Wedding Reception Venues in London

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Trafalgar St James Trafalgar Square

The Rooftop at The Trafalgar St. James is guaranteed to add the wow factor to your big day, with breath-taking views over London's skyline. The Rooftop can accommodate up to 180 guests for a standing cocktail and canape reception or up to 60 guests for a formal dinner. Available for exclusive & non-exclusive parties.


The East Wintergarden is a stunning and unique venue at the heart of Canary Wharf. It is licensed for civil ceremonies, civil partnerships, parties, receptions, wedding breakfasts and much more. Whether you have 40 or 500 guests, The East Wintergarden is the perfect setting for all your wedding needs. Opposite is Jubliee Park, with its beautiful ornamental water feasutres, providing a matchless environment for photographs. The East Wintergarden is delighted to accommodate special events for all communities, religions and nationalities.


Situated in the heart of central London, the Institute of Contemporary Arts is a vibrant cultural venue with views over the Mall, Big Ben and London Eye. The Nash and Brandon Rooms feature floor to ceiling windows that open out to three balconies overlooking St James's Park. Designed by John Nash these beautiful and versatile spaces can host civil ceremonies and weddings where access to a private square garden is also available for drinks receptions and photographs. Event organisation and catering for the day is provided exclusively by Arnold & Henderson.


No. 4 Hamilton Place is one of London’s most beautiful locations on Park Lane. Located in Mayfair, central London, this is a highly sought-after wedding venue. The classic Edwardian-style townhouse has a range of spacious rooms to host a wedding ceremony, breakfast, reception or party.


We invite you to step inside our gorgeous Lounge & Liquor venue located just off Upper Street. Perfect for any celebration whether it be a birthday, or engagement party, Christmas or just after work drinks Adorned with vintage books and an array of paintings and pictures from days gone by, Little Bat offers a great space for any occasion. The long and versatile bar means service is efficient and entertaining and the mix of standing and seated space allows for great conversation and socialising.


We are famed for hosting the best events particularly when live music is involved. We make the perfect venue for all special birthday celebrations and parties. With two big bars and large stage and dance floor make your next party memorable. Under the Bridge can also host Wedding parties, Bar mitzvahs, Afterparties, Q&As, Sport screenings, comedy and product launches.


Currently, under constructions and opening in December 2019, our brand new event space – The Coach House is available for exclusive hire. A truly unique space in the heart of Wimbledon Village, fully licensed to hold weddings (from the ceremony through to party), ideal for corporate events and large celebrations. With interconnecting sliding doors, this large space can also be split into two smaller private areas lending itself to the more intimate dining party or smaller birthday bash.


Looking for some outdoor space in the heart of Central London? We've got you covered. Literally. Our Roof Terrace can accommodate up to 180 people and has a fully retractable glass roof, perfect for the unpredictable British weather. As a licensed wedding venue we offer a variety of rooms each with a different personality, helping you to create a day that's unique to you. At Century we provide you with a dedicated wedding coordinator to help you plan your special day.


Stationers’ Hall is the perfect City of London Wedding venue. In addition to its rich history and stunning location near St Paul’s Cathedral, the Hall boasts several impressive function rooms suiting various capacities and layouts. The Court Room and Main Hall are both licensed for civil ceremonies for 120 or 200 respectively. The wedding breakfast can take place in the Main Hall which can seat up to 200 guests. The beautiful private Garden is perfect for your drinks reception after the ceremony. Stationers' Hall and Garden is available 7 days a week for exclusive hire.


The Hackney Assembly Hall has a separate private entrance which leads via a grand staircase up to a stunning landing area perfect for drinks reception. The room can be used either as a whole for up to 300 guests dinner or you can separate the space via partition walls and host a ceremony for up to 140 with dinner dance. As a bonus area you also have access to our stunning art-deco bar which serves as a cozy space next to the main Assembly Hall. The room features large windows, an original sprung floor as well as art-deco features.

Museum of London City of London

The Gallery Rooms showcase London's diverse history with a variety of unique spaces and collections. The galleries include the splendour of the 18th century Pleasure Gardens which makes a romantic and unique venue for a wedding ceremony, civil partnership, wedding reception and a picturesque backdrop for wedding photographs and films. Couples can exchange vows beneath twinkling stars and a pagoda whilst guests stroll down the immersive Victorian Walk before enjoying a delicious wedding breakfast.


Perfect for more intimate affairs or grand receptions, The Dorchester wedding experience is as luxurious as they come. With in-house floristry, hair stylists and one of the best spas in the city, a complimentary wedding night accommodation, it's the perfect spot for a every event in your wedding. Teams of chefs and sommelier will assist in creating the ideal menu for your wedding so that every detail is to your liking. Everything here is designed for the most grown-up and glittering celebration of your life. There is room for up to a 1000 in the ballroom for a standing reception.

