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The Museum Of The Order Of St John

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This Tudor gatehouse, still used by the Knights of the Order of St John, is an architectural jewel with a peaceful garden.
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Late Night Extension Available


Disabled Access
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
Outdoor Reception Space

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Dancefloor Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted
Full Description
Standing at the edge of the City of London, the Museum of the Order of St John offers eight stunning rooms dating from the twelfth to the twenty-first centuries, and a secluded garden. It is steeped in History; From the 1140s until 1540, the Gate was the entrance to a vast priory, the English seat of the Knights Hospitaller. After the Reformation, it passed to the crown, and 30 of Shakespeare's plays were licensed in the Gate when it was the office of Elizabeth I's Master of Revels. In the 18th century, painter William Hogarth's father opened a coffee house here, and Dr Samuel Johnson later frequented it when the Gentleman's Magazine operated from its offices in the rooms above St John's Lane. Charles Dickens was a regular was the gate housed the Old Jerusalem Tavern in the latter part of the 19th Century. Two of the rooms are available for Civil Ceremonies - the Council Chamber, an intimate, ancient room, and the grand Chapter Hall. All spaces are available for hire as part of a reception,* and an impressive array of the finest caterers ready to help plan your perfect wedding breakfast. *With the exception of the Crypt of the Priory Church.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
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Location & Contact Details


Saint John's Lane, London, Greater London, EC1M 4DA, England

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Accreditations / Associations (1)

Unique Venues of London

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Historic, Elegant, Intimate, Timeless, Unique

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Gate is one of the last of its kind in London - you won't find any in Central London outside the Tower!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

We'e a small team that prides itself on being as accommodating as possible