Steeped in tradition, Guildhall invites guests on a journey spanning more than 800 years - from the Gothic grandeur of the Great Hall to the largest surviving medieval crypts in London.
Home to the City of London Corporation, Guildhall is a remarkable backdrop to national celebrations, corporate entertainment and major conferences. Seven flexible function spaces offer unique settings for large and small scale events, daytime or evening, right at the heart of the City.
Guildhall's largest space, Great Hall is meant to impress. The spectacular setting for the annual Lord Mayor's Banquet since 1502, Great Hall is a vast space with soaring, high-arched ceiling and 5ft thick walls. Natural light floods in at each end through two huge, Gothic stained glass windows with the names of past Lord Mayors emblazoned on each side.
With its distinctive and evocative features, Great Hall can be adapted to a variety of events, styles and numbers.
Old Library and Print Room
Home to Guildhall Library from 1873 to 1974 and perfect for a range of prestigious functions
Illustrating the introduction of printing into England, the north-end stained glass window allows plenty of natural light into this spacious room - once filled with a collection of over 40,000 volumes and manuscripts.
Included with the Old Library is the adjoining Print Room. Previously a public reading room filled with documents, directories and papers, the Print Room enables additional flexibility and offers an ideal breakout space.
East and West Crypts
Dating back to Edward the Confessor (1042) and divided into two rooms, the East and West Crypts are equally atmospheric, yet completely different in style.
With a maximum combined capacity of 500, the Crypts today provide an unusual and evocative space, either as a complement to Great Hall or more intimately on their own.
Designed by Sir Horace Jones in 1872, the Grade II listed Livery Hall was used as a museum until the outbreak of the Second World War. The contents were removed for safe-keeping but were never returned, later being transferred to the Museum of London.
Restored as an events space and reopened in 2008, the room was renamed the Livery Hall to reflect the City of London's Livery ties. Coloured lighting beautifully illuminates the architecture, and a purpose-built kitchen, servery, lift and cloakroom facilities immediately adjoin the room.
Within the Art Gallery, yet self-contained, the Basinghall Suite is perfectly suited to hosting lunches, receptions, meetings, presentations or conferences.
The Suite also features a small ante-room — adaptable as an extension to the meeting area.
Chief Commoner's Parlour
Situated next to the Old Library and once the Librarian's Office, the Chief Commoner's Parlour is a striking, intimate room with large oval table, open fireplace and ornate features.
Ideal for meetings, lunches or dinners, it can also provide additional, supportive space for larger-scale Old Library events.
Guildhall Art Gallery
Home to the City of London Corporation's magnificent art collection. Particularly rich in Victorian art and ranging from Pre-Raphaelites to depictions of London's colourful past, the Gallery offers a spectacular arena — and excellent talking point — for spacious drinks receptions.
To further enhance your guests' experience, tailor your event to incorporate a guided tour of the masterpieces on display.
Roman Amphitheatre and Undercroft Gallery
Discovered in 1988, our Roman Amphitheatre was found as part of excavation works for the Guildhall Art Gallery refurbishments. Archaeologists were astounded to come across a piece of Roman wall and after further excavation discovered the size and extent of the Amphitheatre, which sat within the ancient walls of Londinium. Nearly 2000 years later we have opened our doors to allow guests to dine in this historic atmospheric venue!