Details & Testimonials
Stanley Arts is based in the historic grade 2 listed Stanley Halls complex. Our building offers some of the most unique venue hire locations in Croydon.
Our largest space is Stanley Hall. This stunning Art Nouveau venue can seat up to 180 guests at tables or 210 audience members in rows. Alternatively the hall can hold up to 300 people standing. At the back of the hall is an upper balcony which has a further 100 cinema-style seats giving a total max capacity of 410. There is a fully licenced bar available for public events in the Gallery, right next to the Stanley hall.
The stage layout can be changed to suit the needs of each event with the steel decks at the front of the stage removable to expose a small orchestra pit underneath.
Stanley Hall is a great venue for all types of musical, theatrical or dance shows. With a light and well ventilated space it is also a great location for wedding ceremonies and receptions, daytime conferences, meetings and large-scale rehearsals.
The Assembly Room is a charming upper hall at the bottom end of the Stanley Arts complex. Light and welcoming, it serves as a wonderful rehearsals and workshop space during the day and can also be used as an intimate event space for parties, small scale performances and gigs.
With recent investments in both the lighting and sound infrastructure we are now well equipped to support mid-scale music, dance, comedy and theatre events. We have a particular tradition of hosting family shows, music gigs and stand-up in this great space.
The Society Room is on the ground floor at the bottom end of the Stanley Arts complex. It is a lovely bright space with lots of windows on both sides and four large mirrors on wheels, making it the perfect rehearsal space. The space has its own entrance via Cumberlow Avenue on the side of Stanley Arts and also benefits from direct access to a small kitchen from the back of the hall. It is ideally suited to daytime rehearsals, meetings, conferences and exercise classes. It can also be hired for small scale parties and catered events in the evenings.
Alongside these larger spaces there is also the Scene Dock – a quirky rehearsal and performance space with an industrial look, the Yard Bar – our outside summer bar, the Social Cafe – our cosy café in the centre of the site, and our Dressing Rooms for daytime meetings & small rehearsals.
Additional funding from the Arts Council and National Lottery Community Fund has recently allowed us to equip both the Assembly and the main Stanley Hall as streaming studios to help hirers get online content out to their subscribers.
Whether you are looking for halls for hire, an event space for music, dance or theatre or a function venue for your wedding or party, Stanley Arts can deliver for you.
Emily & Dave – Feb 2020
“Stanley Arts is an absolute hidden gem. The most beautiful wedding venue in south east London with the most caring and thoughtful staff. We were incredibly lucky to find them.
Amie and Ashley and all of the Staff at Stanley Arts were absolutely AMAZING from start to finish. They couldn’t have done more for us and helped to make our wedding absolutely incredible. They were so flexible and worked with us to make sure that everything was exactly how we imagined and more. They constantly had our best interests in mind and went so far above and beyond for us. They welcomed us into their family and we will be forever grateful to them for helping to make our day so special. Their relaxed nature was just perfect and the day was exactly as we had dreamed!
Added to that – the sound system is brilliant, there are no hidden costs and the beauty of the venue means that you need very little in the way of extra decorations. The stage is magnificent, the lighting is all there as it doubles up as a theatre, there is an outdoor area for if the sun is shining. I honestly could not recommend this place more.
A kind and wonderful team coupled with an incredibly beautiful building makes this venue one of a kind!”
Ella & Chris
“We absolutely loved our wedding reception at Stanley Arts, mostly we loved the fact that we were able to make it so personal to us. The Stanley Hall itself is lovely and the Gallery was a great place for drinks and canapes.
Amie, the organiser, was so helpful and accommodating with all our requests and the staff on the day made sure everything was taken care off, leaving us very relaxed. Thank you to everyone at Stanley Arts for giving us such an amazing day, it was exactly what we hoped it would be.”
Dani & Ashley
“Stanley Arts is stunning, inside and out, full of atmosphere, gorgeous Art Nouveau detailing and history and we love the beautiful feature stage and balcony in the main Stanley Hall.
The staff were incredibly flexible and open to all of our ideas; everyone had a very positive can do attitude and it didn’t feel at all like ‘another’ wedding venue’ who have a set formula of what they offer. The staff were also able to recommend other local suppliers that offered us great deal’s on other items we hired to decorate the space.
I don’t think we could have achieved such an exciting feel and personal look and feel to our wedding elsewhere so we are incredibly grateful to the whole team at Stanley Arts. If your after a venue with real character, a ton of vintage glamour and the flexibility to make your wedding really personal we couldn’t recommend Stanley Arts enough!”