The Paint Hall, Greenwich, London. There aren’t many more places on earth as wonderful as this to hire for a wedding or event…in fact if that isn’t in one’s budget, event just to visit!
When the Painted Hall was finally ready for use, in 1727, it was deemed too grand for everyday eating and the Greenwich pensioners began to take their meals in the undercrofts below. Instead, the public were admitted to the ornate but empty hall for a fee of 6d. The body of Admiral Nelson lay in state here for three days in January 1806 and 30,000 people paid their respects. In 1824 more than 100 paintings were hung on the walls and the hall served as the National Gallery of Naval Art until 1936, when the pictures were moved to the newly founded National Maritime Museum. Thereafter the Painted Hall was used as a naval dining room until 1998.
Since the departure of the Navy the Painted Hall has been managed by the Greenwich Foundation for the benefit of the nation and is open daily to the public. It can be hired for banquets with up to 480 guests, and it is difficult to conceive of a more awe-inspiring place for such an event.
A phased conservation project is taking place in the Painted Hall and it is currently closed in preparation for the next stage. In April 2017 the hall opened for ceiling tours, giving visitors the chance to see the painting up close.