Pembroke House has been a feature of east Walworth since 1885 and is an excellent base for community activities. A number of organisations use our halls each week, and whenever possible we look for ways of being more than simply landlords. If appropriate, we’re keen to use our local knowledge and our resources to offer something extra. We like looking for opportunities for collaboration and cross-fertilization between projects.
The Walworth Living Room
Pembroke House Spaces
Lower Hall – 12 x 15 metres
This hall has a sprung floor, ample tables and chairs and full disabled access. Most groups use the Lower Hall for high-energy activities. It can be divided in two by a sophisticated and remarkably solid partition. The hall has an L-shaped counter for serving drinks, a digital projector, and access to a chill-out zone and the Community Garden.
Upper Hall – 12 x 12 metres
This hall has a sprung floor and access to tables and chairs. Full disabled access is available to the room and there is an accessible toilet adjacent to the room. During the day the room is filled with light due to the window along two walls and in the roof of the vaulted ceiling.
James Gilchrist, Tenor: “Acoustically the Upper Hall is lovely to sing in. It’s not overly generous, but allows the sound to blossom. The place feels calm and friendly, and even when there were other things going on elsewhere in the building we felt able to do subtle work. It’s easy to get to and centrally located. And it has a kitchen and loos, a lovely wooden floor and a garden outside for a moment of peace. The space is flexible and would work for anything from a small number of people to a chamber orchestra.” (April 2013)
Sally Ann Ewins, General Manager of the English Sinfonia, said: “We all thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing in the lovely hall at Pembroke House. It has a warm and friendly acoustic and is a very comfortable space to work in. Everyone was so helpful and all the facilities were superb.”
Roger Vignoles, Pianist: “The Steinway has a very clear sound, but warm, which I really like. It’s warmly resonant, but not excessively so. It would be very good for chamber music.” (April 2013)
This was set up as a training kitchen and has three workstations / cookers. It is fully equipped and has a dishwasher. The kitchen is joined to the Upper Hall via a serving hatch.
We have a room in our beautiful container garden, where flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown. We offer barbecue facilities as well as informal seating areas.
Pembroke House Rates
- Upper Hall £45/hour (12×12 metres, more than double height ceiling, no pillars)
- Lower Hall £35/hour (12×15 metres, with pillars, can be divided into 2 smaller rooms but needs to be hired in its entirety)
- Kitchen £25/hour (free if booked with Upper or Lower Hall for more than 9 hours)
- Garden Room £25/hour
Under the terms of the grant we received from the Aylesbury New Deal for Communities (now, Creation Trust), we are on occasion able to offer some space free of charge to groups that benefit residents of the Aylesbury Estate.
Please note, as we are located in a residential neighbourhood, we require all building users to switch off amplified music by 21:00 and vacate the building by 22:00. The Lower Hall is available after 19:00 only on week days.
Unfortunately, we are unable to hire the facilities out for parties and other private functions.