Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life and so it’s only right that you want to make sure everything is as perfect as it can be. A crucial step in getting everything to come together once the big day finally arrives is of course choosing the ideal venue, with so much of the additional planning and organising revolving around this vital decision. To say there are a lot of choices in London would be an understatement, and so to help make things easier for you, we’ve prepared the following selection of top pick wedding venues in London.
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.
St Martin’s has a series of stunning spaces available for hire. With our enviable Trafalgar Square location and profits that support our charitable work, St Martin’s ticks all the venue hire boxes. Our beautiful Crypt and Gallery both have stunning 18th century architecture. Combined they can hold up to 500 guests standing. St. Martins Hall & Lightwell feature neutral, modern, architectural design and three meeting rooms full of natural daylight. Our in-house catering team offers a range of options from canapés to a full sit down meal for up to 200 guests, or canape for up to 500. Whether you are looking for a quick meeting, a full company wide AGM, a dinner or maybe considering filming in our historic venue, get in touch.
An immersive 5,000-square-foot club-bar and street food diner concept, that offers a variety of environments including private rooms and a karaoke lounge. The venue has the capacity to accomodate up to 360 guests, so more than ideal to organize any type of private event.
Three floors of fun... Welcome to Benk+Bo, a stunning brutalist building which is host to three floors of beautiful, creative, inspiring and multi-functional events spaces in the heart of Spitalfields, east London. From a fully-fitted professional kitchen, cafe and bar, yoga studio, two-story events space, a meeting room and a piano room all in the signature Benk + Bo aesthetic, we are perfectly equipped to host a whole range of events. From workshops to Supper-clubs, press launches, to exhibitions and private parties, our carefully curated style and attention to detail as well as the flexibility, functionality and competitive pricing of our event spaces means we can offer our clients a truly unique and memorable place to host your event and wow your guests. Ground Floor The ground floor comprises a stunning cafe/ bar area with seated lounge filled with mid-century soft furnishings and plenty of greenery and bathed in natural light. This space is ideal for drinks receptions, talks and socials and also provides the perfect welcome area for a food/ wellness event on the other floors. Lower Ground Floor The lower ground floor comprises our large, fully-fitted professional kitchen (please see our brochure for full specs) and beautiful dedicated events space. This area lends itself perfectly for private dining events, talks and exhibitions as well as press launches and brand activations. The furniture and layouts are extremely flexible and the space provides a stunning blank canvas on which to create a personalised setting for your event. Like the rest of the building, the space boasts eight Philips Hue lights which are fully customisable to any imaginable colour palette- perfect for creating a branded space or particular mood. First Floor Our first floor comprises three rooms as well as WC shower room. Our large, bright, airy and well- equipped yoga studio is perfect for hosting wellness events as well as seated talks, workshops and also exhibitions. In addition to this we have two meeting rooms which also double us as green rooms, treatment spaces, cloakrooms and workshop spaces. To learn more about the spaces we hire please see ur brochure. More details on the events we have hosted in the past available at https://www.benkandbo.com/hireourspace
Located on the 38th and 39th floors at 110 Bishopsgate, SUSHISAMBA delivers a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, culture, music and striking design to London. The venue has the highest outdoor terraces in the UK, offering unparalleled views of London. The dynamic layout of the space offers an ideal setting for events both large and small. We are pleased to accommodate private dining in the lounge for up to 40 guests, through to SUSHISAMBA exclusive hire of 450 guests.
Our charming pub can be exclusively yours on a Saturday or Sunday for up to 70 seated and 180 standing.The newly refurbished terrace overlooking the busy Square is a perfect spot for dining al fresco or simply enjoying some rays in the summer. With heaters on and cozy blankets up for grabs it turns into a magnificent Winter Wonder Lounge, come cold season!
