As you may be aware, London is the city that has everything for the international traveller – including even the most diverse and, each in their own way, perfect venues in which to get hitched. From the traditional to the spectacular, the fabulously funky to the downright quirky, here are some of the capital’s best wedding day locations…
Thanks to its Grade II-listed Victorian conservatory, with a terrific terrace and splendid views across its gardens to many of Central London’s landmarks, this little known (but gem of a) museum in South London makes for a fine and wedding venue, not least as it can accommodate 120 guests and boasts wheelchair access. Indeed, the floor-to-ceiling-windowed pavilion alone is capable of hosting 80 people; its outdoor terrace being private and ideal for a reception featuring al fresco dining.
Located just down the road from London Bridge and Borough Market, this equally chic, but also funky-as-you-like favourite with wine aficionados everywhere would make for a unique and unforgettable place to hold your nuptials. It’s also actually quite diverse inside; it’s different areas ranging from the vintage to the quirky in appearance, the grandiose to the intimate; perfect then for whatever theme or atmos you fancy your wedding to be built around.
Travel around London and search you might, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a more upmarket – and, yes, more expensive – venue than this, but for a real impress-the-guests location, you really can’t beat Somerset House. Located slap-bang in the centre of the city (between the Strand and the River Thames’ north bank), its capacity is excellent – potentially hosting up to 1,500 people – and offers various nuptial-friendly venues within its walls, such as the atmospheric Lightwells and Deadhouse below-stairs, the grandeur of the West Wing or the River Terrace that’s blessed with panoramic views, especially at night. Plus, of course, there’s that iconic interior courtyard – ideal for equally iconic wedding party photographs
If the idea of choosing the most centrally-located venue as possible appeals, then sophisticated Soho champagne bar Kettners may be just the ticket. Not least as it’s a died-in-the-wool wedding location, blessed as it is with a wedding co-ordinator and up to eight private rooms in which both ceremonies and receptions can be held. Not a bad deal if you’re planning on making use of accommodation deals such as Premier Club Rewards at the likes of the Park Grand London Paddington hotel.
Finally, where better to hold your big day than an actual palace? The official residence of the Bishop of London for more than 1,300 years – yes, really! – this is a magical medieval nuptial venue and no mistake. For instance, its Great Hall, as you’d expect, doesn’t disappoint, boasting as it does a gothic fireplace and delicate wood panelling, while the Bishop Sherlock’s Room offers up (aside from it’s awesome name) a spectacular Rococo ceiling and the Dining Room – unlike the aforementioned hall – is perfect for an exquisite, intimate ceremony.
You can even have your marriage blessed in the palace’s private chapel following the service itself elsewhere in the building. Moreover, it’s quite a roomy chapel; capable of seating up to 90 guests and it comes complete with an organ to give your otherwise grand, even epic day a traditional church-ceremony feel.