Pembroke House has been a feature of east Walworth since 1885 and is an excellent base for community activities. A number of groups 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. For example, in 2011 we were delighted to be able to collaborate with Tate Modern on a project that spanned all the groups that use Pembroke House and a few that don’t. The fruit of this collaboration was published as a community newspaper, ‘Tate Modern & You’, Winter 2011. For concerts, and orchestral and dance rehearsals, Pembroke House is an exceptional venue for music and dance performance and rehearsal, with a very fine sound profile in the Upper Hall. Both of our large halls have sprung floors and ballet bars.
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.”
James Gilchrist: “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)
Roger Vignoles: “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)
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 local Children’s Centre takes full advantage of this when it runs a parents’ exercise class, with a crèche on the other side of the 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.
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 beautiful container garden, where flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown. We offer barbecue facilities as well as informal seating areas.
- 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 £25/hour (must be booked alongside Lower Hall)
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 get in touch with us on 020 7703 3803 or firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability. Unfortunately, we are unable to hire the facilities out for parties.
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.