Inquiry hearings are held at Holborn Bars, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2SW.
On Fridays, a provisional schedule for the following week is published on the Inquiry's website and Twitter. If there are changes to the timings this schedule will be updated.
Hearings are live streamed and the recordings form part of the Inquiry record. Attendees, including the press, are not permitted to film, make recordings or take photographs inside the venues used by the Inquiry.
The nearest tube station is Chancery Lane on the Central Line. When leaving the station take exit number two and the entrance to Holborn Bars is located approximately 50 meters ahead in the large red brick building.
City Thames link and Blackfriars are also approximately 10 minutes walk away from Holborn Bars.
The hearings are open to the public and there will be security checks and a bag search on entry. We encourage those attending to arrive in plenty of time and to think carefully about what you bring with you on the day. The following items will not be permitted inside the venue:
- any type of knife or bladed article – for example pen knives, key-ring knives, belt knives, craft knives or cutlery;
- ‘sharps’ – for example, scissors, syringes (unless these are for medical purposes), craft needles;
- replica guns – for example lighters or jewellery that looks like a gun or toy gun;
- all photographic, audio and video recording equipment, whether digital or analogue, with the exception of mobile phones (which should be switched to silent in the hearing room). Attendees are not permitted to film, take videos or make recordings on the hearing floor;
- work tools – for example hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, nails; alcohol, non-prescription drugs, solvents and other potentially harmful substances;
- any other item which, in the opinion of the security officer, could be used as a weapon, cause a hazard to others in the building or be used to disrupt proceedings.
The layout of Holborn Bars is set out below and the venue and rooms are clearly signposted.
The public seats in the main hearing room are prioritised for the bereaved, survivors and local resident core participants.
There is also a separate quiet room and private streaming room for the bereaved survivors and residents.
There are ushers on site who will be able to assist and can direct you or answer questions you might have.
If you feel you need to talk about anything to do with your emotional wellbeing, NHS and Hestia staff are available daily at the Inquiry, the NHS are identifiable by their blue lanyards, and Hestia by their green and orange scarves.
Support is also available via www.grenfellwellbeing.com to self-refer or for any queries on 020 8637 6279
The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has published a leaflet with advice for people who are concerned about press harassment. Hard copies are avaialble at the press desk.
Any concerns during the hearing can be raised in confidence at the press or information desks.
A live-stream of the Inquiry will be screened at the Notting Hill Methodist Church and available to watch through the Inquiry's website. A link is posted on the home page and tweeted before the morning and afternoon sessions.
Free Wifi is available by searching for ‘De Vere Holborn Bars’.
Enquiries about the venue or attending a hearing can be made to: [email protected]