Salters’ Hall Overview 2018-05-18T12:32:35+00:00

Welcome to Salters’ Hall – an impressive Grade II listed venue in the heart of the City

Salters’ Hall is a unique 4,200 sqm Brutalist building that is striking and modern in stature. It is now home to The Salters’ Company, a 600-year-old Livery Company and one of London’s Great Twelve Livery Companies.

Refurbished by de Metz Forbes Architects and re-opened in late 2016, the Hall is one of the only Livery Halls in the City to have been built in a more contemporary style, yet still retain a Grade II listed status for the internal spaces. Salters’ Hall is home to the newly-refurbished largest landscaped area created in the Square Mile since the First World War. The intricate refurbishment and design won Salters’ Hall the coveted RIBA London Regional Award in May 2018.

The grandeur of a Great Twelve Livery mixed with state of the art facilities is a true marriage of ancient and modern, and a perfect combination for a distinctive dining experience. Choose between three stunning rooms and a charming, secluded secret garden, all offering an impressive piece of history. 

 

The venue is accessed through a modern pavilion entrance and found on the fifth floor, commanding a fine view over London Wall and St Paul’s Cathedral. Historic artefacts are placed throughout the building pointing to The Salters’ Company’s historic involvement with the salt trade.

Salters’ Hall has been used as a commercial events space since 1976 – it has hosted numerous Livery dinners as well as important City conferences and private events. Alongside venue spaces, the Hall includes office spaces, apartments, a library and even a wine cellar. The refurbishment has retained the Grade II listed interiors and created dramatic entertainment spaces which are flexible, comfortable and fully equipped for modern business needs. 

The Main Hall, Court Room and Dining Room all feature honeycomb-pattern carpets, floor-to-ceiling windows and are accessed via a large foyer ‘Salt Lobby’. The Salt Lobby is a vaulted corridor modelled on a salt cave, lined with antique salt cellars and a huge block of salt. There is full access to the Lobby and a beautiful staircase, hung with a cascading chandelier, with lights formed in the style of rock-salt crystals.

We can accommodate a variety of events at Salters’ Hall including

  • Dinners
  • Conferences
  • Meetings
  • Receptions
  • Corporate and Private Celebrations
  • Weddings
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Musical Evenings
  • Garden Parties
  • Product Launches
  • Lectures

Salters' Hall Floor Plan
Salters' Hall Main Room
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Salters' Hall The Main Hall

The Main Hall

Salters' Hall The Court Room

The Court Room

Salters' Hall The Garden

The Garden

The Salters' Company

The Salters’ Company, originating from 1394, is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies, ranked number nine in the order of precedence.

In medieval times The Salters’ Company members were salt traders, involved in the preparation of chemical mixtures for use in food. Nowadays they are involved in several charitable foundations, philanthropy and science education. The Company’s flagship charity, The Salters’ Institute, is one of the country’s leaders in the field of science curriculum development with the aim to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young.

The Salt Collection

Salters’ Hall is home to a national collection of domestic saltcellars and its pieces can be viewed by special arrangement. When hiring the Hall for your event, a part of the collection – saltcellars, portraits of past Masters and original documents – can be viewed in the Salt Lobby as well as throughout the Hall.

Salt has always been an important element of life, and has served as currency at various times and places. Thus saltcellars became a status symbol – those who could afford salt kept it in a container; at events guests were seated above or below the salt according to their position in society.

Salters' Hall Salt Stone

The Salters’ Hall History

The current Hall is The Salters’ Company’s sixth Hall; the fifth building was bombed in 1941 by German aircraft. The new Hall was built in 1976 and then closed for the recent refurbishment in 2014.

The Brutalist Grade II listed post-war Livery Hall has undergone a major refurbishment to increase public visibility while still retaining the Livery Hall functions. The Hall re-opened in May 2016 after a £9 million improvement project lasting two-and-a-half years, part of a wider redevelopment of London Wall Place.

The last building created by architect Basil Spence was handed to de Metz Forbes Knight Architects (dMFK) to improve the building’s office areas, sustainability and perceptibility. It was shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit Award, as one of the most innovative retrofit projects for a listed building over £5 million in the UK. It remains one of the only Livery Halls in the City to have been built in a truly contemporary style.