To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee this year, many of London's historic Royal palaces and landmarks are opening their banquet halls and staterooms to groups.

Kensington Palace, in the heart of London, hosts 50 to 60 events each year in two venues. The Orangery, which is open from March to October, is adjacent to the palace in private formal gardens; it provides a tranquil setting for a reception for 250 or dinner for 150. On the ground floor of the palace, the Victorian Garden Rooms hosts dinners and reception for smaller groups.

Farther south on the River Thames, at Hampton Court Palace, cocktails take place in the Tudor Kitchens, followed by dinner in The Great Hall. During the summer months, the palace's gardens are the setting for events.

For more information, visit www.londonconventionbureau.com.