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.
Kachette main room dry hire from £3,500 (+VAT) or two room dry hire from £5,000 (+VAT). Kachette is a unique and historic East London event venue housed in the original ticket hall of Shoreditch Station which operated from 1865 to 1940. The popular railway arch event space is located on Old Street, one of the busiest most vibrant streets in Shoreditch. The main room Arch 1 can be hired exclusively or hire the whole venue for larger two room events. GET IN TOUCH TO HIRE KACHETTE FOR YOUR CORPORATE OR PRIVATE EVENT. *KACHETTE IS NOT LICENSED FOR CLUB NIGHTS* Corporate events: Hire for award ceremonies, brand launches, Christmas parties, conferences, corporate receptions, drinks receptions, experiential events, fashion shows, product launches, networking events, pop-ups and more. Clients include: Adidas, Coca Cola, FIFA, Google, Hendrick's Gin, Instagram, Kanye West, London Fashion Week, Nike, Playstation, Spotify, Supreme, Tesco and Vice. Private events: Hire for birthday parties, bar & bat mitzvahs, Christmas parties and weddings. Included in venue hire fee: Venue hire from 10am until midnight (late license / TENS available for an additional fee) Arch 1, a 1,600 sq ft studio Arch 2, a 1,400 sq ft studio Duty manager PA System in Arch 1 & 2 100Mb dedicated fibre internet service (symmetrical) Air Conditioning Basic lighting Cloakroom facilities Production office Post event cleaning
A modern twist to the traditional Camino’s, Boasts a large Feast Room perfect for entertaining your friends or clients or hang out at the Jamon counter. Our modern space is full of natural light by day, and softly lit for an intimate mood by night. We open onto a large south-facing outdoor terrace with plenty of seating to make the most of any warm weather that comes our way. Why not try our mezzanine private room for special events or corporate hires!
Asia House is a beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian Town House in central London. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and Regent Street, our venue is highly flexible and can accommodate a wide range of events from 2 to 250 guests. The building offers three Fine Rooms in the Regency style of architecture with high decorative ceilings, and marble fireplaces on the 1st floor, two smaller meeting rooms on the ground floor, a 10-12 seat boardroom with plasma screen, and one unique purpose-built exhibition spaces.
Village Underground's renovated turn-of-the-century warehouse is a versatile space which can adapt to accommodate a wide range of creative events. To date, we’ve hosted photographic exhibitions, concerts, theatre performances, club nights, social projects, private functions and eclectic commercial events.
The Princess is located in the beautiful Primrose Hill, just 5 minutes away from Chalk Farm tube station. The venue has been recently renovated and has re-established itself as a warm and welcoming local with great food, quality drinks and a laid back atmosphere. Set over three floors that include an elegant dining room on the first floor, lower-ground floor bar a garden room and the Banksy beer garden is the perfect location for weddings, private parties and corporate events.
Situated in the heart of Soho, Sophie's and Jack Solomons in an incredibly versatile and adaptable space to host your next event. We have extensive experience hosting product launches, brand takeovers, album launches, after show parties, premiers, private functions and celebrations. With a private speakeasy, outdoor terrace, an extensive bar, kiosk, private dining room and restaurant, we are adept at accommodating any kind of event. We work closely with clients to create bespoke, memorable and exclusive experience and one which guests won't forget in a hurry.
Harrow School is a unique venue in North West London. Our famous Speech Room was built in 1871 and can now be hired exclusively for your events. The historical style of the Speech Room replicates the Globe Theatres curvature, housing tiered seating. This provides a dramatic backdrop for guests to enjoy corporate conferences/dinners, award ceremonies, private dinners, fashion shows or even a pop-up cinema. The Speech Room also holds a Civil Wedding license. This is perfect for a traditional wedding in London and Asian Weddings, accommodating 500 guests for the ceremony or a 120 guest, seated wedding breakfast. Related Venue: The Alex Fitch Room
Based on the site of the iconic Marquee Club, 100 Wardour St takes its inspiration from the edgy Soho location in the heart of London’s film, music and entertainment district. An ideal space for big events, like film and theatre premieres, award ceremonies or music, fashion and product launches. It accommodates up to 870 guests across the two floors, with the basement Club centred around the stage and its state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Please see our other venue: The Den Virtual Tour: Lounge Club
Store Street Gallery is an antidote to traditional conferencing and presentation facilities. This unique venue in the West End of London, is situated in an easy to access location just off Tottenham Court Road. The nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street and Holborn. The room has wifi, a large screen, flip charts, tea, coffee, access to the restaurant and bar area making this a great venue for any event. The large, light open space offers a open lounge feel and soft, modern furnishings which make it the ideal gallery space. The large windows and picturesque view of trees add to the vibrancy, looking out to the well-connected West End’s urban forest. It is the breathable layout and open space that makes this a versatile hub for product launches, networking parties and presentations.
Our Members club is the perfect space for more intimate live performances and smaller events. This unique venue is styled in a speakeasy fashion and soaked in music heritage provided by resident curator Oliver Twitchett. From the moment you step in, this space provides a rare home away from home.
Landing just off City Road at the start of 2020, the brand new hotel is an inspiring venue in the heart of East London. Organising meetings is in our DNA. From small meetings to larger conferences or workshops we have the space for you. We have a collection of three inspiring laboratories each designed with their own theme, and all providing the perfect space for meetings, conferences, presentations and more for up to 70 people. On the ground floor right at the heart of the hotel is the open plan lobby, where an amalgamation of funky furniture, eye catching artwork, a modern bar and unique spaces combine to create an impressive venue. With space for up to 150 guests and the flexibility to create private lounges or one big space, it is ideally suited to a variety of events. Our in house team of chefs would also be delighted to create a delicious menu for your event, from canapes and bowl food to indulgent sit down meals. Whether you'd like to host a birthday celebration, trade event, wedding reception or cocktail masterclass, our versatile lobby can adapt to your needs.
Whether you are planning a conference, special celebration, wedding, or corporate away day, the Horniman Museum has the ideal space for you. The Horniman offers a totally unique venue for hire in London, just a short train journey from London Bridge, but set in idyllic 16 acres of landscaped gardens in Forest Hill. Choose from an elegant Grade II listed Victorian Conservatory, or sleek and contemporary Pavilion or intimate Bandstand, all boasting stunning views of the London skyline.
Surrounded by parkland, Kensington Palace offers a welcome retreat from the nearby hustle and bustle of London. Its understated elegance makes the palace an ideal companion to the Royal Parks’ tranquil gardens and ponds. This beautiful palace offers you a variety of exciting, versatile spaces for hire. We will give you first-class, personal service from day one, right through to the end of what will be an unforgettable event for your guests.
Often described as a hidden gem in the City of London, The Walbrook prides itself on the discretion, privacy and personal service it offers to members and non-members to entertain, conduct business or simply relax. The Walbrook’s style is that of an elegant private home. It is ideal for holding private and corporate events, for example: presentations, private and corporate breakfasts, lunches or dinners, receptions, private events including boutique weddings, possibility to have ceremony in nearby St Stephen Walbrook church
Dominion Centre is a multi-purpose venue. Dominion Centre has a state of the art interior decor. Our P/A system is an ultimate sound system, one of the best in UK. Our venue is located in the Centre of Wood Green, north London. Our Venue in London holds corporate and conference events. Other events that we cater for are concerts (Christian and secular), wedding ceremonies and receptions, exhibitions, fashion shows, beauty competitions, baby showers, training, Boardroom meetings. Our main hall has a large stage with powerful stage lights
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
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.