The History of Church House
When it comes to event planning, we believe that selecting the right venue is an essential part of creating a memorable experience.
Church House is a historical venue – dating back to the 18th century, we feature a range of spaces, complete with cutting-edge technology and stunning decor that’s full of character. We pride ourselves on being one of the most versatile conference spaces in London – having been the location of choice for some of the UK’s most prestigious events.
Our venue has a long, and rich history, and we have been used as the venue of choice for the Royal Family and key members of Parliament on several occasions.
Our venue offers a tranquil setting with stunning views of Westminster Abbey, and a choice of 19 unique event spaces that can accommodate up to 664 people! All while being only a stone’s throw away from Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, and St James’s Park.
Every year we host hundreds of diverse events including:
- Award ceremonies
- Graduation ceremonies
- Product launches
- Fashion shows & filmings.
A Building with Purpose
Church House differs from other event spaces in London; our historical venue was originally founded to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
Rebuilt in 1931, the stunning building you see today was designed by world-renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker. The foundation stones were even laid by Queen Mary and officially opened by His Majesty, King George VI in 1940.
Over the years, Church House has played a significant role in British history, most notably during World War II where it served as the headquarters for the House of Commons, while the Palace of Westminster underwent repairs. Since then, it has hosted numerous significant events.
A Venue Where Important Conversations Happen
Winston Churchill referred to the Church House as “a boat in the storm for the House of Commons,” during his speech, unveiling the Church House Memorial Plaque in 1948.
The Hoare Memorial Hall has also seen it’s fair share of history-making; as this room was the scene for the first-ever United Nations General Assembly and UN Preparatory Commission and Security Council meetings that took place in 1945.
Church House – A venue rich in history, fit for the future
Today, Church House combines historical charm with cutting-edge technology, hosting a variety of events such as the TIGA Games Industry Awards, the Berkeley Group’s Biodiversity Net Gain Conference and many more.
Our various spaces provide the perfect setting for a variety of events. Our premier spaces include the Assembly Hall; which features a: striking 30-foot glass dome and space for 550 guests, the elegant Hoare Memorial Hall, with its classic oak panelling, art deco chandeliers, & built-in stage, and last but not least; the modern Harvey Goodwin Suite that can be set up for various event types, including web-streaming and live broadcasting.
Despite being Grade II listed, we are huge on sustainability. Our venue has undergone a number of
significant improvements over the last few years that have reduced our impact on the environment. As well as the renewal of energy and mechanics on site, we are replacing gas equipment with green-energy appliances, introducing motion-sensitive lighting, sensory taps, and integrating smart-energy management systems into our building, and we are set to be carbon-neutral by 2030.
Looking for a venue that’s not only steeped in history but can accommodate a variety of events in a beautiful setting? Our experienced team can’t wait to bring your dream event to life. Get in touch via our contact form or by phone on 020 7390 1590..