Private parties

Some of the Galleries' prestigious venues can be used for private parties, such as retirement dinners, special birthdays and family get togethers, after the Galleries close to the public.

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Capacity: 300 reception | 250 dining
Venue: Scottish National Gallery
Availability: Evenings

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Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh’s Princes Street Garden, The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is available for hire for exclusive evening events. We are the only restaurant directly in the Princes Street Gardens with lovely views and access to the gardens when closed to the general public.

We work with you and the team at the Scottish Café and Restaurant to create parties, receptions, to formal dinners and weddings. We can cater from 50-250 for a seated dinner and up to 300 for a standing drinks reception.

Our locally sourced, seasonal menu showcases the best artisan producers from around Scotland and highlights the fantastic Scottish larder in all seasons. Our events team will work with you on a bespoke menu for your event or function.

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant set up for a private evening dinner

Cafe Modern One

Capacity: 80 reception | 50 dining
Venue: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)
Availability: Evenings

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The newly refurbished Café at Modern One is available to hire in the evenings for parties. The Café with its beautiful terrace and garden, can hold up to 80 for drinks receptions or 50 for dinner. Ideal for everything from summer barbeques and birthday parties to retirement dinners and buffets.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two neo-classical gallery buildings (Modern One and Modern Two) set in beautiful parkland grounds at the west of the city centre, fifteen minute walk from Princes Street. The contemporary interiors and bright spaces of these galleries are perfect for stylish parties and drinks receptions.

Parking is available at this location towards the rear of the gallery.

Modern One Cafe Garden outdoor space

Cafe Portrait

Capacity: 80 dining
Venue: Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Availability: Evenings

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Located within the grandeur of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, in the city centre, this beautiful neo-gothic gallery reopened in December 2011 after an extensive refurbishment, and is now increasingly in demand as one of Edinburgh’s most striking event venues.

With its stained glass windows, incredible astrological ceiling, painted murals and gothic architecture, the Portrait Gallery displays key famous Scots from royals and rebels to poets and film stars, heroes and villains.

Portrait Gallery private party
Portrait Gallery private party

Experience a dramatic entrance through the Great Hall to your event within the Café Portrait which can be transformed into a unique event space while surrounded by a historic Portraiture.

The wonderful space can be transformed for a range of events from small intimate private parties, comedy events to larger dinners and events for up to 80 seated guests. 

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Let us know if you are interested in a space or if you have any questions. We'll help you organise your event.