The Famous
Basement Bar


The Best Bar in London

The Basement is the Students’ Union bar located directly underneath Sundial Court. With cheap drinks, great entertainment and open from 7pm every week night, why would you ever want to go anywhere else?!

Live music and events are held regularly. If you want to get involved or have any ideas for events, contact the Events Officer.

For details of upcoming events, visit our events page!

We are also now a cashless bar! 

Guest Policy: prior to 10pm you are allowed to sign in two external guests into Basement per Guildhall Student. Post 10pm you will only be allowed to sign in one external guest per Guildhall Student.

Meet your 2021/22

Bar Team


Oli Rath

Bar Manager
Heya! I’m Oli – the basement bar manager. I’m from Huddersfield in Yorkshire and have lived in London for 4 years now! I am a recent graduate of the jazz course, but I play the trombone so you’re not likely to enjoy it. I like beer. Er…like a lot. If there’s not 150 people at the bar I might even talk to you about it.

Darcie Jago

Bar Supervisor
Hi, I’m Darcie! 🙂 I come from Lincolnshire and I’m in my fourth-year on the classical trumpet course. I’ve worked here in Basement since my first year, and alongside my studies, I am the VP of Events and Societies within the Students Union. My favourite drink is probably a mojito, but honestly I’ll be happy with pretty much anything but a jägerbomb (If you know, you know).

Maciej Kropidlowski

Bar Supervisor
Hi! I’m Maciej, I play the trumpet and I’m currently on the Orchestral Artistry course. I love good cocktails and silly tattoos

Gwyneth Nelmes

Bar Supervisor
My name is Gwyneth, but I'm happy to go by Gwen or Gwyn. I'm a first year Master's student studying violin and I've been at the Guildhall since 2017 when I started my Bachelors Degree. I grew up in New Zealand and came over to England in 2015, so excuse the accent. This is my fifth year working in the basement (!!) so I'm always happy to have a chat.

Issy Owen

Bar Tender
Hello there! I'm Issy and I'm a third year Jazz Singer from Bristol. I spend most of my time eating cake, harassing cute dogs in the street, and listening to old Motown records. Gin is my drink of choice, but not that awful pink shit.

Andrea Manuel

Bar Tender
My name’s Andrea, I’m from the Philippines. I’m a classical singer, I love karaoke (more singing), cooking, and charades. I am a basic pink gal, don’t know many drinks so hit me up with your favourites!

Imogen Sleith

Bar Tender
Hey, I’m Imogen and I’m from Oldham. I’m a 4th year jazz singer and I like beer a lot. I also like wine and tequila.
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Wei Ling

Bar Tender
Hi everyone, I am from Singapore. I am studying postgraduate (violin) in the Strings Department. My favourite drink is milo dinosaur and my favourite hobby is laying in bed and watching dramas.