Bookings open at Stoke Newington Town Hall as restoration enters final phase

Bookings being taken from 14 Sept 2009 for planned reopening in Feb 2010

Major restoration work to bring Stoke Newington Town Hall back to its former glory is nearing completion - and bookings are now being taken ahead of the planned reopening in February.

The Grade II listed, Art Deco building, built in the 1930s, is being carefully refurbished to preserve its original features whilst providing flexible space with state of the art fixtures and audio visual facilities.

This will bring the much loved building back into the heart of Stoke Newington to provide a space for community events and for residents to celebrate weddings, birthdays and other life events with their friends and families.

The historic building will provide two unique spaces for community use and private hire – the Council Chamber and Assembly Hall.

The restoration project, which began in June 2008, is being funded by Hackney Council and complements other projects in the area to provide improved facilities for local people, such as the restoration of Clissold Park and House.

Deputy Mayor of Hackney, Cllr Karen Alcock, said: "The Council’s restoration of Stoke Newington Town Hall will bring this landmark building back into the heart of the community, providing an attractive and high quality space for local people to use for events, life celebrations and more.”

Stoke Newington Town Hall was built between 1935 and 1937. They were designed by the distinguished architect J. Reginald Truelove and built in brick and Portland stone.

It was opened by the Lord Mayor of London on 27 September 1937 with music performed by the Band of the Welsh Guards, and the complex is a lasting reminder of Stoke Newington s great civic pride in its status as a Metropolitan borough.

Since then the building has survived the Blitz, seen countless operas and classical music performances, and enjoyed 30 years of stomping feet during its jazz dance hall days. It has also hosted stars including Eartha Kitt, George Melly and Barbara Windsor.

When Stoke Newington Town Hall is brought back into use, the Council Chamber and Assembly Hall will provide a unique, historic setting for events of all kinds.

The Council Chamber retains many of its original features, including a stunning domed ceiling, vaulted galleries, Australian walnut timber panelling and ornate gold cornicing.

Leading up to the Chamber is the impressive sweeping staircase, in the Art Deco style, ideal for creating a real sense of occasion. Whilst the Assembly Hall features its signature mirror ball and sprung Canadian maple dance floor.

The building also offers dedicated dressing areas and a cloakroom for guests. A bar will be available adjacent to the Assembly Hall. A kitchen space has been created in the basement, so that functions can be catered for as desired.

A range of moveable furniture and lights means that both of these impressive spaces can be laid out to suit a wide range of events.

A dedicated events management team are in place to ensure a vibrant and mixed programme of events.

Venue Enquiries:
Event Management Team 020 8356 5505