Situated in the City of Westminster, Porchester Hall’s Grade II listed classic art deco design and understated elegance make it a sought-after venue for events of all sorts. The grand entrance to the Hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier. From the stairway, guests are led through to the Main Hall, which is the very essence of grandeur and opulence. Porchester Hall is suitable for Weddings, exams, AGM’s, conferences, fashion shows, filming, boxing, banquets and exhibitions The Small Hall serves as an ideal ancillary to functions in the main hall or as a charming venue in its own right, the versatile. Small Hall has capacity for up to 50 people and can be used for any manner of events. The Duchess of York Suite and the Blue Room, which are ideal for more intimate gatherings or as an extension of the Main and Small Hall. Catering We work with a carefully selected group of caterers to provide you with a wonderful selection of menu choices to suit all cultures, tastes and budgets. Suppliers We have a network of recommended partners, including photographers, DJs, Entertainment, florists and AV however our clients are welcome to use their own suppliers if they prefer. Twitter Facebook Everyone Events
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Experience the year-round magic of Lord’s; from the elegance of the Pavilion to the unique J.P. Morgan Media Centre and the modernity of the newly-built Pelham's. Conveniently located in the heart of London and offering stunning vistas of the Ground, Lord’s is an exceptional venue boasting 14 different spaces perfect for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and dining events for between 10 – 300 people. Long Room Lunch/Dinner – 200 Standing - 300 Long Oval table – 82 Writing Room Lunch/Dinner – 60 Standing – 70 Long Oval table – 24 Theatre style – 45 Cabaret – 32 Boardroom – 18 Pelham’s Lunch/Dinner- 136 Standing - 169 Long Oval table – 60 Theatre style – 136 Cabaret – 88 Boardroom – 66 Thomas Lord Suite Lunch/Dinner without reception area – 400 Lunch/Dinner with reception area - 250 Dinner Dance – 200 Standing – 500 Cabaret – 160 Theatre style – 300 Boardroom – 58 Classroom – 126 Pavilion Roof Terrace Standing – 250 Mound Stand Terrace Standing – 350 Tavern Boxes Theatre – 30 Boardroom – 18
Oval Space is an amazing warehouse-style venue finished to a very high standard that offers 5,000 square feet of unobstructed event space, with the iconic backdrop of the Bethnal Green Gas Holders. Two terraces frame the venue on the West and South side, providing a summer reception space and / or BBQ garden with a striking view. Although it is full of unique features, Oval Space offers a fantastic blank canvas, making it a venue of choice for an extraordinarily wide range of events.
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Crypt on the Green offers a magnificent venue for exhibitions, wedding receptions, wine tastings, conferences, live performances and much more. With vaulted arches, exposed brickwork and parquet flooring, this unique and versatile space is bound to help make your event unforgettable. We have 4 spaces available to hire, so whether you're looking for a party location for 300 guests or a small meeting space for 10, we've got something on offer for you. This unique venue is located at the heart of Clerkenwell, one of London's most attractive, historic & accessible areas, and is situated within walking distance of Farringdon and Angel tube stations. Please note, the Crypt on the Green is not available on Sundays!
Sky Garden spans three storeys and boasts London’s highest landscaped public gardens. Offering beautiful events spaces with unrivalled panoramic views across the city, exclusively available for private hire, this versatile 45,000-square-foot space provides a blank canvas on which to build a bespoke setting for your event.
Central London Soho
Discreetly hidden behind a door on Shaftesbury Avenue is Century private member’s club, a hidden gem in the heart of Soho. The club boasts five floors including a cocktail lounge, a restaurant, a screening room, a small meeting room and Soho’s largest roof terrace. We can host product launches, private dinner parties and corporate meetings and Conferences. Century is also a unique venue for Weddings and we can accommodate up to 200 guests for a reception. Roof Terrace Century Club boasts one of Soho’s largest roof terraces, complete with a fully retractable glass roof, perfect for the unpredictable British weather. A truly fantastic space, complete with a large bar, the Roof Terrace is perfect for drinking, dining or dancing. Or you can ascend the steps to the balcony and take in the panoramic views as you sip a glass of Champagne. The Roof Terrace is available on special request. Please speak to our events team for more information. 180 Reception Features: Drinks receptions, parties etc. Panoramic views over Soho and the West End Large bar Built in speaker system All weather retractable glass roof One of the largest roof terraces in Soho Outside smoking terrace Green Room The Green Room is the Club’s main event space; as such it’s one of our largest and most versatile rooms. Fully equipped with AV and lighting, the Green Room is a blank canvas for any and all events, such as: music showcases, talks & seminars, networking, comedy nights, parties, dinners, weddings, etc. The most striking feature of the room is the arched roof, designed with precision to achieve the perfect acoustic balance. 