WEDDING VENUES LONDON – OUR FAVOURITE HIDDEN GEMS

We explore our favourite London weddings venues and our reasons why they are our top picks

Finding the perfect wedding venue can be a big task and sometimes feel like a bit of a minefield as there are so many beautiful venues to choose from in central London. Not everyone is in a position to hire a dedicated wedding planner, so it can be difficult to know where to start;   Here at the Event Book we can help with the planning from day one and be there to run the event on your big day, or simply help you find the perfect venue. We can be involved as much as you feel you need.

We have selected some of our favourites wedding venues and our reasons why we love these venues so much for your perfect day. We have a wealth of striking spaces in which nuptials can be confirmed. These range from period rooms in royal palaces and chic, modern atriums to elegant gardens and stunning parkland.  With a wealth of experience in hosting wedding services, many of our venues are able to help extensively with the planning process, to create a bespoke and truly memorable ceremony. Their teams will be able to help take every eventuality into account from availability and capacity to location and proximity to transport. We Work with many of London’s most prestigious event suppliers, from furniture hire, florists, the ceremony can be lifted to the next level, becoming incredibly personal in terms of theming. 

Our service 

We offer a free venue finding service to all of our clients. We know all of the venue we recommend personally so you can be sure you really are getting our little black book of venue recommendations. We keep this service free by claiming a small introductory commission from our partner venues, should you select a venue we propose. We also get you as our client the best deal as we have long standing relationships with our partner venues. 

Wedding planning service 

We offer a full event planning service for  your special day. This is of course a  bespoke and flexible service where we can provide full planning support. As with each service we provide the importance of listening to you is crucial and for the full planning service we will start with an initial meeting to gain a complete understanding of you as a couple, your likes and dislikes and the feel you want for your day. We will work on a budget, a planning schedule and will begin implementing it, bringing together fantastic and trusted suppliers to plan and deliver your celebration. You will be instrumental at every stage and will make all the decisions, we will simply advise you and take all the hassle out of the research, planning and delivery stages. You will also get all the services included in the ‘Wedding day management’ package

Wedding venue checklist

We have also popped together some top tips for you to consider before you start your wedding venue search. Make a venue checklist before you start your venue search.

We advise to make must have tick list with a few key things that you want your perfect venue have; For example, if you are looking for a summer wedding, you may want to ensure the venue has beautiful grounds or outside space for pictures. Mark this down as an essential venue “must have”.  This makes looking for venues easier to narrow down the search if you’ve got an idea of what you’re actually searching for!

Budget

One of the most important things when planning a wedding is to think about the Budget for the venue element of your day.

Drinks

The drinks you offer on your wedding day can add a significant cost to the budget. If you are working towards a limited budget you can ask the venue if they can offer a cash bar alongside the drinks you choose to purchase for your guests. We would suggest a welcome drink, half a bottle of wine and water with the wedding breakfast ad a glass of bubbly for the toast.

Catering

This is the fun part, from selecting a formal 3 course seated menu, from a buffet or even maybe family sharing style. You may want to select canapes and bowl foods for a more informal setting. Ensure you ask the venue for their wedding menus before booking the venue, and it is always useful to know if they can be flexible on the menus. You will also have an opportunity to go to the venue for a tasting before your big day and at this point make any changes to the menu that you want to.  Evening food is also something to consider, it’s always good to provide some carbs to soak up the alcohol before bed. Dietary requirements need to be collected with RSVPs so you can inform your venue with enough time, similarly with children’s menus. And, of course don’t forget the cake, choose a time to serve it and ask the venue to package up the rest. You’ll be super busy throughout the day, so nominate someone in your wedding party to make sure you get to try all the food!

Wet weather option

If you are considering an outdoors wedding venue, then just consider that the British weather can be unpredictable, therefore it is important that you have an equally as beautiful inside option should the heavens open up on your wedding day.  Also check things like access points for less accessible guests and also if the venue has a licence to serve alcoholic beverages outside

Our favorite luxury wedding venues in London

Here at the event that we work with lots of wedding venues and bespoke suppliers from across the industry and when Holly locate to create a guest write this article, we were on it at the privilege of appearing on the website and sharing our knowledge of perfect wedding venues.  We have over 15 years of  experience in the events industry and we never recommend a venue in less we have personally seen it , or drank champagne with the events team. This means that you are in safe hands as we never recommend a venue To use the customer that won’t fit the brief that you have give into it

