Venue Focus – Old Billingsgate

For this blog post we decided to speak to Rosie Newton from Old Billingsgate about the versatility of the venue and some of the lesser known spaces … here’s what Rosie has to say about this striking and versatile venue;

We love our Grand Hall, in fact, we adore it. It’s spacious and majestic and has the perfect mix of old and new. If we had a pound for every time we heard a “wow” from a client when they walk into the venue for their initial site visit we would be rich.

But surprisingly I’m not here to talk about The Grand Hall. I want to talk about our slightly lesser known spaces…

Old Billingsgate is made up of three unique event spaces: the aforementioned Grand Hall, The Vault and The Gallery. Each space is delightfully different and that’s why everyone loves our venue!


Starting from the top (literally) we have The Gallery, this is at the highest point of the building, one end looks over the City and the other has amazing views overlooking the river and the Shard. It’s bathed in daylight and totally unique – it has a maximum capacity of 500 and is the perfect space for a conference, reception or product launch. We think it’s also ideal for a fashion show and a few clients have had the same thought (see below). With two breakout spaces at either end it’s also an ideal ‘add-on’ for your event, when hiring The Grand Hall.

This leads us on seamlessly to our underground space – The Vault (maximum capacity – 900). This is the perfect place to party; with ample room for a reception and dinner and then down into The Well for dancing. The history of The Vault is also fascinating; with this area used as the ice store for housing the catch of the day, in the times when we were a fish market.  It’s hard to believe it’s the same space – see below.

As with The Grand Hall we always hear an “oooo” as clients walk in to The Vault – it is our hidden gem. You can sense their feeling that they have discovered an exciting secret, with their brains whirring into action as to what party can they host and when. With a fully integrated lighting, sound and AV system, planning an event could not be easier…

If you have an event on the horizon that needs somewhere unique and impressive then please give our lovely sales team a call on 0207 283 2800 or drop us a line on

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