150 – Reception 50 – Cabaret 90 – Theatre Style 40 – Boardroom/Dining 100 – Dining Rounds Features: Sound system Lighting system installed Domed roof for acoustics Wooden floor Feature ceiling Full In AV Built in speaker system WIFI Access to semi private smoking terrace Cocktail Lounge The Cocktail Lounge is one of our most popular spaces; it’s versatile and spacious with a large bar, spectacular metal ceiling and beautiful exposed brick. Don’t be deceived by the name, our Cocktail Lounge is also the perfect setting for a board meeting, networking talk, live performances and private dining 90 - Reception 40 - Theatre Style 30 - Boardroom/Dining 40 - Dining Rounds Features: Large bar Exposed brickwork Wooden floor Park & Shaftsbury Avenue View Feature ceiling Built in speaker system WIFI Club Room As a lounge space, the Club Room is one of our most popular spaces. Ideal for a morning coffee, lunch with a side of business, or a quiet evening cocktail. The room also hosts several events, from talks and seminars through to lounge music sessions and parties. The Club Room is available on special request. Please speak to our events team for more information. 100 - Reception 70 - Theatre Style 30 - Boardroom/Dining 80 - Dining Rounds Features: Dark wooded/slate walls Eclectic comfy furniture Built in speaker system WIFI Park & Shaftesbury Avenue Views The Park Room The Park Room is a stylish and welcoming meeting space. It boasts double aspect windows with views of St Anne’s Church Yard, as well as the vibrant lights of Soho. The Park room is a combination of deep greens and vibrant copper, tied together to create a truly unique and creative atmosphere, perfect for dinning, creative brainstorming, meetings designed to impress. 10 – Boardroom/Dining Features: Wall mounted plasma screen AV connectors Built in speaker system WIFI Pads & Pens Fully serviced Park views Access to semi private smoking terrace The Avenue Room The Aptly named Avenue Room faces on to one of London’s most famous streets, Shaftesbury Avenue. A bright and airy room with ample space and large table make it the perfect room for small networking events, dinners and meetings. 16 – Boardroom/Dining Features: Large table Break out area Free standing plasma screen AV connectors Built in speaker system WIFI Pads & pens Fully serviced Views over Shaftesbury Avenue Access to semi private smoking terrace
Grade II listed Georgian riverside venue that stands on the North Bank of the River Thames between Hammersmith and Chiswick. The House is equally adept at hosting business meetings in West London or offering a stunning riverside weddings venue in London with its enviable position overlooking a broad sweep of the Thames. What gives the venue its unique character is its Grade 11 listed architecture. This creates a more private atmosphere which is perfect for business meetings where people need to get away from the office. Meeting rooms in West London rarely offer such scope of flexibility and distinctive charm. It is also a great venue for regular club meetings, and we regularly host talks with outside speakers. The same can also be said of how the venue operates as a Riverside Weddings Venue in West London. The Georgian façade and dramatic river views are a wedding photographer’s dream location. We host all sorts of social functions including parties, celebrations, anniversaries as well as post funeral receptions. And our range of business meetings embraces conferences, workshops and training days. We’ve even been known to host the occasional film crew who have been seduced by the architecture and stunning river views. The venue has various rooms to fit your number of guests/colleagues to suit the occasion.
is the latest project by the team behind two of London’s foremost cultural institutions, Oval Space and The Pickle Factory. This space has been designed as a blank canvas, set in an industrial but polished setting. The venue comprises of 3 unique areas, a sprawling, blank canvas main room, a roof terrace with breakout containers, and a brandable cocktail bar event space. The venue also features breakout rooms on the 1st floor. The versatility and multi-faceted nature of is bound to whet the appetite of any ambitious event producer, whether they’re planning a product launch, conference or live music gig. Moreover, the venue can boast to be one of the most environmentally sustainable in the country, with a ban on single-use plastics the first step in ‘Oval Green’ a cross-venue initiative to create spaces that deliver unforgettable experiences minus the carbon emissions. All hires include a projector and screen, sound and lighting packages, chairs, staging, lectern and a dedicated event manager.
The Nelson Room can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner, 350 for standing reception and is licensed as a venue for civil weddings. The entire first floor of the Trafalgar Tavern can be hired exclusively for your event.
