Livery Halls + Institutions

Add a touch of history and tradition to your next event in London by hiring one of the many event spaces on offer in the capital’s Livery Halls + Institutions. London’s streets are filled with an abundance of society headquarters and nation

Updated on 13 August 2018

Society headquarters and national institutions abound in London. In the City and central London especially, there seems to be one on every street corner. And nearly all of them are open to hire for your private event. On this page of Squaremeal.co.uk we’ve lined up a comprehensive list of unique HQs and institutions, with function rooms for hire. In a similar vein, you’ll also find London’s top livery halls on the list, offering some of the most impressive spaces to hold a wedding, conference, drinks reception or party. Many of the academy, college and specialist organisation venues in the capital have been there rather a long time. With all this history and tradition, these venues can really add character and gravitas to your event. A technology-focused product launch, for example, would work really well in a like-minded institution. There are many headquarters and institutions that double up as conference centres and you’ll also be surprised how many of them have meeting rooms for hire that accommodate up to and over 1,000 guests.

41 Portland Place

41 Portland Place

41 Portland Place , London,

Set in prestigious Portland Place in Marylebone, conveniently near Oxford Circus, The Academy of Medical Sciences occupies a picture-perfect Georgian townhouse built in 1773. Its conference and meeting facilities are spread across three floors that still look fresh following a £5m revamp in 2010. Function rooms include a purpose-built 70-capacity conference suite and a collection of smaller spaces that can be combined to host receptions for 225. Interiors are elegant and bright throughout, while a terrace is available for summer drinks receptions and break-outs. Catering, based on menus that mix traditional and contemporary dishes, is in the safe hands of Harbour and Jones.

 

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Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 225
Max Banquet 90
Salters

Salters' Hall

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

Refurbished and extended, this Grade II-listed post-war livery hall mixes historic architecture with state-of-the-art facilities. It’s an impressive venue for conferences, receptions and award ceremonies. The Main Hall is a beautifully panelled space; the overlooking Dining Room can be used separately or in conjunction with the hall; and the Court Room is a stylish reception and meeting option. The stylish garden also provides an alfresco entertaining area.

 

Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 130
Armourers

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. The Livery Hall is the largest space, featuring 16th- and 17th-century armour, George II chandeliers and a Men-At-Arms candelabrum. For smaller events, consider The Library with its quiet, cosy atmosphere and ornate mahogany bookcases.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 125
Max Banquet 100
Congress Centre

Congress Centre

28 Great Russell Street , London, WC1B 3LS

This popular central London venue occupies a distinctive mid-century modernist building, with event spaces that range from small, hi-tech meeting rooms to the striking 1950s Congress Hall. The latter offers a sprung-wood floor and glass ceiling, which fills the room with natural light. Besides conferences and exhibitions, it’s a good fit for product launches, awards dinners and fashion shows. Excellent AV facilities include HD 3D projection.

 

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Max Meeting 500
Max Theatre 500
Max Standing 850
Max Banquet 320
10-11 Carlton House Terrace

10-11 Carlton House Terrace

10-11 Carlton House Terrace , St. James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Home to the British Academy, this charming St James’s property offers a range of rather grand event spaces. Period features contrast with abstract art and up-to-date tech, providing rooms ready for modern business needs. The venue has just completed the refurbishment of its Lecture Room and Wolfson Room. Both have benefitted from an updated colour scheme, while the former has a new stage, making it the best spot for important presentations.

 

Venue review on British Academy

Max Meeting 125
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
British Academy

British Academy

10-11 Carlton House Terrace , St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

The former residence of prime minister William Gladstone is now home to the British Academy, which under its venue moniker, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, offers 11 rather grand event spaces for hire. Period features contrast with abstract art and up-to-date tech, providing rooms ready for modern business needs. In 2016, the venue added the book-lined Lee Library to its lineup of spaces, which lends its regency character to evening dinners.

 

Venue review on 10-11 Carlton House Terrace

Max Meeting 125
Max Theatre 80
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX

Versatile interiors and a handy location off Kensington High Street attract a loyal client base to Kensington Conference & Events Centre. Its mainstay is international conferences, as well as fairs and exhibitions, but dinner dances are also popular. The Great Hall can be hired along with two foyers and four breakout rooms. For more intimate board meetings, the Council Chamber has leather-topped desks, with individual microphones. 

Max Meeting 732
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 500
Gray

Gray's Inn

The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, Holborn, London, WC1R 5ET

With a colourful history going back more than 600 years, the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn is a distinguished event venue located between the City and the West End. Stand-out spaces among its six function rooms include the large oak-panelled Elizabethan Hall, an attractive portrait-lined room that sits beneath a beautiful hammerbeam roof, and the 150-capacity Large Pension Room, which has ornate chandeliers and a marble fireplace. The property’s five acres of gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for a popular summer marquee (available to hire from June to July each year), holding up to 300 guests for dinner-dances or 600 for informal barbecues.

