From opulent hotels, elegant members clubs and hidden city gems, we round up the best wedding venues in London. Plus, take a look at some of the new venues that recently gained their wedding licenses.
London’s Best Wedding Venues
Boasting big sprawling parks and narrow cobbled streets, cool rooftop bars and cosy, quaint pubs, huge glass skyscrapers and some of the country’s oldest buildings, London is a city with something for everyone. And this is certainly true when it comes to wedding venues in London, too.
From quirky unusual wedding venues, to opulent hotel settings and the city’s hidden gems, we round of the best of London’s wedding venues. And, the new generation of chic city wedding venues cropping up in the capital following the pandemic.
No. Fifty Cheyne, Chelsea
Sat overlooking the River Thames with views over the Chelsea Embankment Gardens, No Fifty Cheyne iannounce was recently appointed as a wedding venue. An SW11 landmark, the restaurant, which reopened a short while ago, is the ideal location for intimate and timelessly romantic ceremonies followed by sophisticated receptions. With thoughtfully catered food and drink options overseen by executive chef Iain Smith (Social Eating House, Berners Tavern and La Chapelle), the dining rooms and bar can be used as a full serviced wedding venue, for ceremonies and receptions alike. Additionally, situated just a stone’s throw from a handful of local churches and the revered Chelsea Town Hall means No. Fifty Chelsea is also the perfect place for your post-ceremony party or wedding breakfast.
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The HAC, City of London
Nestled in the heart of the city sits The Honourable Artillery Company, an exquisite 18th Century country house set in five acres of picturesque gardens. From grand ceremonies to intimate gatherings, exchange your vows surrounded by your loved ones in one of four licensed rooms nestled within Armoury House and the Prince Consort Rooms, with bespoke packages tailored to every couple. For a picture-perfect backdrop, step out to the sprawling Artillery Garden for Champagne and canapés, with the added option of dining alfresco and marquees. To make your 2021 ceremony extra special, couples tying the knot this year will be treated to a complimentary Lily Vanilli Wedding Cake, or a case of Searcys Selected Cuvée Brut Champagne.
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The Rosewood, Holborn
Classic, opulent and luxurious, The Rosewood’s striking façade, shimmering chandeliers and grand, marble staircases are the perfect backdrop for something truly special. Choose from four spaces for ceremonies and receptions, hosting numbers of up to 470 standing in the Grand Ballroom. If your look is refined, elegant and romantic, this is a setting your guests will be talking about for years to come.
Kimpton Fitzroy, Bloomsbury
The ornate 19th century architecture of the Kimpton Fitzroy hotel makes this hotspot gloriously glam. At the heart of the hotel is the Palm Court lounge; with a modern glass roof and an abundance of luscious greenery, this relaxed and ambient space is perfect for post-ceremony drinks, before you move into the restored ballroom for dinner and dancing. Up to 200 guests can mingle, clink glasses and compliment the bride and groom surrounded by the stunning neo-classical details, including a mezzanine gallery and a soaring gold-gilded ceiling.
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Searcys at The Gherkin
Boasting 360° views across the capital, Searcys at The Gherkin is the perfect setting to say your vows. The sky is the limit with wedding packages including exclusive hire of Helix and the Iris bar, complete with bespoke menus and flexible spaces to decorate. For something smaller, there are also five dining rooms on level 38 for more intimate celebrations. Plus, couples booking their weddings for 2021 will be treated to a complimentary Lily Vanilli Wedding Cake, or a case of Searcys Selected Cuvée Brut Champagne.
The Marylebone Rooms, Marylebone
This London wedding venue feels like something of an insider’s secret. Comprising of several modern and adaptable rooms, there’s a sleek and vibrant space for any size of party here. The venue’s outdoor courtyard is the perfect setting for a tranquil reception (your guests won’t even feel they’re in central London), surrounded by a pretty garden wall. And with a retractable roof and an open fire, it can be used all year round. The Blue Room, with its brightly-coloured lounge chairs, wooden floors and marble-topped bar can accommodate up to 80 guests for dinner and dancing.
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Boundary, East London
Having only recently opened its doors to wedding parties, Boundary in East London offers couples an alternative urban setting for their wedding venue. Housed in a converted Victorian warehouse in the city’s hippest district, you will can say your vows, dine and throw shapes all night long in the open brick vault or enjoy champagne, canapés and the sunset over Shoreditch from the venue’s glass fronted rooftop. There are rooms for you and your guests to stay in plus a hangover-busting breakfast at the Albion Café is a morning after must.
Barbican Conservatory, Barbican
As London’s most important example of Brutalist architecture, the cool and contemporary Barbican Conservatory is ideal for those thinking outside the box with regards to weddings venues in London. A garden-lover’s botanical dream in the heart of central London, hold your ceremony surrounded by over 2000 species of tropical plants cascading from the spectacular glass ceiling, and ponds housing tropical fish. The adjoining Garden Room, which seats 220, can be used for a stylish evening reception, with expertly chosen menus from in-house caterer.
St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys
With the backdrop of the 200-year-old Victorian building and the contemporary buzz of St Pancras International station, this is old-meets-new space is one London’s coolest wedding venues. With the longest champagne bar in Europe at your disposal, an art deco brasserie-style restaurant and plenty of space for a live band and dancing, you can host anything from grand soirées for 400 guests to intimate dinners for 25. Plus you’re perfectly positioned to whisk yourselves away to the Med or for a Paris minimoon on the Eurostar after.
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The Ned, The City of London
The crème de la crème of city elegance, The Ned is an exclusive club and hotel with six rooms and terraces available for private wedding hire. Capacities range from 10 to 200 guests, to cater for all types of weddings. A former Midland Back building, The Ned showcases the very best of 1920s design, including walnut-panelled walls, glittering chandeliers and original tapestries. Patrons of the venue will also note the incredible rooftop, with stunning views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London.
The Savoy, The Strand
Already affirmed as one of the best hotels in the capital this luxury five-star offering is now topping the charts as one of London’s best wedding venues. There are a number of rooms to both tie the knot and celebrate with friends and family afterwards, but our personal favourite is the Lancaster Ballroom. The opulent space is totally flexible to your needs, with elegant hand-painted walls, sparkling chandeliers and plenty of room for dinner, first dances and refined revelry. And with a separate entrance on the river side of the hotel, there really is no better spot for a lavish central London do.
10-11 Carlton Terrace, St James’s Park
Formerly the residence of Prime Minister William Gladstone, and overlooking St James’s Park and The Mall, this stunning Grade I-listed townhouse is located in one of the city’s most exclusive postcodes. Available for both ceremonies and receptions – as separate rooms for smaller weddings or as one exclusive party pad – the black marble staircase, golden chandeliers and painted ceilings provide a sophisticated canvas for you to decorate and dress as you like. There’s so much that makes this space a true one-off, but our favourite this is how private and exclusive it feels.
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