The Brunel Museum Corporate Hire


This award-winning museum about Brunel and the Thames Tunnel is available for receptions, dinner parties, lectures and meetings, and for garden parties. Set in attractive landscaped grounds on two levels, circling Brunel’s original shaft, the museum overlooks a quiet and pretty section of the river. Large double doors open onto a cobbled drive, enclosed lawn and garden, and the main entrance and café onto a paved terrace overlooking the river. We can comfortably accommodate two hundred guests. A Scheduled Ancient Monument and International Landmark Site, the Museum sits amongst converted warehouses & listed buildings in the St Mary church Conservation Area. The Museum has featured in films and TV programmes. 


The Museum is a converted industrial building, comprising one large space divided into Upper Gallery, Lower Gallery and mezzanine. For a function or buffet on all levels, the Museum can comfortably accommodate a hundred people; for a meeting or function in the Lower Gallery, sixty people seated. For larger groups, a marquee is available to double the space on the ground floor or open onto the garden. 

The Upper Gallery has electro-luminescent panels in each recess, and these tell the Brunel story. There are also watercolours, prints, statues, peepshows and technical models, and a display of souvenir items from 160 years ago.  The eaves are dramatically lit.

The Lower Gallery has an exhibition about Brunel’s last ship the Great Eastern, launched a few hundred yards down the river at Millwall.

The Mezzanine leads to the riverside café and Museum shop, stocking a wide range of souvenir items, prints and books.


The Museum is heated and is a pleasant space for meetings or receptions.  There is a TV, DVD player, a projector for powerpoint presentations and a screen.


The café serves light lunch and drinks & refreshments through the day. For the evening a modern well-equipped kitchen has everything an outside catering company needs. In the past the Museum has successfully worked with Moving Venue and other companies to provide high quality buffet meals for many events.
Guests may prefer to eat in the restaurant of The Mayflower, across the road from the museum. The upper room overlooks the river, and it was here in 1834 that Marc Brunel celebrated his 65th birthday with the Fellows of the Royal Society. The Fellows toasted Brunel’s health, founded The Tunnel Club and vowed to meet there every year to drink his health. A plaque marks the spot and the tradition is still upheld.


Courtesy of the Education Department, the Museum can arrange for your event to be hosted by one of the actors from the schools programme. Isambard Kingdom Brunel himself could welcome your guests! This successful dramatic re-creation has proved popular at many functions at the Science Museum, Transport Museum, Royal Institution and the opening of railway stations. He also gives after dinner speeches. Alternatively, your guests could be entertained by a Victorian miner from the original works and his long-suffering wife...

How to Find us

The Museum is easily accessible from Canada Water on the Jubilee Line, is two minutes from the Rotherhithe Road Tunnel and ten minutes from Tower Bridge by road.


£250 - £500 plus food & entertainment if required


For further details email or telephone 020 7231 3840