There’s something incredibly special about getting married in London. Vibrant, busy and bursting with energy and creativity, the capital has just about every kind of venue you can imagine plus gorgeous green open spaces.
If you have dreams of getting hitched in the capital then you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect London wedding venue.
Despite this, the sheer volume of wedding venues in London could leave you feeling a little overwhelmed, so we’ve compiled a list of 18 of the best. Take your pick and thank us later!
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1. The Royal Exchange at Fortnum & Mason - Piccadilly
If you're after a city centre wedding with wow-factor, then look no further than world-famous department store Fortnum & Mason. Established in 1707, this iconic spot is now offering couples the chance to say their 'I dos' in The Royal Exchange - their spectacular bar and restaurant with a central courtyard setting. Named ‘The Most Instagrammable Restaurant in London’ by The Evening Standard, you won't struggle to find impressive backdrops for your wedding photos here.
This venue is perfect for city dwellers with larger guest lists; The Royal Exchange can host up to 200 for a civil ceremony, pre-dinner drinks and canapés reception, and up to 200 for a seated dinner. Speaking of which, the team pride themselves on their seasonal menu using only the best ingredients from across the UK. Whether you're after a formal dinner, food stations or Afternoon Tea, Fortnum's attentive Event Managers can accommodate!
2. Selfridges - Oxford Street
London's iconic department store Selfridges has acquired a new wedding licence which will allow them to host ceremonies for the first time from this summer! They're offering three curated micro-wedding packages aimed at couples who want a non-traditional way to celebrate their love and to take advantage of all the style, hair and beauty experts at hand.
The packages are Just-The-Two-Of-Us, Earth Lovers and All-Out Extraordinary which all centre around the Selfridges experience and cater from four to 20 guests. You'll enjoy a wedding breakfast in Brasserie of Light, a private screening of your favourite film in The Selfridges Cinema or a DJ set with Sink The Pink.
Whether you want an exclusive appointment to find your vintage wedding dress with Selfridges' stylists or want drag icon Jonny Woo as your celebrant, there's an option for everyone!
3. Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard - Southwark
The Shard is one of the most iconic buildings in London and at the heart of it is the Shangri-La Hotel. Celebrate your wedding at this ultimate luxury venue which offers panoramic views over the vibrant London skyline and its most famous sights.
There are three reception rooms available: the Yi and Li private dining rooms which are perfect for intimate micro weddings of up to 30, and the elegant Ren Ballroom, which can host up to 140 guests.
Looking out over The Thames and London Bridge, this bright and airy spot has full-length windows to offer your guests the best vantage on the unforgettable view. The in-house events team will make sure everything from your wedding breakfast to first dance is exactly how you want and runs perfectly. Afterwards your guests can take advantage of the 202 luxurious bedrooms and suites at the Shangri-La and then explore London!
4. The Barbican Centre – Barbican
If you're after an unusual wedding venue in London, the Barbican Conservatory will go beyond all your expectations! Step inside the famous brutalist building and say ‘I do’ surrounded by beautiful tropical plants and tranquil fish pools.
You’ll say your vows in the impressive Conservatory area, before taking time among the enchanting setting to have your wedding photos. It's an intriguing, intimate and breathtaking backdrop that will make you feel like you're in another world.
For your wedding breakfast, the Garden Room is perfect. It leads off of the Conservatory and boasts incredible views of the London skyline. Their in-house caterers, Searcys, will create a wedding breakfast worthy of the spot you're dining in. Your guests will be totally wowed.
5. The NoMad London - Covent Garden
Opening in late May 2021, you could be one of the first couples to marry at this awe-inspiring Covent Garden venue. Formerly The Bow Street Magistrates' Court, NoMad London's courtroom has been re-imagined into an impressive ballroom for up to 120 guests. If you're after something much smaller, you can choose The Fielding or De Veil Rooms, both of which are perfect for an intimate reception dinner or a cocktail reception.
The Magistrates' Ballroom is a stunning space for your wedding surrounded by an atmospheric mural that'll make the space feel magical. Once you've danced the night away, guests can stay in one of the 91 rooms and suites, all designed by New York interior design team Roman and Williams. The hotel is a mix of English traditional heritage with sparks of New York cool - you'll want to explore every corner.
6. The Zetter Townhouse – Clerkenwell
The quirky Zetter Townhouse is a hidden gem, nestled away in the historic and trendy area of Clerkenwell. A gorgeous Georgian townhouse filled with antiques, taxidermy and cool collectables, it boasts plenty of charm and character, as well as a plethora of rooms to host your wedding. If you're looking for a unique and unusual setting for your day, look no further.
