When choosing your wedding venue it’s important that it reflects your personality and style. We’ve picked out 27 unusual London wedding venues so you can choose one of the coolest places in the capital to host your wedding. If you’re looking for unusual wedding venues across the country, make sure you check out our list of quirky British wedding venues.
The Soho Hotel
This is a super cool, quirky wedding venue situated in the heart of Soho. The Soho Hotel has 91 bedrooms, all individually designed, and is surrounded by some of the best nightlife London has to offer! There are several stylishly decorated spaces to choose from, and even a couple of screening rooms! This is the perfect option for couples who love colour.
116 Pall Mall
116 Pall Mall is an iconic white building in London, complete with columns outside! In the heart of London’s west end, it’s the ideal choice for couples who want a central venue with lots of style. It’s owned by the Crown and can host up to 400 people – making it a great option if you’re looking for a large capacity wedding venue. The venue also featured on Masterchef, a claim to fame for foodie couples.
Dead Dolls House
The Dead Dolls House isn’t as scary as it sounds! It’s actually seriously elegant. The Victorian building occupies three floors and is beautifully decorated in a quirky and contemporary style. As they’re able to host up to 250 guests, you don’t need to worry about restricting your guest list. This is a great choice if you want to surprise your guests with your choice of venue.
Mosaica at The Factory
This gorgeous loft is situated in a former chocolate factory! The Mosaica restaurant serves amazing European cuisine using fresh local ingredients – making it a great choice for foodie couples. The loft is in the heart of Wood Green’s cultural quarter and is almost hidden away in a cool art and design centre.
House of Commons
What could be more incredible than marrying at the House of Commons? The Palace of Westminster will look amazing in your wedding photos and your guests will be thrilled to attend a wedding at such a historical venue. Pose for wedding pictures by some iconic London landmarks like Big Ben to make the most of the location. If you want a historical wedding venue, make sure you read our list of wedding venues that are steeped in history.
Insitute of Contemporary Arts
Super modern couples will love the Institute of Contemporary Arts – a cultural space with a very modern feel in south west London. The balconies in the Nash Room provide views of Big Ben and the London Eye – the most amazing backdrop for your welcome drinks!
OXO2 is located on the second floor of the iconic OXO Tower, giving you incredible views across the Thames as you celebrate your big day. The floor to ceiling windows let in lots of light, and there’s a private balcony which you can enjoy with your guests. If you are a couple who loves London, show off your city by marrying at a venue with views stretching across the skyline.
Art-loving couples will adore the Foundling Museum, which celebrates the history of Thomas Coram’s Foundling Hospital and the way artists have helped improve children’s lives over the past 270 years. By hosting your wedding there you enjoy exclusive use of the whole museum and can take in the collections and exhibitions on display by artists such as Hogarth, Reynolds, Ramsey, Brooking and Gainsborough. Music lovers will also be keen – the quirky London venue houses artefacts relating to Handel, who also helped to establish the hospital.
This is an amazing choice for a summer wedding – The Deck is the National Theatre’s alfresco summer space. It gives you amazing views across the city and you can mingle with your guests high above the bustling South Bank. You even have access to the National Theatre’s costume hire – perfect if you’re having a themed wedding!
What could be more romantic than marrying at Shakespeare’s Globe? Shakespeare wrote some of the most iconic love stories of all time and you can live out your own love story by marrying there. If you love the idea of having your wedding at a venue associated with a literary great, you’ll love our list of library wedding venues!
Animal lovers have to have their wedding at the zoo! Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to go to a wedding at London Zoo. Enjoy your drinks reception at Animal House and have photographs at Penguin Beach and Tiger Territory. There are also Live Animal Encounters available if you really want to wow your guests!
One Marylebone is a seriously stylish wedding venue! It is located on its own island within the surrounding roads, the venue boasts a beautifully landscaped courtyard which is ideal for welcome drinks and photo opportunities. It’s a Grade I listed, deconsecrated church and has been amazingly restored to the original design by Sir John Soane.
The Amadeus is a unique London wedding venue – a blank canvas that you can totally transform to suit your needs. There are large windows with stained glass borders, an original pipe organ and a wooden balcony which overlooks the room below. Party til the early hours with up to 180 of your friends and family.
