King Charles II and Sir Christopher Wren check into Royal Hospital Chelsea

The Royal Hospital Chelsea opened its doors for a spectacular evening of entertainment on Thursday. The inaugural showcase gave guests the opportunity to experience the finest hospitality while mingling with the iconic Chelsea Pensioners at their historic home.

Next year the Royal Hospital celebrates its 325th anniversary and to mark the occasion guests were introduced to its Royal founder, King Charles II, and architect Sir Christopher Wren

Caterers Zafferano offered guests a chance to sample their signature canapés while the drinks were sponsored by The Prosecco Agency.

On the evening, Jo Cochran, head of events at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, said: The Royal Hospital is one of London’s hidden gems and tonight was our first chance to showcase our facilities to clients and suppliers. The Royal hospital offers a range of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces for special events, right in the heart of Chelsea.

“Our venue is not only stunning in an architectural sense, it is also home to over 300 Army veterans – who are the heart and soul of the organisation. As a charity, profits from our events contribute towards the up-keep of our Grade I and II listed buildings and to the care and support of the Chelsea Pensioners.

“It was amazing to see the Great Hall transformed for the evening and we could not have done it without the kind support of Zafferano, Amanda Austin Flowers, Wise Productions and The Prosecco Agency, Vibrations, a big thanks must go to them.”

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is set in 66 acres in central London. Founded in 1682 by King Charles II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Royal Hospital Chelsea was built as a home for ‘veterans broken by age and war’. For over 300 years it has housed the famous scarlet-coated Chelsea Pensioners, former soldiers of the British Army.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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