For intimate celebrations, say ‘I do’ in the Dining Room with space for just 12 guests. Alternatively, you can exclusively hire the whole venue for up to 120 guests too, including their 13 bespoke bedrooms, cocktail lounge, private dining rooms, staff and the keys to the famous front door. Imagine how fun that would be!
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7. The Ned – Bank
If style and grandeur are your top priorities, you’d be silly not to pay a visit to one of London's coolest hotels, The Ned.
As well as an Art Deco-inspired hotel, The Ned has a members’ club, a collection of restaurants and perhaps the capital's best rooftop pool, all set in the iconic former Midland Bank building and from the team behind Soho House.
The entrance lobby is enough to leave your jaw on the floor thanks to its high ceilings and beautiful emerald green marble pillars.
As you explore the venue further, you’ll learn that there are six private hire rooms and terraces within the complex, all as elegant as one another. Whether you’ve got 10 or 200 guests, there will be a space which has your name on it. There’ll also be a brass and chandelier-adorned suite ready for you to spend your first night as a married couple.
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8. Kew Gardens – Kew
Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful green spaces in the capital, so hosting your wedding here would be unforgettable.
Set within 300 acres of beautiful gardens, this World Heritage Site provides a beautiful venue for your big day with a botanical twist. There are plenty of reception rooms to choose from, but here at Hitched we loved the Nash Conservatory for your ceremony, the Orangery for your wedding breakfast and the Princess of Wales Conservatory for an elegant drinks reception.
In addition, Kew’s breathtaking Temperate House – the largest glasshouse in the world – reopened in 2018 after a five year renovation. The result? A glistening cathedral housing 10,000 plants, making it one of the most unique wedding venues in London.
If you’re hosting a large, Asian wedding, Kew’s ability to host high numbers of guests would make it the perfect choice. This venue is definitely worth a visit!
9. Searcys at The Gherkin – City of London
The spectacular view of the London skyline is Searcys at the Gherkin’s USP.
There's something so romantic about tying the knot in front of the capital’s sweeping skyline before sipping on Champagne as the sun sets over the city.
You'll dine at the very top of the Gherkin, underneath the dome, and dine on a bespoke menu created by talented head chef Daniel Loftin. It offers space for up to 140 guests, but if you're looking for something smaller, the cloud-inspired private dining rooms offer the same backdrop for 10 to 60 guests.
One thing’s for sure: if you choose this venue you’ll be celebrating in style.
10. Queen’s House – Greenwich
Sitting in the heart of Greenwich Park is the Queen’s House, a London wedding venue which is steeped in history and style.
It is an exquisite former royal residence that boasts spectacular views across the gardens of historic Greenwich, to the River Thames and Canary Wharf beyond.
You can host your ceremony and wedding breakfast in the Great Hall - an impressive marble reception room - with drinks on the lawn in the sunshine in between. If you want a more intimate wedding, the Orangery and South Parlours are romantic choices, bathed in natural light and character.
The geometric interiors are unique in their ability to transform to every style of wedding - from contemporary to baroque and Art Deco.
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11. Asylum Chapel – Peckham
You’ll have free reign on your catering and bar arrangements, and although there is no accommodation at this venue, it is only 10 minutes away from London Bridge station, so there’ll be plenty of surrounding hotels to recommend to your guests.
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12. Winchester House – Putney
Winchester House is a private members’ club on the banks of the Thames which oozes class and sophistication. It sits just a stone’s throw from Putney Bridge and has stunning river views, making it a real hidden gem of a London wedding venue.
What’s more, the house boasts half an acre of private gardens which make the perfect place to host a barbecue or street food feast if you’re getting married in the summer. For winter weddings, the cosy interiors of the house will welcome you in and the neutral interiors are perfect for dressing up as you wish.
Photo opportunities are plentiful, and for a more intimate city centre wedding, you can’t get a much better venue.
13. Battersea Arts Centre - Wandsworth
Bursting with history and atmosphere, Battersea Arts Centre is the perfect venue for couples who want a little theatrical flair to their day. The former Victorian Town Hall has the most incredible architecture: an opulent marble staircase for your arrival, a mosaic-domed entrance hall and a stunning lattice ceiling.
It's a blank canvas for your to make exactly how you want, and their in-house caterers are happy to make a special meal that fits your vision of the day. While the Grand Hall can seat 600, much more intimate weddings are perfect here too. The Octagonal Hall and Members' Library make a gorgeous backdrop to dancing, drinking and dining.
