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Whether you’re planning sophisticated city nuptials, a whimsical garden reception or a laid-back pub knees-up, there really is a wedding venue that’ll fulfil all of your childhood dreams. Here’s our guide to wedding venues in, and beyond, the city – your Pinterest dreams can come true after all…
Stunning scenery? Check. Untouchable interiors? Check. British sunshine? Er, well we can’t quite guarantee that but the rolling countryside and glorious interiors at Holkham Hall are well worth the visit to see if they’re right for your big day.
Renowned for throwing elaborate parties for centuries, Holkham Hall has become a wedding venue of dreams for many, and with an entrance hall like that, it’s easy to see why.
There’s something innately majestic about the Roman Baths in Bath. Maybe it’s the flickering waters at sunset, or the grandeur Roman architecture surrounding, either way it makes for the perfect backdrop to any wedding photo. Expect gas torches to be lit, steaming waters and one hell of a wedding do.
To get a feel of the space, you can do a walk-through tour of the venue and see if you can picture you and your fiancée walking down the aisle.
Where: Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LZ
For a magical wedding experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life, venture to Elmore Court. It’s a beautiful grade II listed 13th Century stately home and the perfect destination for a countryside wedding.
Set in the Cotswolds, the future Mr and Mrs can expect to bask in the serenity of the space, with the house and handsome gardens exclusively available to book out. Take your vows in front of friends and family in a truly ornate setting before dinner and dancing at The Gillyflower, their RIBA award winning soundproof rammed earth reception venue.
Whether you’re after a ceremony, a small intimate reception or a large dinner dance, you’ll find a space that suits at Andaz London Liverpool Street. Formerly the iconic Great Eastern Hotel, the building dates back to 1884 so it’s filled with rich history and a mix of modern and classic Victorian interiors.
They offer a bespoke and personalised service when it comes to planning, with their dedicated Wedding Manager on hand every step of the way.
Originally built as a royal hunting lodge in the Tudor era, The Great Fosters Estate has a long and illustrious past and now hosts the most stylish of weddings. Just outside London, the hotel is set in 50 acres of iconic gardens and parkland, which include listed topiary, Saxon moat with Japanese bridge, lake & sunken rose garden (all just dreamy for photographs). The instantly recognisable red-brick facade and chimney tops are a sight to behold as you drive up to the front door.
The hotel hosts weddings for up to 180 guests, with a choice of private rooms, terraces and outdoor spaces to choose from. The Orangery is the perfect choice for a sun-drenched celebration. The tall, arched windows ensure that there is plenty of natural daylight whilst the Garde II listed Tithe Barn features stunning exposed vaulted English oak beams, eight light casement windows with stone mullions and a roaring open fire. And with 55 bedrooms there is plenty of space for guests to stay
There are no packages here – everything is bespoke so that your wedding day is truly personal and an expression of your style and taste.
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Abrim with intimate spaces and ornate features, the Kimpton Fitzroy London makes for the perfect venue for those wanting a little city romance. The hotel’s Grade II listed ballroom can hold up to 200 guests and is home to its very own private entrance on Bernard Street and plethora of stained-glass windows too. It’s truly magical.
For those wanting to keep things intimate, Kimpton Fitzroy London also offers micro weddings for 15 too, which are just as special as a wedding for 150. From an intimate ceremony and candlelight dinner in their heritage listed ballroom to stand-up cocktails and canapés in their tree-lined Palm Court, or one of the eight unique event spaces – the choice is yours.
From an intimate ceremony and candlelight dinner in their heritage listed ballroom to stand-up cocktails and canapés in their tree-lined Palm Court...
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is home to one of the most magnificent ballrooms in London. The Grade II listed ballroom not only has its own entrance and sprung maple dance floor but it is also one of the best examples of Art Deco. If you’re planning a big wedding then you can sit up to 500 for dinner and dancing.
The wedding planners will work alongside you to create one very special day and can offer intimate wedding packages too, perfect something small and special.
Where: Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX
AllBright boasts several sophisticated and contemporary event spaces to offer an elegant setting for your big day. With its casual yet sophisticated setting, the fifth floor is available for an intimate ceremony surrounded by your nearest and dearest.
