Dominating the first floor is the magnificent Florence Hall, the largest and most exquisitely decorated room in the building. Vast floor-to-ceiling windows, etched glass doors, patterned marble and wood floors and carved stone window splays set a grand and elegant scene for a huge variety of events.
The stunning windows flood the room with daylight and also open out onto the RIBA terrace – a beautiful additional space for drinks and receptions. By day the Florence Hall is home to the RIBA Restaurant, which offers a fresh and creative menu of seasonal dishes. Alongside the restaurant, the Florence Hall is open to the public to enjoy the architectural exhibitions that are on display here.
While the Art Deco-inspired central space of the RIBA is a striking, stand-alone beauty the fully integrated audio-visual technologies built into the Hall allow us to create bespoke lighting and staging sets to suit your event. This, combined with the versatility of the space, makes the Florence Hall an ideal location for receptions and dinners, awards ceremonies and weddings.
We host an Annual Awards event for our staff each year to celebrate their achievements and to say thank you for all their hard work. The Florence Hall at the RIBA was so perfect for our requirements that I wasn't surprised to receive the most positive feedback yet from our staff in the ten-year history of us hosting these events. The room was perfectly dressed on the night and looked glamorous and beautiful. The staff were professional and friendly and the DJ was a real hit. The added bonus of a fully stocked bar, cloakroom and outdoor area was also very well received by our guests. From an organisational point of view it was a pleasure to work with Sally, Marek and the team at the venue on the night. Both Sally and Marek made me feel at ease with the planning of the event - no detail change was too small and they were incredibly accommodating of all our requests. They approached the organisation of the event with a calmness and professionalism that rivals any other venue in central London. It made my job a lot easier! I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the RIBA for any occasion and I hope to hold more events there myself in the future.
Marie, Huntress Group
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About the architect
The Hall is named after Henry Florence, architect of Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, in whose memory HSE Vanderpant made a large donation to the construction of the RIBA building.
Henry Florence - RIBA Library Photographs Collection