There’s something totally magical about getting married in the capital. There’s also something so enchanting about getting married outside, so why not combine both elements and choose an outdoor wedding venue in London?
Of course, choosing your wedding venue is no mean feat, but to make things a little less overwhelming, we’ve whittled down all of the wedding venues in London with an outdoor license to the top 15.
From wedding venues in royal parks to pub wedding venues with adorable gardens, there’s bound to be something you like the look of…
1. Battersea Park – Battersea
Fancy saying ‘I do’ in one of the capital’s oldest and most iconic parks? Battersea Park is a 200-acre, Grade II-listed historic park containing three very special wedding venues. There’s the Bowling Green Pavilion and Lawn, the Pump House Gallery and the Victorian Bandstand.
The Victorian Bandstand is located in the heart of the park and allows you to say your vows outside. It’s also just a stone’s throw away from The Bowling Green Pavilion, so you can head there to continue your celebrations.
The Bowling Green Pavilion is a self-contained space with views of the iconic Battersea Power Station. You can transform your event with an outdoor structure on the lawn or enjoy an open-air dinner, barbecue, food trucks or dancing under the stars.
Last but not least is the Pump House Gallery. Nestled behind the boating lake, it has an impressive flagstone terrace and is flooded with natural light all year round. There are multiple floors (including a mezzanine level), and the space is licensed for ceremonies of all kinds.
2. Kew Gardens – Kew
If you’re dreaming of getting married in one of the most unique wedding venues in the world, you should definitely add Kew Gardens to your shortlist.
It’s perfect for celebrations of all sizes with a botanical twist!
The star of the show at this wedding venue is the Temperate House. It’s the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world and was re-opened in 2018 after a five year closure. With its pitched roof and grand statues, it can host large evening dinners and standing receptions of up to 300 guests. Your friends and family will love to celebrate among 10,000 species of rare and endangered plants!
If the Temperate House isn’t to your taste, there’s a range of other spaces at Kew Gardens for you to hire. Cambridge Cottage is a small space perfect for a boutique wedding while the Nash Conservatory is a stunning spot for a ceremony. There’s also The Orangery and the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The possibilities are endless!
3. Queen’s House – Greenwich
Queen’s House in South East London is an iconic and stylish wedding venue with an outdoor ceremony license.
From drinks on the lawns with sweeping park views to unforgettable outdoor ceremonies, Queen’s House is a very special place to celebrate.
We’re obsessed with The Great Hall as a wedding breakfast space. It can accommodate 120 guests and boasts views over the Thames (as well as a stunning black and white marble floor). The photograph opportunities are endless.
If you have a smaller guest list, don’t worry – you can still get married at Queen’s House! The Orangery and South Parlours are perfect for intimate receptions and ceremonies with up to 50 people.
4. Regent’s Conferences & Events – Regent’s Park
Nestled in the heart of London’s Regent’s Park is one of the most perfect outdoor wedding venues in London. From lavish marquee receptions to small and intimate dinners, Regent’s Events can offer you a truly unique and unforgettable experience. They have three comprehensive wedding packages.
Regent’s Park is licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can say your vows without worrying about travelling between venues. The private gardens can accommodate up to 500 people while the indoor spaces are suitable for up to 90 guests.
Beautiful lawns, stunning lakes and formal gardens surround the college building, making it the ideal backdrop for your wedding photographs. You could host reception drinks on the lawn before tucking into your wedding breakfast.
Even though you’ll be right in the heart of the city, you’ll feel a million miles away from London.
5. Fulham Palace – Fulham
Say hello to Fulham Palace, a beautiful London wedding venue with an outdoor wedding ceremony license. This exceptional and unique venue boasts a stunning riverside location and beautifully landscaped gardens.
Once you’ve said your vows in the courtyard, you can enjoy reception drinks with your guests and capture some photographs. If you decide against an outdoor wedding ceremony, there’s a private chapel on-site as well as a choice of function rooms for civil ceremonies.
For your wedding breakfast, The Hall seats 90 people (plus a further 60 for your reception) or the marquee is a fantastic outdoor alternative. This can seat up to 180 guests.
When you book your wedding at Fulham Palace, the venue becomes exclusively yours for the day. What’s more, the team have a “package-free” approach, giving you the freedom and flexibility to plan the wedding day of your dreams down to the smallest details.
6. Hampton Court Palace – Hampton
Steeped in hundreds of years’ worth of royal history, Hampton Court Palace is a truly majestic venue for your spectacular wedding day. The Palace’s grandeur and immaculate gardens provide a stunning backdrop for your all-important wedding photography.
This timeless wedding venue can accommodate large and lavish events or small, more intimate receptions. There are a range of spaces perfect for you and your guests.
Once you’ve said your vows outside, you can take to one of three spaces for a reception. The Great Hall is possibly the grandest and most spectacular of them all with a capacity of up to 220 for a seated dinner (and 400 at night).
Additionally, the beautiful Orangery, Cartoon Gallery and The Undercroft all hold their own historic charm and make perfect wedding settings.
7. Hampton Court House – Hampton
Located just a stone’s throw from Hampton Court Palace and overlooking one of London’s most secluded Royal Parks is Hampton Court House. This stunning Georgian mansion is set within nine acres of enchanting 18th century gardens with unique features and well-maintained rooms.
The landscaped sunken gardens were designed by the famous astronomer Thomas Wright. They’re private and romantic thanks to their palm trees, heart-shaped lake and enchanting shell-lined grotto. What better setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony?
If that wasn’t enough, Hampton Court House is 15 miles from Heathrow and 11 miles from the centre of London, making it accessible for your guests travelling from afar. The nearest station is Hampton Court which has direct trains to and from London Waterloo.
