The Grade II listed Queens' Building is home to the elegant Octagon. Built in 1887, the Octagon was originally the QMUL library, designed by Victorian architect ER Robson and inspired by the Reading Room at the British Museum.

Restored in 2006, brightly coloured leather bound books have been reinstated to the bookshelves with busts of famous literati looking down from the beautiful high domed ceiling; combining to create a wonderfully atmospheric setting in order to provide a ‘wow’ factor for any event.

The Octagon is ideal as a standalone venue for banquets, dinners, receptions, conferences, launches, networking or in conjunction with other facilities as exhibition or catering space.

For more informaton on using QMUL as a venue for a civil ceremony or wedding reception, visit our dedicated Weddings at QMUL website.

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RoomRoom layout
 Select room diagram for information
 BoardroomClassroomCabaretU-shapeTheatreReceptionExamDinner
Octagon 180 120 500 180 240
FB1 40 57 36 40 30
EB1 50 70 50 50 52
EB2 20 44 16 20 25
EB4 20 47 36 20 28
EB4a 15 36 16 15 25

View of the Octagon hall on the Mile End campus