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Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 300
De Morgan House

De Morgan House

57-58 Russell Square , Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4HS

Bloomsbury’s Grade II-listed De Morgan House is home to the London Mathematical Society. This year saw the addition of the Cartwright Boardroom and the Rayleigh Room. The former overlooks Russell Square, while both benefit from period features and state-of-the-art AV. Other rooms work well for away days, press conferences, and receptions. The latest AV kit and wi-fi can be found throughout, and food is by green-leaning Eden Caterers. Not-for-profit organisations can get a 20% discount on room hire.

 

Max Meeting 80
Max Theatre 80
Max Standing 70
Max Banquet 32
No.11 Cavendish Square

No.11 Cavendish Square

11–13 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AN

No.11 Cavendish Square occupies an elegant Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse with four floors of event space. The ground-floor Green House offers a verdant spot with a central champagne bar and AV kit for meetings. The venue’s standout space, though, is the light and modern Orangery, which is flanked by a tranquil courtyard garden. The hi-tech Burdett Theatre is the spot for important presentations.

Venue review of Summer parties at No.11 Cavendish Square

Venue review of The Green House at No.11 Cavendish Square

Venue review of The Orangery & Courtyard at No.11 Cavendish Square

 

Max Meeting 136
Max Theatre 280
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
Museum of London

Museum of London

150 London Wall , City of London, London, EC2Y 5HN

This famous City-based museum can handle anything from Christmas dinners to AGMs. Presentations and screenings are best held in the tiered Weston Room, but if you’re planning a soirée, look first to the Entrance Hall. A drinks reception should work nicely around its futuristic bar before guests move through to the large Sackler Hall, with its 360° digital screen. For summer parties, the Terrace Rooms have direct access to the Rotunda Gardens.

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Organise a spring event in the Entrance Hall and Sackler Hall, and guests will also get the chance to enjoy free access to the temporary display dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Votes for Women. Minimum numbers apply. 

 

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Max Meeting 230
Max Theatre 230
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 350
Butchers

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. The largest space here is the Great Hall, which holds up to 250 and boasts huge windows that flood the room with natural light. The Court Suite on the first floor is made up of two interconnecting rooms and has a warm, inviting interior – complete with grand fireplace – that makes it a cosy setting for dinners. Drinks work well in the striking Reception Room, where an unusual glass screen depicts the four seasons. The intimate Library offers private facilities for eight.

 

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 163
Trinity House

Trinity House

Tower Hill , Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DH

This grand Georgian venue has five function rooms and fine views towards the Tower of London. There’s a distinctly nautical feel to the decor, which features maritime paintings, ship models and the brass bell from the royal yacht Britannia. Our choice space is the Court Room, with a ceiling fresco by Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt. Pick the Library for banquets and take the adjoining Pepys Room as an entertainment space.

Max Meeting 130
Max Theatre 45
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 130
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Nicholson Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

Max Meeting 1900
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 400
Roehampton Venues

Roehampton Venues

Roehampton Lane, Putney, London, SW15 5PH

The Roehampton portfolio now includes Elm Grove, a new-build conference centre a short train ride from Waterloo. It joins 18th-century Grove House and Parkstead House, adding contemporary spaces and state-of-the-art facilities to the group offer. Its main Oak Suite can be divided into three and features keypad-controlled AV. A pair of smart boardrooms work well as breakout spaces, while the top-floor Lime Tree Suite has scenic city views and its own terrace.

 

Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
Saddlers

Saddlers' Hall

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

Home to one of London’s oldest livery companies, Saddlers’ Hall is constructed in the classical style, with period details and furniture. Events from conferences to AGMs, large drinks receptions and banquets can be held in its rooms. The highlight is the Great Hall, with exquisite stained-glass windows and a musicians’ gallery. Multiple breakout spaces provide extra conferencing facilties, while the secluded courtyard can be used for alfresco summer entertaining.

 

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Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 152
Asia House

Asia House

63 New Cavendish Street , London, W1G 7LP

This Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Marylebone features interiors designed by neoclassical architects Robert and James Adam, with pretty signature touches such as filigree plasterwork and inset classical paintings. The three Fine Rooms, Hutchison Room and Library make elegant, Regency-style settings for dinners, conferences and receptions. Elsewhere, the more modern Gallery has been designed as an exhibition space and can be hired separately.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120
Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 2AB

Grade II*-listed Goodenough College sits within a pretty garden square in Bloomsbury. Its grandest space is the Great Hall, a handsome, oak-panelled setting for conferences, banquets and receptions. The Churchill Room is best for private dining and board meetings, while a pair of large common rooms are popular for conferences. If it’s an outdoor event you’re after, the garden Quad is the spot for summer receptions and barbecues.

 

Max Meeting 120
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 220
Barber-Surgeons

Barber-Surgeons' Hall

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

Tucked away in a garden square off London Wall, the red-brick Barber-Surgeons’ Hall occupies one of the City’s prettiest locations. Its centrepiece is the wood-panelled Great Hall, a bright space with elaborate ceilings and huge windows. The Reception Room, Court Room and Charter Rooms are just as well turned out and show off artefacts from the livery company’s long history. A terrace overlooks peaceful grounds and a medicinal garden.

 

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Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120