More about Wedding Reception Venues...


Your wedding day is the best day of your life and the planning process should be a joyous experience too, filled with creativity, personal touches, beautiful dresses and as little stress as possible. So, we've compiled all our top tips and tricks to help you enjoy every minute.

The Venue

Choosing your venue is one of the most important decisions you'll make and one that will help you to make further decisions around colours, flowers, food and guests.

Venues will get booked up far in advance, particularly during the popular summer months so getting your perfect wedding venue on your perfect date will be much more likely the further in advance you enquire. Create a shortlist and go and visit them, ask if you can see the venue set up for a wedding to give you a better idea of whether your vision can be achieved.

Budget

You should have an idea of your total budget and have estimated how much you want to spend on each individual element, from flowers to bridesmaids dresses and music at the reception. This will help you to prioritise what is most important to you and where you can make a bit of a saving so you can get that string quartet you've always wanted as you/your partner walks down the aisle. If you have a smaller budget we've got loads of beautiful and affordable wedding venues here.

Style

This is the fun bit where you add all the little touches that make your day personal and special. The possibilities are endless, you could go for a traditional stately home or something more unusual, perhaps a museum or a blank canvas space that you can completely transform to suit you. Your is your starting point, your choice of flowers, whether you have a band or a DJ (or both) and what colour scheme is completely in your control.

Weather warning

Are you thinking of choosing an outdoor wedding venue? British weather can be very unpredictable so it’s important to have a contingency indoor plan in the event of poor weather. It’s also worth noting if there suitable paving for the bride and guests to walk over without getting muddy. Wheelchair accessibility can be more difficult with outside venues too so make sure you take this into consideration if necessary. It is also important to check if there is a license to serve alcohol outside.

Invitations

Once you have a guest list and you've got your date, send out a 'save the date' card followed by a formal invitation 2-3 months before the wedding day. Apart from the obvious information like the date, venue and time, other useful information to include are the dress code, nearby accommodation and specific directions. You could also consider having a wedding website where you can include more detail about the day and everyone involved.

Drink me

Drinks can be a significant cost depending on what you decide to offer your guests. You could have an open bar throughout or perhaps a designated amount of drinks per person or a certain amount of money behind the bar so you can keep a control over the spend, this will all depend on your budget. It's important to think about alcohol alternatives too for those who don't drink and children. If you choose a blank canvas space and you're bringing your own alcohol, make sure to double check if there's a corkage charge as this can quickly add up. And don't forget to check what time last order is.

Say cheese

When choosing a photographer it’s good practice to ask to see past works, testimonials or any examples of working in a similar venue or setting. Sit down with your partner and work out what what aspects of your day you’d like photographed and what sort of style. Double check what permissions to access your photos you’ll be granted (ensure you are allowed online access to originals so that you can obtain copies). Finally, if you have children in your bridal party it's good to know if the photographer also has experience dealing with young children.

Food, glorious food

You'll have the opportunity to go for tastings before the day in order to choose your final menu. You'll need to consider the timings of your wedding breakfast, you don't want to keep your guests waiting too long whilst you have photos taken, will you provide canapés with the welcome drink. Evening food is also something to consider, it's always good to provide some carbs to soak up the alcohol before bed. Dietary requirements need to be collected with RSVPs so you can inform your venue with enough time, similarly with children's menus. And, of course don't forget the cake, choose a time to serve it and ask the venue to package up the rest. You'll be super busy throughout the day, so nominate someone in your wedding party to make sure you get to try all the food!

Let me entertain you

Decide whether you'd like a DJ or band or both and what other entertainment you might want throughout the day. Do you need something to entertain your guests before dinner too? Make sure you discuss not only your first dance song but also your favourites for them to play throughout the evening, you could even take requests from your guests before the event.

Some final top tips :

  1. Will children be in attendance, do you need to provide things to keep them occupied?
  2. Do you require in-house accommodation, if so work out approximate numbers
  3. Do you already have a hair stylist in mind? Some hotels with salons don’t allow external stylists or charge a surcharge
  4. Is it close to your cake maker? Long journeys with a cake are risky!

So, get browsing and find your perfect wedding venue and start the journey to one of the best days of your life.

About Wedding Reception Venues


There's no shortage of wedding reception venues in London, for all types of weddings, whether large or intimate, traditional or unusual, you're sure to find what you're looking for in this diverse city. You can choose from iconic London buildings, beautiful hotels, unique historic spaces and venues with beautiful outside space and that's just for starters!


With so much choice you'll be pleased to know that you can search by location, budget and capacity to browse all our wedding venues but if you'd like more guidance, we can help there too. Get in touch with us to share your vision and we'll pull together a bespoke proposal tailored to your requirements.


With the venue nailed and one of the big decisions made, you can concentrate on the more exciting details of your big day and create something truly special.

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