Wedding season is looking a little different this year and if you were one half of a happy couple ready to say your “I dos” in 2020 only to be faced with one of the many knock on effects of COVID, there is a glimmer of hope to you two tying the knot soon.
Weddings are back on, albeit at a reduced capacity (you can currently have up to 30 guests seated under government guidelines), but the rules are set to be reviewed on 15th August – hurrah! Let’s hope it’s good news. Plus, if you’re newly engaged or waiting for this mess to be well and truly over, you can use this time to book and plan a wedding further down the line.
And where better to get hitched than our other one true love, London. Look beyond the sirens, the rain and the bustle, and this city is truly a romantic at heart, with an abundance of spectacular hotels that are experts in making your dream big day a reality.
From the Mayfair magic of Claridge’s to the cool NYC vibes of The Curtain in Shoreditch, we’ve handpicked a range of London Hotels to get hitched in no matter your style, budget or wedding party size.
Wedding venues don’t come much dreamier than Claridge’s. The Mayfair institution has a certain magic to it, from the charming doormen to that iconic sweeping staircase, the famous chequered floor entrance to the stunning ballroom.
But you don’t have to be hosting a 200+ guest list (good news, seeing as we’re still restricted with numbers), the five-star hotel have a wealth of options, from the intimate and charming Highgrove Room for a modest group of 16 to the fairytale-like ballroom and the utterly romantic Drawing Room.
From the charming doormen to that iconic sweeping staircase, Claridge's holds a certain magic and has long been one of London's dreamiest wedding venues.
The happy couple can rest assured everything will be curated to perfection by the Claridge’s team, from the seasonal food under the talent of chef Martyn Nail to the choreographer-in-residence who is on hand to assist with any first dance woes. Plus, if you celebrate your wedding in the Ballroom or French Salon and Drawing Room, you and your partner can look forward to a complimentary stay in one of the hotel’s famous five-star suites.
Claridge’s, Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
The self-professed “experts in romance” at the Corinthia will make your big day one to remember, and more specifically, Alexandra Pisani, the hotel’s in-house wedding specialist.
There’s not a wedding stone left unturned with Pisani, who will hold your hand through everything from your initial ideas to the special finishing touches. There are a range of packages on offer depending on your budget too, from the elegant setting of the Nelson room and the chic surroundings of the Courtroom right up to the grand Ballroom.
If you’re after a sugar almond-hued wedding, The Lanesborough might just be your dream venue. No expense or creative flare is spared when it comes to putting on one of their events, from the traditional and elegant to full-blown party vibes.
There are seven dining rooms and event spaces to choose from based on your party size, but for us it’s all about The Belgravia, one of the finest dining rooms in London. When it comes to the details, the in-house floral designers will be on hand to dress the room, the head sommelier will pair the wines to the menu that will have been overseen by a brigade of talented Michelin-starred chefs. And the pièce de résistance: you’ll have access to the hotel’s famous Rolls-Royce Phantom, Audi A8’s and Mercedes S-Class models.
Sadly the hotel is still closed post-COVID but you can still make enquiries about your big day for later in the year.
Few London venues exude as much sophistication as the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square. The wedding team will personalise the occasion for you and your guests depending on what you’re after, whether that’s a glamorous affair in the restored UN Ballroom or a more contemporary event in their Merchants Hall.
With the nearby Trinity Gardens and it’s pretty greenery and a backdrop of Tower Bridge, your wedding photos are going to be something pretty spectacular too.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ
If you’ve always dreamed of a rooftop wedding, book Soho’s impossibly stylish Ham Yard where you can say your “I dos” above one of London’s most iconic areas.
The perfect choice for something intimate and unique, Ham Yard’s quirky interiors and warm welcome will make it a date to remember.
Go the extra mile and rent out the hotel’s underground bowling alley once you’re done with the ceremony and reception – your guests definitely won’t forget that.
Roll into one of the hotel's stunning suites post-wedding and start the honeymoon in style.
If it’s impeccable interiors, a statement making Grade I listed building and the kudos of getting married beneath a Soho House Group property you’re after, pin The Ned to your wedding vision board pronto.
The hotel, located in the heart of The City, has many options, from the pretty terraces to the spectacular dome room and the ballroom-esque Saloon, depending on your party.
Capacity ranges from just four guests to 200 people (once social distancing is loosened), as well as different food and drink menus, from cocktails and canapés to four-course dinners
The Ned, 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ
Head east to Bethnal Green for something that errs more on the side of hipster but with the same big day magic and splendour. The Town Hall Hotel can cater weddings from 60 to 100 guests.
Get the legal bit done in the building’s original Council Chamber – for some seriously unique photo ops, before sitting down for the wedding breakfast in the stunning 1930s wooden panelled room which comes complete with moving walls – perfect for utilising the space for both dinner and dancing.
A charming choice for a fairytale beginning perched on the edge of the Thames. Bingham Riverhouse specialise in intimate weddings in a number of their settings, from the quaint garden rooms to the riverside terrace and quintessentially English gardens.
