Here’s a reminder of the spectacular outdoor spaces that Greenwich has to offer. 

The glorious grounds

Over 10,000 square meters of glorious, green grounds surround the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House.

With six individual lawns, each offering views of our museums, the London skyline and Greenwich Park, these are usually a hive of activity during the summer months.

Our North Lawns can hold marquees for up to 1,500 guests, our South Lawns are perfect for your summer receptions or team away days and we hope to hold some large-scale festivals for up to 8,000 people. 

Grounds Events

Colonnade shade

When the sun is too hot and you can’t bear to be inside, take shade under our majestic colonnades.

A unique space in our grounds that can offer dinner, reception and even wedding ceremony options.

With a capacity of up to 150, set-up styles include a table stretching down the length of the colonnade or smaller café style tables for more informal gatherings.

Whichever option you choose, the colonnades offer a truly authentic al fresco dining experience. 

The secret garden

Sshhh, it’s a secret!

Our south facing secret garden is nestled behind the National Maritime Museum and hidden by tall trees - even our most curious of daytime visitors struggle to find it.

A space for up to 150 guests, enjoy the tranquillity and exclusivity of this hidden outdoor gem. Why not have a stretch marquee to provide a wet weather plan or a pop up cocktail bar or tasty street food stalls. The options are endless.

Secret Garden

Courtyard comfort

Our venues ‘up the hill’ offer a variety of quirky courtyards.

The Royal Observatory boasts the Meridian Courtyard, with the world-famous Meridian Line running through it, a private balcony with spectacular views of Greenwich Park and the London skyline and a flower garden tucked away at the back.

With capacity for 120 guests, this courtyard is hard to beat. It is also home to our sunrise and sunset weddings for a more intimate celebration.

The Peter Harrison Planetarium, famous for having the only Planetarium in London, offers its guests two private courtyards nestled in the middle of Greenwich Park.

The Planetarium foyer opens out to one of them, with space for a marquee to extend over it for additional wet weather security.

The other courtyard is to the back of the building and offers an al fresco terrace looking into the park. Up to 130 guests can while away the summer and autumn evenings here with picnic-style catering and a glass of English sparkling wine. 


Weather deck wonder

The historic Cutty Sark is usually famed for her award-winning ‘Under the Hull’ event space, but she also has a truly wonderful top deck, the Weather Deck. It offers breathtaking views of the River Thames and the City skyline, from the heart of old Maritime Greenwich.

The top deck of the ship was where her crew originally spent all their time. Explore their cabins and gaze up at the ship’s miles of rigging whilst watching the sun set on London.

Up to 100 people can enjoy the space at any one time and you can enhance the event with character actors and as much white wine as you like. 

I hope this has reminded you of the wonderful outdoor event spaces available in Greenwich. We look forward to welcoming you to them.

The Events Team at Royal Museums Greenwich