Fantastic Livery Halls in the City

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Embark on a journey through City Matters’ expertly curated showcase of the finest Livery Halls in the heart of the City, perfect for your next corporate, wedding, party event. Discover refined settings designed to elevate your occasion, as we unveil the epitome of sophistication and charm, offering invaluable insights to guide your discerning choice.

Stationers’ Hall

Stationers’ Hall has stood in the City off Ludgate Hill for the last 350 years. Following a recent major redevelopment programme, the Hall now boasts step-free access, new flexible events spaces, and air-cooling, bringing the building into the 21 st century.

Event spaces include a set of magnificent, interlinking rooms including the Great Hall with carved oak panelling dating back to the 1600s. Guests can enjoy the beautiful garden one of the best private gardens in the Square Mile, able to hold 200 guests. A new board room with hybrid
facilities including webcams and a private dining room are just some of the amazing opportunities available at the Hall in 2023.

Home to The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, which was established in 1403 and whose members were text writers, illuminators of books and suppliers of parchment, pens and paper, Stationers’ Hall is now one of the City’s most sought-after venues for corporate and private events. Public access is also important with
guided tours offered throughout the year for a more in depth look inside at this ancient monument. The Company also boast a calendar of industry events targeting those with a career in content and communication. Along with seasonal offers for summer parties, receptions, weddings and Christmas parties, if you are planning an event or would are interested in the building or Company get in touch to find out more.

Stationers Hall is a Grade 1 listed building close to St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London [email protected] | 020 7246 0999

Drapers’ Hall

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Located in the City of London, Drapers’ Hall provides a majestic setting for any event. On the site of the present Drapers’ Hall, Thomas Cromwell built his palace in the 1530s. After his execution, the property was purchased by the Guild of Drapers in 1543 from Henry VIII.

Drapers’ Hall boasts magnificent interiors creating a stunning backdrop to every occasion. While steeped in history, the Hall is recognisable from films & TV programmes such as The King’s Speech, The Apprentice and The Great British Menu. Their exquisite in-house catering, and the service provided by their experienced and dedicated team, will ensure that your event is perfect.

The venue can hold up to 700 guests for a standing reception 276 for a seated dinner, and 300 for theatre-style presentations or concerts.

For event enquiries and details please contact the Events Team on 020 7448 1324 or by email [email protected].

https://thedrapers.co.uk/

Saddlers Hall

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The Worshipful Company of Saddlers is one of the very oldest of the City of London Livery companies. The earliest surviving records of a Guild of Saddlers in London date from circa 1160 AD, although the Guild could well pre-date that.

Destroyed by the Great Fire of London and then bombed during the Blitz, the original Saddlers’ Hall dates back to the 14th Century and has been rebuilt several times.

Today, the Saddlers’ Company still has a close interest in, and involvement with, its original trade. This is exemplified in its support of the Society of Master Saddlers, its leadership of the development of saddlery training standards, its support of saddlery trainees and apprentices through bursaries, awards, and prizes, and its promotion of British saddlery.

The Worshipful Company of Saddlers long term vision is that there should be a thriving, prosperous, and confident saddlery trade in the United Kingdom in the long term. This will be ensured through increased support to research, innovation, skills development and collaboration as well as dialogue with other key stakeholders; including across other leather related trades. In turn this will require greater engagement with, and support to all forms of training and educational delivery in leather, including attracting people to the careers available, apprenticeships, means tested bursaries, and recognition for notable success.

If you are looking for a stunning, historic venue right in the heart of the City of London, just a few yards from St. Paul’s Cathedral, then you have found the right place! The impressive Saddlers’ Hall, owned by the ancient livery company for equestrian saddlery, was built in a neo-classical style and impresses with bespoke period furniture, historical antiquities and paintings. You would of course get the venue exclusively and with a court yard, a Great Hall and 5 additional rooms (where 3 of them can open up in to one large room) you would have plenty of space to explore with your guests. The highlight is the Great Hall, with exquisite stained-glass windows and a musicians’ gallery.

Brewers Hall: Historical Charm of the City

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Brewers’ Hall is steeped in history and makes a dramatic first impression. With its carved oak staircase, this venue in the City of London offers an unforgettable start to any event.

Its high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and intricate architectural design creates a timeless atmosphere, transporting guests to a bygone era of refined opulence.

Brewers’ Hall offers event spaces including an impressive Livery Hall and a more intimate Court Room perfect for a drink’s reception and dinners for 85 guests.

On key advantage of Brewers’ Hall, is its prime location in the heart of the City of London.

Easily accessible by public transportation and with ample parking nearby, making it easier for guests to travel. The surrounding areas are filled with renowned bars and cultural attraction, offering endless opportunities for pre-post event entertainment. Brewers’ Hall offers an exclusive Beer Master Class for guests to take part, along with a tailored beer
menu.

