Stoke Newington Town Hall reopens with Reveal Showcase – events announced

Reveal, Stoke Newington Town Hall, 27 to 30 January 2010

A jazz and soul party and an evening of acoustic music are among the events confirmed for the ‘Reveal’ showcase which will welcome the public to the newly restored Stoke Newington Town Hall.

The showcase is being put on by Hackney Council to celebrate the completion of major restoration work it commissioned to bring the building back into use.

Local performers Blow The Fuse and special guests including Sarah P, Alison Rayner, Deirdre Cartwright of BBC TV series Rock School, and Anne Day will put on a night of free jazz and soul music on Friday 29 Jan, from 8pm to 11pm.

Acoustic performances from Richard Walters supported by strings, guitar and piano, along with music from Leddra Chapman and Al Lewis will provide a laid back evening of entertainment on Thursday 28 January, from 7.30pm to 11pm. Tickets are £8 and are on sale at:

Architects Hawkins Brown who have restored the Town Hall will give a free talk on how they have brought the 1930s Art Deco building back to its former glory from 7pm on Wednesday 27 Jan.

Other events during the celebratory showcase include a tea dance for older people, a health fair, an exhibition of work from local artists and more. For full details see: or call: 020 8356 5505.

Deputy Mayor of Hackney, Cllr Karen Alcock, said: "Hackney Council is delighted that the restoration of Stoke Newington Town Hall has been successfully completed, bringing back into the heart of the community a well loved and much missed landmark. We look forward to welcoming local residents, community groups and visitors to this wonderful venue to enjoy an exciting range of events, to celebrate weddings, birthdays and other milestones, and much more."

About the restoration of Stoke Newington Town Hall

The Grade II listed building has been carefully refurbished to preserve its original features whilst providing flexible space with state of the art fixtures and audio visual facilities.

It will provide a high quality and attractive 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.

A 25 per cent discount will be offered to Hackney-based community groups offering free events to the broad community; registered charities; religious and faith organisations holding community events.

The restoration project, which began in June 2008, was 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.

Stoke Newington Town Hall was built between 1935 and 1937. It was 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.

Booking events at Stoke Newington Town Hall

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

Find out more:

Venue Enquiries: Contact the event management team on 020 8356 5505 or

Stoke Newington Town Hall is located on Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0JR