We are not currently taking party bookings for either the upper or lower hall.

The front of Church House, as seen from Wood StreetChurch House's Upper Hall, located on the first floorChurch House features two modern, stainless steel kitchensA close-up of the details bordering the stage in Upper Hall

About Us

About Church House

Church House is based in High Barnet (also known as Chipping Barnet) and is a popular venue for a variety of different activities and functions.

With two halls and two kitchens, our facilities are suitable for meetings, market research, children's parties (12s and under), children's groups, Brownies, dancing groups, keep-fit classes, yoga, badminton, and theatre groups.

We are a registered charity (Registered Charity No. 212825) and operate as a not-for-profit organisation.

A Brief History of Church House

Church House first opened in 1907. Throughout its history, Church House has been used for a number of different functions. In the 1920s it was regularly used by Church organisations, Guild bell ringers, Mother's Unions, Ladies Working Parties, among others. Dances were also very popular during this period. In the 1930s it was the venue of a trader's fete.

Over the years the building has been the home to Barnet Library; it has been used by the military during the Second World War; and it has also been used by The Day Continuation School and the Roman Catholic school as a place where pupils could receive their school meals.

In 1989, the quality and design of Church House merited that it be designated a building of architectural interest by the then Department of the Environment.

Click here to find out more about the building's history...

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Our Facilities

Church House's facilities make it an ideal venue for a variety of different activities and functions.

Upper Hall

Upper Hall Features

  • The Upper Hall is located on the first floor, accessible by stairs and lift (be aware that the lift is for disabled persons only)
  • Capacity of 100
  • The hall measures 13.7 x 7.6 metres, and is 7 metres high
  • Includes a stage (please let us know in advance if you require the use of the stage)
  • A badminton court is marked out on the floor (badminton posts are available on request)
  • 21 tables (measuring 122 x 76 cm) are available for this hall
  • A protective flooring is available on request (please let us know in advance if you think you need the protective flooring)
  • 9 double electrical sockets are available


Lower Hall

Lower Hall Features

  • The Lower Hall is located on the ground floor, accessible by two small steps down
  • Capacity of 50
  • The hall measures 12.2 x 6.10 metres, and is 3.66 metres high
  • 17 tables (measuring 120 x 60 cm) are available for this hall
  • 6 double electrical sockets are available



About Our Kitchens

  • Church House has two modern, stainless steel kitchens – one located on the ground floor and another on the first floor
  • The ground floor kitchen is easily accessed by a corridor adjacent to the Lower Hall
  • The first floor kitchen is connected to the Upper Hall via a serving hatch
  • Crockery, cutlery, saucepans, glasses, beakers and baking trays can be made available on request
  • Our kitchens are fully equipped, and are provided for self-catering only
  • Please let us know in advance if you will require the use of our kitchen appliances/facilities


Additional Facilities

  • Chairs are available for both halls
  • Ladies, gents and disabled toilets are available on the ground floor (disabled toilets include baby-changing facilities)
  • Additional ladies toilets with 3 cubicles are located on the middle landing (not accessible by disabled persons)
  • A portable ramp is available for disabled access via the front entrance


There is NO PARKING allowed at Church House during the week, except for group leaders. All those attending activities at the hall must park elsewhere. Please do not use the car park to drop off and pick up as there is limited space.

There is parking at the weekends for parties and regular groups for up to 25 cars with prior agreement with the manager.

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Letting Charges

Please contact the Church House Manager for our most up-to-date letting charges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us,
in case your query has already been addressed.

Why is parking restricted to evenings and weekends only?

In order to raise funds to help maintain Church House, we currently lease out some of our parking spaces to local businesses during the week. Parking space availability is therefore limited during business hours on weekdays. However, we usually reserve 5 parking bays in the front car park so that event organisers have a place to park, even when parking restrictions are in force.

Does use of the stage in the Upper Hall cost extra?

No. But anyone wishing to use the stage must carry out a Risk Assessment of the stage area, and give a copy of this assessment to the Trustees two weeks prior to the event. Please let us know in advance if you require the use of the stage.

Who can use the lift?

The lift is available for disabled persons only. Please inform the manager at the time of booking if use of the lift is required. Anyone requiring use of the lift must pay a £250 deposit in addition to other deposits for hall hire.

What ages for children's groups/parties are your facilities best suited for?

Children’s groups/parties are up to the age of 12 only. All parties must be finished by 7pm on any day.

Will I be provided with keys so that I can access Church House for my group event?

No. For security reasons keys are never provided to groups hiring for parties. The Church House Manager will be available to open and close the hall at the time of your event.

Does Church House have a drinks license?


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Contact / Find Us

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our facilities, or if you would like to make a booking, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Be sure to direct all enquiries to the Church House Manager, who is available between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Church House Manager

Elaine Nicholson


2 Wood Street, Barnet, Herts, EN5 4BW


(020) 8449 4704


Find Us

We are located on Wood Street, next door to St. John the Baptist Church (Barnet Parish Church).

There is a bus stop directly outside our building that serves the 263, 107, 184 and 307 bus routes.

There is also another bus stop at the opposite end of the Church Passage (at the end of Barnet High Street) that serves the 84, 234, 326 and 384 bus routes.

We are a 5-10 minute walk away from High Barnet Underground Station (Northern Line).

You can also use the map below to find us.

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