The history of Senate House in Bloomsbury

University of London Venues’ flagship event space, Senate House, has a rich and fascinating history and is located in leafy west central Bloomsbury. It was:

  • Commissioned as the first purpose-built home and central headquarters of the University of London.
  • Welcoming its first occupants in 1936, a century after the University was granted its Charter.
  • Designed as the centre-piece of architect Charles Holden’s plan for a campus that, in the words of visionary Vice-Chancellor William Beveridge, would be “something that could not have been built by any earlier generation than this… an academic island in swirling tides of traffic, a world of learning in a world of affairs.”



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Today, Senate House is a destination venue for everyone from business professionals to newly-weds around the world. Hosting some of the biggest events in London as well as intimate meetings and glamorous parties.

If you would like to experience the historic Senate House for yourself, get in touch with our University of London Venues’ events team to arrange a show around. Contact the team on 020 7862 8127 or make an online enquiry