A beautifully distressed chapel, Asylum is a grade II listed building built in 1826, bombed in WWII. The present use of the chapel is as a flexible space which can be hired for photographic and film shoots, exhibitions, theater, weddings and funerals. A unique venue in South East London for weddings, corporate events, press shows and private dinner parties.
Absolute Pleasure Yacht is available for private and corporate hire. Both catered and self-catered packages available.
Sparkling with a ceiling of golden stars, marble walls and precious mosaics, this jewel-like building, once the chapel of the Middlesex Hospital, is now a fabulously unique events venue. This gorgeous Grade II*-listed building, just minutes from Oxford Street and in the heart of Fitzrovia, can be hired for occasions such as weddings, art exhibitions, fashion shows and shoots, product launches, corporate celebrations and filming. Artist Grayson Perry called it 'This jewel-box of a building' and The Telegraph dubbed it 'The most beautiful room in London you probably didn't know about.'
Strand, Central London
The Vaults at RSA House are ideal for large standing receptions, unique celebrations and evening parties. Originally designed as river-front warehouses, these fully restored Vaults offer a striking contrast to the splendour of the rooms above. The Durham Street Auditorium is a purpose built theatre ideal for screenings, conferences and meeting. It was built on the last remaining stretch of 18th century cobbled roadway which was part of a tunnel beneath the House leading down to the Thames. The DSA can accommodate up to 70 people. The RSA is an enlightenment organisation that seeks to understand and enhance human potential located in the heart of the West End. Throughout its history, the RSA has extended a welcome to others looking for a place to discuss their ideas. This tradition continues, with the Great Room, Durham Street Auditorium and Benjamin Franklin Room and our more intimate rooms providing the perfect backdrop to dinners, conferences and workshops. Recently awarded Best Historic Venue or Livery Hall at the London Venue Awards, 2018.
Chalkney Water Meadows is a unique festival and glamping venue just an hour from London in Essex. Acres of space on the edge of a tree-lined lake provides endless possibilities for activities, on-site catering, sundowners or team building exercises! Dining/Conference Area There are three festival style giant tipis which seat up to 200 guests, acting as a beautiful undercover space for dining / confernce area overlooking the lake. Accommodation Our glamping accommodation at CWM is in the form of luxury “Nomadic” bell tents which can be made up as single and twin occupancy with double bedsteads, or multiple occupancy (max 4 person) with single mattresses on the floor. Our luxury cabins, are situated just a 2 min walk from the CWM offers all your creature comforts on the edge of a beautiful lake.
BMA House – modern events with heritage, placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do. A beautifully bright and spacious Grade II listed building designed in 1911, our magnificent venue boasts 22 unique and versatile spaces, all fitted with cutting edge AV technology. A strong balance between the old and new is at the heart of our offer. New technology, new thinking on nutrition and new ideas about what an event space can be merge with real heritage and a proven track record to create the story of BMA House today. From small meeting rooms to full conferencing spaces for up to 320, it is a favourite for Conferences, Meetings, Award Ceremonies, Summer, Parties and Weddings. We’re incredibly passionate about our food. Healthy meetings being our ethos with delegates’ wellbeing at the forefront of all menus, our talented chefs have created mindfully nutritious menus which focus on sustaining concentration and nourishing delegates with wholesome food. We are also fully stocked on ideas for any event or individual requiring vegan or vegetarian dishes. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury just a stone’s throw away from mainline stations Euston and Kings Cross, our superb location suits both national and international conferences.
The Fellow is a discreetly stylish hidden gem of a pub just around the corner from the grandeur of the new Kings Cross station. With a focus on the finer things and some wonderful spaces to enjoy them in, The Fellow is the ideal place to gather your gang together to celebrate an engagement, a birthday or a Friday!