Queen Mary University of London
If you’re looking for a wedding venue in the east end, consider the Queen Mary! The amazing Octagon (which also featured in our article about library wedding venues) is, as you can imagine, an Octagon shaped library, still lined with leather bound books. It’s the ideal choice of wedding venue for couples who love to read.
Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard
This is London’s highest wedding venue – ideal if you want to show off the city! Whether you want to marry with just a handful of guests or up to 110, the Shangri-La at the Shard will be able to offer you an exquisite wedding day. There is a 24 hour wedding and civil partnership license too – in case you wanted to marry first thing in the morning or last thing at night!
The Lamb Tavern
The Lamb Tavern is an unusual venue situated in the centre of Leadenhall Market. It could prove to be a more affordable option for your London wedding venue, as there is no venue hire fee! There’s also a licensed bar until 1am which is perfect for party animals. The cobbled walk ways and Victorian roofs are ideal for a London wedding.
Museum of London Docklands
This unique London venue, situated in Docklands, was once used to storm rum, sugar and coffee. The Georgian warehouse has been converted and restored and is now Canary Wharf’s only listed building! The Museum of London Docklands features amazing brick walls, pine columns and views across Canary Wharf’s skyline.
Searcys The Gherkin
Why not celebrate your wedding at an iconic London building like the Gherkin? The glass dome at the top of the Gherkin is home to Searcys, a restaurant and bar that can host weddings on Saturdays and Sundays. The venue provides 360 degree views of London from 180 metres up in the air.
Think detailed wallpaper, glittering chandeliers and a pool which you can incorporate into your wedding party. This quirky London venue was designed by John Nash and has 50 bedrooms all individually designed by Kit Kemp. The pool area at the Haymarket Hotel can be used for parties – it has a pewter bar, and candles can float on the pool’s surface, or you can cover it and use it as a dance floor, under the ceiling stars. Amazing!
Brides who are fans of all things gothic will love Le Gothique! This gorgeous building situated in south west London looks seriously elegant and would be the perfect backdrop to a quirky wedding day. The venue also has its own Rolls Royce so you can be transported around in style. Just make sure you’ve got the perfect gothic wedding dress to match!
4th Floor Studios
4th Floor Studios is an unusual London wedding venue, in the heart of east London. It features lots of quirky props and furniture, and is a great choice if you really don’t want a traditional wedding reception set up. There’s also a bamboo terrace outside ideal for drinks and a BBQ! This venue will suit a laidback couple who want a cool place to host their wedding.
London Museum of Water and Steam
The London Museum of Water and Steam was built in 1838 and was a major part in the Industrial Revolution. The dramatic wedding venue features a Grade I listed Victorian waterworks, and combines industry with elegance. There is a doorman on hand and engine drivers available to drive the steam engines you select – is there a cooler way to celebrate your wedding?
West Reservoir Centre
The West Reservoir Centre is a super cool wedding venue – it has an industrial feel and gorgeous 1930s architecture. There are large windows which let in lots of daylight, and provide views across the masses of water that make up the West Reservoir. This is a great choice for couples looking for something different for their wedding.
Fulham Palace is a truly beautiful venue with a lot of history. It’s situated by the river, surrounded by gardens – you might even forget you’re in London! There are plenty of beautiful locations for your pictures, amazing architecture – including a red brick courtyard entrance that dates back to Tudor times with a gorgeous fountain. There’s a private walled garden and Georgian rooms with feature fireplaces and stunning sash windows. This is a great choice if you want something different but still elegant!
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Fans of art will love this atmospheric art gallery – it’s home to one of the world’s finest collections of Old Master paintings! You can say your vows in the actual gallery, with incredible artwork surrounding you, before enjoying your reception among some classics. Dulwich Picture Gallery is actually the first purpose built art gallery in the world – a very unique choice!
The Oyster Shed
If you like the idea of a wedding in a pub, but a seriously stylish pub, the Oyster Shed could be the one for you! Situated in central London, alongside the Thames, the venue offers amazing views of the Shard. It can host 200 guests for a seated meal or 400 for a canapé reception. The glass walls and contemporary décor add a real edge to the venue.
Sunbeam Studios is a gorgeous Grade II listed building near Notting Hill. It’s also eco-friendly and has a private garden. It’s a blank canvas which you can totally transform to suit your wedding style. It also hosts lots of fashion shoots and only books 25 functions a year making it super exclusive!
If you have your heart set on having a city wedding, make sure you read our top tips for planning a city wedding!