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Venue hire

Housed in a striking Grade II* listed building and set in the tranquil grounds of Lloyd Park, the William Morris Gallery is a popular venue for corporate and private events.

With excellent transport links from central London and a range of flexible spaces for hire, the Gallery is ideal for meetings, away days, receptions, lectures and lots of other special occasions. The Gallery's original features and award-winning displays are guaranteed to impress and inspire – its unique atmosphere can transform any event into an unforgettable experience.

We're now licensed for marriages and civil partnerships too, so you can hold both your ceremony and reception at one of London’s most romantic venues. (For details of marriage and civil partnership packages, please see our Weddings page.)

Revenue raised from venue hire supports our exhibitions, events and education programmes. So by holding your event at the Gallery, you’ll not only be choosing a unique venue – you’ll be helping us bring Morris’s vision to an ever wider audience.

Please contact us to arrange a tour of our available spaces.

Features and facilities

  • Five stylish spaces accommodating 16 – 120 people
  • Free wi-fi throughout the building
  • Fully accessible for people with disabilities, with an accessible entrance, disabled toilets and lift access to all floors
  • A discount on Morris-inspired gifts for your guests in our shop
  • Projection equipment (Acanthus room and learning studios)
  • Interactive whiteboard (learning studios)

Acanthus Room

On the second floor, our Acanthus Room is available for hire during the daytime and in the evenings for talks, meetings, business lunches or private events.

The room features original painted panelling and wooden floors and is hung with artworks from the Gallery collection. It is fully equipped with state-of-the-art projection equipment and the furniture is flexible so can be arranged to suit any occasion. The room measures 5.7m x 6.0m and can seat up to 40 people lecture style or up to 16 people board-room style.

Please note the entrance is quite narrow (63cm). If you have any concerns about the width of your wheelchair please contact us and we can provide extra assistance where possible. We also have manual wheelchairs available to borrow if required for transfer.

Daisy learning studio

When not in use for learning activities, our second-floor Daisy learning studio can be hired for a range of uses, from community group meetings to workshops, training sessions and private events.

Daisy (8.5m x 5.5m) seats approximately 40 people lecture style or up to 20 people board-room style. Projection equipment and an interactive whiteboard are also available.

Tea Room

The beautiful, orangery-inspired Tea Room is housed in our new extension, designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects, and boasts stunning views over Lloyd Park. It is available for private hire in the evenings and on days when the Gallery is closed to the public.

The room measures 11.4m x 5.0m and can accommodate up to 30 people for a seated meal or up to 50 people for a drinks reception. For larger events, this can be combined with hire of the Story Lounge, to accommodate up to 80 people for a drinks reception.

Story Lounge

The impressive first floor landing of the historic house, known as the 'Story Lounge', seats up to 55 people lecture style and is available for private hire when the Gallery is closed to the public. The room measures 4.9m x 9.4m. For larger events, this can be combined with the hire of the Tea Room to accommodate up to 80 people for a drinks reception. Please note that food and coloured drinks are not allowed in the Story Lounge.

Main galleries

For very special events, we can arrange for the exhibition galleries to be open and staffed - see prices below for the deluxe package. A maximum of 120 people can be accommodated. However please note that no food or drink is allowed in the galleries.

Catering

Catering for your event can be arranged through one of our approved caterers:

Cooks & Partners
The Larder (who also operate the Tea Room)
Northern Imagination
Party Ingredients

As the Gallery is a listed building housing an important collection, for conservation reasons clients are not permitted to serve their own food or drink in the Gallery or to bring in other external caterers. Guests are not permitted to take food or drink into the galleries or exhibitions.

Hire charges

Hire charges per hour are given in the table below. Discounted rates for not-for-profit organisations are given in brackets.

Prices are subject to availability. The learning studios are only available for hire if not in use for public or schools programmes.

 

Capacity lecture style

Mon–Tue

9.30am
-5pm

Wed-Sun

9.30am
-5pm

Mon-Thu

before 9.30am and from 5.30pm
(Tea Room from 6pm)
 

Fri-Sun

before 9.30am and from 5.30pm
(Tea Room from 6pm)

Acanthus Room

 40

£55
(£38)

£55 (£38)
Day rate £375 (£275)

£98
(£87)

£109
(£98)

One learning studio

 40/20

£55
(£38)

£55 (£38)
Day rate £375 (£275)

£98
(£87)

£109
(£98)

Acanthus + 2 studios

 60

£95
(£75)

£95 (£75)
Day rate £595 (£525)

£168
(£152)

£188
(£173)

Tea Room

 50

£168 (£152)

N/A

£168
(£152)

£188
(£173)

Story Lounge

 55

£155 (£145)

N/A

£168
(£152)

£188
(£173)

Gallery deluxe*

 120

£495
(£455)

N/A

£495
(£455)

£540
(£495)

 *Gallery deluxe package includes galleries, Tea Room and Story Lounge