The excitement of your impending nuptials is building, blissful mood boards are starting to take shape, and you’re floating on Cloud Nine. Weddings are often romanticised as the best day of our lives, but planning the day can bring huge amounts of stress and pressure to the happy couple. From buffets to bridal bouquets, there’s no denying there is a lot to think about to make your day perfect, including the all-important venue.
The plethora of wedding venues across London can make it hard to know where to start. Luckily, Hire Space is here to help you through the whole process - from finding and booking a venue, to liaising with the venue on the details, to even being there on the day should you need us. We can also put together a bespoke selection to fit your budget and brief.
To start you off, we have searched high and low to find you the most unforgettable wedding venues in London to help you well on your way to marital bliss.
Easily one of the most iconic buildings in London, this venue is an impressive place to celebrate your union. Defying the stereotypes of a typical wedding venue, Searcys at the Gherkin offers a simply beautiful sky-high space on level 38, with panoramic 360° views of the City - so it won’t be just your head in the clouds! Watch the hustle and bustle of the City transform into the glorious sparkling sea of lights that is London at night. Complemented by unbeatable Searcys catering, the Gherkin is sure to make the day one you won’t forget.
Capacity: 140 Guests
Location: City of London
Amidst the throng of financiers and corporates, the stunning East Wintergarden stands proud in the heart of Canary Wharf. Offering an unusual glass exterior and simple classical interior in the form of Italian marble flooring and beech wood panelling, the venue also features a domed glass roof, allowing natural daylight to pour in and bathe you and your guests in glorious sunshine (hopefully!).
Leafy Jubilee Park sits just opposite the venue, providing a choice opportunity for the perfect wedding pictures to look back on for years to come. Stylish yet striking, this venue will echo the beauty of the day and provide a backdrop perfectly complementing your nuptials. A firm Hire Space favourite.
Capacity: 450 Guests
Location: Canary Wharf
One glance at the Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens is enough to make you want to get engaged right away. Picture-perfect and reminiscent of a star-studded LA wedding venue, the Conservatory, when adorned with flowers and plants, creates an enchanting floral wonderland which will make your guests Instagram like crazy. After the ceremony, guests can make their way to the equally dazzling Orangery for the Reception. Floor to ceiling windows create a light and airy atmosphere, but when the day turns to night, cutting-edge technology creates captivating light displays that will make you want to dance all night long, Lionel Richie style.
Capacity: 200 Guests
If you’re looking for a more traditional venue in which to marry your sweetheart, allow us to present to you 10 -11 Carlton House Terrace. This exceptional venue can accommodate both intimate and slightly larger weddings across its two Victorian townhouses overlooking St James’ Park and the Mall.
The ornate Wolfson Room is a simply stunning location for your vows, evocative of a period drama drawing-room. Following the ceremony, guests can celebrate with a toast in the equally elegant Gallery, Music Room or Gardens, before entering the Council Room which has been transformed into a wedding reception of dreams. Downton Abbey, eat your heart out.
Capacity: Up to 100 Guests
If you’re looking for memorable, this one needs to be high up on the list. The House’s versatile event spaces can cater to whichever wedding vibe you’re going for - whether you’re craving the charming traditional Georgian décor of the Great Room as a backdrop to your ceremony, or a more unusual exposed brick atmosphere offered by the converted wine cellars now dubbed the Vaults, this venue stops at nothing to ensure your day is truly unforgettable. Dedicated event staff are there every step of the way to ensure you enjoy the wedding of your dreams, so it’s no surprise RSA House was voted Hire Space Best Wedding Venue 2019.
Capacity: Up to 140 Seated Guests
Location: A stone's throw from Covent Garden
Once described as the 'cultural heartbeat of London' by Damien Hirst, the Institute of Contemporary Arts adds a refined flavour to your nuptials, rendering your day unforgettable to you and your guests. Heavenly bespoke menus from their renowned in-house caterers Arnold & Henderson will delight your guests, and the sophisticated and bright Nash & Brandon Rooms with their bridal colour schemes are modest yet striking: the ideal setting to begin your marriage in style. Grand balconies facing iconic features of London’s skyline, such as Big Ben and the London Eye, allow you to sip champagne whilst gazing dreamily across our Capital. You’ll feel just like Juliet (but with a happier ending).
Capacity: 90 Guests
Location: Piccadilly Circus
We’re switching it up a little with this one - celebrate your union in style at this stunning Scandinavian-inspired lodge. Welcomed by a magnificent drive stretching before you, this venue, just a 45 minute drive from London, is set in a leafy 450-acre private reserve fringed by a cool lake often frequented by its resident swans.
Dubbed an ‘oasis of calm’, this venue is sure to ease any last-minute wedding jitters and offers a relaxed atmosphere so you can let your hair down for a memorable day surrounded by the location’s natural beauty. The Lodge is decked out with chic oak panelling and floor to ceiling windows, ensuring the gorgeous surrounding landscape is on full display. If you’re planning a Summer wedding, you can also make use of the stunning wraparound terrace for a balmy evening of celebratory bubbles with your loved ones.
Capacity: 120 Guests
Ideally located opposite the London Eye, this riverside venue steeped in history and British charm is an unforgettable choice for your Big Day. Bursting with character and adorned with magnificent faience tiling, the ornate and golden Reading & Writing Room is a lavish, palatial space providing the ultimate setting for a wedding with class. Effortlessly complemented by the astonishing Gladstone Library as the backdrop for your evening, this venue is the epitome of memorable with a capital M.
Capacity: 130 Guests
So, we’ve let you into some of London’s best-kept secrets and shown you the crème de la crème of luxury wedding venues in London. We hope we’ve inspired you to say ‘I Do’ in style! If reading about these unforgettable venues leaves you floating on a cloud of marital bliss, we can help!
Get in touch with one of our Venue Experts today to make an enquiry at one of these unforgettable venues. Or, if you're working to a tighter budget, you can read our piece on more affordable wedding venues.