Haberdashers' Hall

Hopkins Architects, London, 2002


Subscribe now to instantly view this image

Subscribe to the Architects’ Journal (AJ) for instant access to the AJ Buildings Library, an online database of nearly 2,000 exemplar buildings in photographs, plans, elevations and details.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

An enclosed space and elegant building 

Peter Mackinven     Download Original

  • An enclosed space and elegant building    
  • Livery hall, with a sparkle of stainless steel replacing traditional chandeliers    
  • Entrance loggia leading to spiral staircase    
  • The grand spiral staircase up from the entrance loggia to the reception gallery and hall    
  • Reception gallery, leading to hall    
  • The court room follows historic layout    
  • Site plan    
  • Basement plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • East-west section    
  • Detail section    
  • Details of lead roof panel and section through eaves and lead roof    
  • Detail of timber roof    

Modern yet traditional livery hall constructed around a quadrangle featuring light and airy public rooms and offices

The Hall, associated meeting rooms and offices are contained within a two-storey brick structure, topped by a lead panelled roof. Built around a cloistered courtyard they are entered through the façade of Market View, now a development of residential apartments and retail units. On the south side of the site there is office development on the Hosier Lane frontage.

Cloisters along the right hand side lead to a circular staircase and up to the first floor, where the court room, committee room and luncheon room lead off a reception gallery.

This gallery leads to the livery hall, which has a high vaulted ceiling made of laminated timber trusses, connected by stainless steel members creating a modern space-frame concept. There are also offices for the company staff, facilities for catering and storage below the hall together with accommodation for the Master.


  • Begun: Jan 2000
  • Completed: May 2002
  • Floor area: 5,828m2
  • Sectors: Education, Office, Residential
  • Total cost: £25M
  • Tender date: Jun 1996
  • Procurement: JCT 98, private with quantities
  • Address: 18 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9HQ, United Kingdom

Professional Team


AJBL Sponsor

SAS International

SAS International is a British manufacturer of interior products

Find out more