent House Knightsbridge stands as a top London venue for private events and brand celebrations.

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