Our new hall...or is it?
That Butchers’ Hall is the spiritual home of the Worshipful Company of Butchers goes without saying. Despite our interesting (and sometimes exciting) tour of other Livery halls over the recent past, we’re all looking forward to our return to Smithfield.
Work continues apace in the exciting Barts Square development in Farringdon and nowhere more focussed or important than Butchers’ Hall with our completion deadline of July 2019. The Hall is planned to be open for business in September. The actual building of the Hall is going well with concrete floors now in place giving solidity, a feeling of permanence and, of “Home.”
Important decisions relating to style, type, comfort and colour of dining tables and chairs, carpets, light fittings, colour and finish of the lift doors, bathroom facilities including taps, mirrors and soap dispensers are underway. While these may seem trivial, together with the décor they will convey and communicate the style, atmosphere and ambience of Butchers’ Hall.
When Butchers’ Hall reopens our aim is to make Liverymen feel at home in familiar surroundings. The Great Hall will retain the panelling of Southland Beech donated by the New Zealand Government, the stained glass windows, the Vestey Tapestry presented by Liveryman Ronald Vestey in memory of his father Sir Edmund Vestey and his uncle Lord William Vestey, as well as the Canadian Maple flooring beneath the carpet.
Events in the Court Suite will take place against the background of Black Bean panelling previously donated by the Australian Government in front of a fine Parisian white marble fireplace made in 1794.
Meeting and entertaining guests in the reformulated reception area will continue to take place against the backdrop of the Borthwick screen dedicated to Renter Assistant Algernon Borthwick and artwork donated by the Katz family. Proceedings will, again, be presided over by the Bronze bust of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, an Honorary Freeman, donated by Liveryman John Hamperl in 2008 to mark his 50 years as a Liveryman.
Liverymen will be well aware of the commercial realities facing Butchers’ Hall. The challenge we face is to use the facilities to maximum financial advantage when the Hall isn’t being used for Livery functions. Life’s Kitchen Ltd is our venue management and catering partner as we seek to meet the significant demands of the competitive commercial marketplace while maintaining the uniqueness of Butchers’ Hall.
Our facilities will be second to none, offering a range of versatile event spaces topped off with a stunning roof garden, state-of-the-art AV facilities, dedicated fibre optic broadband line, complemented by the renowned service and hospitality of Life’s Kitchen and surrounded by the history and tradition of a City of London Livery Hall... our Hall.
The Master looks forward to welcoming you to Butchers’ Hall in September and to you, your organisation or your company contributing to the future of our Company by using the meeting, entertaining, conference or dining options available.