The Lecture Hall

Events Hall for Hire

Toynbee Hall

The Lecture Hall

One of the most historic venues in London, the Lecture Hall is the largest hall space for hire in our community centre. Located on Toynbee Hall’s ground floor, it features a sophisticated Victorian design, with wooden panels and flooring, latticed windows and a marble fireplace. The mullioned surrounds exude elegance and history, making this function room the perfect event space for corporate gatherings, private dining and receptions.


Receptions: Max. 100 people

Board meetings: Max. 40 people

Room size

111 SQM


Internet: High speed Wifi
Parking: Available off-site
Disabled access
Air conditioning

Furniture: standard table and chairs

Cloak rails
Lectern (subject to availability)
Equipment: Audio-visual, video projector and large screens.

With centuries of history and an impressive portfolio of guests, the Lecture Hall has seen it all. From ‘Smoking Room Debates’ and wars, to world leaders and famous historians, this renowned chamber has remained the home of some of the most memorable events.

Every Tuesday, residents, speakers and local people would gather to debate the issues of the day. This fulfilled part of the vision for Toynbee Hall to become a space which brought people together across class lines, encouraging free thinking and fostering mutual understanding. 

In 1896, the Lecture Hall hosted Marconi’s first public radio broadcast demonstration. Along the years, this iconic room has also welcomed notable historical figures such as Gandhi, several Archbishops of Canterbury, at least three Prime Ministers and Vladimir Lenin, former leader of the Soviet Union. 

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Corporate Venue Hire for Conferences and Board Meetings

Toynbee’s Lecture Hall is now available to hire for your next corporate event. We can host conferences, board meetings and training sessions of up to 100 people. Boasting tall ceilings and impressive acoustics, the Lecture Hall is the ideal conference centre for business events and corporate presentations.

We can also provide AV equipment such as video projectors and large screens, to help you run your conference or training session as smoothly as possible.

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The Lecture Hall: Event Venue Hire London

Exhibitions, Product Launches & Receptions

Well-proportioned for medium-sized exhibitions, launches and receptions, the Lecture Hall can now be hired and used in conjunction with the Ashbee Hall and other meeting rooms for larger gatherings. We can provide standard furniture to facilitate the display of any items and seating for your attendees.

Our dedicated events team will optimise the room layout to suit the purpose of your event. For conferences and presentations, we can set the hall up theatre-style to ensure the attention is focused on the front. Alternatively, for board meetings and group discussions, we’ll ensure the furniture is arranged accordingly, using U-shape templates or large oval tables.

Our conference chairs can be interlocked and the tables are both flip-tops and on wheels, meaning they’re easy to move around and store should your event require so.

The Lecture Hall is conveniently connected to the Ashbee Hall via internal doors, making it ideal for larger events, receptions or conferences.

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Event Production

We can support you with the visual and atmospheric elements for your event; that includes everything from the AV/staging setup to the preparation of table plans and signage. As standard, we will always help you map out the guest journey and provide venue staffing to support you on the day.

If you’d like to involve Toynbee Hall (as a charity) in the event, we are happy to make introductions to our colleagues from relevant departments across the organisation, or arrange a welcome talk for your event.

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Our catering services are available for any event hosted at Toynbee Hall. Additionally, we can produce your event from scratch. Get in touch with our expert team to discuss your next event by calling 020 7392 2920 or complete the form below.

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