Vintners' Heritage

A striking venue in the heart of the city

Vintners’ Hall is the home of the Worshipful Company of Vintners’ and is the spiritual home of the wine trade. The 17th Century architecture and grandeur creates the perfect backdrop to any occasion. The hall is a magnificent venue right in the heart of the City of London. Arranged over 2 floors, the hall provides an exclusive venue for your event. Vintners’ Hall is operated by Searcys, a catering company which was founded in 1847 by John Searcy. The partnership between Searcys and the Vintners’ company means you will receive fantastic service as well as expert suggestions for both your food and wine.

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The Vintners’ Company was associated with the other City Companies in James I’s scheme for the plantation of Ireland. It owned estates there known as “Vintners’ Manor” or “Bellaghy” until 1737 when it sold them subject to a rent charge of £200 p.a. and “a brace of good bucks.”

The Livery Companies came under violent political attack during the nineteenth century. Fortunately, the Company was able to show to the Charity Commission and the City of London Livery Companies’ Commission that it was caring for its estates and was spending more on its charities than was legally required. It managed even to keep the remnants of its once enormous power, the privilege of selling wine without licence in London, within three miles of its walls and in certain specified ports and thoroughfare towns between London and Dover and London and Berwick. The twentieth century was marked by a steady progress towards the Company’s renewed interest in and support for its trade, culminating in the granting of a new Charter on the 20th August, 1973.