8 Northumberland Avenue - The Ballroom

One of The Event Books fIrm favourite venues of all time, mainly because it just works for so many different types of weddings, and they have an amazing in-house events and sales team, so they are always a pleasure to work with and very accomodating. The Ballroom is perfect for unforgettable weddings for upto 570 guests for a seated wedding breakfast. This glamorous venue is the perfect location for a high end, luxury wedding in the centre of town, just a stones throw from Embankment and Charing Cross stations. 8 Northumberland Avenue, London’s most central venue,  With years of experience in corporate hospitality, the onsite team will ensure that your wedding surpasses all of your expectations

Trinity Bouy Whalf - The Chain Store

This is a really cool venue for those looking for something a little less ordinary. There are two fabulous spaces to choose from, either the Chainstore or the Elecrticians Shop.

The historic Chainstore is a beautiful Grade II listed brick building with triple height ceilings and plenty of Character. Built in 1854 and connected to London’s only Lighthouse, The Chainstore offers 420 m2 of space with an optional 1,528 m2 of riverside terrace to take advantage of the spectacular views which looks beautiful whatever time of year it is. This space is perfect if you are hosting a wedding in warmer months as you can take advantage of the outside space, which also works well for your wedding pictures.

Direct access to the Trinity Buoy Wharf Jubilee Pier also provides a unique opportunity for your wedding guests to arrive by boat, which is sure to give your wedding the wow factor. The large entrances also allow for vehicles to be driven into the space if required, think food trucks for your catering! The space is licensed for music, alcohol, performance, films and dance until 1am . Whats really brilliant about this venue is that it’s a one stop shop as it is also licensed for wedding ceremonies.

 

Fitzrovia Chapel

We love this Grade II* listed Fitzrovia Chapel, once the chapel of the former Middlesex Hospital and now beautifully preserved and restored, is a stunning hidden gem in the heart of the city. Never consecrated, the nineteenth century chapel is a luminous place to have a secular wedding, display a beautiful object, steep yourself in history and architecture or just sit and reflect.

There can be few more amazing venues in London to hold your non-religious wedding or civil partnership than the Fitzrovia Chapel. Centrally located in the heart of the city of London, just a stones throw away from Oxford Street yet intimate and unique in flavour, the Grade II*-listed chapel exudes grace, beauty, history and Gothic charm.  

One Marylebone

One of our favorite wedding veues in town and just a stone’s throw away from Regents Park station is the beautiful, Grade I listed One Marylebone, one of London’s leading unique venues. Only one of only three London churches by Soane, the venue is most architecturally distinguished with a beauty of national and architectural significance. Fall in love with the beautifully landscaped gardens and breathtaking courtyard and choose between two exclusive spaces for your perfect day. The 27 foot high Soane Hall with its stunning mosaics and stained glass windows or the U-shape Galleries with marvellous floor to ceiling windows that let in natural light.

Banqueting House - Exclusive use

The Banqueting House is one of the historic royal palaces and located on Whitehall and is split over two floors. Your guests would enter into the vaults at the venue which make a magical drinks reception space you are then guided up the sweeping staircase into the main hall with complete with all the Reubens ceiling which is breath-taking.  Banqueting House has two spaces for corporate and private evening entertaining. The Main Hall is topped by the magnificent Rubens ceiling and able to seat 380 for dinner or 500 for a drinks reception. The Undercroft is an atmospheric space for pre-dinner drinks or more contemporary parties.If you want to feel like a king or queen on your wedding day banqueting house is definitely a venue to consider and works well for numbers of 100 guests upwards at a maximum of 300 for a seated wedding breakfast. Budget wise you’ll be looking at a venue hire of anything between £9,500 – £14.500 and catering floral design and AV in production would be in addition to this cost

Two Temple Place

A beautiful late-Victorian architectural hybrid, the house combines the grandeur of a London mansion with the intimacy of a private home. The interiors are adorned with mahogany, marble and stained glass and create an opulent yet intimate setting for any event. With a variety of stunning rooms, exclusive hire of the house enables you to create a truly unique experience for your guests.

