Halls for Hire London

'Hall' used to be the word employed to describe the room or space just inside the front entrance of a house or property, but it’s now more commonly associated with an entire building or large room used for meetings, concerts or other grand scale events that comprise a large number of people. The term ‘hall’ conjures up images of open space and often grandeur; the type of venue that enables party planners and event organisers to let their imaginations go wild – unrestricted by awkwardly placed furniture, obstructive features and excessive furnishings.

Updated on 29 January 2020

A hall is essentially a blank canvas to be filled however the hirer so desires, without the fear of guests being shoehorned into the corner of an ill-fitting room. No space could be more versatile than a hall; simply add chairs and tables for a banqueting dinner, a stage and lights for a guest speaker or a dancefloor and speakers for a celebratory party.

Fortunately for events planners in London, the capital is awash with beautiful halls to hire to choose from – many of which are steeped in history and tradition. These impressive venues can really add character and gravitas to an event whether it’s a conference, drinks reception, product launch, wedding or party. However narrowing down the right halls for hire can be a tiresome and frankly difficult task. That’s why we’ve curated a list of what we regard to be the very best halls across London that are suitable for just about any occasion. From town halls to banqueting halls, hotel halls and livery halls hopefully there’s a hall here that will meet your exact requirements whatever they might be. We recommend booking well ahead of your event though as these desirable spaces get booked up first and we would hate for you to miss out on your first choice!

Banqueting House

1. Banqueting House

Whitehall, St. James's, London, SW1A 2ER

Commissioned by James I in 1622, Banqueting House dazzled London’s high society when it opened. You can still feel the spirit of courtiers who partied beneath the magnificent Rubens-painted ceiling of the Main Hall.
Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 380
Grace Hall

2. Grace Hall

147 Leadenhall Street, City of London, London, EC3V 4QT

The latest addition to the Camm & Hooper stable, this thoroughbred Leadenhall venue was built in the 1920s for a New York bank. With the uplit columns and marble of the Main Hall , the neoclassical grandeur is still there.
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 170
Banking Hall

3. Banking Hall

14 Cornhill, City of London, London, EC3V 3ND

Banking Hall bills itself as a space ‘where grandeur meets glamour’ and it’s a fitting description. Banking Hall boasts a central London location that is easily accessible, with a mezzanine level that overlooks the Bank of England.
Max Meeting 280
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 280
Middle Temple Hall

4. Middle Temple Hall

Middle Temple Lane , London, EC4Y 9AT

One of the ancient Inns of Court, Middle Temple stands apart for its unspoilt main Hall, featuring 16th-century heraldic panels, stained-glass windows and a splendid hammer-beam roof.
Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 400
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

5. The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Lincoln's Inn, Clerkenwell, London, WC2A 3TL

The three spaces at this historic Grade I and Grade II-listed building are fantastic for large gala dinners, grand receptions or big conferences with a difference.
Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 250
The Tower of London

6. The Tower of London

Tower Hill , City of London, London, EC3N 4AB

The beauty of hosting an event at this incredible historic venue is that each of the Tower of London’s function rooms has its own story, perfect for setting the scene for both grand events and intimate affairs.
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 240
Kensington Palace

7. Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens , Kensington, London, W8 4PX

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Kensington Palace became a royal residence in 1689. It has hosted countless kings and queens over the centuries and this heritage is reflected in the grandeur of the event spaces.
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 300
Armourers

8. Armourers' Hall

81 Coleman Street , City of London, London, EC2R 5BJ

History fans will love this Grade II-listed building and ancient monument. It’s well suited to dramatic banquets, presentations, receptions and wine tastings, with a host of attractive function rooms to choose from.
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 125
Max Banquet 100
Saddlers

9. Saddlers' Hall

40 Gutter Lane, City of London, London, EC2V 6BR

This elegant building in the heart of the City, next to St Paul’s Cathedral, is a great spot to host an event or meeting. Being so close to many of the major offices and corporations in the City, Saddlers’ hall is easy to get to after work.
Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 152
Skinners

10. Skinners' Hall

8 1/2 Dowgate Hill , City of London, London, EC4R 2SP

With eight separate event spaces to choose from when you hire the whole of Skinners' Hall, your guests can explore this stunning London townhouse and it makes the perfect venue for any larger events you plan on hosting.
Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 170
Barber-Surgeons

11. Barber-Surgeons' Hall

1a Monkwell Square, Wood Street , City of London, London, EC2Y 5BL

This stunning and intricately laid out red-brick building has a host of event spaces perfect for corporate events, meetings and parties. The impressive Great Hall has the capacity to hold up to to 120 seated guests and 250 standing.
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120
Painters

12. Painters' Hall

9 Little Trinity Lane , London, EC4V 2AD

Home to the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, this City livery hall houses a fine collection of royal portraits, dating from the late 17th century to the present day. The grandest of its three rooms is the Livery Hall itself.
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 176
Gibson Hall

13. Gibson Hall

13 Bishopsgate , City of London, London, EC2N 3BA

Built by architect John Gibson in the mid-19th century, this striking City venue lends its neoclassical charm to events. The Main Hall, with its marble columns and crystal chandeliers, is a natural choice for formal dinners and parties.
Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 300
Pewterers

14. Pewterers' Hall

Oat Lane, London, EC2V 7DE

Home to the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, this City livery hall underwent a £750,000 refurb in 2013. Tucked just off London Wall, it houses a trio of rooms that provides versatile event space for dinners, receptions and meetings.
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 150
Salters

15. Salters' Hall

4 London Wall Place, London, London, EC2Y 5DE

Refurbished and extended, this Grade II-listed, RIBA Award-winning livery hall mixes historic architecture with state-of-the- art facilities. It’s an impressive venue for conferences, receptions and award ceremonies.
Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 130
Brewers

16. Brewers' Hall

Aldermanbury Square, City of London, London, EC2V 7HR

On a quiet square close to Moorgate, Brewers’ Hall is the 20th-century home of a 15th-century livery company. Across a marble lobby three function rooms marry a rich history with modern facilities. The oak-panelled Livery Hall is topped with chandeliers and heraldic crests.
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 80
Apothecaries

17. Apothecaries' Hall

Black Friars Lane, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 6EJ

Dating from 1672, this City venue has all the historic character of a traditional livery hall. The oak-panelled Great Hall, with its beautiful 18th-century candelabrum, suits receptions and dinners.
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 135
Butchers

18. Butchers' Hall

87 Bartholomew Close , London, EC1A 7EB

The Worshipful Company of Butchers is one of the seven oldest City of London livery companies. Its headquarters, Butchers’ Hall, are centrally located in the historic and vibrant Smithfield area.
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 163
St Martin-in-the-Fields

19. St Martin-in-the-Fields

Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JH

Renowned for its social work, music and architecture, this iconic church can also be hired for events. Ideally situated in central London, St Martin-in-the-Fields is a unique venue that lends itself to all kinds of events and functions.
Max Meeting 60
Max Theatre 130
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 200
Roux at Parliament Square

20. Roux at Parliament Square

11-12 Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AD

In the historic Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors building, Roux at Parliament Square is fronted by Michel Roux Jr and head chef Steve Groves, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2009 meaning catering is a forte at this venue.
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 150

If none of the above halls for hire have ticked the box, see if any of these other large venues fit the brief.