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14. Cutty Sark – Greenwich
Have you ever considered saying your vows aboard one of the world’s most famous and beautiful ships? Cutty Sark has opened its doors for couples to say ‘I do’ on the Tween Deck or Dry Berth, then dine and dance beneath the gleaming hull of the boat.
This gorgeous riverside wedding venue sits in Greenwich and will have you and your guests wowed.
Enjoy drinks on the deck after you’ve said your vows plus access to the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site.
As you return to the boat for your reception, a glass canopy around the hull will let in the evening lights of London from above, creating an atmospheric space for dining and dancing all night long.
15. The Bluebird Restaurant – Chelsea
Located on the iconic King’s Road in West London, the Bluebird would make a stunning venue for your wedding day. It has a range of beautifully decorated function rooms for your ceremony and reception, and a chic ambience throughout.
Since the venue is an award-winning restaurant, guests will enjoy creations from the ever-changing Bluebird menu.
There is a variety of canapés and bowl food on offer, and you can even create a completely bespoke cocktail menu to complement the dishes you’ve chosen. We love this as a venue for food-lovers!
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16. Fulham Palace – Fulham
Fulham Palace is a county house wedding venue set in the heart of London – not a combination you usually hear of.
That’s what makes it so unique: the house is steeped in history and the architecture is beautiful, while the gardens are landscaped and make for the perfect photograph backdrop.
There are plenty of choices for your ceremony. There is a church a short walk away, or Fulham Palace’s very own chapel. If it is a civil ceremony you’re hoping for, there’s a range of function rooms which would be perfect.
Head to the Great Hall after you’ve said your vows: it seats 90 for a meal and 150 for an evening reception. The romantic and airy marquee is a fantastic outdoor alternative that seats up to 180 guests.
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17. 10-11 Carlton House Terrace - Westminster
Sitting in the heart of Westminster, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace is an oasis of elegance and calm in the hustle and bustle of London. The home of former Prime Minister William Gladstone, this amazing Georgian townhouse looks over St James's Park and The Mall and bursts with history.
The townhouse has different spaces - each ornate and charming in its own way - that can host weddings from 50 to 100 guests. This is a home where you want to look up - some of the most amazing décor is on the ceiling!
You can hire either number 10 or 11 or both of them together for larger events. You can also hire the secluded garden square providing a little oasis in the heart of the city for your drinks and photographs.
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18. The County Arms – Wandsworth
The County Arms is a traditional family-run pub with large open fires which roar away in the colder months, quirky interiors and hearty, British food.
It hosts up to 150 guests for a party with DJ, champagne and canapés, but is equally perfect for a small sit-down dinner with just your closest friends and family.
We couldn’t dream up a cosier pub wedding venue if we tried.
19. The Natural History Museum – South Kensington
If you and your other half love nothing more than a date at the museum, why not host your wedding at the most renowned in the country?
Whether your day is set to be informal or creative and spectacular, the Natural History Museum has a space to suit.
Really push the boat out and host your big day in the Hintze Hall – the museum’s largest space which has a 25m whale skeleton diving through the centre. Yes, really.
The surrounding galleries make for an adventure in their own right… your guests won’t be bored for a second as they explore the building, Champagne glass in hand.
20. The Depot – Kings Cross
The Depot is one of the capital’s coolest wedding venues – it has bags of character and individual charm and some of the coolest interiors around.
Close to Caledonian Road and Kings Cross stations, this restaurant wedding venue can host parties of up to 280. It offers a relaxed atmosphere, tonnes of craft beer and a truly delicious menu.
Despite all of this, our favourite feature has got to be the Escape Rooms. Can you think of a better afternoon-lull activity?!
For an extra cost, you can exclusively hire this attraction on top of the rest of the venue, and your guests can enjoy cracking comedic clues and immersive theatre in an hour-long experience.
21. Millennium Gloucester Hotel – South Kensington
Up next is another large capacity wedding venue, this time in the shape of the Millennium Hotel group’s Kensington offering. This elegant four-star hotel wedding venue offers everything you could need for an unforgettable day.
It is conveniently positioned in close proximity to lots of transport links and has a superb selection of function rooms for a range of guest list sizes.
We love the magnificent Conservatory – it is a six storey glass atrium where lit up palm trees create a unique and exciting atmosphere.
Are you after something even more unusual? Take a look out our round-up of the most unique wedding venues in the capital. We’ve even thrown in a bowling alley for good measure!