The New Hall

The Company finally occupied its new Hall at 18 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9HQ on Monday 15th April 2002, the Hall being opposite King Henry's Gate of St. Bartholomew's Hospital. Thursday 24th October 2002 was a very special day in the life of the Company when the Master, Mr Nicholas Lund, welcomed Her Majesty The Queen to Haberdashers' Hall, and invited Her formally to declare it open. The Hall and associated meeting rooms and offices are built round a cloistered courtyard, entered through the façade of Market View, now developed into residential apartments and retail units. On the south side of the site the Company has built an office development on the Hosier Lane frontage.

In the Hall, cloisters on the right hand side lead to a circular staircase to the first floor, where the Court Room, Committee Room and Luncheon Room lead off a Reception Gallery. The Reception Gallery leads to the Livery Hall, which has a high vaulted ceiling, with the whole room panelled in oak. There are also offices for the Company staff, facilities for catering staff and storage below the Hall together with accommodation for the Beadle.

Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and Partners and constructed by Holloway White Allom, the Hall is modern yet traditional, constructed around a quadrangle and featuring light and airy public rooms and offices. The Livery Hall itself is clad in North American Oak with modern stainless steel tracery in the roof replicating medieval hammer beams.

Visits to the Hall are once again possible, although they do need to be pre-booked. Details of the four "open days" held each year, and how to book such visits, are available from the Archivist or the Beadle (Tel 020 7246 9988).