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On since 2022

Last update: December 2023

Balfour St. Bart's is a versatile wedding venue, overlooking London's iconic Smithfield market in the City of London. The property is beautifully designed with private hire in mind. With well over 500 receptions under our belt and an abundance of glowing testimonials to boast, we are the perfect choice.

Facilities and Capacity

Originally a bank built in the 1880s and renovated in 2012, Balfour St Bart's blends original features seamlessly with eclectic artworks, sumptuous furnishings, and a rich colour palette. The mezzanine floor overlooks the main bar and restaurant area, featuring airport hangar lighting creating a striking contemporary yet relaxed atmosphere. Quality, passion, and experience form the bedrock of all we offer couples when choosing us, collaborating with only the best suppliers, supporting local businesses, and offering a tailored approach to every reception we look after. Whether a more intimate celebration for 50 or a good old-fashioned knees-up for 150 guests!

Services Offered

Balfour St Bart's is dedicated to offering every couple a totally bespoke and unique experience with no hidden or unnecessary fees to worry about. Whether perfecting your dream menu, a seamless running of the day's events, or savvy advice on your supplier list, we are on hand every step of the way. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with delicious English sparkling wine (from our very own vineyard) and canapés. Event rentals such as tables, chairs, linens, glassware, candles, and more will be provided by the venue. Our dedicated wedding manager will be sure to provide an easy, seamless experience during the planning stages and our expert team of staff will help deliver your dream day.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
In the city
Unique weddings

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
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5.0 out of 5 rating
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100% Recommended by couples
Rohini G. Sent on 19/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Professional, organised and engaging

Overall, we were very happy. Matilda was fantastic. She was responsive and helpful and our questions did not go unanswered, which is exactly what we wanted in a supplier. Matilda set our our directions as we wanted so there was nothing we had to worry about in the morning. We have her our playlist and this was sorted out without having to do anything. We had outside caterers for our main meal but used the venue’s food for evening, which went down a treat. The drinks and cocktails were great. We were very happy and felt at ease with this aspect of the process.

My only niggle is that this venue advertises itself as allowing outside catering, which is what we were looking for. However, when we initially asked the venue seemed to be taken aback by this and there was a delay in checking with the appropriate people to see if it was a possibility. It was and we were very happy with this but if you are advertising this, then the venue should clearly know in advance.
Nicole R. Sent on 26/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best place to host a wedding party!

We decided to use Balfour St Barts as our wedding reception venue back in 2018. Unfortunately, due to lockdown restrictions we got married with a limited number elsewhere but decided to keep Balfour St Barts as our venue for our first wedding anniversary party.
They have been so accommodating from the get-go. Communication with Jola (the General Manager) throughout was superb, all our questions were answered swiftly with great detail and we felt really looked after.
Jola and her team were incredible on the night, everything ran smoothly, every member of staff ensured our guests were looked after and had a great time!
The food and drink served throughout the evening was superb, we would recommend the cheese tower if you are a foodie as it looks and tastes amazing!
We would sincerely recommend Balfour St Barts as a choice for your wedding venue, it is a wonderful space to have a party and is in a beautiful, central London location next to Smithfield Market. Plus great value for money with terrific service. You would not be disappointed!
Amy Sent on 28/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

A massive thank you to you all

From the way everyone was so helpful throughout the whole experience, through how beautifully the place was decorated, to how absolutely and tasty the food was.
You all made our wedding so special.
Emma, Sent on 28/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

You are all brilliant

Thank you for making our day special and for ensuring that everything ran smoothly.
The food was totally amazing and all the guests complimented it. Daria for all the prep before and dealing with lots of my emails! Sara - Rhys (son) loves you and so do we! And Pam - a massive thank you for your communication, attention to detail and professionalism, it was outstanding! Thanks for putting me at ease and for all the laughs we had! Love you guys!
Natalie Sent on 28/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

A HUGE thank you

To Daria, Pam and the rest of the wonderful team, a HUGE thank you for the most amazing day. The place looked fantastic, the food was out of this world and we felt so looked after! As so many people said, it was 'so us' so thank you for making it all possible!
Louie, Sent on 28/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

We cannot thank you enough

Dear Pam, Daria, Sara and all the staff that went above and beyond to make our day extra special. We honestly don't know what to say. From communication, organisation to friendliness and just making everything run so smoothly and nothing ever being too much! Thank you so much for everything you've done for us. ur day was absolutely perfect and we were blown away with how amazing, professional and just perfect it was. Guests commented too! Lots and lots of love
Yasmin Sent on 28/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Where do we begin

Thank you so much for all your hard work and creationg our perfect day! You went above and beyond in food, service (and helping me take drunk James home) and we would not have changed a thing. The food was beautiful and every part of the venue looked incredible.
Pam, Daria & the rest of the team - you are the best and we will be eternally grateful!
We will be in soon for a drink!
Louise Sent on 28/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Huge thank you from us and our families

For hosting and running our amazing wedding reception on the 8th December 2018. We had a fabulous day/evening and your team were all so friendly and professional throughout. We will definitely be popping in for a drink soon!
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