Tying the knot in a unique wedding venue might be one of your more crazy ideas, but most non church weddings seamlessly join the ceremony and reception, letting you get the most from some of London’s coolest exclusive locations. You’ll find that by following your heart, and picking one great place to host both events, you can actually stretch your budget further, doing more with your decorations and theme. We’ve picked these seven hot spots because they’ll let you do anything you want, from drinks to dancing, all in one super-cool place.
Though Pewterers’ Hall has the look and feel of a grand, old-school banqueting hall, complete with wood panelling, ornate ceilings and general period charm, it is in fact decidedly more intimate in capacity than would typically be the norm for such a space, accommodating receptions for up to 100 people. Also well connected to the wider city, the nearest tube links include St Paul’s and Moorgate, both of which can be reached in around five minutes or so.
CNB Gallery is situated within a former tram-generator building, giving it a distinctly urban, London vibe, which is perfectly in keeping with its location in the East End’s trendy area of Shoreditch. Being home to a chicken and steak restaurant, you can rest assured that tasty food will be in ample supply to keep your guests satisfied, of whom you can invite up to 250 in total. As for getting there, Old Street and Shoreditch High Street tube stations are both within easy walking distance.
With lots of experience hosting weddings and other functions already under their belts, you’ll be in safe hands with the team and Jones & Son. In addition to the main restaurant, there is a 1100 square foot function room ideal for private receptions. There are lots of options when it comes to the catering, and other handy features including a movable bar and full audio and visual capabilities should you have any entertainment needs to be met. The venue itself can be found just a stone’s throw from Dalston Kingsland.
If you want the scale of your reception to be much more low-key, inviting only your nearest and dearest, and yet don’t want to have to sacrifice any of the sense of important and decadence from the occasion, Masonic Temple is well worth considering with its capacity of just 60 and its simply stunning interiors. Complete in an authentic Grecian style with magnificent marble and original features, it’s a space that is guaranteed to bring the wow factor.
Spread across 3 floors and various interlocking areas, Saatchi boasts a total of 70,000 square feet of event space. Each of the galleries available for hire comes complete with generous ceiling height, striking wood flooring and Barasol lights which cleverly replicate natural daylight whilst being fully dimmable. Finished in a simple, white and highly contemporary style, the spaces function as blank canvases, allowing you the opportunity to put your own stamp on the décor to create your own bespoke setting; bringing to life your dream wedding.
West London at its finest, the Loft Studios is a place you’ll fall in love with the moment you step in. It’s a natural beauty, with open brickwork throughout, skylights, and huge windows that absolutely bathe the place in natural and welcoming light. The vaulted ceilings are uncovered, displaying the beauty of the unfinished wood beams, with skylights opening up to blue heights, or a starry night. Room for catering, coffee, and camaraderie, your guests will love the space. You’ll fall in love with the beauty it brings to your wedding ceremony and reception, while your groom will appreciate the unfinished appeal.
Empty space has never been more beautiful or more appealing than what the Oval Space offers. It’s a lovely blank canvas, that will allow you to bring a lifetime of wedding dreams and desires to life. From the amazing array of interesting lighting options, to the limitless possibilities of what you can do with flowers, you will find it’s a little bit of wonderland in the heart of London. There are two separate terraces featured with the venue, and the Bethnal Green Gas Holders provide an iconic backdrop. Summers will welcome BBQ possibilities, while winters lovers will enjoy the inner warmth as they look out from the huge windows found throughout. This space has endless possibility.
IRIS Studios is a state-of-the-art Eco complex that is comprised of 2 highly modern photographic studio spaces that were designed with the intention of revolutionising the commercial studio industry. This bold claim is backed-up by its striking design and flexible use, not to mention the top quality service which you can expect to receive courtesy of the experienced and dedicated in-house team. There are plenty of options when it comes to transport links in the surrounding area, including Earls Court, Fulham Broadway and West Brompton, which can all be reached in around 10 minutes or so.
Islington Metalworks certainly had unique beginnings, as the building was once used as the stables which housed the horses that pulled the trams for London Transport. Now a multi-purpose event space, it plays host to everything from club nights and concerts to film shoots and fashion shows, not to mention weddings of course. Fully licenced and coming complete with an onsite kitchen and catering team, you needn’t worry about making sure your guests remain refreshed throughout the evening, whilst being nestled right behind Angel station means it’s also a breeze to reach using the local underground service.