Lindley Hall, London

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Lindley Hall
RHS Lindley Hall flower show 5072.JPG
London flower show in Lindley Hall
Location City of Westminster, London, England
Coordinates 51°29′40″N 0°08′05″W / 51.49456°N 0.13472°W / 51.49456; -0.13472Coordinates: 51°29′40″N 0°08′05″W / 51.49456°N 0.13472°W / 51.49456; -0.13472
Built 1904
Architect Edwin J Stebbs
Architectural style(s) Edwardian, Renaissance, Arts and Crafts
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 1970
Country United Kingdom
Lindley Hall, London is located in Central London
Lindley Hall, London
Location within Central London

Lindley Hall in Elverton Street, Westminster, London is the older of the two Royal Horticultural Halls and is owned by RHS Enterprises Limited, which is part of the charity Royal Horticultural Society in central London. The other is Lawrence Hall, which is no longer owned by the RHS; both are close to Vincent Square.[1]

Although built as an exhibition hall, Lindley Hall is increasingly used for product launches, conferences, fashion shows, banquets, weddings and other events.[2][3]

History[edit]

It was the monarch King Edward VII who had mooted the idea of the Royal Horticultural Society having a purpose-built exhibition hall for its shows. Lindley Hall was designed by Edwin J Stebbs and was built in 1904 of red brick with stone dressings and banding, with Arts and Crafts features and Renaissance details. His focus on achieving as much natural light as possible remains a key part of the character of the building, though complete blackout is also possible. It is noted for its classic Edwardian architecture.[4]

On 22 July 1904, together with the Society's patron Queen Alexandra, King Edward VII officially declared the venue open.

The hall hosted the All England Open Badminton Championships from 1910 to 1939.[5] It was registered as a Grade II listed building in 1970.[6]

It is named after the English botanist John Lindley. The Lindley Library, based on his collection, is also managed by the RHS on the same site.

Interior[edit]

Area Dimensions
Main Hall 36m × 22m
Annex 13.4m × 6.3m
Gallery 16m × 4.5m
Gross space 875m2
Ceiling Height 13.5m at highest point

Events[edit]

Events held at the hall include:

Event Type Capacity
Cabaret 280
Banquet 480
Dinner Dance 450
Fashion Show 500
Theatre 480
Examinations 500
Reception 650

Film and Television[edit]

Use of Lindley Hall as a filming location include:

  • BBC Question Time (TV Programme)
  • Robbie Williams - Old Before I Die (Music Video)
  • Audi Q5 (Advertisement)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre
  2. ^ RHH to close halls for £1.2m refurbishment, Event magazine, 4 April 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  3. ^ RHH hosts the launch of M&S womenswear, Event magazine, 19 December 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  4. ^ Marketers switch 2009 conference to Royal Horticultural Halls, venues.org.uk, 10 June 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  5. ^ The Yonex All England Badminton Championships Historic Venues By Dominic Bliss. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  6. ^ Royal Horticultural Society Old Hall, Westminster, at British Listed Buildings website. Retrieved 2011-10-07.

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