Opened in 1924, Café de Paris is a stunning grade II listed building with magnificent rooms which are sure to make your jaw drop. With an added 21st century twist of the newly installed state of the art sound system and staging, Café de Paris is the perfect venue for a private event. With its grand sweeping staircases, original features and beautiful eye catching chandeliers, Cafe de Paris has thrown some of the most extravagant parties London has ever seen as well as exclusive and intimate events. For exclusive hire events, the venue can accommodate new and exciting events, from immersive brand experiences to alternative corporate conferences and away days. The venue has a standing capacity of 715, banqueting capacity of 286, multiple rooms and beautiful original features. The exquisite main ballroom is the centre piece of this stunning space, along with the adjoining mezzanine level which is perfect for a drinks reception before a dinner or can just be incorporated into the main space where required. Private hire clients will always have exclusive access to the venue in its entirety including all three private rooms, Red Bar, Blue Bar and VIP room. Cafe de Paris can cater for all types of events from film premiere parties to catwalk spectaculars, music showcases to award dinners and Christmas celebrations. Cafe de Paris has a desirable track record of delivering the perfect event. Cafe de Paris is also licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies as well as being a creative director’s delight when it comes to film or photo shoots. Capacity: 100-715 Standing reception 180 Theatre style 60-286 Banqueting style Types of events: Drinks Receptions Seated Dinners Award Ceremony Summer Party Christmas Party Conference Wedding Fashion Show Bah and Bat Mitzvah Engagement and Birthday Parties Tickets events Rates: All are rates are seasonal Sunday-Wednesday – from Minimum spend of £8,000 plus VAT Thursday – from Minimum spend of £12,000 plus VAT Friday – from Minimum spend of £30,000 plus VAT Saturday – from Minimum spend of £50,000 plus VAT
First off, congratulations! You’re getting married, and can finally assuage your grandma’s fears that you’ll never make it down the aisle. We always believed in you. Secondly - try not to panic. Remember that this wedding is your wedding, and it can be as elaborate or as simple as you’d like it to be. If you’re already freaking out about all the things you have to do, try to relax. Maybe planning a complicated wedding isn’t your thing - and that’s totally cool.
But maybe it is your thing, and you’ve spent the last decade or so imagining the perfect wedding. And that wedding is a big’un. That’s pretty cool, too.
Whatever it is you’ve got in mind (and perhaps you’re not sure what it is yet) we’re here to help.
Step 1: Set a budget!
Be honest with what you can afford. There’s a happy place between making the day really special, and being able to eat something other than beans on toast for the next three years. Remember the amount you spend does not directly correlate with how much you enjoy your wedding, or how long you stay married for.
Step 2: Pick an estimate date and location
Give your definite guests as much heads-up as you can, especially if they need to travel overseas. It can be as simple as “Next September, in London” or “March 2020, in Cancun”, but it’s helpful to set expectations. If you’ve got overly enthusiastic relatives who keep bugging you about minor details, letting them know it’s not going to be for another two years can help put them off a bit, too.
Step 3: Choose a venue
If you want to find a wedding venue in London for the next year, here’s where it’s important to keep that date an estimate. Some of the best venues get booked up quite far in advance, especially for peak wedding weekends over the summer. If you can be a bit flexible, you’ll stand the best chance of snagging your dream venue.
Step 4: Agree on a guest-list
This is the most political part of planning a wedding – but remember, it’s your wedding! You don’t have to invite your Great Uncle Basil if you don’t want to. You’ll know the capacity of your chosen venue by now, so you’ll have an upper limit of how many guests you can invite. Just remember you don’t need to max out the space, and it’s nobody’s business but yours who you invite.
Although tradition stipulates the couple gets married in the hometown of the bride (or one of the grooms, if your wedding doesn’t feature any brides) many couples are ditching this requirement and choosing to get married in the city where they live. Going local has a number of benefits - your friends are more likely to be able to attend, and lots of wedding venues in London are licensed for ceremonies as well as offering reception spaces, so you don’t have to worry about transporting your guests. Some couples worry about the cost of city weddings, but there are wedding venues near you for budgets of all shapes and sizes.
Don’t skip this idea - just let it sink in briefly. If you’re looking to go unique and unusual, look no further than a themed wedding. It might seem a little kitsch at first, but bear with us. If you and your partner have a hobby or passion in common, why not incorporate it into your wedding? You don’t have to get all your wedding guests in fancy dress, but that being said - it can be a great ice breaker! There’s lots of fun elements you can incorporate with a theme, and the best part is that you don’t have to do them all to get into the spirit.
