September 2007

The Queen Mary Undercroft, set beneath the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, reopens following a £500,000 refurbishment programme.

Originally designed as a refectory for the Greenwich Pensioners, the Queen Mary Undercroft has provided a venue for dining and entertaining since the 1750s and today the Greenwich Foundation, in its 10th anniversary year, is proud to unveil a refurbished Undercroft following a £500,000 investment.

The refurbishment work has sensitively brought the space alive; the impressive architectural details including a vaulted ceiling and newly-stripped stone columns, are now complemented by light walls, a sleek low key bar, candelabras and light wood flooring.  Available during the day and evening the Undercroft provides an elegant entertaining space and can now accommodate up to 400 people for receptions, 180 for dinners and 250 for theatre-style seating.  It also provides a unique venue for exhibitions. 

Set on the banks of the Thames, the ORNC offers a wealth of venues for different events, each one complemented by formal lawns, colonnaded terraces and magnificent views of the river. Along with the Queen Mary Undercroft, the College includes the Painted Hall, one of the finest banqueting halls in Europe, the King William Restaurant and for more intimate occasions, Admiral’s House.

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