We asked Tom Powell from HeadBox, the fastest growing venue finding platform in the UK and Ireland, to give us a rundown of his top 10 wedding venues in London. Planning a wedding in the city but haven’t found the perfect spot yet? Read on for Tom’s varied list of venues – you might just uncover a hidden gem. Once you’ve found your venue, use Patchwork Gift Registry to invite friends and family to help with those important wedding day details, from writing the place cards to making the cake, everyone can help make your day extra special.
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 two 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.
De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms
315-1,500 Guests – from £55 per Guest
Situated within a stone’s throw of the sights and sounds of Covent Garden, the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms is one of the most glamourous wedding venues in the capital. With a history dating back to 1775, this Grade II Listed building is decorated with ornate features including beautiful wood-panelling, a sensational marble chequerboard floor and dazzling chandeliers that will delight your guests.
The De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms can host weddings of all shapes and sizes with the Grand Hall capable of hosting up to 750 guests while smaller spaces are also available including the iconic Crown Suite with its ornate domed ceiling.
Victorian Bath House
40-150 Guests – from £2,000 minimum spend
Victorian Bath House is a hedonistic hideaway beneath London’s busy streets. Part of the Camm & Hooper collection, Victorian Bath House is a stunning venue which dates back to 1817. The Grade II listed building combines original decor with impeccable service and innovative catering that is guaranteed to provide an unforgettable event experience. The versatility of the Victorian Bath House means that the venue is able to accommodate for almost any wedding, no matter how big or how small.
At the Victorian Bath House, they don’t do ordinary. The venue offers inspirational menus, innovative dining concepts and above all else, delicious food that is guaranteed to impress your Guests.
Trafalgar St. James
110-200 Guests – from £2,000 per day
Darwin meets Dali in this brand new venue at Trafalgar St. James – a destination that is sure to indulge the escapist in all of us, transporting guests from the mayhem of central London to a sanctuary of the surreal and unfamiliar.
The combination of standing space and lounge seating, along with a sumptuous selection of cocktails, canapés and bowl food will add the perfect touch to your soirée.
Complete with large, bright windows looking onto Trafalgar Square, exotic interiors and Rockwell, a fabulous bar, this is the ideal venue for a wedding drinks reception for up to 200 guests or a wedding breakfast for up to 100.
Shoreditch Town Hall
Up to 750 Guests – from £1,700 per hour
The magnificent Shoreditch Town Hall is one of the grandest civic buildings in the capital with Spaces that are guaranteed to impress.
Ceremonies at Shoreditch Town Hall take place in the Large Committee Room, an expansive space considered the largest and brightest at the venue. Comprised with a high buttressed ceiling and large windows along its length, the Large Committee Room is a distinctive space with fine Edwardian features.
For extra privacy and exclusivity for your big day, the adjoining Committee Rooms on the first floor are perfect.
Under The Hull, Cutty Sark
Up to 450 Guests – from £8,000 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 Rooms, 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.
40-130, from £1,300 per Day
St Martin-in-the-Fields is an architectural jewel sitting at the corner of one of the world’s most famous squares.
The venue has two spectacular spaces that come together to form the perfect backdrop to any wedding. The Crypts vaulted ceilings create an amazing atmosphere while the Gallery is a more intimate space to enjoy. There’s even the option for introducing an open-air feel to your big day by making the most of the stunning Courtyard. The beauty of St Martin-in-the-Fields is it’s versatility, providing a perfect blank canvas for you to let your ideas run free.
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 beautiful boats and eccentric Victorian affairs, London truly has something for everyone.
Tom is the Senior 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.
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