The Guildhall has been at the centre of city life and home to the City of London Corporation for over 800 years. Events have taken place at the Guildhall since 1502, with the Grade I-listed building playing host to numerous state and mayoral occasions. Over the centuries this stunning venue has welcomed heads of states and legends alike; most notable events in recent years being the reception for the Great Britain 2012 Olympic team and also the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Now, the venue also welcomes clients to hire their stunning spaces for events. The venue’s impressive architecture provides the perfect setting for dinners, receptions and conferences. For a listed building, the venue is surprisingly versatile with eight different event spaces which can be used on their own or in conjunction with each other.
The Great Hall is arguably the crown jewel of the venue. This breathtaking medieval hall can host up to 700 guests for a dinner or 900 for a standing reception. The large Gothic windows in the Great Hall allow natural daylight to come flooding in and the statues around the Hall celebrate some of the nation’s biggest heroes such as Sir Winston Churchill and the Duke of Wellington. Awards dinners are extremely popular in the Great Hall and with an in-built stage and the historic surroundings you can see why.
The Old Library and Print Room are two adjoining spaces. As the name suggests, the Old Library was once a working library and the Print Room was a reading room. The Old Library originally had a collection or over 40,000 books, was designed by Sir Horace Jones and constructed in 1870. The space can seat 400 for dinner and 550 for a standing reception. The Print Room comes with the hire of the Old Library and is a great space for VIP receptions.
Underneath the Great Hall are the East and West Crypts; these are some of our favourite spaces at the Guildhall. The Crypts are the oldest part of the Guildhall and create such a great atmosphere for evening events. These beautiful venue spaces date back to the 11th century, although the West Crypt had to undergo extensive restoration due to the Great Fire of London in 1666 and didn’t re-open until 1973. Today the Crypts have a combined capacity of 500 for a standing reception and are some of the most popular spaces at the venue.
If you are looking for a conference venue, the Livery Hall is the ideal space for you. Like the Old Library this space was designed by Sir Horace Jones and built in the 1870s. Now it is fully equipped with in-built AV which includes coloured lighting to highlight the stunning architecture. It is a functional yet characterful space which is great for conferences, dinners and receptions.
The Art Gallery, Basinghall Suite and Chief Commoner’s Parlour are some of the venue’s smaller spaces but they are by no means less impressive. The Art Gallery was opened by the Queen in 1999 and houses a spectacular display of nineteenth century paintings. The space is perfect for a drinks reception which allows you guests to view the art and is a great conversation piece. The Basinghall Suite is located next to the Art Gallery and is a great space for smaller conferences and meetings. There is an adjoining ante-room which is perfect to set up your catering or use as a breakout space. Lastly, there is the Chief Commoner’s Parlour. This beautiful room provides the perfect setting for intimate dinners. The space was once used as the Librarian’s office and adjoins the Old Library.
As you can tell the Guildhall offers a wealth of options for your event and combined with Seasoned catering, we can create the perfect experience for your guests. For more information about holding your next event at the Guildhall contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7236 2149.