Situated on the first floor of a Grade II Listed warehouse in close proximity to London Bridge Station. Available for events, meetings, photoshoots and filming, the space features plush soft furnishings, a cornucopia of plants and period details, and large sash windows. The space will be a talking point for your guests and provides the perfect backdrop for events both corporate and otherwise. In addition to numerous areas of soft seating there is a 14 seat table for business meetings and lunches, a small kitchen and 3 toilets. Weddings 2021 Based in the heart of London Bridge, a stone’s throw from Borough Market, Menier Venues is a versatile collection of wedding venues and meetings and event spaces - beautifully designed with spectacular views that are set to impress for any occasion. Taking away the stresses for the many couples who have to re-plan after tweaking, changing, postponing and downsizing their weddings this last year, Menier Venues is launching intimate, safe, and most importantly stress-free wedding receptions in its most popular spaces: the Menier Penthouse and the Menier Lounge. This chic venue collection in the heart of London Bridge perfectly lends itself to an intimate and stylish soiree in the City. Ideal for couples keen to tie the knot this year without breaking the bank or losing yet another sleepless night, our reception package is a one stop shop: you tell us the date and the best bit? As much or as little as you want of the organising is taken care of — bonus! We’re talking cake, flowers, brunch or dinner, drinks, entertainment, all curated and included in the package price or as optional extras. Promising to be the easiest wedding reception anyone has ever had to plan; our wedding reception package comes as a direct response to the pandemic and the restrictions couples who are eager to plan their big day now face. Our packages offer you and your guests a memorable ‘big day’ experience with all the traditional touchpoints of a wedding reception noted and organised in our signature Menier Venues style. We are proud to be a Covid Secure venue, acredited by Hirespace Safer Venues, enabling us to create these packages with your safety in mind. Contact us for more information.
Unique Venue For Hire in East London. Stunning contemporary spaces in the tranquil surroundings of Mile End Park, in the heart of East London. The Arts & Ecology Pavilions are suitable for a wide variety of events, including exhibitions, launches, private parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Offered as a blank canvas, you are welcome to bring in your own caterers and we do not charge for corkage. Both buildings have parking and loading space and step free access.
Our Underglobe space is situated directly beneath the Globe Theatre – right in the belly of the beast. By day it houses Globe’s Shakespeare exhibition, but at night it comes alive as one of London’s exclusive hidden events spaces. With a sweeping staircase, private mezzanine and secret river-side entrance we can happily host up to 350 guests seated and 450 standing for exclusive Gala dinners, award ceremonies or decadent wedding parties. Complete with a full-sized model oak tree and full sound, lighting and projection systems, the Underglobe has everything your event needs to go off with a bang. Our Underglobe becomes an even more magical space during Christmas, with a new theme every year, this 2020 our guests are immersed in a secret underground forest lay covered in snow. Welcome to a magical evening of feasts, fairy tales and enchantments! With lunchtime packages starting from £75+VAT per person, and evenings from £110+VAT, our festive packages include everything you need for your party. Please note that the Underglobe is only available for evening events.
Based in an iconic building with a rich history, Battersea Arts Centre is a unique venue with a number of flexible spaces for events of all sizes. With an eclectic mix of historical architecture and theatrical flair, the venue provides everything you need to make your event last long in the memory. Battersea Arts Centre hosts a wide variety of events; from weddings, award ceremonies, parties, location filming and conferences. Capacities of largest rooms in the venue (multiple spaces available): Grand Hall: Event Seating: 600 Cabaret: 500 Dining: 350 Standing: 800 Council Chamber: Event Seating: 160 Cabaret: 150 Dining: 120 Standing: 200 Boardroom: 40
An outstanding versatile event space which is carefully spaced in compliance with government social distancing guidelines. The venue as a whole consists of; The largest covered terrace in the heart of Hackney Central alongside a beautiful garden, 10m cocktail bar and fully fitted kitchen with a 150 seated capacity. A newly renovated lounge under the arch, equipped with a Funktion One Sound System, bespoke lighting and a 5m cocktail bar. Our venue makes for an extraordinary and unique space, perfect for: Drink receptions, Wedding celebrations, Summer & Christmas parties, Corporate celebrations, Networking events, Brand activations & product launches, Talks & presentations, Theater & comedy, Live music, Creative, Film & photo shoots
The Lighthouse is one of London’s newly refurbished venues, situated at the heart of Camberwell on Camberwell Road. First opened as The Regal Cinemas in 1940, changed to the ABC Cinemas in 1961 then later bought and managed by Gala Bingo, the venue has played host to a number of events and shows such as “Billy the Kid” and “Wicked, Wicked”. Following on from its recent refurbishment by its new owners, the Grade II Listed Building now boasts of a splendid and classy, yet modern Art Deco, which is suitable for the use of most events and even community functions. This venue is one that has started creating a huge buzz in London’s Venues sector, with modern and state of art facilities to host a huge array of events, shows and functions.
A sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden offers a unique lifestyle destination in the heart of central London. Two restaurants, a delicatessen, florist and lifestyle shop are all united by Floral Court, offering a variety of opportunities to suit any occasion. La Goccia is a vibrant restaurant with an open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and dining bar. A section of the restaurant offers semi-private dining for up to 30 guests. This space sits under the kitchen, which keeps the atmosphere vibrant and the backdrop exciting. Guests are invited to choose from one of our set menus. La Goccia Bar which features a hand made iron bar is the perfect venue for a standing reception. The short end of the L Shaped space provides a cosy sofa section which can hold up to 30-35 guests standing. Tucked away from the length of the bar, your guests will be invited to use the bar garden entrance exclusively, so the space feels intimate. For larger parties, full hire of the bar can home a maximum of 70 guests. The bar allows for casual seating, lounging and dancing if desired. We have a wonderful in-house Dj that can play for your party, just let us know and we will put you in touch. Your standing party are invited to dine from our canape menu. La Goccia Bar is adjoining to The Shop, which offers seated dining for up to 70 guests or provides an extension to your standing party. Please see our profile for full details.
Conway Hall opened in 1929 and named in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway, anti-slavery advocate, outspoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine. The venue is Grade 2 listed and offers hirers various event spaces, especially the Main Hall with its highly-regarded acoustics. The venue is unique for providing a central London location and a building with character, steeped in history, combined with cutting-edge AV facilities. Owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society, a charity, the building is famous for being the birthplace of humanism, as well as hosting the longest run of classical concerts in the UK (which started in 1880 at the Society’s previous site), jazz concerts in the 1930s, a rare UK appearance from Muddy Waters and gigs by Crass and The Cure in 1970s, as well as many other concerts, including James Blake and La Roux, and events of all kinds since. Today, Conway Hall is a popular, accessible, venue for location filming, conferences, presentations, concerts, talks, fashion shows, weddings, awards ceremonies and brand activations. Previous clients include: BBC • Yamaha • Netflix • Evening Standard • Snowline Media • Ted Baker Penguin Books • Bloomsbury Festival • Guardian Live • Tate • EMAP
The HAC is an exceptional and thoroughly unexpected venue; a historic 18th century mansion set in a six-acre garden yet located just a stone's throw from Moorgate in the heart of the City of London. Inside Armoury House, several of the elegant rooms are available for hire, including the atmospheric oak-panelled Long Room, which is one of London's most stunning venues for a meeting, dinner, reception or party. The Prince Consort Rooms offer a contemporary space inside a historic and prestigious venue with a dedicated entrance designed for you and your guest's privacy. The neutral decor means this room can be transformed into any themed or styled event you envision.
It’s time to finally start planning your big day and boy, do you have some ideas! But when it’s the biggest day of your life, where do you even start when it comes to planning? Here in the UK, there are hundreds of different Asian weddings every year, each with their own unique sense of culture. Planning this into your big day may seem like a daunting ask, but we know that you can do it.
First Things First
Before you do any booking (but the credit card away!) you’ll need to make some important decisions that will impact your whole day. It’s easy to be impulsive and buy something that you’ve always thought you wanted, but until you actually sit down and work out a plan, you need to wait before you purchase anything.
This is going to decide a lot of other aspects of your wedding. Are you receiving any gifts from your family? How much spending money do you really have? If your budget is on the lower side, you might have to change your expectations of a large wedding. After all, the important thing is the two people who love each other, not how lavish it is.
