The Regent echoes of an era as far back as 1911, as one of Finchley’s finest historic Grade II listed buildings.
In 1913 the hall was licensed for music and dancing. It established itself as a landmark being used by key local organizations and clubs to celebrate their social occasions. It was also used by schools who often held their ‘prize giving’ in such revere surroundings.
Like many fine buildings, during the war time more practical use had to be made of the precious space. In 1940 when the Municipal offices were bombed, some of the departments found their new homes in converted offices in the hall.
The Regent has now been restored as closely as possible back to its former glory, the decor reflecting the opulence of the 1920s.
The ceiling is a masterpiece of restoration work, and its glorious chandelier is a toast to British craftsmanship. The 24ft tall windows are dressed in gold and blue. The total overall effect is one that shows the quality and elegance of the period when the Hall was built.
Built during the Edwardian era in 1911 and originally named King Edward Hall after Edward VII, The Regent is steeped in history. Opening as a ballroom and banqueting suite, it immediately established a reputation as a popular venue for dinners, dances, concerts and receptions.
Decorated with opulent chandeliers, gold décor and plush red velvet curtains draped over the tall windows, it evoked an atmosphere of grandeur and luxury ensuring its popularity with Edwardian society.
During the First World War, it was used as a temporary hospital for wounded soldiers. Shortly after, it returned to being a ballroom where its popularity endured through the 1920s until the late 1930s. During the 1940’s, what was then known as ‘Finchley Council’ moved into the hall when their offices were damaged in the war and the hall was converted into a temporary office for their use.
The building was vacated in 1988 and lay unused until 1992 when it was refurbished and renamed as The Regent. It then reopened as a venue for weddings and events.
Today The Regent represents one of Finchley’s finest listed historic buildings. It has been sympathetically refurbished to restore many of its original and unique architectural features, ensuring that it maintains the quality and popularity of its early days.
Capacities in our function rooms range from small boardroom meetings for 10 to large conferences for 500, a dinner dance or wedding reception for 300 people banqueting style with an elevated stage to include head table, band or DJ and dance floor.
The Regent also boasts of a fully equipped kitchen that is available for commercial hire, offering a professional and friendly service to all clients in the catering industry.
Our experienced team of coordinators and planners will be with you every step of the way to ensure that your event is spectacular and one that will be remembered.