The main Foreign Office building in King Charles Street, London, was built in 1868 by English Gothic Revival Architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott, in partnership with prominent Architect and Historian, Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt. Scott designed the Foreign Office as ‘a kind of national palace or drawing room for the nation’ using rich decoration to impress foreign visitors. The stunning architecture and grandeur of the Fine Rooms along with its central location in Whitehall makes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office a prestigious and popular venue for private receptions, dinners and bespoke events.
Durbar Court at the heart of the India Office is the masterpiece of Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt. Originally open to the sky, the four sides of the Court are surrounded by three storeys of polished red Peterhead and grey Aberdeen granite columns and piers supporting majestic arches. The magnificent floor is made from Greek, Sicilian and Belgian marble.
Available to hire between April and October, Durbar Court offers a striking backdrop for any special occasion.
The Locarno Suite consists of three beautiful rooms originally designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott for diplomatic dinners, conferences and receptions. The authentic Victorian splendour of this Suite of Fine Rooms with grand chandeliers, elaborately detailed barrel vaulted ceilings and marble fireplaces, provides a stunning venue for private receptions and dinners.