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Our Event Rooms

Take a glimpse at two of our event rooms in the YouTube Video above. LGIU hosted thier annual Cllr Awards Ceremony for Scotland this year, you will be able to see our Council Chamber, European Room and view of the Christmas Markets on Princes St! Video by Guy Hinks Photographer

Council Chamber

The grandeur of the Council Chamber along with its outstanding views of the city make it ideal for hosting a dinner dance, large drinks reception, lecture or conference.

Room capacity:

  • Theatre / Formal dinner - 120

  • Reception - 200

  • Boardroom - 40

The room’s features include an impressive domed ceiling and striking fireplace, and murals depicting the coats of arms of the spouses of the Kings and Queens of Scotland. The additional gallery space can accommodate an unexpected overflow or allow a photographer to record your event from above. The carpet can also be lifted for dancing or dinner events.

The Council Chamber with gold pillars, ornate domed ceiling and chandelier

European Room

Lined with paintings by William Hole depicting some of the most significant events from six centuries of Edinburgh’s rich history, the ornate European Room is the perfect venue for a slightly smaller drinks reception, lecture or banquet, or for providing catering space for a larger event in the Council Chamber.  

Room capacity:

  • Theatre - 90

  • Formal dinner - 60

  • Reception - 110

  • Boardroom - 40


It is also used for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies booked through the Registration service.


Connecting doors to the Councillors’ Lounge provide further flexibility for your event.

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Members Lounge

Adjoining the European Room through two sets of doors, the clubroom-style Members’ Lounge is home to some superb decorative features including stained-glass windows. It can be hired at evenings and weekends, either on its own or as an add-on for events in the European Suite.

Room capacity:

  • Formal dinner - 14

  • Reception - 70

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Diamond Jubilee Room

The Diamond Jubilee Room, used as the meeting venue for the Town Council from 1811 until 1903, is positioned at the head of the main staircase, and illuminated by three magnificent chandeliers. This room’s large central table make it the ideal setting for dinners, small receptions, board meetings and presentations.

Room capacity:

  • Formal dinner - 20 / 24 

  • Reception - 30

  • Boardroom - 20 / 24

Dunedin Room

The Dunedin Room, decorated with paintings of previous Lord Provosts of Edinburgh, takes its name from Edinburgh’s sister city in New Zealand, and is panelled throughout with timber from the Otago region where Dunedin is the principal city.  A large table makes it the ideal location for both private and corporate dinners and meetings.

Room capacity:

  • Formal dinner - 24

  • Reception - 30

  • Boardroom - 27

The Dunedin Room at the City Chambers with boardroom table set for a meeting.
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Business Centre

The Business Centre, is the ideal space for lectures, presentations, workshops, seminars and small conferences. Fully equipped for prestigious small conferences the auditorium can accommodate up to 60 delegates. The room offers comfortable seats, each with an individual table top for note takers. A large plasma TV visible for all to see and views North to Princes Street and Fife.
The Breakout Area offers different styled chairs and sofas for a relaxed cafe style seating area. Perfect for private meetings and lunch.


Room capacity:

  • Auditorium in Theatre Style - 60

  • Break Out Area - 30

Optional additions 

  • 12 Uplighters (£150 hire for the evening - your choice of colour)

  • White Floral Arch (£50 hire for the day - will compliment any room)

  • 8 Small Silver Candelabras (£10 hire for the day)

  • Poseur Table linen (free of charge - choice of black, yellow or blue, white comes as standard) 

  • You can bring your own stylist in to dress the rooms

We do not allow : helium balloons, anything to be stuck on to the walls or candles (you can use artificial candles)

Booking and Information

To make a booking in one of our rooms or if you require more information please contact the Events Office.


One of our experienced event co-ordinators will be happy to help create a memorable event.

Pricing is available on request. 

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