On the rooftop terrace, you can enjoy a relaxed reception to toast your newly married status with views across the rooftops of Mayfair. In-house we provide seasonal and innovative catering created by our talented culinary team. With an on-site hair salon, you and your wedding party can comfortably and seamlessly prepare for your special day in style.
Where: 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1PP
See in your marriage with unrivalled sky-high views across London when you spend it at Searcys at The Gherkin.
Whether you’re looking for a lavish affair with all of your friends or you’re looking for a more intimate affair with your nearest and dearest, Searcys can adapt to any size or style of your special day, and offers breathtaking views over the city. Options include a private dining room, which is decorated with your special items and theme with tonnes of natural light flooding in from outside.
Nestled on a quiet, elegant street in Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is the epitome of Mayfair luxury. Licensed for both marriages and civil partnerships, the iconic hotel offers 3 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. And with food from Michelin-starred chef Adam Byatt, what more can you ask for?
Where: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP
If you’re looking for a blend of historic, country charm with luxurious contemporary styling all set against a breathtaking backdrop, then look no further than Coppa at The Great House at Sonning. Set against a backdrop of the River Thames, every ounce of this venue is perfect for a photo opportunity. Guests can even arrive by boat for a truly memorable experience.
Where: Thames Street, Sonning-on-Thames, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6UT
With so many of London’s iconic buildings and attractions right on its doorstep, the London Marriott Hotel County Hall is the ideal venue if you’re looking to plan outings for your wedding party, or want your wedding photos against classic London backdrops.
There are over twelve rooms to choose from depending on your style and party size, but we love the grand King George V event space as it can host up to 100 for a reception or 72 for a banquet.
Where: London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, SE1 7PB
Slotted just a stone’s throw away from Buckingham Palace and other major London landmarks, 116 Pall Mall is a stunning Regency Georgian wedding venue that’ll satisfy your Bridgerton obsession.
Out the back there’s a hidden tranquil garden that’s perfect for wedding receptions and for snapping up the all-important photos so you can remember the day for years to come. Say your vows in one of the grand ballrooms, or on the staircase under the 15ft glittering chandelier with your loved ones looking on from above. Think intimate fine dining under twinkling lighting in breath-taking surroundings for up to 250 seated guests in the largest room.
Where: 116 Pall Mall, Westminster, SW1Y 5ED
Perched high up on Richmond Hill, the hotel has sweeping views of the Thames and lush meadows below.
If you want a scenic wedding in London then look no further than The Petersham. Perched high up on Richmond Hill, the hotel has sweeping views of the Thames and lush meadows below – the ideal backdrop to your wedding photos.
The Victorian building is packed with character, with an impressive sweeping staircase, huge chandeliers and marble floors but the view is what separates it from the rest. Tie the knot in an intimate ceremony for 30 of your nearest and dearest in the River Room before stepping out onto your own private terrace for Champagne and canapés.
Where: The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
From intimate civil ceremonies to receptions for up to 100 guests, celebrate your special day in the clouds with the enchanting backdrop of London at Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London. From day to night, watch the magical sights of the city unfold from the grand staircase and double-height windows, providing the perfect setting for wedding photographs.
Their dedicated wedding specialist, Marta Bomprezzi will help curate the perfect day for you and your partner, and make your wedding dreams come to life. Enquire within to get your plans started.
WherE: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU
Weddings are all about the photo opportunities aren’t they? Make yours original and tie the knot under the arches of the station at the St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys.
With the station licensed for ceremonies on the Grand Terrace, say your vows under Tracey Emin’s ‘I want my time with you’ before enjoying a Champagne fountain reception at Europe’s longest Champagne Bar. The art deco brasserie is ready to host wedding breakfasts with a menu of seasonal British classics, and an optional dance floor for guests to strut their stuff. And with Paris one train journey away, the honeymoon is right on the doorstep.
Where: Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, King’s Cross St. Pancras, N1C 4QL
For a truly elegant affair, look to The Kensington. Here you can guarantee all of your wedding dreams will come true, as the experience events team busy themselves making your ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ celebration one to remember.
The White Room is perfect for an informal style reception and dinner, home to colourful corners, with space up to 50, while The Study is perfect for those smaller weddings.
Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5LP
Tucked away in the heart of Hammersmith, members’ space Kindred is the statement spot you’ll want your wedding at. Based in the Grade II listed Bradmore House, the venue combines heritage features with modern elegance for ceremonies and receptions. It’s filled with sweeping natural light from high arched Georgian windows and blends rustic charm thanks to the reclaimed wooden floors alongside the contemporary touches.
