Traditional spaces


Our Richard Hoggart Building has lots of spaces to hire including the Great Hall, seven lecture theatres, a cinema, 28 classrooms, the Refectory and the Balcony for dining or exhibitions


  • 7 lecture theatres
  • Cinema that can seat 101
  • 28 classrooms of various sizes
  • All lecture theatres and classrooms have a built in computer, projector and screen
  • The Refectory and the Balcony offer great spaces for dining and can also serve as exhibition areas

Perfect for: conferences, exhibitions, filming, concerts, orchestra rehearsals

The Great Hall

Orchestra playing in the Great Hall

The Great Hall is one of the foremost acoustic venues in London and is frequently used by orchestras. Originally a parade ground, it was created in 1891 and based on a design by J.W. Penfold.

It is an incredibly versatile space which has hosted a multitude of events, including live television broadcasts, debates, recitals, concerts, graduation ceremonies, meetings, conferences and exhibitions. It can seat up to 580 people in the auditorium and 140 in the balcony.



Refectory & Balcony

Buying food in the balcony

Close to the Great Hall, the split-level Refectory offers a large space for lunches, dining and exhibitions. It has a video wall, free seating, and sits over 250 for a self-service buffet.

The Balcony has been recently refurbished as a social learning space, and is available to book in the evenings during term time (subject to availability).
Term Time: 19h30 - 22h00
Out of Term Time: 15h30 - 22h00



The cinema can seat up to 101 people and is perfect for presentations and lectures. It has a PA system, screen, projector and computer.