Grand Connaught Rooms
Ornate, vaulted ceilings. Chandeliers glittering regally. Sweeping marble staircases... Grand Connaught Rooms's wedding venue serves up a lot of luxury. The decor has an air of classical grandeur, all cream, white and gold opulence; the banqueting hall itself will have you marvelling that something of this vast stateliness exists, hidden in plain sight, in the middle of Holborn.
Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5DA.
VUK Banqueting Suite
With a capacity of up to 500 guests, it's not surprising this Chiswick venue is rapidly becoming the wedding venue of choice for couples with an epic-scale reception in mind. The leafy west London location comes with more spaciousness than your average City location: five acres of grounds surround the venue, so you won't have to choose between sunlit outdoor photo opps and space for indoor banqueting.
VUK Banqueting Suite, Park Place, W3 8JY.
Hotel Café Royal
A painstakingly-restored ballroom, there's no corner of the Pompadour Suite that isn't ornate. The walls are adorned with large, gilded mirrors and classical pilasters; the ceilings are elaborately decorative and hung with chandeliers. Classic but striking, this Regent Street venue is all about no-holds-barred lavishness. Like dining inside a Fabergé egg.
Hotel Café Royal, 10 Air Street, W1B 4DY.
Ironmongers' Hall is one of those hidden, nearly-secret venues in the heart of the City that makes you want to throw a wedding right this minute, just for an excuse to hang out in the wood-panelled, candlelit beauty of its dining hall.
Ironmongers' Hall, Shaftesbury Place, Off Aldersgate Street, EC2Y 8AA.
Stationers' Hall and Garden
Long tables, stained glass, walls hung with flags and family crests... it doesn't get much more Tudor-court-grandeur than Stationers' Hall. That grandeur doesn't come at the expense of intimacy, though. The venue's available for exclusive hire — and the wood-panelling, warm candlelight and secluded garden feel beautifully separate from the world beyond its walls.
Stationers' Hall and Garden, Stationers' Hall Court, EC4M 7DD.
The location itself, in a quiet spot between Mayfair and Marylebone, would be enough to attract couples wanting a classically elegant wedding. But Chandos House is throwing plenty of interior elegance into the mix as well: dining rooms decked out with marble fireplaces and heavy curtains, sparkling with chandeliers and sleek with dark wooden furnishings.
Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, W1G 9LQ.
The Petersham Hotel
This Richmond hotel offers all the advantages of a London wedding (transport links for whisking your guests home, a smart, townhouse vibe to the rooms), combined with the luxurious calm of a country estate. The dining room belongs in a Jane Austen novel: there's more than a hint of Regency-era to its elegance.
The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, TW10 6UZ.
For lovers of Art Deco and grand, imposing buildings, the Main Hall at this Grade II listed venue is ticking a lot of boxes. Toweringly high marble columns edge the dining hall, hoop chandeliers give off a golden glow and every corner, staircase and entrance way has the making of perfect photoshoot location.
Banking Hall, 14 Cornhill, EC3V 3ND.
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
Stylish, welcoming and seductive, the dining room at the Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell is the perfect size for an intimate celebration. Wedding or no wedding, actually: we're feverishly trying to think of an upcoming occasion (birthday? Christmas? Mum's cousin's graduation?) to justify hiring this out ourselves.
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell, 49-50 St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ.
Dream of tying the knot in the Great Hall of Hogwarts? This is the candlelit pocket of splendour for you. Middle Temple's dazzlingly historic, set in beautiful grounds and with more than a hint of something-magical-could-happen-at-any-minute about it.
Middle Temple, Middle Temple Lane, EC4Y 9AT.
Know any banqueting halls we've missed? From the grand and stately to the small and lovely, let us know about them in the comments.
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