8. Tudor Barn Royal Greenwich – Eltham
Did you ever think you could find an idyllic barn wedding venue in the capital? Nope, we didn’t either, until we stumbled across Tudor Barn Royal Greenwich. It’s located just 20 minutes from the buzz of central London… but you’d never guess it!
This exclusive-use wedding venue is set within 13 acres of stunning, award-winning parkland. It offers a range of delightful outdoor spaces, including the Moat Terrace and charming Tudor Lawn, meaning a wedding ceremony in the sun is possible.
After saying your vows and hosting reception drinks, you can head inside The Tudor Barn for a wedding breakfast. It was originally built by William Roper and still retains many original features. It’s the perfect space for a rustic celebration.
The Tudor Barn has a capacity of 190 seated guests and 300 standing. If you have a larger guest list, you can erect a marquee in the grounds for up to 300 people.
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9. RSA House – Covent Garden
Smack bang in the centre of central London and just a stone’s throw away from Charing Cross station is RSA House. This stunning venue has an outdoor license as well as a range of indoor spaces from which to host your big day.
The building is Grade I-listed and perfectly combines Georgian splendour with modern style. It lends itself to a variety of wedding themes.
After saying your vows outside, you can take to the impressive Great Room. With its domed glass ceiling, it’s a breathtaking space for a wedding breakfast. Alternatively, you could opt for the Vault – an unexpected space offering the opportunity for an intimate, candle-lit dinner against exposed brickwork.
If you get married at RSA House, your food and service will be provided by specialist caterer CH&CO. They create seasonal menus using sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients, bought from local, independent suppliers where possible.
10. Morden Hall – Morden
If you’ve got your heart set on luxury and romance away from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further than Morden Hall. It’s surrounded by sweeping National Trust parkland and is bordered by the tranquil River Wandle.
The gleaming white country house is where your day will begin. The Cherry Suite is a light and modern dressing room for you and your bride squad.
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There’s a choice of ceremony spaces for the main event, from the gardens to The Willow Room or Hawthorn Room. And to celebrate your newlywed status, what could be better than refreshing cocktails and mouth-watering canapes under the sun?
The Mulberry Room is a spectacular space to wine, dine and dance the night away (the crown jewel of this unique London wedding venue, for sure), and when all the fun comes to an end, there are a range of accommodation options nearby.
11. Queen Mary University – Mile End
Believe it or not, the beautiful Queen Mary University frequently hosts weddings, and they have an outdoor license!
This extraordinary wedding venue sits in the heart of the city and has space for up to 220 guests in the evening. For your ceremony, you can be joined by 100 friends and family.
We love The Octagon, the ideal space for a wedding breakfast after you’ve said ‘I do’ outside. The Octagon’s shelves are lined with brightly coloured books by eminent authors, complementing the domed ceiling perfectly. This venue is a great choice for cultural couples!
Celebrate your wedding breakfast with a seated meal or hot fork buffet, chosen from the venue’s well thought-out menus. The experienced in-house hospitality team will help you every step of the way.
12. Kent House – Knightsbridge
Kent House Knightsbridge offers a unique opportunity to exclusively hire London’s largest Victorian townhouse for your wedding day.
It’s ideally located in the fashionable district of SW7, between Harrods and Kensington Palace. It’s perfect for couples on the hunt for a luxurious city centre wedding venue for their celebrations.
The venue has an outdoor license, but you can also get married inside the venue with 100 guests.
There’s space for 200 seated guests for your wedding breakfast or 300 standing, and the inside of the house boasts a sweeping red carpet staircase, a feature skylight and plenty of original features.
13. South Place Hotel – Liverpool Street
Couples looking for a hotel wedding venue with an outdoor license should add South Place Hotel to their shortlist. It’s located where the sophisticated City of London meets the cultural West End.
It boasts a selection of luxurious and unique function spaces. Sweeping city views, incredible outdoor terraces for ceremonies and drinks and luxurious bedrooms all come together to make this one of the best wedding venues in London.
There’s a capacity of 90-100 guests for wedding breakfasts and up to 200 guests for an evening reception.
What’s more, there’s a team of world-class chefs on hand ready to create unforgettable and bespoke menus for your wedding. Foodie couples, you know what to do!
14. The Lamb Tavern – Aldgate
If you’re dreaming of a relaxed wedding day with hearty food and drink, a pub wedding venue could be for you. The Lamb Tavern in East Central London is available for exclusive use on Saturdays and Sundays.
It has an outdoor license, so you can spill out into the famous Leadenhall Market for vows and a drinks reception.
The Lamb Tavern’s dining room can accommodate up to 80 seated guests or 85 for a buffet and canapes, and it boasts impressive views of the marketplace – which you can pour out into if your guest list is larger!
This lovely pub is located just a few minutes’ walk from some of London’s major stations including Monument, Liverpool Street and Bank. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, they can offer 20% off accommodation at their sister pub, the Fox & Anchor.
15. Chelsea Physic Garden – Chelsea
Image: Rebecca Goddard Photography
Chelsea Physic Garden provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. It’s quite simply the ultimate garden wedding venue!
With up to 70 guests, you can host wedding blessings in the enchanting garden, which can be hired exclusively. The garden is spread over four acres in total and is divided into quarters by intersecting paths – its such a romantic space to explore!
Image: Rebecca Goddard Photography
Marquees can be installed on the main lawn for larger celebrations, and for small weddings of up to 100 guests, the Lower Lawn can be hired on its own.
Inside, there is a room called The Gallery which can be used in whatever way you wish on your wedding day. It overlooks the garden, lines the lawn down one side and is well-lit and spacious.
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