London’s most unique event venue: Part 2

by | Jul 24, 2019 | Blog, Heritage

In last month’s blog we introduced you to the Elsie Perrin William’s Estate – one of London’s most venerable old homes and one of two properties owned and managed by the Heritage London Foundation.

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Grosvenor Lodge. This secluded Victorian manor may not be as well-known as Elsie Perrin, but as an event space it’s just as unforgettable. Here are five reasons why.

1. It’s all yours.

Whether you are planning your wedding, hosting a baby shower, engagement party, retirement bash, or organizing a corporate retreat or seminar, you want a venue to call your own.

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And that’s exactly what you’ll get at Grosvenor Lodge – exclusive use of this beautifully-maintained historic home and its expansive lawn and gardens.

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With three separate rooms on the main floor, Grosvenor Lodge can accommodate 50 people for a seated dinner, or up to 120 people for a cocktail style reception. And if you’d like to take your event outside, there’s plenty of room for a tent large enough to accommodate up to 150 for a seated dinner.

2. It’s one of the oldest properties in London

Grosvenor Lodge was built in 1853, two years before the City of London was incorporated. The two-and-a-half storey lodge, the Carriage house, and the garden house were designed by Samuel Peters Jr. for his uncle, Samuel Peters Sr.

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Both were prominent residents of London, playing an important role in the City’s development. Samuel Peters Jr. was the City engineer and London’s first resident professional architect. He incorporated himself into the building by placing his, and his wife Anne’s initials, entwined in a love knot in the front door’s stained glass window.

In addition to Grosvenor Lodge, he designed two other landmarks that still stand today – Askin Street Methodist Church and Wesley-Knox United Church.

3.That wrap-around veranda.

One of the first things you’ll notice about Grosvenor Lodge is its stunning veranda. We bet you won’t find another like it in London!

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The veranda at Grosvenor Lodge provides a unique focal point for any event. It’s hosted wedding ceremonies and countless photo shoots, and is a wonderful spot for your guests to enjoy the great outdoors away from the heat of the day or a sudden downpour.

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As a fine example of the Tudor Revival style, the Lodge also features balanced gables, dormer windows and a symmetrical façade. The 19th-century details continue inside and include painted ceilings, stained glass, and three striking fire places.

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4. Location, location, location.

Located minutes from downtown London and Western University, Grosvenor Lodge is truly a hidden gem in the heart of the city.

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Regardless of the type of event you are hosting, your guests won’t have to travel far to get here, and there’s plenty of free parking on-site.

The Lodge is also equipped with complementary WiFi, a projector, screen and extension cords. Delicious menus for any occasion can be provided by one of our preferred caterers, and our staff are always on hand to make sure every detail goes as planned.

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5.You can be part of preserving London’s history.  

When you choose to host your event at Grosvenor Lodge, you’re showing that you care about preserving London’s history.

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The Lodge, and Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, are owned and managed by the Heritage London Foundation. Our rental fees help maintain these outstanding properties, so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

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For more information about hosting an event at the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, contact Paige at bookings@heritagelondonfoundation.ca

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