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 Orangery is well known as a hidden gem in one of London’s most beautiful settings. A glass and stone palace built for Lord & Lady Holland’s soirees, it provides a blank canvas space that is both elegant and charming. The Orangery comfortably caters for 80 seated guests and a marquee may be added on the lawn to accommodate larger parties. This is a really unique wedding venue set in one of London’s prettiest parks just a short walk from High Street Kensington. The venue is licenced for wedding ceremonies as well as hosting wedding receptions.
Shoreditch / Hoxton
MOTEL blends Mid Century design, Victorian Architecture and 21st Century technology to deliver the perfect East London venue for your event. A hidden gem in the heart of the evolving landscape of Shoreditch, our generous and open spaces have hosted a diverse range of clients and brands including ADIDAS, LVMH, NORTH FACE, KAPPA, BATHSTORE, NIKE, BURBERRY and many more. With over 4300 sq ft of ground floor space, let MOTEL bring your project home in style. KEY POINTS: 100MB WI-FI, LIVE STREAM POSSIBLE, DRIVE IN ACCESS, LIMITED PARKING AVAILABLE, BLANK CANVAS
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!
6 Fitzroy Square is a venue for hire in London, a magnificent space centrally located in Fitzrovia. This unique venue in London is set in a Georgian building designed by Robert Adam, offering two grand Georgian rooms with vast Georgian windows overlooking Fitzroy Square. The venue also has a small kitchen and store room available with special request. This is an appropriate private dinner party venue, venue for pop ups, lectures, small theatre groups, dance & yoga workshops and more. PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept bookings for any type of art exhibitions or installations.
The City Thames
The Oyster Shed is one of the City’s finest venues. With an abundance of bookable space during the week and panoramic sun drenched views across the Thames - it is ideal for any event. Offering exclusive hire at weekends, you can happily let all your dreams come true in this beautiful space.
The London EDITION offers a range of luxurious contemporary event spaces that are the ideal stage for high-end corporate and private events - from anniversary dinners and product launches to board meetings and investors’ dinners. Studio 2 is extremely versatile and can accommodate a variety of set-ups tailored specifically for each individual event. With a maximal capacity of 80 standing guests, you can hire the space for unforgettable standing receptions, parties, formal dinners and presentations. A boardroom set up, Studio 1 is perfect for meetings, private lunches and intimate dinners up to 12 guests.
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.
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
London's opulent Art Deco event space, located on the stunning Bloomsbury Square, this venue is in the Georgian inspired Victoria House. With 10,500 square ft of events space, we offer a complete serviced venue and with 3 beautifully restored areas. We can accommodate up to 700 standing, 280 for dinner or 500 for conferences. With full air conditioning, Wifi, parking, disabled access, sound and lighting system, event management service, exclusive 24 hour hire periods to meet all of your requirements.
North West London
We combine the best eat drink play experiences to cater for any type of private event. The team are on hand every step to plan an amazing event in our unique spaces. From drinks receptions, conferences, meetings to experiential brand activations and full venue takeovers for up to 2500. Along side our exclusive drinks you a can choose from any of our curated street food inspired vendors covering cuisines spanning the world to cater for you and your guests. Full venue takeovers also include exclusive use of a VR experience and Axe throwing, great for an experience within your event.
Bellavita Academy is a bright gallery and a spacious 100sq meters venue, that combines modern art with light and space. Located only 5 minutes away from Tower hill, the space is ideal for corporate conferences, meetings and training sessions. The venue is fully equipped with a brand new kitchen, perfect for team building activities, cooking classes, wine tastings & supper clubs events. Whether you need an entertaining and dynamic team building or a venue for a product's launch or private celebrations, we will host your event properly. We provide additional services that add the extra touch: from breakfast meetings to all-day events, our quality food & drinks will transform your corporate or private receptions into unforgettable events. Our chefs can prepare the best tailor-made solutions, our fine selection of wines spoils you by choice, our sommeliers can support your delegates thoroughly. Enjoy booking with us: throughout the entire process we will provide a single point of contact delivering our highest standard of services.
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.
Boasting a vibrant atmosphere which is enjoyed in a modern interior with wholesome pub food and trendy platters and canapes. Close to the iconic Tower Bridge, it’s the perfect destination for your event. With 2 fully stocked bars we are perfect to get your party started. On the lower level you will find our secret lounge, complete with decadent furnishings and its own cocktail bar.
The Pickle Factory offers 255 sqm in a slightly askew rectangular shape, with white walls throughout. Steel beams across the ceiling facilitate rigging equipment overhead and the frosted skylights allow natural daylight to pour through: this is your ideal intimate blank canvas, ready for dressing & transforming by the imaginative minds of location managers, wedding planners, pop-up stores or restaurant operators - and anyone in need of an intimate reception space.
Once one of the grandest civic buildings in London, is a magnificent Grade II listed building in the heart of one of the most vibrant areas of the capital. Now a flagship arts, community and live events venue, the space boasts a number of stunning and unique spaces perfect for a range of events. The Assembly Hall is an ideal location for corporate dinners, product launches, talks and other events. The high ceilings, Italian marble panelled walls, Matcham style balcony and glorious architectural features give the Assembly Hall a distinctive feeling of grandeur and elegance. Once the original Vestry Hall, the Council Chamber is the most architecturally significant space, featuring an original highly ornate moulded ceiling, floor to ceiling columns and stained glass windows. Located on the ground floor, the Council Chamber is a flexible space ideal for parties and receptions, conferences, launches and talks and can be hired as a singular room, breakout, or complemented by the Mayor's Parlour, the adjacent space. The Committee Rooms, with their distinctive period features, Edwardian fireplaces and an elegant buttressed ceiling and located on their own corridor are ideal for private parties, networking drinks, receptions, meetings and breakout spaces. A unique venue in London perfect for product launches, conferences, fashion shows and dinners. As an arts venue with a programme of non-traditional theatre, it has established itself as a key part of the east London cultural landscape. With eight stunning spaces, hireable in a number of configurations, clients can create events that are completely unique, guaranteeing a creative and innovative brand experience for guests, just five minutes’ walk from the City of London.Learn more about all of our spaces for hire, for a bespoke quote or to arrange a site visit, please get in touch with a member of our dedicated events team.
The Science Museum is an amazing exhibition space, with astounding galleries and creative blank canvas spaces, combined to make a unique and inspiring London venue for corporate or private hire. Take advantage of a diverse range of spaces and unparalleled opportunities for accessible, exciting event experiences in the cultural heart of the capital. You can hire: One or more of our ten uniquely themed galleries or brand-new suite of Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries for evening hire, Our 400-seat IMAX Theatre, available for daytime and evening hire and ideal for product launches and presentations. Our new dedicated events space Illuminate, available for day-time and evening hire perfect for meetings and conferences of up to 400 individuals as well as unique evening receptions and dinners. Our recently refurbished Smith Centre which contains a large salon, boardroom, large meeting room and courtyard area. Available for daytime and evening hire.
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.