The venue offers three packages for parties up to 30 people, perfect during these Covid times, and offers five star catering from their on-site restaurant, The Cellar. Kindred also works with a trusted list of suppliers including Meghan Markle-approved social enterprise The Luminary Bakery.
Barnett Hill is little short of a fairy tale. Set in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the mansion house is surrounded by 26 acres of terraces and beautifully manicured gardens including stunning antique sculptures and features.
The hotel has 46 bedrooms and is perfect for exclusive use. All weddings at Barnett Hill are bespoke and individual and their experienced wedding team love nothing more than helping couples to bring their dreams to fruition. When taking over the whole of Barnett Hill the possibilities are endless.
The mansion house is blessed with numerous elegant entertaining spaces where all shapes and sizes of wedding fit beautifully. The Drawing Room, with its distinctive wood panelling, can accommodate intimate occasions for up to 40 guests, whilst the light and charming Garden Suite is perfect for up to 80 guests. Their 44 rooms & suites will accommodate all of your wedding guests in style with of course a full recovery breakfast the morning after.
Where: Blackheath Lane, Guildford, GU5 0RF
One venue that knows a thing or two about hosting a stellar wedding venue is South Place Hotel.
One venue that knows a thing or two about hosting a stellar wedding venue is South Place Hotel. Nuzzled in the hub of The City, the hotel has two stylish rooms that help provide the perfect backdrop for any wedding photo. Those looking for a summer special, the Secret Garden is a tropical oasis seating up to 80 guests, and has a retractable roof too so if you aren’t graced with the British sunshine, you can rest assured your pristine dress isn’t getting ruined.
Where: 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
For a luxurious wedding to remember, you’ll want to celebrate the day in one of Corinthia’s four unique settings. Let the dedicated wedding team take control of everything from the cake to the flowers, delivering everything with the standard you’d expect of a 5-star hotel or say ‘I Do’ in a church nearby and head over for your reception.
Their grand ballroom has been meticulously restored to its Victorian splendour, evoking the era when aristocrats, debutantes and the crowned heads of Europe made it a prime London destination. Today, the grandeur remains but adapted to our modern life. During the day, the room is bathed in natural light from full height windows, whilst at night sparkling chandeliers reflect in the antique mirrors lining the walls.
Nothing here is overlooked – you can even request to use the penthouse suite as the setting for your photos. Sweeping views of London and first class service – what’s not to love?
For a truly unique affair, try Battersea Power Station. The recently regenerated area provides the perfect and unique backdrop for weddings and engagement parties, from Megan’s that’s laden with fairy lights and handmade furniture and looks as it’s out of a fairytales, to Cinnamon Kitchen, which has a hireable floating mezzanine and offers delicious pan-Indian cuisine.
There are magical moments to be made at Circus West Village. Just imagine how great your wedding photos will look as you pose along the Coaling Jetty and Piazza.
For an elegant wedding, where tradition meets partying then look to The Lanesborough. 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 sitting up to 100 guests.
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 the brigade of talented Michelin-starred chefs.
Where: Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA
Once the romantic venue which saw Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan waltz down the aisle, Hengrave Hall is home to its own intimate chapel, ornate gardens and luxe bedrooms. Hidden inside the heart of Suffolk’s rolling countryside, this Tudor mansion will help add a sparkle to your very special day.
Hidden inside the heart of Suffolk’s rolling countryside, this Tudor mansion will help add a sparkle to your very special day.
Where: Hengrave Hall, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6LZ
This luxury hotel in London enjoys an unrivalled setting on Regent Street where the elegance of Mayfair, energy of Soho and sophistication of St. James combine. It’s where history, culture, business and the stage are just steps away.
From the simple to the stately, intimate to extravagant, Hotel Café Royal understands that no two weddings are alike, any more than the two people joining their lives. With it’s own private terrace giving views of Regent Street and Air Street, the Pompadour ballroom at Hotel Cafe 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 – love really will be all around.
Where: 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY
If you’re looking for a technicoloured dream wedding, the colourful village of Portmeirion has all of your bases covered. Famed for being the stomping set of cult 60s show The Prisoner, Portmeirion has five bespoke packages that’ll help intertwine the magic of the village into your special day.
