This blog features a list of 10 unique wedding venues in London as well as some top tips and questions to ask potential venues during your search.
As a rule, couples generally allocate 50% of their budget for the venue and catering. It is important that you are entirely clear about what the final cost includes. For example, some venues charge extra for chairs covers, linen and tableware.
Ask about any restrictions that the venue has in place and be sure to check the contract for any relevant clauses. Examples of restrictions may include; no external caterers or using preferred suppliers, red wine clauses, no fireworks, the use of candles, confetti, loud music, open fires for Hindu ceremonies and even stilettos!
Some other key things to think about are:
- Does the venue offer accommodation and will you receive a discount for block booking?
- Will you have exclusive use and if not, will there be another event on the same day?
- Does the venue have parking facilities and for how many vehicles?
- How much will you be able to decorate the venue and when will suppliers be given access to the venue in order to set up?
- What time do they serve alcohol until, or can you provide your own and do they charge a corkage fee?
- What time must the reception finish by?
Lastly, try and book your venue as early on as possible, particularly for a summer wedding or highly sought after venue.
10 Unique Wedding Venues in London
One of the most famous bridges in the world, the award winning Tower Bridge walkways span the North and South Towers and are located 42 metres above the Thames. They offer stunning panoramic views over London and the chance to celebrate one of the most important days of your life in an iconic landmark.
The Natural History Museum has an interior like no other. The Central Hall provides the most breathtaking backdrop to your special day; stunning architecture includes the grand stone staircase for that all importance entrance and not forgetting the huge diplodocus skeleton centrepiece.
This English Heritage landmark dates back to the 1820s and not many people realise it is also a venue. Wellington Arch is ideal for small, stylish weddings. With doors leading out to two balconies with views over Buckingham Palace gardens, you might even see the Household Calvary riding through the arch to Buckingham Palace.
This historic South East London venue was the childhood home of Henry VIII. It combines art deco and medieval style design and is set within 19 acres of serene gardens, giving you a city wedding with a real feeling of space!
The Gherkin represents the modern City of London. With a jaw dropping 360 degree view from 180 metres high, to the exquisite food and swish interior, party the evening away with the London skyline in your sights.
Owned by the MCC, Lords is one the world’s best loved cricket grounds. Even if you are not a cricket fan; the art and memorabilia, views of the ground and awe inspiring architecture of The Long Room will blow you away. You can even add a personal message to the scoreboards and give your guests a tour of the ground.
High above Kensington High Street lies 1.5 acres of themed gardens and exotic wildlife. Enjoy fireworks in the gardens or a marquee in winter. This roof top venue with its resident flamingos, stream and palm trees is something to marvel at.
Permanently moored on the Victoria Embankment of the River Thames, HMS President is perfectly located for you and your guests to take in some of the capital’s most prestigious landmarks. It is one of the last sailing warships of the Royal Navy built during WWI and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Vessels. Make the most of the views out on the ships open air decks, or look out over the Thames through the south facing floor to ceiling windows in The Ballroom.
With original features that give a nod to its banking heritage, alongside marble columns and crystal chandeliers, Gibson Hall is an outstanding space. Its hidden gem is the courtyard garden, with room for a marquee. All of this in The City of London.
A Grade II listed building and former home of Westminster Library, the Cinnamon Club is home to a range of stylish rooms including the stunning main dining room. With truly outstanding modern Indian cuisine and a mix of original features, as well as the contemporary Cinnamon Club bar downstairs, there is something for everybody.