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Review: Church House, London

“Formal, old-school event space in Westminster…”

Designed and built in stages between 1886 and 1939, Church House Westminster is steeped in religious and political history. As the administrative home of the Church of England, it also played host to the UK parliament during World War II and part of the United Nations, which was formed shortly afterwards.

Located next to Westminster Abbey, the conference centre boasts 19 rooms, ranging in size from the Assembly Hall with its domed roof, which has conference capacity for up to 600 delegates, to a suite of smaller committee rooms.

In December 2017, I used the smaller Hoare Memorial Hall for a cabaret-style conference for 100 people, followed by a drinks reception in the Bishop Partridge Hall, which has gorgeous views across Dean’s Yard to the spires of the Abbey.

Everything about the venue feels unhurried and a bit ‘take us as you find us’: a common attribute with spaces run by buildings where events are not the primary business. The staff are lovely and easy to work with, and the food is perfectly decent, if not tremendously exciting. It is genteel and discrete – basically a formal, old-school event space in Westminster – and they are clearly used to dealing with a formal, old-school clientele.

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The overall feel is comfortable and there were no nasty surprises on the day or when it came to settling the bill, and the event I ran here achieved its objectives, so I have no complaints.

Welcome: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Tech-friendly: 7/10
Quality: 7/10
Food & drink: 7/10
Location: 9/10
Combined score: 45/60 = 75%

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Last visited: December 2017

Editor • 11th February 2018


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