So what exactly is a Grade I listed building? We explore Skinners' Hall

There are only four Grade I listed buildings in the City of London. One of them is Skinners’ Hall, one of Party Ingredients’ exclusive City venues. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the planning office that protects and lists buildings, defines Grade I as “buildings of exceptional interest, usually judged to be of national importance”. Skinners' Hall was re-built in 1670 after the original hall, located on the same site, was lost in the Great Fire of London. Featuring art from Sir Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956), ruins dating back to Roman times and pre-Civil War silver and gold plate pieces, Skinners' Hall is a venue with a colourful, unique history.

Needless to say, the venue is full of character, tradition, stories and amazing features that create a beautiful backdrop for events and we absolutely love entertaining there. Recently, we came across some old photos from Skinners that we wanted to share. They show the main banqueting hall as it was circa 1910, with the first walls and features that remain mostly unchanged to date (apart from the Brangwyn paintings that are still missing in the first picture, but up in the second one!)

Skinners Hall Banqueting Hall in 1910

If you have never visited the venue before, below is a picture of the hall, taken at an awards ceremony earlier in 2012

Award Ceremony at Skinners' Hall