Wallace Collection - Exclusive use

Situated between London’s busy Oxford Street and stylish Marylebone, the Wallace Collection is truly one of the most exclusive central entertaining venues in the capital. A Wallace Collection Wedding Celebration grants you a taste of old world glamour whilst giving you the opportunity to unleash your creative flair in transforming the house’s former sculpture garden.

Host a memorable blessing in the presence of masterpieces within the magnificent Great Gallery. Celebrate with champagne and canapes throughout the gilt adorned suite of Drawing Rooms. Finally, whether you dream of a timeless dinner dance or something with a modern twist, the Museum’s former Sculpture Garden is the perfect setting to party the night away throughout the year.

Dartmouth House - The Long Drawing Room

The perfect place for a quintessential London wedding, Dartmouth House features only the most elegant interiors to wow your guests on your big day. Dartmouth House is a Georgian house in Mayfair, central London, England. It now acts at the headquarters for the English-Speaking Union, an educational charity. It is located at 37 Charles Street, southwest off Berkeley Square.  The Grade II listed building offers three spaces: The Long Drawing Room, The Small Drawing Room and The Churchill. Each room has seating for around 100 guests and standing room for 450. The mansion also has a courtyard, a private and secluded haven if an open air reception is more your style. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, the mansion features a grand marble staircase to make sure you get all the insta-worthy wedding shots.  Standing majestically at the centre of the house is the grand oak and mahogany staircase adorned with literary and historical carvings, creating an ornamental centrepiece for events. Two Temple Place offers fantastic flexibility for events across three main event spaces and several additional smaller rooms. The Lower Gallery is perfect for standing receptions and dancing for 150 guests. 

South Lodge Hotel

The stunning south of hotel is a boutique on rated property but we would definitely rate this property a five star deluxe hotel complete with a stunning recently refurbished state of the art spa guess would Have access to the spa if they were staying overnight in each bedroom is individually style to a high standard the ballroom is simply beautiful and this is the new works well for numbers of up to 150 guests are seated wedding breakfast this is a more traditional quintessentially British establishment and this property with Lexi very well. Wedding packages start from around £140 per person plus VAT

Banking Hall - Exclusive hire

Banking Hall is a Grade II listed building split over two floor the counting room and the main banking hall provide a stunning art-deco setting for any wedding. Located in Bank right outside the tube station and overlooking the Bank of England. Classic British favourites with a modern twist represents the traditional and contemporary coming together in a way that is also reflected in the venue as a whole. We recommend this venue for numbers of 75 upwards.

Syon Park - Great Conservatory

Fall in love all over again at Syon Park as you and your partner celebrate your special day at this idyllic venue. Be as intimate or extravagant as you want with 50-800 of your most loved friends and family in this sublime London home of the Duke of Northumberland. From the impressive and majestic Great Hall to the intimate State Dining Room, or even the stunning Great Conservatory and Garden Room Marquee, you can design your wedding however

Tower Bridge Walkways - Both walkways

Tower Bridge is the most romantic bridge in London and symbolises the whole city. There are few settings that could be more prominent and memorable than Tower Bridge for a perfect riverside venue, so call us today and take advantage of this unique and romantic setting for your ceremony and wedding reception or just your wedding party.

Two walkways offer breathtaking panoramic views out across iconic landmarks of London.

With the Docklands, Canary Wharf and Greenwich to the East, and the Shard, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City to the West. The walkway is a truly British and magical setting for a wedding and a real treat for your guests.

 

Tanner Warehouse - The Gymnasium

Part of the calm & Hooper venues group and Located right outside London Bridge this is a cool and quirky warehouse converted space in the style of an old school gymnasium sofa suitable for couples looking for something a bit more unconventional. 

The Landmark Hotel - The Grand Ballroom

If you’re looking for five-star luxury lifestyle then look no further the landmark hotel really does have the luxury and opulence for a grand wedding event. With two beautiful ballrooms to choose from all decorated in neutral tones with Gran chandeliers the landmark really does make for a while factor wedding and great for those with numbers over 150 guests.

Here at the event but we especially like the grand entrance lobby area complete with palm trees.

Kensington Palace - The State Apartment

That’s right, Kensington Palace plays host to weddings – and you do not have to be a member of the royal family to get married there. … For the reception, up to 100 guests can be seated for dinner in the state apartments, while 300 can attend if you book the Kensington Palace Pavilion.

