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IWM London launches first outdoor event space

A new outdoor event space has been unveiled in the grounds of one of London’s most iconic attractions.

For the first time in its history, IWM London, which uses permanent and temporary exhibitions to tell the story of those whose lives have been shaped by conflict over the past century, has opened its grounds for private hire, with a newly created terrace area.

The space, which will be operated by the venue’s catering partner, Peyton Events, has been designed with summer parties and drinks receptions firmly in mind.

Furnished with stylish, informal seating, parasols will shield guests on warmer days while heaters will ensure the space can be enjoyed during the coolest of summer evenings.

The food will range from BBQ inspired dishes cooked on an indoor grill, to canapés and street-food themed bowls, and will be prepared by the on-site Peyton Events chefs spearheaded by creative director Oliver Peyton, a regular judge on tv’s the Great British Menu.

The new terrace is located to the side of the Grand Atrium – one of the most dramatic event spaces in London with a German V2 rocket, suspended from a 25m high vaulted ceiling and a popular choice for large scale drinks receptions and dinners.

Peyton Events creative director, Oliver Peyton, said the terrace has been designed to appeal to those looking to host an informal event, for a maximum 175 people, in a prestigious setting.

“IWM London’s impressive facade, flanked by two impressive 15-inch naval guns, makes it one of the most recognisable buildings in the capital,” he said, “and the surrounding parkland really is an oasis of greenery and tranquillity.

“So, what could be nicer than inviting guests, business contacts or clients to a summer drinks reception, with spectacular food, in a truly memorable venue?”

Other event spaces within IWM London include the covered Roof Terrace, designed by Foster + Partners, which is an inspirational setting for everything from product launches and business breakfasts, to presentations and corporate dinners, while the Orpen Boardroom overlooks the museum’s famous entrance.

The Park View Tea Room can also be hired for corporate events such as buffet lunches and informal meetings, or as a break out space for guests and delegates.