The Design Museum

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224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG

Host your event in London’s newest venue The Design Museum, located on Kensington High Street with beautiful views over Holland Park. The stunningly refurbished 1960’s building is the only public building designed by John Pawson, and features an incredible hyperbolic paraboloid roof. The Design Museum features three beautiful spaces for hire, the Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery, the atrium and the Bakala auditorium.

The Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

is located on the second floor of the Design Museum with views over Holland Park. It’s a versatile event space offering you the opportunity to host product launches, business meetings and conferences, receptions and banquets and pop-up exhibitions. This space also opens out onto the Designer Maker User exhibition. The space features the following

  • 319 metres squared of space, with a retractable wall system which allows the room to be divided into two sections allowing for both large and intimate events
  • capacity for dining for 200 guests seated or 220 standing receptions
  • the range of cutting edge Vitra furniture with its clean lines and ergonomically designed chairs will ensure your event has a contemporary style

The atrium

The main entrance to the Design Museum, provides a dramatic, triple height space with views of the stunning roof. For hire once the museum has closed to the public, the space is perfect for breakfasts, cocktail receptions, launches or award ceremonies. The atrium features:

  • 314 metres squared of space, plus space on the mezzanine and 1st floor landing levels
  • capacity for dining for 130 guests seated, 270 for standing receptions or 450 including other levels
  • availability to combine with the Bakala auditorium for awards ceremonies, receptions, canape parties, delegate registration.

The Bakala auditorium

A 200-seated theatre style space with state-of-the-art AV facilities. It is the ideal space for screenings, conferences, product launches, lectures and award ceremonies. The Bakala auditorium features:

  • 460 m2 of space
  • capacity for 202 seated plus 6 wheelchair spaces
  • fixed, raked seating for 202 people
  • fixed technical control position for HD projector
  • 4.7m x 2.65m (16:9) screen
  • surround sound PA system
  • wireless presentation options
  • availability to combine with the atrium for evening drinks receptions


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