Who Are We?
The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) is a unique six-acre estate based in the City of London. As the oldest regiment in the British Army, it was set up by Henry VIII back in 1537 to offer support to the now prestigious establishment. Since 1768, the HAC has provided Guards of Honour in the City for visiting members of the Royal Family, overseas Heads of State or Commonwealth Prime Ministers.
The large estate is hidden away from the heavily used City Road, creating a peaceful environment for visitors to soak up the impressive history of the space. City Road, built in 1761, is now a major entry point into the City of London and in 1846 was extended, through the City, to connect with London Bridge ensuring the venue has ample transport connections.
Now, the historic venue is used by current and ex-members of the Regiment to meet, socialise and discuss business. The Georgian manor house and Artillery Garden are also available for a range of private and corporate events such as conferences, weddings, dinners and sporting matches.
With large cannons flagging the main entrance to the Grade II-listed building, Armoury House creates an immediate impression as an unexpected gem amongst the glass and steel of the City. Indoors, there are five equally beautiful yet unique spaces available for hire.
Upon entry to the manor house, the large staircase takes centre stage in the tall hallway. Positioned just before the staircase are the Queens Room and the Ante Room, both benefiting from floods of natural daylight and charm. The largest being the Long Room located on the first floor, a wood-panelled space filled with character and charm.
If you’re looking for a large blank canvas space in the heart of London, then the Prince Consort Rooms are ideal. With their private entrance and Courtyard, the PCR is a dream for large VIP events, conferences or weddings. Converted from the Regiment’s former drill hall, this space offers a neutral contemporary ambience that you can adapt and transform to suit your event vision.
To take the tour around our Grade II listed Georgian property, use our virtual tour.
Outdoors, the Artillery Garden. Back in the late 1580’s ‘artillery’ was used to describe archery and other small weapons. As military exercises and training were carried out on the Garden, its name quickly caught on and members were called ‘Captains of the Artillery Garden’.
The Artillery Garden: over five acres of fresh green grass hidden in the Square Mile. As the only cricket pitch available to hire in the City, the garden is highly sought after by sports leagues including rugby and football. Throughout the year, the Garden hosts a range of events in addition to sports matches such as summer drinks receptions, film shoots, outdoor cinemas and of course, London Concours – a major automotive event celebrating the classics, the supers and all in between.
Find out more about Armoury House here.
Find out more about the large contemporary Prince Consort Rooms here.
Find out more about the unique Artillery Garden here.