Are you having a small wedding or a big one? In some Asian traditions, big weddings are a must, and so if this is something that you want as well, the rest of your day will need to be budgeted to accommodate this. You can always have a buffet instead of a sit-down meal. By picking something that is important to you – such as having a large number of guests – you’ll find it easier to cut costs elsewhere if you need to.
Having a rough date idea is going to help you a lot when it comes to looking at venues. Have a discussion not only with your spouse to be, but also with your immediate family. There may be a particular time of year that is very unsuitable, and so you can know to avoid this. Summer and holiday times are always the busiest, as well as the most expensive, so you’ll need to keep this in mind as well.
Are you looking to have a theme to your wedding? Sometimes a theme can really help to keep all of your décor and ideas together, and it can be nice for guests to have a dress code to adhere to. There are lots of themes that your wedding can have, whether it is traditional Asian, royalty, or black tie. Having at least an idea of the colours that you want your wedding to follow is going to make it much easier to decide on some of the big purchases.
Now that you have some of the preliminary planning out of the way and you have all the details straight in your mind, it’s time to start organising the most important aspects of your day. These are likely to be your biggest purchases, so take your time when deciding and don’t be pressured into anything that you don’t want.
This is what will ultimately decide the theme of your wedding, and the look that your whole day will have. There are lots of suitable Asian wedding venues for hire in London, and so you’re guaranteed to find the one that suits your style, the number of guests that you want, and your budget. It is best to start looking early for your perfect venue however, as they do tend to get booked up quickly, particularly when it comes to popular dates. Make sure you view multiple venue options, as it isn’t until you see a place that you truly know if it’s going to be the right one for you and your big day.
For an Asian wedding, the dress decision can sometimes cause a little bit of stress. Have you always saw yourself in a white dress, but your family expect you in traditional clothing? Sometimes budget constrains mean having either the white dress or the traditional garment can be difficult. Whatever you decide, make sure that it’s what is right for you and no one else. Modern weddings can be a great mix of two separate cultures, which means there’s no reason why you can’t change your clothes later on in the day so that everyone is happy.
Food is another really important aspect of anyone’s big day. Again, this can be whatever you want, whether completely Asian inspired, British food, or a mixture of both. Food can be pricey if you are having a big wedding, but you can also consider self-catering idea if you have a lot of friends or relatives who would be willing to cook. After all, nothing spells out love like a home cooked meal.
Things to Remember
It’s your big day. It’s easy for everyone you know to come to you with amazing ideas for you wedding, but remember, the final decisions are made by you and your spouse.
Relax. Give yourself time to relax before your wedding. No one wants to be stressed out in the days leading up to it, so try and chill out as much as possible.
Enjoy it. Once the day arrives, there’s nothing more to be done apart from relaxing and enjoying the day. It will all be over quicker than you think, so try and soak it all in.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it should be fun! Give yourself plenty of time and pick out what you want carefully. By making a plan and deciding on your theme early, everything else will fall smoothly into place and all you’ll have left to do is the best part of all – get married!
If you’re looking for a large Asian wedding venue in London – well, you’ve come to the right place. London has its fair share of choice when it comes to all types of wedding venues, including the larger variety that are perfect for an Indian wedding. Browse through our selection of the best venues for an Asian wedding in London.
The cost of an Asian or Indian wedding varies on what you plan and the wedding budget you give yourself. However, typically, they are up to double the price of a basic wedding. This is down to everything from the chosen wedding venue traditionally being larger and for Indian wedding celebrations lasting over a few days.
When it comes to your wedding venue, we suggest beginning your search and wedding venue tours as early as possible. It should be the first part of the wedding planning process as all the other wedding planning relies on a confirmed date. A typical recommendation is to start looking at least a year in advance.
If you’re planning a big wedding on a budget, or just opting for a smaller scale Asian wedding, you should take your time when it comes to your wedding search. Reach out to each of the wedding venues you’re interested in using our Wishlist feature. The venue managers are incredibly knowledgeable about their venue and helpful when it comes to making the most of your wedding budget.
For brides and grooms planning an Asian wedding in London, you will not be disappointed by the number of venues you can choose from. Whatever the size of your guestlist and whatever you have planned in terms of entertainment, you’ll find something perfect for your big celebrations.