Archway Central Hall, Islington

Empty Since 1989

The last Central Hall to be built in London, replacing an 1873 mission. Funded by the Methodist movie-mogul J Arthur Rank, the Hall was built in 1934 and features a 1300 seat auditorium.

The last use of the Hall was for the late 1980s public inquiry into the A1 road widening. The Methodists then consolidated into part of the site, leaving the main Hall empty before selling it in 2001.

Said to be owned by an unresponsive offshore company based in Gibraltar, it was recently marketed by Kingsbury on ‘reduced terms… due to abortive negotiations’.

The Better Archway Forum would like to see it restored as an arts venue and are working to bring together a consortium of arts organisations, both professional and amateur.