Some couples have children when they get married, and some couples have pets (and some have both!). If you’ve got a furry companion you’d like to involve in your ceremony, think about opening up your wedding to your guests’ pets too. You’re likely to need a lot of outside space, and it’s good to check in advance whether every area of your wedding venue is pet friendly. But it can add a sense of fun and joy to the occasion, and your guests will be telling their friends about it for a long time.
Starting to look for your wedding venue can be a really exciting prospect. Maybe you’ve already got a Pinterest board filled with decoration ideas and potential ceremony venues, or maybe you’re just excited to see what’s out there.
Either way, before you start shortlisting it’s a good idea to have a brainstorming session with your partner. They might appear to be disinterested in wedding planning generally, but dig a little deeper and you’re likely to find that they’ve got some opinions. If it turns out your future spouse has some very different ideas about how the nuptials are going to go down, you don’t want to find out once you’ve gone to visit 10 different wedding venues.
If you’re not sure how to start the conversation, try talking through this checklist:
Where do you imagine yourself getting married? Establish whether it’ll be at home or abroad, and then you can start narrowing it down. Country wedding or city wedding? In your hometown, or where you live now?
Decided when you’re actually going to get married can be a bit complicated. Lots of couples in the UK get engaged over Christmas and New Years Eve, but believe it or not, planning your wedding for the following summer isn’t as easy as you’d think. Popular venues can get booked out a year in advance, especially for popular weekends in summer. If you’re set on a summer wedding, have a think about whether mid-week could work or if you’d be happy to hold off until the following year. For savvy couples, opting to get married in winter or spring can be a great way to snag the wedding venue of their dreams and potentially organise a cheaper rate.
London has hundreds of exciting venues and spaces to cater to every couple’s whims. But you’ll need to narrow down your options before you start your search. When you picture your wedding day, what do you see happening? Is it a grand, luxury wedding in a livery hall? Or does it have a rave-vibe in an authentic vacant warehouse? Whatever your little hearts’ desire, you’ll be able to find something to suit your style.
The cost of hiring your venue will depend on the type of venue you go for, its location, its size, as well as the number of guests you have. The average cost for wedding venue hire is between £3,000 and £4,000, however many venues base their prices on packages per hour or package per person. By booking with Canvas, you get to directly contact several venues at the same time. You can inform venue managers of your specifications and your budget, and see if they can be part of your dream day.
Booking your wedding venue is typically one of the first things on any bride or groom’s to-do list. You should plan to book your wedding reception venue at least a year to nine months before you date. That means you should start researching and doing the wedding tours a month of two before that to make sure you get your ideal venue on your ideal date. Once you’ve got your wedding venue and your confirmed date, then the planning really begins. You can organise your save-the-dates, wedding suppliers, entertainment, and everything else on top of that. Make sure you ask your venue manager if they have a list of recommended suppliers to save yourself some hardwork.
London is lucky enough to be filled with all types of wedding venues. From traditional wedding ceremony venues to alternative wedding reception venues, to grand Asian wedding venues, London’s got it. At Canvas, we pride ourselves on the event spaces we have on board, because we want to make it easy for event planners, including brides and grooms like you, to find the perfect venue for their big day or other celebrations. Whether you’re looking for wedding venues in East London, West London, North London or South London, we’ve got a fine mixture for you to get your hands on. Make the most of our filter system to pinpoint the area you’re looking in, the number of guests you have, and any other facilities you’ll need from the venue, and get in touch with the venue managers directly using our enquiry forms. Don’t forget about our wishlist feature if more than one catches your eye!
Hiring both a wedding ceremony and a wedding reception venue depends on the kind of day you’re planning. If are you are opting for a traditional ceremony, it’s likely you will go to a church or similar for your wedding ceremony. However, some venues have a wedding license which means you can have a civil ceremony and reception in the same place. You can use our search filters to refine your search to only venues with a wedding license.If a venue doesn’t have a wedding license, you can have a religious or civil ceremony elsewhere then host your wedding reception at the venue you’ve chosen. Some choose to get legally married before the big day itself, which has the benefit of you and your guests not having to transfer between locations on the day.
Once you’ve secured your wedding venue and wedding date, you can start planning the rest of your big day. When you’ve confirmed this information, you can look at local catering companies, wedding photographers, wedding transport if you need to go to the reception venue from the ceremony, your wedding entertainment options, and of course, the wedding cake.