Old Sessions House reopens

The beady eyed amongst you may have noticed that Old Sessions House on Clerkenwell Green has re-emerged from its scaffolding, marking the end of an extensive renovation project led by Swedish brothers Ted and Oliver Grebelius.

The building, which started life as a courthouse 140 years ago, has been been reimagined as an all-day destination for working, drinking and dining. Many of the building’s historic features have been painstakingly preserved, and the brothers have retained the unique patina of aged stone and plasterwork, which you might remember from Icon House of Culture during Clerkenwell Design Week in 2015.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted with a 20 meter-tall grand dome and grand staircase leading to the main courtroom. The walls that once partitioned the main courtroom have been removed, creating a magnificent space with a 7-meter-high glass screen, 9-meter-high ceilings and a raised viewing gallery.

Old Sessions House reopened this September with a pop-up exhibition and café from Burberry for London Fashion Week. It is now open for businesses to occupy the space, creating a new social space for Clerkenwell, in keeping with its rich history.