We asked Liv Rafferty from event space marketplace Headbox to give us a rundown of her top 10 unusual wedding venues in London. Planning a wedding in the city but haven’t found the perfect spot yet? Read on for Liv’s varied list of venues – you might just uncover a hidden gem.
Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life. Celebrating with your nearest and dearest is a special occasion and you want to make sure everything, down to the smallest detail, is planned to perfection. The biggest part of organising a wedding is finding the perfect venue as this determines how big or small your guest list can be, your food choices, your date and even your dress code.
Long gone are the days of boring wedding venues. Our happy couples are increasingly turning to more unusual venues to celebrate their big day. Whether you’re looking for cheap, outdoor, small or large, we’ve got plenty of wedding venues and reception venues so you can find your dream location.
From industrial to quirky, here at HeadBox we know a thing or to about unusual spaces. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered a selection of the best wedding venues in the UK to help you find the perfect spot for your big day. Whether you need a venue for your ceremony or your wedding reception, we’ve got you covered.
Railway Arch 1 Kachette
20 – 180 Guests – from £3,500 per day
Kachette is an inspiring and creative venue in East London’s most artistic hub. The versatile venue has two dramatic archways creating an intimate and unusual feel. With exposed Victorian brickwork, Kachette is the perfect blank canvas venue for you to make your own.
Kachette is so much more than just a pretty space. It was once the ticket hall of the former Shoreditch station, so you’ll be getting married in a piece of history. Having hosted a variety of events in its time, the event staff are experts in nailing the perfect event. With a late night alcohol license and wedding license, Kachette is the perfect unusual wedding venue in the city. Catering for up to 300 people, it’s a great space for medium-sized wedding ceremonies in East London.
Whole Venue, Blessing’s Bar
100 Guests – from £200 per day
Blessing’s Bar is another quirky venue in Shoreditch. A three story townhouse offering an individual and unique space for your wedding day, whatever the vibe. The basement evening bar is a lively venue where your guests can really let their hair down in celebration. Phil’s Bar on the ground floor is a laid-back lounge, dotted with comfy sofas and a statement fireplace. This is the ideal space for Guests to curl up after the big day. Serving classy cocktails, fine wines and local London beers, Phil’s Bar offers something for everyone. Instead of the bog-standard food menus found at most wedding receptions, Blessing’s Bar bucks the trend and serves up an eclectic tapas menu, which will definitely go down a storm.
Nightjar, Entire Venue
90 Guests – from £500 per evening
Shoreditch is the place to be when hunting for an unusual wedding venue. Next on the list is just a stone’s throw from Old Street Station. If you love jazz and blues, Nightjar is the space for you. A speakeasy-style subterranean bar with live music and rare spirits, this is the ideal location to dance the night away with your nearest and dearest whilst sipping on some of the finest cocktails around. Nightjar is also renowned for their extensive and award winning cocktails, in a bar that gives off a cool, laid back atmosphere. With a late night alcohol license you can dance the night away in a venue where your guests will get treated to old school hospitality that money just can’t buy.
So celebrate your vows with this unusual venue hire in East London and hire the Nightjar for a speakeasy sensation.
18 – 250 Guests – from £2,500 per day
If you need a place to party after your big day, head to Barsmith in Clerkenwell for your wedding reception. Accommodating anywhere between 18 and 250 people, this is a flexible venue that can cater for all your nearest and dearest on your big day.
Barsmith is ready for parties of any size, with pizza, sharing boards, cured meats and cheeses which means all your guests will find something they love. Not to mention their incredible range of infusion cocktails and their craft beers that always impress.
Under The Hull, Cutty Sark
1 – 450 Guests – from £7,580 per evening
Under The Hull at Cutty Sark is one of the most unusual Spaces in the city. Built in 1869, the ship takes pride of place in Greenwich where it sits in the most spectacular setting near the Thames. It’s actually the only ship in the world where guests can dine and entertain underneath – so it’s perfect for your big day.
Under The Hull is a modern Space that makes a truly unique wedding location, able to accommodate up to 450 guests, it’s a great venue for a large-scale wedding do. The glass canopy floods the dock with natural daylight, whilst built in lighting makes her copper clad hull glimmer in the evening. So, for a day you’ll never forget choose Cutty Sark to say ‘I do’.
The Portico Room, Somerset House
42 – 200 Guests – from £9,000 per day
Somerset House is an iconic London venue, the best of the best. Have a day that you’ll never forget by having your wedding reception in Somerset House.
The Portico Rooms offer a contemporary and elegant space within the famous house in Westminster. With expansive windows that flood the rooms with natural daylight. The gorgeous Portico Room has balconies either side, giving guests uninterrupted views of the River Thames. We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate after your big day.
160 – 300 Guests, from £1,950 per morning
Eltham Palace may look like your old style country mansion from the outside, but on the inside you’ll find extravagant art deco design. Once home to Henry VIII, Eltham Palace recently reopened after extensive refurbishment. The 15th century Great Hall and adjoining art deco house now offer a hugely versatile space and a great unusual wedding venue in the city. Get a feel of the countryside without leaving London with this hidden gem in the city, a truly incredible backdrop for your celebration. With an official wedding license, Eltham Palace is the perfect venue for your memorable day.
Club Bar, Clerkenwell Grind
20 – 70 Guests – from £1,000 per day
If you’re after chic and contemporary design, then Clerkenwell Grind is the place for you. This super stylish event space is a great party venue in London to celebrate after your big day. From day to night, Clerkenwell Grind is timeless. With the dusty pink chairs perfectly balanced with deep teal, it’s not hard to see why this stylish venue has won awards for its interior. Able to accommodate anywhere between 20 and 70 people, the Club Bar at Clerkenwell Grind is a private space with modern interior and the perfect place to celebrate saying ‘I do’.
30 – 100 Guests – from £1,250 per evening
Have you ever considered having your wedding reception on a boat? Well, why not? Darcie Green, part of the award-winning Australian restaurant group, is an unparalleled unusual London venue hire. Darcie calls the water-top near Paddington home and can accommodate up to 100 Guests, perfect if you’re planning a more intimate affair. Adding extra flare, the boats were designed by pop artist Peter Blake, who created a truly unique interior and exterior to the boats. So, hop aboard and enjoy fine food and wine at Darcie Green to celebrate your special day.
Boyds Grill and Wine Bar
100 – 250 Guests – from £1,750
Boyds is a real showcase of British artisanal ingredients combined with international cooking techniques that will really impress your guests. Sip on fine wine by the glass in this beautifully unique Victorian venue in the city. Located in central London, Boyds is a flamboyant private party venue, perfect for the reception of your big day. With high ceilings, dramatic lighting and marble pillars, Boyds is truly a Space to impress. Whether you want a private dining event for up to 100 people or you want to go all out with full venue hire for 250, Boyds promise to give you a night you won’t forget.
So, there you have it. Our top ten unusual wedding venues in London. Throw the best private party of your life in one of these venues and party the night away on your special day. From laid back lounges to country manors and eccentric Victorian affairs, London truly has someone for everyone.
Liv is the Digital Content Executive at HeadBox. HeadBox is the UK’s only SaaS enabled online marketplace where you can instantly search, book and pay for inspiring meeting, off-site and event Spaces.