The Hub - Home of the Edinburgh International Festival 

 The Hub

History Of The Hub

This historic, Grade A listed building forms an integral part of the architectural fabric of Edinburgh. It was constructed between 1842 and 1845 as the Victoria Hall to house the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The architects were James Gillespie Graham and Augustus Welby Pugin, famous for his work on the Houses of Parliament.

The Hub’s spire is the highest point in central Edinburgh. 

In 1929 the Church of Scotland ceased to use the building and it became a temporary home for a variety of congregations. It was named the Highland Tolbooth St John’s Church in 1956, before falling into disuse in the 1980s.



The Hub Today

In 1999, the building was transformed into The Hub, the offices and a performance space for the Edinburgh International Festival. The building is a stunning combination of award winning contemporary design and classic Victorian architecture.

The Hub operates as a performance venue and social gathering point for the International Festival each August; for the rest of the year it offers a truly unique and spectacular space for a variety of events, including conferences, banquets, weddings, educational workings and exhibitions. Located on the ground floor of The Hub is Cafe Hub an extensive Cafe suitable for large groups with a terrace which bursts into life in the summer months. Hub Tickets, also located on the ground floor sells tickets for events throughout the country all year round. 

Events & Banqueting

The Hub has a significant events business, the richly decorated Main Hall is is a spectacular setting for prestigious banquets, celebrations and business events. Vibrant colours and contemporary design, incorporating original features such as the Lord High Commissioner’s throne, create an event space unsurpassed in style and atmosphere. Overlooking the Main Hall on three sides is a spacious Gallery, a beautiful and exciting space in itself, ideal for pre-dinner drinks.

The elegant Dunard Library is quietly serene with original wood panelling and dazzling stained glass windows and is ideal for conferences, prestigious dinners, traditional ceilidhs, exhibitions and special events that demand a creative edge. 

The Hub Main Hall The Hub Main Hall

Cafe Hub

Cafe Hub in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is a stylish location in which to enjoy lunch or a light refreshments. Cafe Hub can be hired exclusively for dinners, private parties, Christmas parties and group bookings

The food is fresh and wholesome, home made or as we like to say, ‘hubmade’. Whether you are stopping for coffee and cake or something more substantial, we have something to tempt you.

Work Culture

  • Small and committed team with a can do attitude and a dedication to a high quality experience for clients and visitors, low staff turnover amongst permanent staff.
  • Considered to be a fun place to work by casual staff
  • Multicultural workplace


Staff Benefits

  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to Edinburgh International Festival Tickets
  • Discount in Café Hub