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Extraordinary Events Are In Safe Hands At The Insurance Hall

London has its fair share of historical buildings, and - take it from us - they make seriously impressive settings for all kinds of events. If you're on the hunt for a venue with pedigree and a story to match, allow us to present one of the finest examples - the fascinating Insurance Hall.

With stunning Tudor-style architecture, beautiful decor, and all the tech you could ask for (not to mention its own resident ghost!), this venue is a strong choice for any kind of event, from award ceremonies to company updates and conferences. Here's why we're confident it'll ensure success for your events!

It's steeped in history

Home to the UK's insurance sector since 1932, the building is steeped in the history of the area. From the origins of the site as the location of a manor house, through its incarnations as an inn and wool merchant's hall, to the current building's use as a first aid station in WWII, this location has seen its fair share of action!

The current building was designed to hark back to Tudor days, and was opened by King George V - who later became patron of the Chartered Insurance Institute - in 1934. The building is full of nods to the past: on the second floor landing you'll find the commercial sign of The Axe, the inn that stood on the site from the 14th century until it was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666. And in the Great Hall, a huge stained glass window pays homage to the insurance companies that funded the building of the hall.

This is a venue that wears its history on its sleeve - and guests are guaranteed to be fascinated by the history written on the walls. Most intriguing, perhaps, is the legend of 'The White Lady', the ghost of a murdered nun from the convent that was once adjacent to the site, who is said to be seen once every five years... the prospect of spotting an apparition is sure to draw in the delegates like nothing else!

stained glass windows
The Insurance Hall
Stained glass windows in The Great Hall and entrance at The Insurance Hall

It's a grand and beautiful backdrop

If you're looking to charm your guests with a beautiful setting, The Insurance Hall is one of the finest around. It was one of few buildings in the area that remained intact through the bombing in the war, and retains many of its original features, including stunning stained glass windows, carved wooden panelling, and unique lights in its Great Hall.

The Great Hall also offers a lobby reception area, fixed stage and minstrel gallery, which makes setting up the space for your event a breeze. Perfect for hosting inspiring conferences, exhibitions, and large parties, the space is flexible and full of character, and lends itself to all kinds of theming and branding opportunities.

With an abundance of natural light, and plenty of space to move around, the venue is ideal for impressing guests, and can accommodate up to 280 theatre-style in its Great Hall alone, or up to 300 for a standing recption.

the Great Hall at Insurance Hall
The Insurance Hall
The Great Hall at The Insurance Hall

Its team are on hand to ensure your event runs smoothly

The period charm of the venue doesn't get in the way of a smooth and impressive event, however. Alongside its stunning architecture, The Great Hall is equipped with an automated blackout system and adjustable lighting, as well as a 13ft front projection screen which is ideal for hosting conferences, presentations, and award ceremonies.

The venue also boasts state-of-the-art AV, with in-house support to set you up for success, whatever the scale or type of event. And with event support on-site, you can utilise all of these technical features to their best effect, and rest assured that you're in safe hands with the Insurance Hall's team.

the Court Room at Insurance Hall
the President Suite at The Insurance Hall
Left: The Court Room; Right: The President Suite

It's in an ideal location

Located in Aldermanbury, just a stone's throw from London Wall, this venue is ideally situated for guests arriving from around the city and beyond. With multiple tube stations nearby, and Liverpool Street station just a short walk away, this is an incredibly convenient spot for any event and any number of attendees.

Its historical setting is sure to appeal to history buffs - or literature fanatics, for that matter: the first of Shakespeare's folios was published in Aldermanbury, very close to the Hall. And it's no surprise that it's still a sought-after spot in modern times: with no shortage of excellent bars and restaurants in Moorgate and the surrounding area, there's plenty for guests to enjoy after the event wraps up.

the entrance at Insurance Hall
the entrance at The Insurance Hall
The entrance of The Insurance Hall

The Insurance Hall is a stunning venue that's perfectly equipped to ensure your event goes off without a hitch, and goes down in your company's history books. If you're as impressed with this spot as we are, get in touch today to enquire about booking it for your next event!

Haven't found the perfect spot yet? Why not have a browse of our other top venues for conferences to find the right setting for your event?

 

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