The present Merchants Hall was built in the nineteenth century to reflect values that are still associated with the City. Situated in the heart of the City, the Merchants Hall is one of Glasgow’s hidden treasures, revealed every year on Doors Open Day.
Over the years the Merchants Hall has been the setting for many functions, ranging from weighty annual general meetings of large companies to wedding receptions, anniversaries and dinners. The panelling of the Hall is lined with plaques commemorating bequests to the House from earliest times. From the walls above hang portraits of eminent Merchants of yesteryear, whose gaze light on scenes of merriment or solemnity with equal impartiality.
The elegant Merchants Hall and the adjoining Directors’ Room, Ante Room, Kitchen and cloakrooms, are available for hire on an hourly basis for a wide variety of functions. Other office rooms are available for hire for informal meetings and small seminars.
The Hall seats 200 at the series of lunchtime concerts which have been an attraction for many years and the Steinway Grand Piano is constantly in demand. A maximum of 130 can be seated for a formal dinner, or luncheon. For smaller, less formal dinners or buffet suppers, for, say 60 to 80, there is the use of the hardwood dance floor. Musicians are accommodated on the dais at the end of the Hall.
The well equipped kitchen is at hand to meet the demands of a panel of approved caterers. There are spacious cloakrooms on the floor above the Hall.
The Directors’ Room has a board table which seats 20 for meetings, dinner, or luncheon, The room is also used regularly for serving buffet luncheons at lunchtime concerts. A welcoming coal-effect gas fire is lit on cold winter days.
The Ante Room is ideal for small meetings of not more than 10. The room is often used by the sponsors of concerts for entertaining guests. The large stained glass windows overlooking West George Street depict the scene in 1605, when the Letter of Guildry formalised the affairs of the Merchants House.
The Committee Room, on the ground floor, is also ideal for smaller meetings and can seat 18 round a board table. A recent highlight to this room is the addition of the Quatercentenary Board acknowledging the generosity of many, who donated and transferred over £1M during the quatercentenary year of 2005.