Battersea Arts Centre

(6 reviews) 6 5
Lavender Hill London South West London SW11 5TN
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About Battersea Arts Centre

Lavender Hill, London
South West London, SW11 5TN

For those looking for something a bit different and unique for their wedding venue, Battersea Arts Centre provides an eclectic mix of Victorian architecture and theatrical flair.

As event professionals, we can provide you with everything you need, from expert technical advice for dramatic décor, to top-quality bespoke catering.

Our venue is located in an area of Zone 2 London with excellent transport links, so takes the headache out of travel for you and your guests.

Grand weddings can be held in the spacious Council Chamber on our south-facing first floor. Thiswood-panelled banqueting hall-style space boasts an adjoining room which can be used as a bar area or cloakroom for guests to mingle or relax away from the rest of the party.

Another fantastic space for your celebration is the Member’s Library, one of Battersea Arts Centre’s most sought after spaces. This light and airy room is the perfect place for you and your guests to enjoy an intimate drinks reception.

Most impressive perhaps, is the iconic marble double staircase that curls out of the foyer's mosaic floor; a stunning area to host your reception, or better, to hold an unforgetable marriage ceremony.

Following a devastating fire in 2014, The Grand Hall is being completely refurbished and is ready to hire from January 2019. The restoration will give the space a greater flexibility and technical capability, while retaining the shape and footprint of the original Victorian ballroom. This improved infrastructure makes us able to accommodate ambitious and innovative events like never before.

The Grand Hall is serviced by its own kitchen and adjoining bar, with a redesign by artist Jake Tilson. The Grand Hall has its own entrance, so can be accessed privately, and hire of the space includes use of the stunning mosaic floor and stained glass domed-Octagonal Hall. There are several dressing rooms at either side of the proscenium arch, which have kitchenette facilities and showers.

Our iconic building has hosted 125 years of events in Battersea, surrounded by unique décor that oozes character and charm. We are here to guide and support you though the whole process, so get in touch to see how we can help create your dream wedding. 

"Thank you to you, and your team for enabling us to have the most incredible day yesterday. I knew it was going to be good, but wow... Completely overwhelming." – Jan and David

"We had the best day, even better than I thought it would be and all your hard work was very much appreciated. The food was perfect, the drinks wonderfully timed, all in all flawless!" - Andy and Laura 

"The room looked amazing - you'd set it up exactly as we'd imagined. The food was very tasty, the pudding was a hit. We had specific compliments about how well the bar was run, and we'd agree. All very slick." - Jon and Suzie

• A unique and historic city venue in South West London • Theatrical flair combined with historic architecture • Superb professional catering for events • The Council Chamber is perfect for weddings and can host 200 standing and up to 120 dining • Make your entrance down the impressive marble staircase • The light and airy Member's Library is ideal for small drinks receptions of up to 50

Facilities at Battersea Arts Centre

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Disabled Facilities
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Battersea Arts Centre Reviews (6)

Perfect day
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By Lucy & Will, on 26 Jun 2017Date of Wedding - 24 Sep 2016

Our wedding was everything we hoped it would be - we couldn't have wished for a better day. You did an amazing job - it was really relaxed yet organised! And was just the atmosphere we hoped for.

Thank you!
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By Jemma and Aiden, on 20 Jun 2017Date of Wedding - 18 Sep 2016

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your hard work in helping us to make Sunday a very special day. It went so well, everyone commented on the venue, on how brilliant it was and how it worked so well for the kids. Your team were so on it on the day and the band also commented on how helpful all the staff were. Thanks for your professionalism and support and everything from the tastings, to table set up, video showing and sound. I would highly recommend it as a venue to anyone. Thanks for looking after me and calming my nerves! I’ve always loved coming to the BAC to see gigs and shows but now it has a special place in my heart.

Truly magnificent!
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By Martin & Hellen, on 09 Jun 2017Date of Wedding - 17 Sep 2016

We had a truly amazing day, thank you! All our guests were blown away by BAC, from the building to the food to the friendliness of all the staff. Praise was also heaped on Frankie's food - particularly the homemade taste (that's a massive compliment) and the gigantic pavlova.

We loved having our wedding here! So special.
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By Chris & NJ, on 29 Apr 2016

We had our wedding reception at BAC in October 2013; it was absolutely incredible! The venue was perfect for us; spacious (we had 300 guests for dancing!) and super-fun, but also had a really lovely homely, vintage feel which was perfect for us and our wedding's theme. The band looked and sounded incredible on the stage and we still get comments about how fun our day was. The staff were fantastic to deal with; we felt like we had a wedding planning team behind us! :) As locals, we absolutely loved having our wedding at such a special Battersea place, and we still walk past it and smile.

August 9th 2014
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By Hazel and Dave Underwood, on 17 Apr 2016

The Council Chamber in the BAC was the perfect reception venue for our wedding. It's such a quirky, fun venue and we were able to achieve the exact feel we hoped for on our wedding day. We worked with several different staff over the course of the year leading up to our wedding day, they were all extremely helpful, prompt in replying to emails and took time to talk to us and understand what we were hoping for. We loved the long tables and fairy lights and they even provided us with a small stage for the band and funky armchairs from the cafe downstairs, which we had up on stage for us to sit in during the speeches. They were also very helpful when it came to the practical arrangements, like providing places to store our bags and reserving a parking space for our car and a disabled space for our Grandparent's car. It was almost 2 years ago now, but whenever we pass the BAC it brings back a special feeling as we remember a wonderful day. Thanks so much!

amazing and unforgettable
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By Emily and James, on 13 Apr 2016

An amazing and unforgettable venue with fantastic staff - all of our friends and family commented on how unique and interesting our wedding was - all in all a perfect day - Emily and James

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