If the British are good at something (queueing? pedantry? invading stuff?) it’s pubs. Go anywhere else in the world and you won’t find anything like them. And in Ye Olde City of London, we’ve got the very best. From old man pubs to posh bistros, and traditional spots to swanky spaces, we’ve got every type of pub under the sun. It’s so ingrained in our psyche we’ve even get married in them. A pub’s got good food, it’s got music and it’s definitely got booze – so what else do you need? We’ve put together some of our favourite pubs that are ideal for getting hitched in:
Capacity: 120 standing, 50 seated
Check it out here: Wood Street Loft
You might not know this – but lots of pubs in the City are much quieter at the weekend than they are during the week. So if you ask really nicely, you might get a preferential rate for your wedding. Wood Street Loft is a lovely low-key pub near the Barbican. During the week it’s a popular spot for city workers, but at the weekend it transforms into a great reception venue. Plenty of bar space, great room for a dance floor and an in-house kitchen. What more could you ask for?
Location: Little Venice
Capacity: 250 standing, 70 seated
Check it out here: Elgin
The event room on the 1st floor at Elgin is full to the brim with character – perfect for a special occasion. Exposed brickwork, a fireplace and large windows all add to the cosy vibes. But, you can also hire the main bar downstairs if you’ve got a sizable guest list to accommodate.
Location: Kings Cross
Capacity: 400 standing, 150 seated
Check it out here: St Pancras at Searcys
This restaurant and event space encapsulates the coveted feel of the 1920s Art Deco era. Opulent and sophisticated, it’s one of the city’s best hidden gems for those who love the romance of a bygone era.
Capacity: 350 standing, 200 seated
Check it out here: The Nelson Room
The Nelson Room is a spacious and adaptable venue for your reception. Better yet, it’s also licenced for civil weddings. So, why not make the big day as easy as possible by celebrating in one place?
Capacity: 500 standing, 110 seated
Check it out here: County Arms
The County Arms is home to several function spaces. Large windows let in lots of natural light in the summer, whilst fireplaces make it super cosy in the winter.
Location: Liverpool Street
Capacity: 160 standing, 70 seated
Check it out here: White Horse
This charming pub is available for exclusive hire at weekends and is perfect for those who want to be able to relax and soak up everything the day has to offer. The refurbished terrace overlooks the bustling square; perfect for al fresco dining.
Location: St Paul’s
Capacity: 200 standing, 70 seated
Check it out here: Paternoster
Found in an enviable location, this venue is right next to the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral – and even more importantly, just around the corner from the First Dates restaurant. Bright, airy and open plan, it retains the traditional values that British pubs are so famous for.
Location: Covent Garden
Capacity: 100 standing, 65 seated
Check it out here: The Nags Head
The Nags Head has a private function room, with stylish decor and an exclusive bar. The bold visuals inside and stunning city views beyond add a real sense of occasion to any event. The in-house catering team put a modern twist on the best of traditional pub grub.
Capacity: 250 standing, 50 seated
Check it out here: Clerkenwell & Social
There’s a unique literary theme at Clerkenwell & Social. You can see this reflected in its fun, eclectic design. There are 2 floors and a large outdoor terrace which you can make use of. Meanwhile, the house infused cocktails are sure to get everyone in the party spirit.
Location: Camden Town
Capacity: 350 standing, 60 seated
Check it out here: The Princess
The Princess recently re-established itself as a warm and friendly local. Great food, tempting drinks and a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere are the order of the day here. Add to this the range of spaces which means there’s plenty of room for all your loved ones, and what more could you need?