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With a standard capacity of 400 spread over the balcony and ground floor seating, our Main Hall retains its period features and is internationally renowned for its excellent acoustics. The ground floor of the Main Hall is fully accessible by wheelchair.

The room is perfect for any functions requiring a large stage and floor area:

Filming • Livestream & Hybrid events • Conferences • Recording • Rehearsals • Meetings • Talks / Lectures • Comedy, Concerts & Performances • Dances • Weddings • Receptions • Fashion shows • Awards ceremonies • Launch events

The Main Hall was designed to host chamber music concerts and lectures and opened in 1929. The amazing acoustics were built into the space.

Some features include: an unusually high and hollow stage which acts like a resonating chamber, kicking the sound back out across the room; wooden panelling that creates a warm and rich acoustic; curved ceiling and corners which stop the sound bouncing around.

The quote above the stage, TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE, is from Hamlet and was also featured above the stage in South Place Chapel, the original home of the Ethical Society which is the charity that owns and runs Conway Hall.

Some interesting people who have graced the Main Hall stage:

  • George Orwell spoke at a demonstration for freedom of the press in 1945.
  • Humphrey Lyttleton recorded an entire live album, titled “Humph at the Conway” in 1954.
  • Yoko Ono participated in The Destruction, Art Symposium in 1966.
  • The Cure performed a gig in 1979.


  • Theatre: 400
  • Cabaret: 75
  • Dining: 110
  • Boardroom: 42


  • Full day hire
  • Half day hire
  • Weekends/ Bank Holidays
  • Long term hire


  • Green Room
  • Tables & chairs
  • House lighting
  • WiFi


With our four HD cameras and state-of-the-art equipment, upgraded recently, we can record or livestream your event.

As well as concerts and performances, we can also host Hybrid physical/virtual events such as conferences (with in-person and remote delegates) and talks with Q&As.

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We need your help!

We host talks, concerts, performances, community and social events. However, we are an independent charity and receive no funding from the government. Everything we do is dependent upon our commercial activity and the generosity of supporters like you.

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