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Located in Blackfriars, The Mermaid London is a unique and flexible venue, with several meeting rooms with a capacity for 12 to 600 people, exhibition space and two function rooms with fantastic river views.


Located in Blackfriars, The Mermaid London is a unique and flexible venue, with several meeting rooms with a capacity for 12 to 600 people, exhibition space and two function rooms with fantastic river views.

At the heart of The Mermaid London is the main Auditorium with tiered seating for 600 delegates, making it the largest seated auditorium in central London. The recently refurbishment Newgate boasts an excellent exhibition space, that holds up to 40 stands (three metres by two metres) in a shell scheme format. It can also be broken down into four smaller meeting rooms for 14 to 330 delegates and up to 400 people for dinner.

There are another two meeting rooms which hold 50 to 150 people on the second floor. The rooms can be used in conjunction with the Auditorium or stand alone.

The River Rooms have their own entrance and have fabulous views of The Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern. The Lower River Room holds up to 200 for a reception and 180 for a seated dinner. The recently refurbished Upper River Room can hold up to 500 for a reception and 320 for dinner. The Upper River Room has undergone construction to raise ceilings, remove pillars, relocate bars and add new flooring, to further boost the experience of guests.

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Room layouts

Room Style Capacity
Aldgate (27m² / 290.52ft²)
Classroom 24
Cabaret 32
Theatre 70
Room Height 2.5m
Auditorium (3,515m² / 37,821.4ft²)
Reception 400
Tiered 600
Banqueting 300
Theatre 600
Room Height 7.55m
Bishopsgate (27m² / 290.52ft²)
Classroom 20
Cabaret 32
Theatre 80
Room Height 2.5m
Cripplegate (27m² / 290.52ft²)
Classroom 32
Cabaret 64
Theatre 144
Room Height 2.5m
Dowgate (27m² / 290.52ft²)
Classroom 24
Cabaret 48
Theatre 128
Room Height 2.5m
Foyer & Mezzanine
Reception 600
Room Height 3.5m
Lower River Room (100m² / 1,076ft²)
Round Tabled 80
Reception 300
Classroom 60
Cabaret 100
Banqueting 180
Theatre 150
Boardroom 50
U Shaped 50
Room Height 2.2m
Newgate (combing Bishopsgate, Cripplegate and Dowgate) (449.5m² / 4,836.62ft²)
Round Tabled 400
Reception 250
Classroom 48
Cabaret 152
Banqueting 190
Theatre 200
Boardroom 100
Exhibition 449
U Shaped 80
Room Height 2.5m
Newgate Suite
Reception 500
Classroom 195
Cabaret 304
Banqueting 380
Theatre 330
Exhibition 27
Queenhithe (120m² / 1,291.2ft²)
Reception 200
Classroom 60
Cabaret 64
Banqueting 80
Theatre 150
Boardroom 30
Exhibition 120
U Shaped 35
Room Height 2.5m
Upper River Room (150m² / 1,614ft²)
Round Tabled 150
Reception 500
Dinner/Dance 320
Classroom 60
Cabaret 100
Private dining 320
Banqueting 300
Theatre 150
Boardroom 40
Exhibition 291
U Shaped 50
Room Height 3.8m


Accessible Bathroom Facilities
Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
Accessible Venue Facilities
Level access, ramp or lift to dining area
Level access, ramp or lift to the bar
Accessible Communication Facilities
Audible alarm system
Clear signage (colour contrast, large letters or pictograms)
Hearing loop system
Visual alarm system
Accessible Venue Facilities
Assistance dogs welcome
Emergency evacuation procedures for guests with disabilities
Special dietary requirements catered for
Staff available to assist
Staff disability awareness trained
Wheelchairs available at additional cost
Access into the Building
Automatic doors
Ramps with handrails to entrance
Steps with handrails to entrance
Additional Accessible Facilities
Accessible baby changing rooms
Accessible changing rooms
Level access, ramp or lift from entrance to reception
Level access, ramp or lift to information point
Low reception or information counters
Accessible Parking Facilities
Designated disabled parking available within fifty metres of main entrance
Drop-off point for guests available outside main entrance
Public car park available within two hundred metres of main entrance
Access Inside Building Facilities
Accessible lift
All routes suitable for pushchairs or prams
Effective lighting throughout for visually impaired users
Lift with spoken announcements on arrival at each floor
Ramps with handrail within building
Ramps within building
Seating for limited mobility users along routes
Some routes suitable for limited mobility users
Some routes suitable for wheelchair users
Some routes with tactile features for visually impaired users
Steps with handrail within building
Steps within building
Catering Facilities
Event catering
Private Dining
Event Facilities
In house AV available
Available for wedding receptions
Breakout Rooms
Conference rooms / Meeting rooms
Event facilities
Licenced for civil marriages
Civil Partnership licence held
Raked or tiered seating offered
Wedding service

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The Mermaid London
Puddle Dock
+44 (0)20 7236 1919
+44 (0)20 7236 1819

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