Hotel Cafe Royal - The Pompadour Suite

One of the grandest ballrooms in London, The Pompadour Ballroom is the largest event space at Hotel Café Royal. It has been beautifully restored to feature original and ornate detailing and is the perfect unique venue for your special wedding day in Central London.

41 Portland Place - Exclusive hire

A private Georgian townhouse set in the heart of Marylebone, close to Regents Park. 41 Portland Place is available for exclusive hire for wedding receptions on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. The Reception Room and Terrace provide an ideal location for reception drinks and the Council Chamber provides an elegant backdrop for private dining for up to 70 guests. Wedding ceremonies can take place on our rooftop terrace overlooking Marylebone for up to 30 guests.

Royal Horse Guards Hotel - The Library

The Gladstone Library on the 2nd floor of One Whitehall Place offers a very special licensed event room accommodating up to 220 people for ceremony, and 220 for wedding breakfast.  The Library interlinks directly with the Reading & Writing Room which accommodates up to 120 for ceremony or wedding breakfast, or 250 for drinks reception and offers views over Whitehall Gardens, London Eye and River Thames. Wedding packages are available with our internal catering, and can also be offered as a dry hire venue with external caterers for Indian and Kosher cuisine.

The Tower of London - The White Tower

The iconic White Tower stands at the centre of this historic fortress which is one of the most recognisable buildings in London. Guests can enjoy the backdrop of this 1000 year old palace as well as some of the armour of some of the most famous king’s in history. Perfect for either a atmospheric reception for up to 250 or a sumptuous banquet of up to 90, guests will enjoy dining in one of the oldest event spaces in the country. Events can also be enhanced by a private viewing of the crown jewels and even a yeoman warder tour.

Six Stories - The Loft

Six Storeys is a beautifully renovated townhouse in the heart of Soho, perfect for hosting everything from private dinners to press events and corporate dos. With six unique floors and the flexibility to hire individual spaces or the whole venue, Six Storeys on Soho Square is the perfect venue for any occasion. Beautifully renovated to capture the decadent spirit of Soho, our atmospheric townhouse can cater for up to 300 guests. Let them enjoy a different experience on each floor, or let the party flow freely between the spaces – it’s up to you. 

The Ned

London-based Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group have joined forces to create The Ned: a hotel, club and collection of restaurants in the City of London. Set in the iconic former Midland Bank building, The Ned was designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. The heritage building opened in Spring 2017. 

The Ned’s six private hire rooms & terraces are among the building’s most elegant spaces. Ideal for wedding celebrations, the rooms have a capacity of between 10 & 200 guests. We love the Tapestry room for weddings, shown in the picture above. 

 

The Event Book are here to help

Our team has over decade of events planning experience in the industry, so you can be sure your event brief is in safe hands. We work with an array of unique event suppliers to create the perfect event to exceed your expectations and brief. We bring your events ideas to life.

Our friendly and helpful event planners will work with you to create your dream wedding day. We’ll tailor our wedding package event management service to your exact requirements. We can join you at the start of the event planning process or we can join you last minute to pick up any last minute requirements such as on site support. 

This is a bespoke and flexible service where we can provide full planning support.

 

Our full Event Planning services:

  • A consultation to discuss your hopes and ideas for the day, followed by a written proposal of work

  • Create budget and planning schedule

  • Provide phone call and email support throughout

  • Venue search and contract management

  • Supplier sourcing and contracts management

  • Ceremony and reception design

  • Management of invitations and guest list as required

  • Seating plan support

  • Create and distribute a detailed wedding day schedule

  • Set up venue as agreed

  • Up to 10 hours attendance on the wedding day (additional hours can be arranged)

  • Receive and direct deliveries at the venue

  • Discreetly oversee the schedule on the day and handle any issues

  • Point of contact at the venue for wedding party, guests and suppliers

  • Personal assistance for the couple

  • Co-ordinate family members, photographers etc

We can chat through event concepts and ideas with you and then once we have a venue in mind we can plan all the theming decor and entertainment for your event.

From weddings for 10 guests, to weddings for 600 we would love to create the perfect wedding day for you, it all starts with a phone call or zoom chat or even a face to face meeting so we can get to know all about you as a couple personally and we can take it from there. Every wedding vent is different and we tailor our approach to every bride and groom. 

Get in touch with our friendly team today. 

Hear from our Director, Ria on her personal recommendations of Central London wedding venues.

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