Our Company and the City's Halls
Traditionally, it was the ambition of every City Company to own its own hall, but it is not our ambition. We enjoy the benefit of being a peripatetic company, without our own hall. We can choose where we dine, from amongst the many great rooms in the City of London - and indeed we occasionally dine outside London, usually to mark the business base of the Master whose career has not been in London.
Amongst the halls and rooms we can use are of course the magnificent Great Hall and other fine rooms at Chartered Accountants' Hall, the home of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, to which all our members belong.
Chartered Accountants' Hall was built in 1890 to the design of Sir John Belcher RA. It has been subsequently extended, once in the 1930s in a similar architectural style and again in the 1960s to a more modern design, by Sir William Whitfield.
Chartered Accountants' Hall is a Grade II listed building that attracts the attention of architectural students and historians, many of its original features having been retained and restored. Its exterior features a carved stone frieze by Hamo Thorneycroft and its interior decoration includes works of art by Eduardo Paolozzi, Gerald Benney and John Piper.
In a time of modern steel and glass structures, Chartered Accountants' Hall remains one of the City's hidden masterpieces, providing outstanding conference and hospitality services and facilities within a treasured environment.