Opting for an events venue that is also licensed to carry out a wedding is an easy way to minimise hassle when they big day itself comes around, by allowing you to hold both the ceremony and the reception in the same place. Here are some great options found in East London.
Found beneath 4 redeveloped railway arches, Behind the Bike Shed boasts the very best of Victorian architecture, including the characteristic arched ceilings and extensive exposed brickwork, bringing an instant hit of timeless charm that is ideally suited to the romance of a wedding. Underfloor heating will take any chill out of the polished concrete flooring so that everyone remains comfortable, with the spaces themselves presented largely as blank canvases that can be kitted out to suit your own needs and desires.
1901 Ballroom is found on Liverpool Street, just a few minutes from the station of the same name in the City of London. The building itself is in fact Grade II listed and serves as a visually striking backdrop with a truly decadent feel guaranteed to make anyone feel rightfully special on their big day. The most iconic of the period features is surely the original stained glass dome which was, against all the odds, successfully preserved throughout both World Wars.
With features such as an original sprung dancefloor and imposing 1930s chandeliers, Hackney Town Hall is completed in an Art Deco style that is hotly coveted within the events scene for its effortless beauty that never goes out of style. The large main space can be used as is, or separated into 3 smaller rooms depending on the desired scale and layout. The adjoining bar boasts dark wood and marble fixtures, evoking the exclusive feel of a gentlemen’s’ club.
Hackney House has a number of spaces which you can utilise, spread across a total of 3 floors. Having played host to everything from product launches to film nights, and conferences to weddings, they are by now well versed in running a successful event, so you know you’re in good hands. The café and food team can take care of the catering, whilst the bar and roof terrace are ideal for mingling with your guests during a drinks reception after the ceremony.
Village Underground is a fantastic turn-of-the-century warehouse which has been lovingly renovated to bring it bang up to date without sacrificing any of its unique charm or character. Richly atmospheric and generously proportioned, it can hold as many as 700 guests, so no one need miss out on the fun, whilst its Shoreditch location means it is close to good local rail links, including Old Street and Shoreditch High Street.