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On since 2022

Last update: February 2024

Situated on Farringdon Road, in the heart of London, Harrild and Sons is a versatile wedding reception space in which history and modern features are perfectly blended.

Facilities and Capacity

This former printing press factory is today a Grade II listed building that hosts wedding receptions for parties of up to 120 people. It features original exposed brickwork and industrial reliefs. The striking bar, surrounded by large dining tables, gives the space a fresh, modern feel. Large feature windows and skylights fill the venue with rich, natural light. A lovely outdoor patio area is also available for use.

Services Offered

Harrild and Sons boasts an industry-leading in-house kitchen team. They offer a delicious, specially tailored wedding menu. You and your guests can also enjoy fine wines, craft beers, spirits, and a customisable cocktail menu. The venue has a late license, dance floor and DJ facilities.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Pub or restaurant
In the city

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Live band facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Confetti permitted
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4.6 out of 5 rating
8 reviews
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87% Recommended by couples
Jonathan B. Sent on 02/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

amazing food/drink/location/late licence

The food, the drink, the decor, the staff, everything was amazing. Some highlights:
• Late licence (3am). Every other venue in London finishes far too early because of neighbours but H&S is in the city and doesn’t have any.
• Central London on a Saturday. Because there is no one about in the city on the weekend you can have exclusive use of the venue.
o Note – we had our ceremony 5 mins walk at the museum of the order of St John.
• Drink - We had a French sparkling to rival any champagne, and everyone had their favourite craft beer and cocktail. We were also able to bring some of our own red wine and pay corkage which was appreciated.
• Food – This is where H&S really pulled it off by feeding 106 people a three-course meal (and people had options) of exceptional quality.
• The decor – H&S has had a refurb and it looks amazing. Especially as it became evening and the low lighting came on. Moving to the cocktail lounge downstairs while the dining tables were moved was a nice touch too.
• We skipped a DJ and used a Spotify playlist and a disco light which worked well.

Ultimately we feel that Harrild and Sons worked very hard for our money and we had an amazing day.
Eva B. Sent on 13/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect relaxed Venue in central London

We saw a lot of venues in London before we came across Urban and wish we'd found them sooner. They made everything so easy. Clare the events organiser and Dylan the Manager at Harrild and Son's were both fantastic. The venue itself was perfect, just what we were looking for; somewhere in central London that had plenty of character and wouldn't break the bank. We didn't have a sit down meal, we opted for canapés and bowl food which everyone raved about. We also loved Dylan's suggestion of a cocktail hour in the downstairs bar which went down very well with the guests!
I couldn't have asked for a better venue, or better people to deal with in the run to the wedding.
The staff on the night were also excellent.
Sarah-Jane J. Sent on 21/01/2023
1.8 out of 5 rating

Please be aware!

*Please note that after months of back and forth with the venue, we received some compensation for the issues that we experienced*

Our wedding took place in August 2022, and after some careful thought, we think it is right that we leave a review of our big day at Harrild & Sons so that no other couples go through the same disappointment and frustration that we experienced.

We selected H&S due to their brilliant online reviews, so when it was announced that the venue changed hands at the start of 2022, we had immediate concerns that we would not receive the amazing pub wedding we envisaged. It turned out that we were correct to have these concerns, and unfortunately for us they really showed through on our big day.

Although our initial agreement with the venue was honoured, due to staff changes and miss communication, we did not receive the same top tier management that other reviewers of this venue have reported. We were assigned a wedding manager which made us feel at ease, but it seemed that all our conversations reading up to the day were pointless.

The errors during our day are plentiful, with the major errors listed as follows -

- No experienced wedding manager present on the day. I hadn’t met the person that was assigned on the day before and they had clearly not managed many/any weddings previously.
- Our welcome drinks were not served to guests, instead, a bottle of gin, bucket of ice and some tonic bottles were placed at the back of the room. Guests bought their own drinks instead.
- Staff did not know about our £2k bar tab and charged drinks to guests until we realised what was happening. They also did not put out the sign we had made to alert guests on which drinks were on the tab.
- Our wedding cake was not served to guests and we took it all home with us. Complete waste of money.
- During our initial meeting we were told that fairy lights were wrapped around the pillars for all weddings, but these were not done. We found out after the fact that it was for us to sort ourselves but this was never communicated.
- Selected wine from our tasting was not available on the day, I had to taste and select wines when I arrived at my wedding.
- Food was completely different in quality than we tried at the tasting. The beef (that nearly everyone had) was tough and had not been cooked for long enough. It was hugely embarrassing as we had raved to guests about how good the beef dish was.
- When we requested to see the itemised receipt against our tab, we found that many drinks had been costed wrong, it was completely inaccurate towards the charges/services agreed.
- Security agreed for the night did not turn up and random punters came in several times during the night.
- Doombar was ordered in specifically for the father of the groom, but it was not available even after double checking it would be two days prior to the wedding.
- Camden Hells was off after 2.5hrs of us being at the venue.
- Wrong table plan was used.

I hope no one experiences this level of issues during their wedding.

We were expecting a couple of things to go wrong, but never anything to this scale. It honestly felt like staff hadn’t handled a wedding before.

Thankfully during the day we were in such a giddy, overwhelmingly happy state of mind, we forced all of these issues away from affecting our experience at the time. However, upon reflection, we feel hurt and hugely disappointed, especially that we had to fight so hard to receive any goodwill and decent customer service from the venue.

After two months of back and forth with management we received some compensation which has helped ease a bit of bad feeling, but I hope making others aware of our experience will give some further closure.

Thank you for reading, and if you’re looking to book with H&S, please make sure that none of these errors happen to you.
Zena A. Sent on 15/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Get it booked

Claire and the whole team at Harrild and Sons were amazing. We couldn’t of asked for a better day. The venue looked stunning and the team went out of their way to put up our many decorations and table settings. Everyone was raving about the food too, saying it was the best they have ever had at a wedding. You won’t regret booking! We loved our day there x
Dominique P. Sent on 23/02/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Above and beyond!

Despite the business changing hands before our wedding, the communication was excellent and the new events coordinator did everything to make the day go smoothly and pick up details from original booking. Excellent staff on the day, we love the venue so much it needed hardly any decorating which made it all stress free. Food was great, both sit down meal and evening snacks! Cocktails downstairs after dinner were loved by guests! Highly recommend!!
Paul Sent on 30/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely everything was perfect!

Lee Anne and I would like to say a huge thank you for everything at the weekend.

Absolutely everything from the food to the wine to the service was perfect.

Everybody has commented on how great the venue itself was, how amazing the food was and how friendly the staff there were so please pass on our thanks to the whole team there.

We really couldn’t have chosen a better venue for our wedding party!

Adam Sent on 30/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

It was so well planned!

Darina was super helpful and is quite an incredible person. The whole event was completely amazing.

That place will remain firmly in our hearts and we will be there a lot I am sure.

We thank you so much for everything you did for us. It was so well planned! It meant the world. I hope we meet again!

All the best,

Adam and Corinne
Jemma Sent on 30/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Even better than we hoped!

Just wanted to send a quick note to say the biggest thank you to you and the team and Harrild & Sons for our wedding party on Sunday. It was just perfect - even better than we hoped, and we had so many comments about the venue, food and atmosphere. Thanks so much for taking such good care of us.

Jemma and Lisa
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