Venue of the Month - August - Mary Ward HouseWritten by Paul Sep 04 2014
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Venue of the Month - August
Mary Ward House
Mary Ward House in Bloomsbury is a fascinating Grade 1 listed building built in 1898 and financed by the wealthy philanthropist Pass more Edwards. Mary Ward, the novelist and social reformer, was the inspiration behind the endeavour to provide a centre of training, care and entertainment for the less fortunate in society. The house acted as a magnet for ordinary people who not only came to pursue intellectual interests and learn practical skills but to be part of a social and community network that included interest groups such as music, self-help groups, chess societies, and a center of training
There’s a great selection of rooms on offer at Mary Ward House. On the ground floor is located to more traditional styled rooms such as Leathaby & Vosey, the latter of which can seat 110 in a theatre style. There’s also the well appointed Dickens Library, which has been used as a set for numerous TV shows and films. Downstairs the rooms change from traditional to modern with exposed brick work, white walls and high ceilings, making them ideal for those looking for something with a trendy vibe.
Mary Ward Hall is the defining space of the building and benefits from high ceilings and natural daylight. It can accommodate up to 350 in a theatre style, 250 cabaret or 220 for a dinner dance. There is a large stage built into the room making it ideal for conferences or corporate dinners with entertainment. For summer events there is a beautiful courtyard & garden to the side of the building which can be used for summer social events and BBQs.
One of the real beauties of Mary Ward House are their highly competitive rates, with discount offered for charities in the spirit of Mary Ward herself. The friendly onsite team have always received positive feedback from previous wefindvenues.com clients for their can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile.