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Choose Austin Friars or the HAC with Ultimate Experience

Are you planning a big event in central London and are unsure whether to choose Austin Friars or the Artillery Garden at the HAC? Then read below for our top tips

Why Choose Austin Friars?

If you’re a history buff, you can’t go wrong with Austin Friars. Dating back to the 13th century, it was originally a friary and was once the home of the chief minister to King Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell. This Grade II-listed building lies in the heart of the City of London, which means it’s within walking distance of many of the UK’s biggest financial and legal firms. And with its very high ceilings, beautiful ornate stained-glass windows and outstanding lighting technology, it’s the perfect fit for smaller corporate events, accommodating up to 220 guests for receptions or buffets.


Austin Friars

Ideal for smaller events

Austin Friars is an ideal choice for smaller, more low-key private functions such as charity dinners and conferences. It’s just moments from Bank, Liverpool Street and Moorgate Street stations, so it’s right at the heart of all the action.


Why choose the Artillery Garden at the HAC?

Available for hire in November, December, June and July, the Artillery Garden at the HAC is a world-class 5.5-acre space that can be adapted to many different themes. From luxury Christmas parties to huge summer celebrations, it’s a stunning setting for high-impact events. Better still, it’s one of London’s most flexible venues – accommodating anywhere from 400 to 2,400 guests.


Perfect for show-stopping parties!

With its very high capacity, the Artillery Garden at the HAC London is well suited to large occasions like awards ceremonies, parties or major fundraising events. This venue is also a great fit for barbecues and team-building events and even has a private entrance just off Chiswell Street near Moorgate and Old Street tube stations.


Expect top-notch cuisine at both venues

Whether you’re planning a London summer party or a charity reception, you can look forward to delicious cuisine from our trusted catering partner, Create Food & Party Design. For more than 20 years, this leading brand has catered in some of the country’s most prestigious venues, serving innovative, bespoke dishes, as well as beautiful glassware, flowers and other luxury items.


Managed by a leading event planner

Austin Friars and the Artillery Garden at the HAC London are managed by Ultimate Experience, one of London’s most popular events management companies and part of The Concerto Group.