Following a £250,000 restoration of the stunning Library interiors including unique lighting, intricate gold leaf and a bespoke handwoven carpet, the Lower Library is home by day to ‘Colonnades’, Edinburgh’s most glamorous afternoon tea venue (the name is a reference to the classical pillars that grace the building). Building on the success of the annual summer Pommery Champagne Café Bar, this new luxury destination will offer the finest in food and drink throughout the year.
Adding to the unique atmosphere, the Lower Library is still a working library and lawyers can be found researching and studying there in daytime hours. However, by night and at weekends, this magnificent space can be transformed into the most magical of venues: perfect for a drinks reception before the main event in the Upper Library or enjoy aperitifs before sitting down to dinner in the Commissioners’ Room. It is also a very special setting for an elegant wedding ceremony. With a picture-perfect view through the Georgian astragal windows over Parliament Square and Edinburgh’s Royal Mile with St Giles Cathedral just steps away, the grand aisle leads perfectly to the decorative archway under which service solemnities can be performed.