The Young V&A: Where Creativity Meets History and Community

We've been excited for a long time to share more about this newly re-opened space and now we can shout all about it. It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the V&A South Kensington and now there’s another venue within the portfolio that we can’t wait to tell you all about.

Nestled in the heart of Bethnal Green, East London, the Young V&A (formerly known as the V&A Museum of Childhood) is not just a museum; it's a cherished institution with deep historical roots. Opened in 1872 as the Bethnal Green Museum, this cultural gem was East London's first-ever museum and quickly became an integral part of the local community. Now, over 150 years later, the Grade II* listed site has undergone a transformative rejuvenation, emerging as the Young V&A, a dynamic national museum and a powerhouse of creativity tailored specifically for children and young teenagers. The Golborne Collection is proud to be a recommended event planner for the Young V&A, let us show you the possibilities this museum has to offer.

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A venue rich in heritage and transformation

The Young V&A's journey begins with its rich history as the Bethnal Green Museum, where it initially opened its doors to provide educational opportunities and cultural enrichment to local residents. Embedded in the heart of the community, it became a place where families could explore art, history, and culture together.

Fast forward to today, and the museum has undergone a radical refurbishment. It has been transformed into a vibrant space that places children and their creative futures at the forefront. The Young V&A is committed to nurturing the creativity of young minds and inspiring a new generation of artists, thinkers, and innovators.

The McLain Hall: Where History Meets Creativity

One of the key highlights of the Young V&A is the McLain Hall, which holds both historical significance and creative potential. The hall features the original mosaic marble floor that was laid in 1872 when the museum first opened its doors. This beautifully preserved floor serves as a bridge between the museum's rich history and its contemporary mission of inspiring creativity in children and young teenagers. With a large in-built bar, the McLain Hall is a fabulous spot for a drinks reception, dancefloor party, or bar/bat mitzvah. For more formal seated dinners or wedding receptions, guests can dine beneath the sweeping ceiling and overhead balconies.


600 standing / 300 seated

Portal Trust Community Room: A Modern Event Space

The Community Room at the Young V&A is a modern event space that adds versatility to the museum's offerings. With its clean, bright design, this room acts as a blank canvas that can be easily styled with décor and lighting to suit any event theme or vision. Whether you're planning a corporate event, a private celebration, or birthday party, this space can be customised to meet your needs. The Community Room is an ideal space for receptions on arrival prior to seating for dinner, wedding ceremonies or more intimate dinners. The open plan room also has an in-built projector which can be used for evening presentations and theatre-style talks.


300 standing / 150 seated

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Exclusive Celebrations at the Young V&A

Experiencing a museum out-of-hours is a special and exclusive experience that sets your event apart. The Young V&A offers a range of celebrations and events that can be hosted within its historic and creative spaces:

Wedding Receptions

Hosting your wedding reception at the Young V&A is a unique and memorable experience. Imagine celebrating amidst the museum's incredible galleries, surrounded by art, history, and culture. By choosing the Young V&A, you not only create stunning memories but also directly support the museum's efforts to empower young people and maintain free admission for all.

Corporate Events

The museum provides a distinctive and inspiring backdrop for corporate gatherings, conferences, and product launches. The McLain Hall and the Community Room offer versatile spaces that can be tailored to your corporate event's needs.

Exhibition Spaces

The museum's galleries can be transformed to host exhibitions and showcases, whether it's for art, culture, or philanthropic initiatives. The unique setting adds a touch of creativity and heritage to your event.

Explore The Young V&A with The Golborne Collection

The Young V&A stands as a testament to the enduring value of art, culture, and community. With its rich history and commitment to nurturing young minds, it is a place where creativity flourishes and memories are made. Whether you're planning a wedding, a milestone birthday party, a corporate event, a brand launch, or an exhibition, the Golborne Collection can create the perfect event. Get in touch and let’s explore how we can create an unforgettable experience that celebrates both the past and the future.

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