A vintage building with immense character featured in film and drama, it has all the romantic ingredients for a day to remember – an ornate art-deco entrance framed by a sweeping art-deco staircase and the famous Clerkenwell angels. All profits go towards bursaries for the talented and the renowned Urdang Academy
The Old Finsbury Town Hall is a grade II* listed building and is registered with English Heritage as a building of great historical significance. This grand example of late 19th century Civic Architecture is found on the intersection of six Finsbury streets in the heart of Clerkenwell, set in an island bound by Rosebery Avenue, Garnault Place and Rosoman Street.
The completed London landmark, then called The Vestry Hall was unveiled bythe Prime Minister Lord Rosebery barely a month after the completion of Rosebery Avenue on the 14th of June 1895.
Evans Vaughan’s design of the Town Hall’s brick and stonework is “free Flemish Renaissance”. There are Baroque influences seen in the female figures and carved frieze above the first floor at the Rosoman Street and Garnault Place junction. Many internal and external details are heavily influenced by Art Nouveau – quite a radical statement considering when the Town Hall was built. The exterior glass and wrought iron canopy above the main entrance on Rosebery Avenue is one such Art Nouveau detail; the stained glass very reminiscent of the Tiffany lamps that were so popular in the early 20th century. The public hall on the first floor has some elaborate Art Nouveau detail, such as the winged figures lining the walls and holding the sprays of light bulbs
In the Grand Hall, it can be 270 guests for a standing reception (including the Great Hall, the Council Chamber and the minor hall), and 200 for a banqueting. For a seated dinner and dance, the room can accommodate 200 guests maximum.
In the Council Chamber, 100 guests can be accommodate for a standing reception, 60 for a banqueting, 100 for a theatre style, and 60 for a sit down dinner.
The Wedding room and the minor hall are smaller, thus it can welcome 40 persons for a standing reception, 30 for a conference style and for a wedding.
The Old Finsbury Town Hall is located between Angel, Farringdon, and King Cross. The closest tube station is Angel. By bus, numbers 19, 38, and 341. There is on-street free parking in Garnault Place and other nearby streets off. Rosebery Avenue after 6.30pm Mon-Fri and from 1.30pm on Saturday and all day Sunday. There are a few local car parks only a minute or so away.
The Old Finsbury Town Hall
Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RP
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