Payne & Gunter sails new territory with the National Maritime Museum re-launch




London’s original caterers, Payne & Gunter, have joined forces with Royal Museums Greenwich to re-launch the iconic National Maritime Museum’s event spaces. 

Following significant investment to the museum, including the installation of state-of-the-art production equipment in Neptune Court, the largest events space within the 580-seated capacity venue, a new sound system and lighting rig will amplify visual and sound acoustics for events held at this UNESCO World Heritage site.

60 moving light fixtures have been fitted and can be connected to wireless uplighters to enhance production value, bringing new event capabilities for the venue. The museum, which is dedicated to stories of exploration and endeavour, can host a range of occasions including drinks receptions, award dinners and presentations. The fixtures, operated by production company SLX will further enhance the stage, backlighting, music audio and screens at events.

Earlier this month, the new facilities were put through their paces with a spectacular showcase dinner for 70 industry guests. Diners were treated with entertainment sourced by Sternberg Clarke, speeches, delectable food from Payne & Gunter and a spectacular firework display courtesy of Alchemy Fireworks on the lawns of The Queen’s House.

Lucky attendees at the Global Discovery dinner were served smoked cured halibut and tea infused Gressingham duck breast, before being let loose on a dessert and cheese fondue station, with the choice of hot cross bun pudding, sticky toffee pudding or apple and cinnamon crumble.

Four new galleries have also been unveiled, with the Tudor and Stuart Seafarers, Polar Worlds, Pacific Encounters and Sea Things exhibits. These are now available for corporate bookings allowing  guests  to enjoy private viewings at their leisure.  

Bethan James, Operations Director at Payne & Gunter commented: “The National Maritime Museum has always been a distinct and versatile venue, particularly suited for large dinners and receptions. Its new fixtures, in addition to recently unveiled gallery exhibitions, are set to ensure further appeal to event bookers and enhance the guest experience like never before. We were delighted to partner with RMG in the relaunch of the Museum, and to deliver a characterful menu which complemented an evening of entertainment and spectacle. We look forward to working closely with Royal Museums Greenwich in creating such events for clients to come.”

Eleanor Harris, Maritime Museum/ RMG also added about the exciting renovation: “The National Maritime Museum is the largest of Royal Museums Greenwich’s five venues.  It is a meeting of classic nineteenth century grandeur and innovative modern architecture. With capacities of up to 1000 for a standing reception and 580 for seated dinners, this unique space has plenty of options for the smaller numbers as well, including the Photography Gallery which is ideal as a VIP area or private hire. On warm evenings, receptions can be hosted on the colonnades with sweeping views of Greenwich Park. The addition of the audio visual rig offers clients shorter set up times, reduced production costings and branding opportunities. We look forward to welcoming clients to this spectacular venue.”