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Private Wine Events Venues - The Cellars

Napoleon Cellar

The Napoleon Cellar

Our impressive 17th century Napoleon Cellar accommodates up to 60 people for luncheon or dinner, or can host up to 100 people at a canapé reception. A separate area, situated to one side of the Napoleon Cellar, is perfect for pre-dinner presentations or wine tastings.

  • Canapé menus from £29, luncheon & dinner menus from £60 per person
  • Wines at retail, not restaurant, prices*
  • Expert food and wine matching assistance
  • Tutored wine tastings from £30 per person, including team-building events
  • State-of-the-art audio-visual facilities
  • Minimum spends apply for lunch and dinner. Please contact us for more information
  • Take a virtual tour of the Napoleon Cellar
  • Download (pdf) more information and menus

 *Wines are charged at our usual retail bottle price plus a £10 service charge per bottle to cover opening, tasting, decanting and preparing the wines

Napoleon Cellar


The Pickering Cellar

The Pickering Cellar

The Pickering Cellar is an imposing 17th century wine cellar that usually plays host to Berrys’ Wine School and Tasting Events.

  • State-of-the-art audio-visual facilities
  • Ideal for meetings, launches and presentations for up to 50 people
  • Availability is strictly limited as The Pickering Cellar can only be hired in conjunction with The Napoleon Cellar
  • Take a virtual tour of the Pickering Cellar
  • Download (pdf) more information and menus

The Pickering Cellar

The History of Berrys' Cellars

Berry Bros. & Rudd is the UK's oldest wine and spirits merchant and can trace its origins back to 1698 when the Widow Bourne founded a grocer shop opposite St James's Palace.

The Cellars lie beneath Berrys' historic wine shop at 3 St James's Street which remains virtually unchanged since it was built in the 17th century. The Cellars were enlarged in the 1730s and it is believed that at that time they were linked by a door to St James's Palace.

Louis Napoleon, later to become Emperor Napoleon III of France, famously plotted his return to France from these cellars during his exile in the 1840s. Unusually, the cellars are located on two levels and prior to their renovation were the largest working cellars in London. The first level of the cellar continues to be a working cellar today and still stores 100,000 bottles including the Berry and Rudd Family Reserves.


Private Dining

Private Dining - Berry Bros. & Rudd

The Napoleon Cellar and The Townhouse are like no other private wine event venues. As well as being in the surroundings of an unique, historical location, you will be assigned a Berrys’ wine and hospitality expert who will help you to match wines to your menu and will be on hand on the day, allowing you uninterrupted enjoyment of the food, wine and unique surroundings. 

Please contact our Private Wine Events team for more information: 

Demetri Walters MW 0203 301 1600
Richard Veal 0203 301 1604
Steffan Griffiths 0203 301 1605
Reception 0207 396 9600
Email Private Wine Events

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