This venue is the perfect location and venue to book for nay event or special occasion. Whether you are planning an intimated gathering or grand celebration, Brewers’ Hall is the ultimate destination for a memorable event.

Founders’ Hall

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Founders’ Hall, nestled amidst the bustling streets of the City of London, just moments from Barbican, Farringdon, and St Paul’s stations, stands as a testament to centuries of history, architectural finesse, and warm hospitality. As the home of the historic Founders’ Company, this venue offers a rare glimpse into London’s past while embracing the modernity of the present.

Designed by architect Sam Lloyd, Founders’ Hall is a captivating late 20th-century reinterpretation of a livery hall, paying homage to its storied surroundings with a clever blend of neo-Vernacular historicism, Arts and Crafts influences, and Post-Modern elements. Its Grade 2 listed status underscores its significance in preserving the city’s architectural heritage.

Beyond its architectural uniqueness, Founders’ Hall holds a special place in the hearts of visitors for its warm and inviting atmosphere. Guests are welcomed with open arms and treated to a bespoke experience tailored to their needs.

Founders’ Hall boasts a rich legacy intertwined with STEM through its affiliation with the Worshipful Company of Founders. The Founders’ Company has a long-standing tradition of supporting education and innovation in the field of cast metals, engineering, and materials sciences.

The commitment to excellence extends to every aspect of Founders’ Hall, including its catering services provided by Life’s Kitchen. With a focus on beautifully presented dishes crafted from sensitively sourced ingredients, guests are treated to a culinary journey that complements the venue’s ambiance and hospitality.

In essence, Founders’ Hall is more than just a venue—it is a living testament to London’s rich history, architectural boldness, and unwavering commitment to fostering innovation and education. Guests are invited to partake in an experience that endeavours to weave together tradition, modernity, and conviviality.

Key details: Seats up to 75 banquet style, available to hire 7 days a week, catered by Life’s Kitchen.

1 Cloth Fair EC1A 7JQ

Butchers’ Hall

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Nestled in the vibrant heart of the City of London, Butchers’ Hall stands as an emblem of versatility and sophistication, offering an array of event spaces that seamlessly blend historical charm with modern amenities. Boasting a picturesque roof garden, cutting-edge AV and lighting systems, and a dedicated fibre-optic broadband line, the venue sets the stage for unforgettable gatherings.

They pride themselves on delivering impeccable service and culinary excellence. Collaborating closely with the esteemed Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Butchers, they curate menus tailored to your event, ensuring every palate is catered to with finesse.

At the core of their ethos lies a commitment to understanding your vision and executing it flawlessly. From meticulous event planning to courteous and efficient service, they leave no stone unturned in bringing your ideas to life.

Imbued with both historical grandeur and contemporary flair, Butchers’ Hall offers a truly unique setting for your special occasions, promising experiences that linger in memory long after the event concludes.

When it comes to food and drink, Bovingdons, with its rich legacy of three decades, brings passion and expertise to the table. Utilizing only the finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, our culinary team crafts bespoke menus designed to tantalize the senses and create lasting impressions.

Behind the scenes, their award-winning team of professionals stands ready to orchestrate every aspect of your event, from event planning to seamless execution. With an events planner, experienced managers, and dedicated service staff, they ensure a stress-free experience, allowing you to savour every moment.

Equipped with state-of-the-art AV facilities, Butchers’ Hall seamlessly marries tradition with technology. From a brand new Bose sound system to drop-down projectors and plasma screens, they provide the tools necessary to elevate your event to new heights.

In addition to their comprehensive services, they furnish your event with superior house furniture and equipment, including tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, and glassware, ensuring both comfort and style are at the forefront.

At Butchers’ Hall, they don’t just host events; they craft extraordinary experiences that leave a lasting impression on you and your guests.

87 Bartholomew Close EC1A 7EB

Painters’ Hall

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Painters’ Hall is the perfect venue for your event, combining unique art and valued heritage with the ideal location. Their Livery Hall boasts beautiful art amongst scenes dating back to the 16th century.

Painters’ Hall has three flexible spaces which can be used either individually or on an exclusive basis. They are ideally suited for conferences, meetings, dinners, receptions and Christmas parties. Each space has its own unique style and provide flexibility for a variety of events.

The largest and grandest of the three rooms at Painters’ Hall, the Livery Hall is a fantastic space for conferences, banquets or wedding receptions. It can accommodate a reception for up to 320 guests on the building’s first floor and the beautiful crystal chandeliers can be controlled to provide appropriate lighting for both daytime and evening use.

The walls and displays of the Court Room chronicle the fascinating history of the Painter-Stainers’ Livery Company. Royal Charters granted to the Company by Elizabeth I, James II, George VI and Elizabeth II, together with a wide collection of historical portraits and other items relating to notable events in times past, adorn these walls.

