Over the years, the New Connaught Rooms has hosted and entertained the world's leading politicians, royalty, dignitaries and celebrities.
Today, since being acquired by Principal Hayley Hotels and Conference Venues in 2009, the venue has undergone a dramatic refurbishment programme transforming into a world class inspirational venue.
Sympathetically restored, the palatial Grand Connaught Rooms is now a venue that impresses, captivates and inspires its visitors. Recent events include: Elle Style Awards, Ralph Lauren and Britain's Got Talent.
The building has been the Headquarters of the Freemasons since 1717. Originally, the freemasons would meet in various taverns until, in 1775, the Marquis of Normandy's mansion was demolished and the foundation stone was laid at 61 Great Queen Street.
In 1908 the building was divided and the dining rooms named the Connaught Rooms after the first Duke of Connaught, Grand Master of the Freemasons at that time.
One of London's most famous locations, for much of its existence Covent Garden served as the largest fruit and vegetable market in England. The market used to cover the whole of the square and occupied many of the buildings, but has since been transformed beyond all recognition.