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Battersea Arts Centre is a historic wedding venue located in South West London, England. If you've been searching for a one-of-a-kind setting nearby central London, admire this venue's breathtaking grand hall, full of Victorian-era style. Over the years, the space has won several high-profile awards for its architecture, including the prestigious RIBA Building of the Year award. It has also welcomed a host of famous faces over the years, including Fleetwood Mac, The Jam and Nick Cave.
Facilities and Capacity
Battersea Arts Centre boasts a versatile event space that can accommodate ceremonies with up to 600 guests, seated receptions for 350 and standing receptions for 800. You'll find everything you need for entertaining, including a large stage for live bands and DJs, a dance floor, and overhead lighting to set the mood. All hires include full access to the stunning Octagonal Hall, with its ornate stained-glass domed ceiling, mosaic flooring, and exclusive use of the private bar. Their team loves working with couples to make their special day unforgettable, so if you are looking for a creative and caring team, you've met your match.
The dedicated team at Battersea Arts Centre are a wealth of information when it comes to wedding planning. They've hosted celebrations of all sizes and styles and truly believe that each evening spent there should be entirely unique. Beginning with a tour and consultation, their coordinators will walk you through their process and help you select the perfect layout and timeline for your big day. Their exclusive list of approved suppliers, including caterers, florists, and entertainment businesses will guarantee the best possible experience on the day.
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An absolute stunning venue, expertly managed
Amazing, unique venue with enthusiastic, hard working staff
The building itself is so gorgeous and such a unique venue, we loved that it looked so great we didn’t need to worry about decorating the room. The food was absolutely delicious & really generous portions, and compared to other caterers seemed really good value for money. Naomi and her team were on top of every detail and very flexible to a few last minute changes! On the day, they made sure everything ran super smoothly and took care of any issues which meant we were totally relaxed to enjoy our day.
The only thing I was surprised about was that we were expected to pay corkage on any alcohol that we didn’t end up drinking if it was leftover which I thought seemed a bit cheeky. But that’s only a small detail in an otherwise amazing experience.
I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the BAC as the perfect venue for a London wedding, we couldn’t have had a better day and only wish we could do it all again!
Stressful process and a thrown away cake!
However, the service was rather disappointing from the beginning. Email responses were very slow, even leading up to weeks before the wedding. Flexibility was challenging with a few hidden costs for extra features, which was frustrating considering the hire of the venue alone is quite pricey.
On the day of the wedding adults were served their food first, which left children waiting for theirs, this was quite frustrating because on the day of your wedding you just want everything to run smoothly. Also we paid for bread for the tables, but there was no bread.
At the end of the night the events manager ensured me that the rest of the cake would be in the fridge for us to collect the next day, as well as the rest of the flowers that we had paid a lot of money for. When my Dad arrived the next day to collect the flowers and the cake, they had been chucked away; which was very disheartening and upsetting. Following on from this the events team at battersea denied that they had thrown them away and accused us of agreeing to throw the cake away. I don't know anyone who would agree to throw a £500 cake away.
To add, I handmade table numbers by pressing flowers in small glass frames, at the end of the night whilst they were packing away, I walked into the back room to collect our things only to find all the table numbers I had spent weeks making smashed all over the floor :(
It is these reasons that I would not recommend battersea arts centre as a wedding venue, as the whole organisational process was very stressful and they were irresponsible with our cake and flowers.
We loved having our wedding here! So special.
August 9th 2014
amazing and unforgettable
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