Description of Porchester Hall
The Porchester Hall was opened in 1929 alongside the Turkish Baths and Library on Porchester Road. It provided the Borough of Paddington with a dignified Public Hall intended primarily for use by the residents in the area, its beauty and convenience proving to appeal to a wider circle. The Hall was available for concerts, whist drives, banquets, dances, receptions and meetings. The foundation stone was laid by the Mayor Leonard Snell, JP, and this can be found at the Halls main entrance.
The striking exterior of the hall sets the standard for the rest of the building. Portland Stone and Cornish granite were used for the main structure and entrance steps of the hall with teak woodwork and bronze metalwork around the windows forming the details. The grand entrance to the Hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier.
The hall is available to hire for a multitude of purposes including wedding receptions, record label showcases, award ceremony’s, dinner dances, school plays, international independence days, conferences, parties, sporting events to name a few…Whatever the occasion the Porchester Hall provides an elegant venue, with years of experience our team can help with the planning and event management .Recent events include BBC 1 “Session” with Amy Winehouse & Yusuf Islam, leading international rockers Arcade fire, EMI record label showcase with Corrine Bailey Rae, The Magic Numbers & Badly Drawn Boy, venue of BBC1’s Question time and a host of London fashion week.
The Hall walls are handsomely panelled in English oak and walnut, with luxurious rich crimson velvet drapes. Fascinating figurines and motifs support the main beams and ten magnificent crystal chandeliers hang from the fine ceiling. The Hall is amply suited for all sizes of functions with the perfect dance floor made of sprung oak parquet. At one end of the hall the oak panelled stage provides a perfect setting for any band and features a fantastic art deco skylight, ornamental brass panelling and the Borough of Paddington coat of arms.
The Duchess of York Room, conveniently situated behind the stage provides a discreet dressing room/organisers room/breakout area or even a crèche, with it’s own toilet facilities.
The fully licensed bar with no corkage charge is accessed directly from the hall and above it the fully equipped kitchen on the second floor is connected via three dumbwaiter lifts for ease of service.
The fully equipped commercial kitchen on the second floor is located directly above the bar and connected via three dumbwaiter lifts for ease of service. This kitchen can cater for up to 450 guests with outside caterers welcome.
The quaint small hall is ideal for, children’s birthday parties, play groups, small AGM meetings & Karate classes, just to name a few…the small hall is a blank canvas & the possibilities are endless.