Where: Portmeirion, Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER
Live out your period drama dreams and organise your wedding at Home House. The Portman Square venue is home to beautiful ornate interiors, from the Front Parlour and Eating Room that are perfect for evening receptions or lunches, to the Octagon Room designed with intimate wedding ceremonies in mind and looks out into their courtyard garden.
Offering sweeping lawns, weeping willows and the gently flowing river, set on the banks of the River Thames in the picture-perfect Berkshire village of Streatley is Coppa at The Swan.
Laid back by nature, The Swan is nestled within 17 acres of beautiful riverside grounds. It looks out onto one of the most stunning stretches of The Thames and has been recently restored to offer thoughtful spaces for your special day.
Where: High Street, Streatley-on-Thames, RG8 9HR
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, 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.
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.
Where: BROOK STREET, MAYFAIR, W1K 4HR
The grand dome-shaped skylight floods the reception room with natural light for the daytime portion of the celebration.
Head to the City come the weekend and you’ll suddenly find yourself in a serene, historic enclave of glorious architecture, ideal for those picture perfect wedding photo backdrops.
1 Lombard Street is at the heart of this calm cityscape-setting, and can host as many as 400 guests standing, or 60 – 200 guests in The Brasserie. The grand dome-shaped skylight floods the reception room with natural light for the daytime portion of the celebration, while in the evening, the flicker of candlelight sets the tone for the first dance.
Where: 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA
It’s enviable location next to the River Thames means one thing: awesome wedding day photos (weather dependant…). The renowned London venue offers a diverse and flexible range of rooms and spaces, accommodating between eight and 1,500 guests; perfect if you’re very shy or very extravagant! Look up Seamen’s Hall, which oozes stately elegance and iconic views.
Where: Strand, WC2R 1LA
For an opulent wedding breakfast with spectacular live entertainment then you need Park Chinois. Split across two levels, you can divide your time between the Salon which takes you back to the romance of the 1930s and the Club on the lower ground level, home to their famous gold bar where you can dance long into the night.
Whether it’s a grand ceremony in their ballroom or an intimate gathering, Pan Pacific London has an array of spaces you’ll want to say ‘I do’ in. Their dedicated Celebration Connoisseurs will be with you every step of the way, advising on spectacular floral arrangements to bespoke menus and world-class entertainment. Absolutely everything is tailored to you, ensuring your wedding always remains individually yours. All of Pan Pacific London’s wedding venues are licensed for civil ceremonies.
When it comes to wedding venues with spectacular views then we recommend the historic Flamsteed House at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. For those looking for an intimate wedding breakfast, the Octagon Room is the last surviving interior designed by Wren and gives 360-degree views of Greenwich Park, the Thames and beyond.
Sofitel London St James is all about the details and attentive service. Whether you are after a canapés and Champagne reception in the Kensington suite or you’re looking to host a large wedding breakfast in the Mayfair Suite and want all the bridal parties to have spa treatments the next day. Their wedding planners will work with you on every aspect of the wedding so that you and your guests have the most special day.
Created with entertaining in mind back in 1622, the Banqueting House in Westminster provides the perfect location for a luxurious wedding.
You’ll enter through the elegant entry hall, following in the footsteps of kings and queens, before climbing the grand staircase and entertaining the Main Hall. With chandeliers and giant pillars, it provides the perfect space to dance and enjoy the special day.
Celebrate your marriage at none other than Finsbury’s The Montcalm Royal London House. The centrally located venue provides the perfect spot for your special day thanks to its elegance and dedicated team who will help make your vision come to life.
From the white onyx stone and silvery grey velvet upholstery to Herringbone Parquet flooring, the venue space can host up to 300 guests for dinner and dancing.
Where: 22-25 Finsbury Square, Finsbury, EC2A 1DX
It doesn’t get more royal or romantic than a wedding at Hampton Court Palace. Let your dreams come to life and celebrate the ceremony at one of the UK’s most magical palaces.
There are several rooms and spaces to book in for, from the Little Banqueting House, seating up to 15 guests, to the Great Hall, with its stained glass windows and beautiful tapestries seating up to 220 guests. The Orangery and Privy Garden also make for perfect photo opportunities and drinks receptions too, hosting up to 250 guests.