His­toric high­lights

A rail­way icon and a for­mer trad­ing floor are among the venues for his­tory lovers, says Ge­off Lynn

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Whether you are get­ting mar­ried or cel­e­brat­ing your child’s bar- or bat­mitz­vah, this is a his­toric mo­ment for your fam­ily. There­fore you may feel that it is fit­ting that the venue you choose to mark the oc­ca­sion has its own place in his­tory — whether it be a fa­mous land­mark, a beau­ti­ful old build­ing or some­where set in a his­toric lo­ca­tion. The good news is that there are now plenty of venues of this type to choose from, all of­fer­ing a slice of his­tory along­side mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties with the op­tion for kosher cater­ing.


The 19th cen­tury gothic fa­cade of St Pan­cras Sta­tion is one of Lon­don’s most im­pres­sive build­ings. Step

in­side the St Pan­cras Re­nais­sance Ho­tel and you will re­alise that the in­te­rior matches the gran­deur of the ex­te­rior. Af­ter years of de­voted restora­tion, the ho­tel, which opened in 2011, is be­ing hailed as Lon­don’s most ro­man­tic build­ing. Its glo­ri­ous gothic re­vival met­al­work, gold leaf ceil­ings, hand sten­cilled wall de­signs and the grand stair­case are as daz­zling as the day Queen Vic­to­ria opened the orig­i­nal ho­tel in 1873. De­signed by Sir Ge­orge Gil­bert Scott, St Pan­cras Re­nais­sance of­fers lux­ury and fan­tasy be­hind the fa­mous red façade.

There are three event rooms to choose from, seat­ing be­tween 50 and 240. If you are think­ing of a stand­ing re­cep­tion, the Han­som Hall can hold up to 575. A num­ber of kosher cater­ers works reg­u­larly at the venue.



A his­tor­i­cal gem in the City of Lon­don, the cur­rent Royal Ex­change was con­structed in 1837 — a four­sided struc­ture sur­round­ing a cen­tral court­yard where mer­chants and trades­men could do busi­ness. It is able to host events for be­tween 20 and 800 guests. The Grade I listed build­ing boasts a din­ing space for up to 300 guests with a dance floor, sep­a­rate canapé re­cep­tion area, and lounge space. The grand en­trance pro­vides fan­tas­tic pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Events team: 020 7628 3500.


The home of the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, BMA House is a stun­ning Grade II listed build­ing in Blooms­bury.

There are 21 ver­sa­tile event spa­ces, along­side two ex­clu­sive out­door ar­eas, which means BMA House can ac­com­mo­date an ar­ray of func­tions with a ca­pac­ity of up to 320. You can also have your chu­pah on the premises. Kosher cater­ers are wel­come or the in-house cater­ers are able to de­sign a menu to suit your re­quire­ments.

More de­tails: 020 7874 7020 or events@bma.org.uk


There is no more vi­brant area of Lon­don than Cam­den, with its crowded mar­ket around Cam­den Lock, on the his­toric Re­gent’s Canal.

The Glasshouse on the Lock of­fers views of the canal and across Cam­den. It can hold up to 220 ban­quet­ing guests or 300 to 350 for a stand-up re­cep­tion.

The venue ar­ranged across three lev­els — the bar level, the water­front level (which has floor-to ceil­ing glass win­dows over­look­ing the canal with an out­door ter­race, per­fect for pho­tos) and a meza­nine level, which also over­looks the water­front.

If your event takes place af­ter dark, your guests will ap­pre­ci­ate the cool views of Cam­den by night. The ho­tel wel­comes kosher cater­ers.

More de­tails: 020 7485 4343 

A rich his­tory: the Royal Ex­change

The Lock is key to beau­ti­ful views at the Hol­i­day Inn, Cam­den

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