Receptions and dinners

Being able to dine and enjoy drinks amidst some of the world's most impressive works of art is a very special treat for guests. Furthermore, our art experts quite simply bring the art alive, with stories and anecdotes about these treasured objects. Perfect for networking, as there is always something on display to start a conversation over.

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 by Contini is available for hire for exclusive evening events. This is the only event space in Princes Street Gardens. The restaurant can be transformed into a stunning event space with views overlooking the gardens, which are beautifully lit in the evening.

Evening dinner at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
Evening dinner at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Contini are the exclusive caterer for any event within the Scottish National Gallery. 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.

Summer drinks reception at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
Summer drinks reception at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Great Hall and Ambulatory

Capacity (both spaces): 200 reception | 50 dining
Capacity (Ambulatory only): 70 reception | 24 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, heroes and villains.

This beautifully lit space provides a dramatic backdrop for evening drinks receptions and private views.


Evening dinner in the Great Hall, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The rich and atmospheric Great Hall with its beautiful stained glass windows and astrological ceiling is a unique space for events. Guests can view the exquisite painted frieze created exclusively by William Brassey Hole for the Portrait Gallery, which charts key Scots in history and the intricately painted murals around the balcony areas of the Ambulatory. Both the Great Hall and Ambulatory are suitable for drinks and/or dinners.


Dinner reception in the Great Hall, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Royal Scottish Academy Building

Capacity: 100 reception
Venue: Scottish National Gallery (Royal Scottish Academy building)
Availability: Summer 2017 evenings

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The Royal Scottish Academy Building is only available to hire for the duration of the summer exhibitions, we can welcome you through the front door of the magnificent Royal Scottish Academy before escorting you up to the Sculpture Court for a chance to enjoy drinks and canapés within one of the most striking venues in Edinburgh.  This exclusive experience includes access to the Summer Exhibition as well as an introduction by an art expert.

Located directly on Edinburgh’s Princes Street, this grand gallery can be transformed to host lavish drinks receptions during our Summer Exhibitions.

Enjoy Champagne while experiencing a private opening of a world class art exhibition.

Extend your event to combine drinks with a separate dinner within the Scottish Café and Restaurant, which offer stunning views over Princes Street gardens located within this gallery complex. A bespoke combined package for drinks and dinner can be arranged upon request.

Ramsay Room

Capacity: 120 dining
Venue: Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Availability: Evenings

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The Ramsay Room is the principal space for dinners in the gallery and can accommodate 120 seated at round tables, amidst Scotland’s key figures. Used in conjunction with the Great Hall, guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks whilst viewing the some of the gallery’s art collection, before taking their seats for dinner in the sumptuous Ramsay Room, surrounded by the gallery’s 18th Century masterpieces.

Ramsay room, Scottish National Portrait Gallery dinner reception
Ramsay room, Scottish National Portrait Gallery dinner reception

This beautiful neo-gothic gallery reopened in December 2011 after an extensive refurbishment and is one of our most popular venues for events in Edinburgh. 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.

Dine amongst stunning artworks from across the National Galleries of Scotland, which explores the Scottish experience of Italy in the eighteenth-century, the period when fascination with the country reached its height.

See these fantastic displays in beautifully refurbished spaces, this space is top-lit and currently exhibits the display Scots in ltaly | Artists and Adventurers. 

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.

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 unique 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.

Cafe Modern One

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

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The 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.

Summer reception at Modern One cafe
Garden space at Modern One cafe

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 spacious of these gallery spaces are perfect venues for stylish parties, drinks receptions or product launches.

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

Modern Two Great Hall

Capacity: 80 reception | 30 dining
Venue: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
Availability: Evenings

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Formerly called the Dean Gallery, Modern Two is situated opposite Modern One and is the home to one of the most important Surrealist collections in the world, with artworks by the likes of Dali, Picasso and Miro. The stunning double-height Great Hall is a wonderful space for drinks or dinners.

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 spacious of these gallery spaces are perfect  for stylish parties and drinks receptions.

Surprise your guests with an additional exclusive private view of the Gallery’s treasured art collection in the company of an Art expert.

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

Drinks reception in the Great Hall, Modern 2

Scottish National Gallery

Capacity: Available upon request
Venue: Scottish National Gallery 
Availability: Please contact us to discuss this space

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This splendid Gallery venue is available for dinners, receptions and exclusive private views. Guests can enjoy champagne, drinks and canapés in wonderful surroundings. Surprise your guests with an additional exclusive private view of the Gallery’s treasured art collection in the company of an art expert.

Alternatively dine amidst some the world’s most outstanding works of art, from Rembrandt and Raphael to Vermeer and Velazquez. Dinners can be seated on round tables for up to or for the real wow factor on one long banquet table.

Situated in the very heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is one of the most prestigious venues for events. This central site comprises two grand classical buildings; the Gallery Building, which houses Scotland’s greatest collection of art, and the Royal Scottish Academy Building, which mounts international blockbuster exhibitions.

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If you would like to know more about a particular space please get in touch and we'll be happy to assist you in planning your event.

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