Wedding season is here! Whether you’re planning sophisticated city nuptials, a whimsical garden reception or a laid-back pub celebration, London actually offers something for everyone. Here is our guide to wedding venues in the city – your Pinterest dreams can come true after all…
What: An 'Early-Moon' Wedding Stay
Why: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane know how to pull off the perfect wedding. They’ve just started a year-long partnership with award-winning luxury wedding lifestyle blog, B.LOVED, for various wedding workshops, a ‘wedding trends’ afternoon tea and an ‘early-moon’ wedding stay package. Start your wedding experience off with a stay in the hotel’s Art Deco Grand Suite and wake up overlooking Green Park before toasting the occasion with cocktails from the Golden Age of Cocktails menu. Add-ons like a mani/pedi and wet shave are also available, as is a professional photoshoot just over the road in Green Park.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London
What: Historic Mayfair Luxury
Why: 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
What: A City Retreat
Why: 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
What: A Neighbourly Setting
Why: A favourite among West Londoners, the Princess Victoria is known for its friendly staff, grand Victorian décor and top-notch food and wine. If you’re after an intimate wedding day, but have a large guest list, this is where the PV (as it’s known amongst locals) comes into its own. Providing personal touches and charm by the bucketload, the gorgeous palatial pub can hold up to 140 seated and 280 standing. And to top it off, the head chef is renowned for making beautiful bespoke wedding cakes, so you won’t have to employ a wedding planner to manage a host of third parties.
Where: 217 Uxbridge Road, London W12 9DH
What: Stunning Views
Why: 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
What: 5-Star Luxury
Why: 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: Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD
What: Charming and Quirky Pub
Why: This utterly charming Bloomsbury pub and dining room offers a quirky setting for your wedding day. In the winter, sup champagne (or one of The Lady O’s signature martinis) in front of their open wood-burning fire before heading upstairs to enjoy refined British cooking in their cosy yet delightfully elegant dining room. The friendly, knowledgeable events team provide a personal service, helping you plan the big day from the very beginning, recommending everything from spectacular wedding cakes to bespoke bridal wear and their
favourite London florists, while the experienced kitchen create a personal tasting, feasting or sublime set menu for you and your guests to enjoy.
Where: 11A Northington Street, London WC1N 2JF
What: Best for Foodies
Why: Launceston Place is nestled on a quaint, quiet street in the heart of Kensington. An old town house, the dining room is a quirky, charming space offering intimacy and personality for smaller gatherings. With a myriad of attractive churches within close proximity and two tubes within walking distance for guests, this venue is for foodies, serving simply stunning, refined British fare and a remarkable selection of fine wine and champagne. The apricot soufflé with apricot brandy sorbet is reason enough to have your reception here.
Where: 1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL
What: The A-List Wedding Venue
Why: 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
What: A Venue With History
Why: If anyone knows weddings, Henry VIII did, so who better to take influence from when picking your wedding venue. The Casanova of the 16th Century granted the Corporation of Trinity House a Royal Charter in 1514, the same corporation that finds its headquarters in Trinity House today. If you are looking for beauty, than look no further than this neoclassical building to host your special day. Featuring several elegant state rooms, overlooking the Tower of London (another favourite haunt of Henry’s) and the River Thames, this is the venue for those who want a wedding with a spritz of history.
Where: Trinity House, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DH
What: Magical Garden Setting
Why: Chelsea Physic Garden is one of London’s best kept secrets and remains London’s oldest botanical gardens. Available to hire for your big day, you can use the lawns for croquet and get in touch with the team to discuss marquee options with their partner companies. One thing’s for sure, once the sun has set and the fairy lights are twinkling, you’re all set for one hell of a party.
Where: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HS
What: Award-Winning Contemporary Events Space
Why: Overlooking the waters edge of Regent’s Canal in King’s Cross, Kings Place not only offers gorgeous views and sleek design but the highest quality event management service to put your mind at rest. They’ll cater to your every need from the moment you choose the venue to the second you say ‘I do’, creating a magnificent, memorable day around your personal preferences and desires. Green & Fortune the award winning caterers provide the catering, delivering everything from canapés and BBQs on the waterside terrace to five-course wedding breakfasts.
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, N1 9AG
What: Riverside Location
Why: 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
What: Boutique Georgian Townhouse
Why: With the charm and grace of a traditional family home, High Road House in Chiswick is a quaint, quirky wedding venue ideal for small to medium-sized parties. With 14 bedrooms for your guests to stay in and private dining rooms perfect for intimate dinners and drinks before and after the big day, the hotel-come-members club makes you feel right at home, eliminating any of those cold feet jitters. The Handbook recommends the Basement Bar for your champagne reception after the ‘I dos’ before dining in the Playground.
Where: 162-170 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 1PR
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