10 Very Cool London Wedding Reception Venues
It seems rather early to start talking weddings. For most people wedding fever doesn’t strike until the invitations start hitting the doorstep with a thud every morning. But if you’re the one getting hitched, planning starts much sooner and now is the perfect time to be looking for your ideal London wedding venue.
The Prince is huge. If you go there on a weekday we expect you’ll find your pals around the same time as last orders. The venue can seat a whopping 800 people and there’s no hire charge either (though there’s almost certainly a minimum spend). This is the ideal venue if you don’t want to feel like you’re y’know… having a wedding. If your perfect venue is simply somewhere you can have a massive party and loads of beer with your pals, you’ve found it.
The Prince, 4 Lillie Road, West Brompton Crossing, SW6 1TT
There are countless hotels in London that will fit the bill for a wedding (we’ve long had designs on hiring out The Zetter Townhouse), but for one that ticks all the boxes – weddingy enough to appease the family but still quirky and memorable – just reopened Kettner’s is our pick of the bunch. This hotel would be a dream wedding venue, but it’s perhaps best for smaller groups who want a fantastic meal and lots of champagne. Plus you can fall up their stairs to your room when you can party no longer.
Ketter’s Townhouse, 29 Romilly St, Soho, W1D 5HP
If the wedding breakfast is your top wedding priority (and it certainly is ours), you know that you’ll get an incredible feast at Hawksmoor. We were surprised to discover that it’s not eye-wateringly expensive, at least as weddings go. Sure, you’ll still be looking at above 10k, but we’ve been quoted that much for a pub. If you’ve got the budget and you’re happy to spend it, you know it’s going into an incredible meal that’s made with the very best. Plus, Guildhall is a thoroughly gorgeous venue.
Hawksmoor Guildhall, 10 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ
Outdoor space is tricky in central London. Gardens at venues are rare although sadly the likelihood of rain is not. Barbican Conservatory is perfect for an offbeat wedding. You get all of the fun of outdoors without the weather ruining your fancy hairdo, and your Brutalist wedding photos will look amazing.
Barbican Conservatory, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
There are a handful of National Trust properties that you can tie the knot in, and Hackney’s listed architectural wonder Sutton House is definitely our favourite. Just keep an eye on the venue rules before you whack a deposit down: no red wine, no stilettos and a late start and early close. If you want to party for hours this isn’t the venue for you. Wilton’s Music Hall might be just the ticket instead.
Sutton House, 2 & 4 Homerton High Street, E9 6JQ
The Lamb Tavern
Leadenhall Market is one hell of a wedding photography backdrop and The Lamb Tavern’s city location couldn’t be better. It’s empty at weekends so aside from the occasional curious tourist and weary Instagram husbands/wives you’ll pretty much have the outside space to yourself. The pub is a traditional boozer so if you’re after something low key, it’s ideal.
The Lamb Tavern, 10-12 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LR
Seriously, who wouldn’t want to get married with the penguins? London Zoo tapped into the wedding market a long time ago which means they’ve got a wide variety of packages (all of them inexplicably involve chair covers, which is a ridiculous thing that no one ever has to care about until they’re getting married). You can’t get a giraffe to be your ring bearer, but some packages include unique animal encounters.
London Zoo, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY
Photo: Ewan Munro
There are some pubs in London that just excel at weddings and The Londesborough in Stoke Newington is one of them. You might love your favourite pub but if they can’t cook 100 meals at the same time that’s going to put a spanner in the works on your big day. The Londesborough do a lot of weddings and they work hard to make them personal to every couple.
The Londesborough, 36 Barbauld Road, Stoke Newington N16 0SS
While The Globe is undoubtedly in a bit of a tourist trap, it’s also a wonderful space for a wedding. However beautiful the venue is, you won’t get to tread the boards, not even for your wedding photos. Rehearsals will be taking place and they won’t budge on the rules. Luckily the Southbank is the perfect spot for your wedding snaps. It’s a quirky space that’ll make you feel part of London’s history. And The Swan has had recent (and somewhat surprising) rave reviews so you know your grub will be good, too.
The Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT
Basically any pub in Clerkenwell
If you’re after a pub wedding reception, Clerkenwell is definitely an area that’s ripe for the picking. You’re right by Finsbury Town Hall for all your confetti throwing, too. The offices that keep the area buzzing in the week are obviously shut at the weekend so many pubs also close their doors. They’ll open them again for exclusive hire. Plan a pub crawl around The Peasant, The Easton, The Pearl and Feather, The Artisan and Harrild & Sons (pictured) and pick your favourite of the bunch.