This historic venue reopened in June 2018 after a restoration that saw the 1831-built property being reinstated to its former glory. The Georgian interiors offer timeless elegance, which make a host of events possible. Exhibitions, dinners, corporate dos, conferences, receptions and seminars will all work well across the building’s three floors.
You can hire individual rooms, floors or take over the whole building, but the old St Alban’s former Town Hall offers mainly two versatile event spaces. The first-floor Georgian Assembly Room is the jewel in the crown and was originally the site for grand balls, galas and dinners. The restoration has made such events possible again. Elaborate ceiling roses gilded in gold, giant mirrors, original fireplaces and opulent chandeliers make it a stately setting for formal events, but simultaneously, the grandeur of it can be a cool backdrop for more contemporary-themed events. There’s also access to a first-storey balcony.
The second space is the Courtroom, which is actually one of the few remaining pre-Victorian courtrooms in the country. It is positively brimming with charm. From its octagonal shape and geometric skylight to its wood-panelled pews and judge’s chair, it forms a quirky backdrop for smaller events such as dinner and drinks. It’s also connected to the historic subterranean cells – a private tour of these will spice things up even more.
In-house caterer Leafi dished up both sit-down meals and canapés with a strong focus on local produce. They also offer a dedicated events manager as part of their catering services.