Wedding season is here! Cue brides-to-be poring over mood boards like serial killers or maverick cops, with every potential look, style and moment mapped. Whether you’re planning sophisticated city nuptials, a whimsical garden reception or a laid-back pub knees-up, London offers something for everyone. Here’s our guide to wedding venues in, and beyond, the city – your Pinterest dreams can come true after all…
Unless we’ve got any future members of the Royal family reading this, it’s unlikely you’re going to be living in palace, but you can get married in one. Within striking distance of London sits the supremely stately Blenheim Palace, and it is ideal for those looking for a grand wedding, whether you’re booking The Great Hall or are looking for something more intimate. The six different spaces with 18th century baroque architecture and the 2000 acres of landscape parkland make for the perfect backdrop for your wedding and those all important photos.
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: No station near here (0 miles)
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 you wedding party, or want your wedding photos against classic London backdrops. The grand King George V event space can host up to 100 for a reception or 72 for a banquet.
Where: London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, SE1 7PB
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is home to one of the most magnificent ballrooms in London. The Grade II listed ballroom not only has it’s 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 or have 1,200 for drinks.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Nestled on a quiet, elegant street in Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is the epitomy 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 world-renowned chef Mark Hix, what more can you ask for?
Where: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
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. 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, London, EC3V 9AA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
If you’re after grandeur then look no further than 116 Pall Mall. The majestic building has the most lavish rooms to choose from such as The Nash. Seating up to 250 guests or hosting 350 for a drinks reception there are no restrictions on dining, drinks or decor and you can keep the party going until 3am – well if you’re spent all the money you want to be the last one standing. You can even get married on the iconic double sweeping staircase although you will be competing with a 15ft Regency chandelier for everyone’s attention.
Where: 116 Pall Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5ED, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.3 miles)
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
Nearest station: Richmond (0.8 miles)
For a luxurious wedding to remember, you’ll want to celebrate the day in one of Corinthia’s 4 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. 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?
Where: Whitehall Place, Westminster, SW1A 2BD
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
For an elegant wedding, where tradition meets partying then look to The Lanesborough. There are a 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. And the pièce de résistance, you’ll have access to the famous Rolls-Royce Phantom, Audi A8’s and Mercedes S-Class models.
Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0 miles)
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. There’s space for up to 250 guests and the dedicated in-house events team will make sure that all the stress of the big day is taken away.
Where: 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)
For those looking for an Pinterest-esque, intimate wedding then let us introduce you to the Map room at Mews of Mayfair. Covered in antique maps and with original beams and a sparkling chandelier, the room can fit 40 guests standing or 28 guests for a smaller wedding breakfast.
Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
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.
Where: Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, SE10 8XJ
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.
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
As luxurious and extravagant as it gets, Claridges has played host to model Poppy Delevingne and her family the night before her wedding, as well as seeing Lara Stone and David Walliams say I do in the ballroom. The lavish Mayfair hotel is able to accommodate the entire event, from the marriage ceremony through to dinner, drinks and the evening reception. Perfect for intimate affairs and large society weddings alike, they boast several stunning event spaces so you’re sure to find a room that suits you.
Where: Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
It’s enviable location next 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 a wedding in a venue like no other than you need to book the Ivory Vaults. One of London’s unique hidden gems the event space can accommodate up to 450 guests, so no reason to not invite all those family friends your parents insist on inviting. The space is made up of nine intimate dining areas which are interlinked by an open passageway so you can always put the family friends in the corner… Not only does the Ivory Vaults provide a unique venue but they will also organise the theme, decorations, catering, bar and of course, music.
Where: Ivory Vaults Ivory House St Katharine Docks London, E1W 1BP
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.4 miles)
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 party 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.
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
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