London’s Best Wedding Venues

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London’s Best Wedding Venues

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Last updated 10 May 2018.

London is stuffed with quirky theatres, contemporary arts spaces and staggeringly beautiful structures. With so many notable buildings, churches and suppliers in the city, it’s the perfect place to get married or celebrate a civil partnership. But the sheer volume of choice means finding a fun wedding spot can be a daunting task. Here are 10 gems to get you started, in no particular order. Please leave your own tips in the comments and we'll add them to each section as we go along, to hopefully build up a useful resource.

A wedding atop the Gherkin at Searcy's. Photo courtesy of Searcy's.

Central London

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Home House, 20 Portman Square, W1H 6LW

Home House lies behind unassuming doors on Portman Square. It’s a private members’ club with buckets of character. You don’t have to be a member to have your wedding here and there is space for you to say your vows, have an outdoor drinks reception and have your wedding breakfast in its great drawing room. There are plenty of dreamy backdrops for photographs and you can even stay the night.

Wedding licence?: Yes.
Can we stay the night?: It has 23 bedrooms three of which are suites, all furnished in 18th century style.

The Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LG

Another members’ club in London. Its most beautiful feature is the lantern-lit rooftop terrace. Being toasted with the backdrop of the central London skyline has a special sort of significance for city newlyweds. The venue can accommodate 90 guests for the service, and up to 150 for drinks and dancing.

Wedding licence?: Yes.
Can we stay the night?: No, but the beautiful Dean Street Townhouse is close by.

Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, W1J 5ED

This Mayfair venue was built in the 16th Century and converted into a townhouse in the 19th Century by Lord Revelstoke. The beautiful courtyard is perfect for a drinks reception, and the drawing rooms upstairs make an elegant backdrop for a wedding breakfast.

Wedding licence?: Yes.
Can we stay the night?: No.

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Kenwood House. Photo by Richard in the Londonist Flickrpool.

North London

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Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath

A beautiful Hamsptead Heath landmark, Kenwood House was built to impress the cream of British society in the 18th Century and contains stunning portraits throughout its grand rooms. Choose between the intimate Orangery or Music Room for your ceremony, before decamping to the Flower Garden - covered in rhododendrons in spring - for dinner and dancing with wonderful views.

Wedding licence?: Yes.
Can we stay the night?: No.

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The Painted Hall inside Royal Naval College. Photo by M@.

South London

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The Painted Hall at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich

James Thornhill, the artist responsible for the Painted Hall’s beauty, was directed to include as many references as possible to how important the navy was to Britain’s fortunes, but when it was completed, it was deemed to be too grand for its purpose. Today, this dramatic room is used for formal dinners and events, such as weddings. The Painted Hall is currently closed for renovation and due to reopen late 2018/early 2019.

Wedding licence?: Yes – there is a chapel onsite, but Church of England wedding rules dictate whether or not you are eligible to use it.
Can we stay the night?: No.

The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT

Literary and history lovers are perfectly matched with a wedding at The Swan. Official partner to Shakespeare's Globe theatre, guests can choose between a high-up spot in the Balcony Room that fits up to 70 seated guests and offers views over the Thames, or the larger Underglobe which - as the name suggests - is directly beneath the theatre itself. It even has a mezzanine balcony for recreating your very own Romeo and Juliet moment.

Wedding licence?: Yes.
Can we stay the night?: No.

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The shabby chic exterior of Wilton's Music Hall. Photo by David Merrigan in the Londonist Flickrpool.

East London

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Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB

In its early days in the 1700s, Wilton's was an alehouse and concert room. It became a music hall in 1850. Now run by Wilton’s Music Hall Trust, the building is quite magical. There is no daylight, but fairy lights and candles provide a pretty glow.

Wedding licence?: Yes.
Can we stay the night?: No.

Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, E9 6JQ

This atmospheric National Trust property was built in 1535 and is the oldest residential building in Hackney. Your guests will have fun exploring all of its nooks and crannies. Upstairs, there’s a room explaining the history of Hackney so, if you’re local to the area, this would be a gorgeous place to get wed.

Wedding licence?: Yes.
Can we stay the night?: No.

Morrell House, 98 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AF

Create your own signature cocktail and serve your guests “cock-teas” (cocktails served in tea-cups) as a celebration drink after your ceremony. This beautiful house was built in the 1800s and is said to be on the site of a medieval well, considered to be lucky for generations.

Wedding licence?: Yes.
Can we stay the night?: No but its Shoreditch location means you’re not short of hotel and B&B choices.

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Gardener at work at Chelsea Physic Garden. Photo by fullc0de in the Londonist Flickrpool.

West London

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Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HS

Want a garden wedding in London? This place is perfect. Its original purpose was for training apprentices in identifying plants and it has over 5,000 species today. You can hire the garden and lawn for a summer wedding and there are events rooms in the back, too.

Wedding licence?: No.
Can we stay the night?: No.

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This isn’t an exhaustive list — many pubs and restaurants put on a great wedding party — so if you love your local, why not ask if you can have your reception there? And if you think a great venue has been missed off this list, add it to the comments box below and we'll append it to the article.

By Sonali Hindmarch

This article is sponsored by Easy Weddings.

Last Updated 19 September 2018