For something a little more extravagant, book the whole house and dance the night away into the small hours.
Bingham Riverhouse, 61 – 63 Petersham Road, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey TW10 6UT
For a London wedding that feels like it’s in the country, check out The Petersham Hotel.
Located in Richmond, the hotel is nestled between picturesque meadows and the River Thames making for the perfect backdrop for your big day.
Inside doesn’t disappoint either – the 1865 Victorian building is full of character, from the magnificent Portland stone staircase to the marble tiled floors and ornate chandeliers.
The hotel is currently hosting weddings for up to 15 guests to comply with social distancing rules.
The Petersham, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6UZ
Whether you’re dreaming of a lavish affair or an intimate dinner party, Mandarin Oriental is one of London’s finest choices – if you have the budget.
The hotel’s dedicated wedding team will, quite literally, take care of everything.
From the chicest stationery to flower arrangements that would make Elton John jealous, a draw dropping ballroom to the private Royal Entrance accessed from Hyde Park, a wedding at the Mandarin will be one that’s talked about for years to come.
Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Reopening this September, Hotel Café Royal should be top of your wish list if you’re after a lavish, central London affair.
And hotels don’t come much more central, with Piccadilly Circus, Regent’s Street and Green Park all just a stone’s throw away – wedding photo locations a plenty.
With it’s own private terrace giving views of Regent Street and Air Street, the Pompadour ballroom at Hotel Café Royal is the perfect place for those looking for a central London location. The Grade II listed venue dates back to 1865 and has been restored to a Louis XVI style and features original and ornate detailing.
This isn’t for the pared back wedding, it features fluted Corinthian pilasters, mirrored panels with gilded frames and a decorative ceiling depicting scenes of love.
Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, London W1B 4DY
Start your marriage in Mayfair at the iconic Connaught Hotel. Fully licensed, the hotel is able to accommodate everything from the ceremony to the reception – make the most of the neighbouring Farm Street Church if it’s a church wedding you’re after. And afterwards, head to one of the many rooms on offer, depending on wedding size, from the Art Deco Mayfair room to the intimate Georgian Room, ideal for a post-lockdown wedding of just 10 guests.
The food is one of the hotel’s biggest pulls thanks to the chefs at Jean-Georges at The Connaught, who will create a bespoke, seasonal menu for your reception whether it’s canapés or a banquet dinner you had in mind.
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
Nestled on a quiet, elegant street in Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is the epitome of Mayfair luxury and it will be reopening come September.
Licensed for both marriages and civil partnerships, the iconic hotel offers three beautiful rooms catering up to 120 guests, including The Roosevelt Room (in honour of the American President himself who stayed at the hotel before marrying Edith Kermit Carow in 1886), The Niagara Room, which connects to adjacent Roosevelt for larger parties, and The Clarendon Room, a breath-taking setting with ornate Victorian ceilings and crystal chandeliers – The Handbook’s favourite.
Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP
Reopening again in September, if you’re a couple who don’t follow the crowd Clerkenwell’s Zetter Townhouse could be the dream wedding destination for you.
Tie the knot across the cobbles of St John’s Square in the unique 13-bedroom Georgian townhouse that can be hired exclusively or to cater for a smaller affair.
With seriously stylish interiors by Russell Sage, two spectacular suites, 11 bedrooms, a Games Room and Dining Room, getting married here will feel like getting married in a eccentric stately home, right in the middle of London.
With St. James’s Park and Buckingham Palace just a short stroll away, you could have some seriously memorable wedding photos ops on your hands if you wed at the St James Court Hotel.
The hotel offers two outdoor options for intimate soirees on the rooftop terrace of the Victorian St. James’ Courtyard, overlooking the longest Shakespearean sylvan frieze in the world.
Oh, just a simple affair at The Ritz. If you want to go big, go to The Ritz, where the world’s most iconic hotel are well versed in putting on the most spectacular of weddings.
The hotel offers up its William Kent House to happy couples, a Grade II listed mansion adjoining the hotel with grand sweeping staircase and jaw-dropping rooms.
Make the most of one of the prettiest, most private gardens in London with cocktails on the lawn, get ready at the Hiro Miyoshi Hair Salon on the 7th floor of the hotel, book one of their luxury suites for the wedding night and let the Ritz team figure out all the exquisite finishing touches.
They also have a wedding licence on the property so you can officially say your “I dos.”
If your style errs more on the side of ‘New York-style rooftop’, there’s only one option; Shoreditch’s Curtain hotel.
Book the Burbage Room for exposed brickwork and a blank canvas to add your own touch to the special day or the rooftop LIDO restaurant and pool – surely London’s coolest wedding venue – where you can get hitched beneath twinkling lights amongst the iconic East London skyline and the NYC-style rooftop pool.
There are plenty of other room options too depending on the size and style of your wedding, all uniquely individual.