Frequently Asked Questions

Can we visit the Hall before booking?

We encourage you to do so. Please email or telephone 0131 622 2277 for an appointment.

What is the latest time we can have the Hall to?

11pm is the latest exit time.  Please allow yourself enough clean up time: one hour for ceilidhs and parties.  Events must end no later than 10pm.

My event is aimed at, or involves, people under 18 – can it go ahead?

People under 18 are welcome to attend events with their parents or guardians.

If you are running an event specifically for people under 18, and the parents or guardians will not be present, all those who are supervising /working with under 18s need to have had a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure (Criminal Record Check).

Do you have a theatre or public entertainment licence?

Users must arrange a theatre or public entertainment licence if required for their event. Visit the the City Council website for details.  Certain kinds of activities may not be suitable for the Hall.

Why is there an additional surcharge for Weekend evening bookings?

To ensure the Hall is clean for use on Sunday morning, we incur extra staffing costs after weekend evening events.

Can we serve alcohol or food?

It is permissible to serve food and/or alcohol.  Spirits are only permitted for toasts and beer kegs are prohibited.

Food and alcohol may not be sold on the premises without prior permission and the appropriate licence, if required, being obtained from the City Council.

Do you have a PRS music licence?

No.  It is the Hirer’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate permission to use any copyrighted material and to pay the appropriate Performing Rights licences and copyright fees.

Can we book the Hall on a Sunday?

No. The Hall is in use by the Congregation on a Sunday.  Congregation members, please contact the Administrator.

Can we make a booking on a bank/public holiday?

For most UK bank holidays and Edinburgh public holidays, bookings can be made as normal.

The Hall is not available on Good Friday or Holy Saturday (the day before Easter).

Bookings are not available from 23rd December to 2nd January.

Can bookings be taken in the summer?

The Centre is open as normal in the first half of July.

The Centre is a Fringe venue throughout August and closes for this from mid-July.

Availability is limited during the first week of September.

Is there a discount available for charities?

Charities can apply for the community rate – a discount of one-third. Please speak to the Administrator.

When and how do I make payment?

A deposit is taken to confirm the booking.  You are invoiced after the event for the balance.  Payment by BACS is preferred; payment by cheque is possible.

What are the transport links to the church?

Lothian Region Transport buses run along nearby George IV Bridge and Lothian Road.  The church is also close to Princes Street and George Street, further bus information can be found at the City Council website.

The church centre is also close to Waverley station for rail services.

Parking is limited in the area:

Metered On-street parking: Johnston Terrace 8:30am – 6:30pm Mon-Sat (charges apply)

Closest NCP Parking: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EW



Please note, all facilities and services are subject to availability and may be withdrawn.