Accommodating just 16 people around its polished wooden boardroom table, the style and history of the Painted Chamber provides enchanting and intimate surroundings for special occasions such as business meetings, small lunches or private dining.

Painters’ Hall is managed by Seasoned who look after the sales, marketing and event delivery of this wonderful and unique venue.

Seasoned, will provide you with a sumptuous menu that will WOW your guests. Everything Seasoned do is about great food and great people, creating an event that is individual and bespoke whilst delivering exceptional customer service.

Contact us at Painters’ Hall to enquire about any future events by calling a members of the sales team on 020 7334 3900 or by emailing [email protected].

9 Little Trinity Ln EC4V 2AD

Fishmongers’ Hall

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Fishmongers’ Hall has an outstanding reputation, not just among its City neighbours, but much further afield for offering superb surroundings, delicious cuisine and first-rate service. With an unrivalled riverside location, the hall is a Grade II*-listed building with a unique history, rich architectural heritage, and is home to a valuable and diverse collection of artefacts and paintings.

Offering unparalleled views over London Bridge and the Thames, the first floor rooms offer sumptuous surroundings for any event. The Banqueting Hall, refurbished in 2018 is a magnificent room and can entertain 190 in a seated horseshoe, 200 in a top table with sprigs, and up to 350 for a reception. This room can be used for all types of events, from fine dining to concerts and opera; from formal lectures and conferences to cocktail parties. Despite its classical appearance, the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art AV to ensure that requirements can always be catered for, as well boasting personalised Wi-Fi network capability. The Court Drawing and Court Dining Rooms share the same level of historical splendour and offer commanding views of the Thames. These rooms drip with ambience when illuminated by candle light and offer the perfect setting for everything from pre-dinner drinks to a wide array of smaller functions. The Fishmongers’ Company has an extensive art collection and the Court Drawing Room houses arguably the most famous portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, painted by Pietro Annigoni in 1954. The Court Room on the ground floor has a magnificent terrace overlooking the River Thames which is perfectly suited to receptions in fine weather on the private terrace. The current hall is located in the heart of the City and is easily accessible by a wide variety of transport links, with Monument, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Bank stations all within easy walking distance.

Coopers’ Hall

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Tucked away in the heart of London’s bustling city, Coopers’ Hall is a testament to the craftmanship and rich heritage of the City. With history that can be tracked back to the 13th century, this remarkable venue is a true treasure for those seeking to hold events and special celebrations in a truly unique setting.

The preservation of Coopers’ Hall is exquisite. As one of the oldest City Livery Halls the building has been carefully maintained. This pre-Georgian town house design offers visitors a glimpse into the architectural elegance, creating a timeless and sophisticated experience.

The venue’s versatility includes the Court Room, which is a great space for reception drinks and canapés. Guests make their way up the grand stairs, steeped in history of the Hall, to find the Dining Room which presents an intimate private dining space for any occasion.

Coopers’ Hall is a remarkable event venue that seamlessly blends its historical charm with modern-day functionality. Its graceful architecture, peaceful ambiance, and distinctive connection with the City of London makes Coopers’ Hall an outstanding choice for any occasion or gathering.

13 Devonshire Square EC2M 4TH

Ironmongers’ Hall

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Home to the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers’, one of the Great XII livery companies, the Hall is located in the heart of the Barbican. Tracing their heritage and connection with the City of London back 700 years; this incarnation of the Hall to this day retains stained glass taken from the Company’s first Hall of 1457.

Built during the arts and crafts movement in a mock Tudor style Ironmongers’ Hall offers a serene backdrop amidst the hustle and bustle of the City for conferences, meetings, dinners and celebrations. Their cosy Country House aesthetic will make you feel at home as soon as you step through the doors!

They have a rich history with striking architecture, providing stunning photo opportunities, especially for weddings. The Hall boasts a magnificent staircase, intimate courtyard and four rooms each with their own individual character; showcasing high ceilings, oak paneling, regency furniture and original stained glass windows.

Ironmongers’ Hall is available for exclusive hire, or can be hired floor by floor, with four versatile spaces across two floors; they are sure to have the perfect location whatever the occasion; from the Court Room and Luncheon Rooms connecting with the charming Courtyard garden, to the opulent Drawing Room featuring a focal fireplace and the largest William Morris Tapestry in the country, hung in place of wallpaper, and the Banqueting Hall, their Tudor Inspired show-stopping space.

They can host intimate events through to lavish banquets for up to 160 guests, standing receptions for 220 guests and they are fully licenced for civil ceremonies for 150 guests.

Their on-site team of event specialists are here to assist you with every aspect of your event, partnering with onsite caterers – Company of Cooks – to provide a mouth-watering experience for all of your guests.

Off Shaftesbury Pl EC2Y 8AA

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