There’s nothing we love more than when our couples find their perfect wedding venue on Canvas. We know not everyone has a trust fund that would make Warren Buffet blush, so every year we bring you our favourite seven London venues that suit small wedding budgets. If you’re looking to organise an amazing day on the cheap, look no further; these venues are as affordable as they are memorable.
Location: Herne Hill / Brixton
Capacity: 120 standing, 80 seated
Check it out here: The Lido Cafe
The Lido Cafe is a fun, light-filled room in a Grade II listed Art-Deco building. Perfect for vintage weddings, alternative weddings and anyone with a non-traditional flare, they work with local and small producers in the UK to bring the best seasonal food to their menus. A heated terrace overlooks the 50m open air pool just outside, and they’re licensed for ceremonies so you won’t need to factor in costs for transporting your guests between ceremony and reception.
Location: Bethnal Green
Capacity: 150 standing, 65 seated
Check it out here: Sager + Wilde
Sager + Wilde is a firm favourite with the whole Canvas team. Set in a railway arch and tucked in a side street near Bethnal Green station, the food never disappoints and the atmosphere is always welcoming. You can hire the whole venue for a wedding party, including the sun-trap terrace and the private room on a mezzanine. Sager + Wilde has a slightly industrial vibe, without the hassle of hiring out an empty warehouse (and your mum will still approve).
Location: Maida Vale
Capacity: 250 standing, 70 seated
Check it out here: Elgin
The first floor of the Elgin manages to feel cosy and warm whilst having capacity for 70 seated guests. The exposed brickwork, sash windows and wood furniture make for great wedding photos, too. There’s a bar on the first floor, but you can also hire the full venue to make use of the spacious ground floor room too. As pub weddings go, this is one of our favourites and offers a lot of bang for your buck.
Capacity: 600 standing, 176 seated
Check it out here: Islington Assembly Hall
Islington Town Hall is an iconic London wedding venue – and now you can hold your reception right next door in the Assembly Hall. Finding a ceremony at a more reasonable price is virtually impossible, and considering the capacity of the Assembly Hall it’s hard to beat their reception prices, too. But we’re not the only ones who love Islington Assembly Hall, so you might need to get a wiggle on if you’ve got a specific date in mind.
Capacity: 120 standing, 30 seated
Check it out here: The Zetter Townhouse
The Zetter Townhouse is ideal for intimate wedding parties, and it’s so much fun to explore all the different spaces that even the adults will be playing Hide and Seek. The venue also operates as a hotel, so guests travelling from outside of London just have to roll down the corridor to their rooms after the reception. With quirky decor and plenty of character, The Zetter Townhouse is an eccentric oasis in the centre of Clerkenwell.
Capacity: 150 standing, 100 seated
Check it out here: 4th Floor Studios
If you’re looking for more of a blank canvas venue, it’s hard to find a more convenient and practical option than 4th Floor Studios. With lots of light and white walls, it has the feel of a loft space but doesn’t come with an insane price tag. There’s also a small terrace to catch a break outside with a sweet wooden swing that is perfect for fun wedding photos.
Capacity: 125 standing, 50 seated
Check it out here: Vout-O-Reenee’s
For anyone with a flare for the surreal, you’ll just fall in love with Vout-O-Reenee’s. It’s a truly, truly unique venue and one of London’s last real hidden gems. In the crypt of a church near Tower Bridge, most of the time Vout-O-Reenee’s is an artists members club and gallery, but they’re now available for wedding receptions to really remember.