The Project

THE JEWEL OF
CLERKENWELL

Old Sessions House was built as a public gathering place, and today this Grade II* listed building is being reimagined as an all-day destination.

The ground floor – which once housed a large bail with prison cells and the building’s wood oven kitchen – has been remodelled and will host an eclectic mix of food and drink vendors – restaurants, bakeries, bars, delis or markets – businesses that desire an inspiring venue. On the top floor and roof level, the former Judges’ Dining Room will reopen as an intimate restaurant, lounge and wine bar – a place to sip a dark cocktail and catch up with friends against a backdrop of historic, faded grandeur.

The main building, directly accessed from two entrances on Clerkenwell Green, includes two magnificent old courtrooms, former judges’ rooms, and a grand dome modelled after the Pantheon in Rome. These spaces will host a principal tenant – either a dynamic headquarters building or a members’ club concept – that is carefully selected to complement the space and the surrounding neighbourhood.

This is a space unlike any other, one that combines the allure of the past with the vibrance of contemporary Clerkenwell.

A mix of public and private spaces will make the new Old Sessions House a place to eat, drink and work – a destination for the entire day.

The ground floor, which once housed prison cells, will be remodelled to host an eclectic mix off food and drink vendors – restaurants, bakeries, bars, delis or markets – businesses that desire an inspiring venue. The 7 entrances with outdoor patios will invite the public and vitalize each side of the surrounding area of the building.

On the top floor and roof level, the former Judges’ Dining Room will reopen as an intimate restaurant and wine bar – a place to sip a dark cocktail and catch up with friends against a backdrop the historic, faded grandeur of the Victorian dining room.

All together it will become a building unlike any other, one that combines the allure of the past with the vibrance of contemporary Clerkenwell.