The Merchants’ Hall

Hanover St, Edinburgh

The Merchants’ Hall is the head-quarters of one of Edinburgh’s oldest and most prestigious business organisations.

The Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh – and until recently it was used exclusively by their Members. This beautiful A-listed building is now available to hire for any occasion from weddings and dances to product launches and press conferences.

The Hall, with its magnificent domed ceiling, is ideal for larger events.  It can seat a maximum of 150 in a Theatre Style, 150 for dinner or 80 Cabaret Style.

The mahogany-panelled Court Room is an elegant area for smaller meetings, dinners and drinks receptions with portraits by Raeburn and Ramsay adorning the rich crimson walls.


The Merchants’ Hall is a grand space. Ask us for ideas and use our team of local and trusted suppliers to make your vision a reality.

  • Fresh ideas: Advice on current styling, food service and drinks trends.
  • Custom touches: Want branded water bottles for delegates? Or staff dressed in a futuristic way? Our view is holistic so the result is fantastic.
  • Trusted suppliers: Flowers, tech equipment etc.. tap into the contacts we trust to deliver.


Everyone wants the food choices to feel bountiful and exciting. The real skill is in ensuring there’s minimal wastage after the event. Hickory continues to advise and work collaboratively with venues on sustainability best practices, and we’re pushing ourselves each year to do more. During 2023, we are undertaking research, with event owners, buyers and customers which will take a closer look at the world of dietary preferences in a bid to better inform future food choices.

Why choose Hickory for your event at The Merchants’ Hall?

Almost a decade long partnershipExcellent knowledge of Assembly Rooms layouts and optionsCreatively driven food, drink and stylingComplete understanding of any restrictions and optionsOur knowledge of the venue means accurate pricingWe ensure quality management systems with ISO 9001Highly experienced and collaborative teamTrack live events via our digital planning toolEvidenced commitment to sustainability

Get in touch and let’s discuss your next event