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Lea Rowing Club

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Starting at £975
2 to 250 Guests

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Starting at £975
2 to 250 Guests

Lea Rowing Club is a British Rowing affiliated club, its heritage dating back to the 19th century. Its location, perched between the vibrant east London boroughs of Hackney and Waltham Forest, makes it feels close to wilderness, directly overlooking a tranquil stretch of the River Lea and surrounded on all sides by ancient marshland.

Recently renovated, the club’s beautiful Boathouse offers a series of complementary spacious areas, perfect for holding a celebration or wedding reception. The venue is also fully licensed for weddings.

The main hall is light and airy, and offers great ceiling heights. The space can hold up to 130 people seated for dining or 200 standing guests. It boasts a clean, modern and minimal backdrop to your celebration, and is fully air-conditioned with a large dance floor.

The two additional rooms – the L shaped bar and study – boast bags of character and are located to the rear of the venue, sharing a huge private balcony with stunning views over the River Lea and Walthamstow marshes beyond.

The Boathouse can be hired as a dry hire venue or couples can choose from one of three inclusive wedding packages. Request our wedding package brochure for more information on these.

  • Venue with British history
  • Light, spacious and modern
  • Stunning views of the river
  • Main hall, bar and study area available

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Sporting
Unusual Weddings
Historic
Landmark
Civil Ceremony Licence
In the City
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Allows Private Catering
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:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Changing Room for Guests
Pets Welcome

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    Mark F. Married on 14/08/2021
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    A great venue and better team!

    Thank you so much to the team at Lea Rowing Club for help making our wedding day such a success. Organising a wedding in a pandemic is no mean feat but Stephen and JC were amazing throughout: from helping us find a new date twice owing due to lockdowns, to making sure everything ran smoothly on the day! The venue itself is unlike anything else out there, bringing a little bit of rural charm to a London location. We were able to put our own stamp on an already beautiful space that made the day feel truly ours. JC in particular was brilliant in helping us put into place all the little touches that we wanted and on the day his team were impeccable.
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    Priya M. Married on 07/08/2021
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    A stress-free wedding in a stunning setting

    We could not have asked for a better wedding! We organised it in three months but had no stress thanks to Stephen and JC.

    Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was and that it was such a hidden gem. Everything went smoothly and every single person had fun. Thank you Lea Rowing Club! We will be back on our anniversary for a Sunday roast...
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    Tatiana Married on 24/07/2021
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    Hidden gem, forever memories

    We had the best wedding day imaginable. So glad we found this beautiful venue in such a pretty setting by the river. Stephen and JC were very communicative and helpful from the beginning and made our lives so easy. The venue looked beautiful and the service from everyone on the day was outstanding. All of our guests had a great time and were impressed by this hidden gem of a venue. It was so much fun. Special shout out to JC for dealing with everything along the way, really helpful advice on the wines and making the day run smoothly, always with a smile. Perfect venue and a perfect day, we will cherish the memories forever (and will come back for a roast sometime!)
    Thank you!
    Tati & Paul
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    Harriet B. Married on 17/07/2021
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    Amazing summer wedding

    We loved our wedding at the Lea Rowing Club. Organising a wedding during Covid was no mean feat, but Stephen and his team supported us every step of the way and always with a smile. They were very responsive, organised and brilliant with all our suppliers, which made a huge difference especially as we chose not to use a wedding planner.

    The venue is already a lovely space so we had to do very little to decorate it, but Stephen was happy to let us use flowers and simple decorations to add some flair. Although the weather was so good on our wedding day, our guests really got to see it at its best - we had so many people say what a gorgeous spot it was. We got lots of amazing photos on the bridge and in the surrounding areas as well as in the Club itself - there's lots of variety in terms of wedding photography.

    We had a wedding with kids in attendance so the different spaces in the venue really helped. We were able to use the main hall for our ceremony, the bar and deck for our reception and the anteroom next to the bar as a creche so it felt like we had unique and differentiated areas, which worked really well.

    Thanks so much to Stephen and particularly JC, the bar manager, who was brilliant! We had the best day!

    Harriet and Alex
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    Fiona R. Married on 26/06/2021
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    Fantastic wedding at the Boathouse

    We had the most incredible day celebrating our wedding at the Boathouse. We hired the bar and the study, and the venue looked beautiful on a glorious June day. All of our guests were so impressed at this little hidden gem in the city! Stephen and JC were so helpful - especially as we had to postpone and change things around due to Covid. But they were both on hand to answer any questions and help arrange everything we needed and the day ran seamlessly. The bar staff were fantastic too, and our guests had a brilliant time. The Boathouse was everything we had been looking for in a venue - as soon as we visited we knew it would be the perfect location for our day - it's a beautiful space, full of character, while remaining relaxed and fun too. Thank you so much for everything and making our day extra-special!
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    Jane Married on 06/07/2019
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    We just wanted to thank you for your wonderful ven

    It really was perfect for our event and day.
    I particularly wanted to thank you for the bar staffs fabulous work on the night, you looked after us brilliantly and whilst a lot of people commented on how great the venue was and looked, quite a few friends said how fantastic the staff were - and you looked after us a treat, handed over bubbles at all the right moments and were a joy.

    Thanks again, the whole thing couldn't have been better - and your venue was a huge part of that.

    Very best,
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    Sue Married on 22/09/2018
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    Great Location

    Guests really loved the venue, despite me choosing the evening with the worst weather. Good time had by all, perhaps too good by some!
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    Gina Married on 11/08/2018
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    Lea Rowing Club

    Hi Stephen

    Just off on honeymoon but wanted to email you to say how much we loved the boathouse!

    It was such an amazing venue and Pedro and the staff were so much fun and so quick to serve on the bar! They really went above and beyond expectations and did an amazing job, the guests loved them!
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    Meena Married on 30/06/2018
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    Wonderful LEA

    Dear Stephen,
    We had a BRILLIANT party- thanks in part to your lovely staff. Antonia was so kind and helped with anything we needed.
    Truly a joy!
    All my friends will want to have parties there now- which is great as long as they don’t book the dates I might want!
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    Amelie Married on 23/06/2018
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    Great time

    Dear Sally
    Please say thanks to Steve on my behalf. I had the most lovely party.
    The room looked lovely with the fairy lights, it all worked very well, Francisco provided good food and Pedro did a good job at the Bar.
    The wines were praised, so thanks to his suggestions, and the Champagne was generally very much appreciated.
    With best wishes
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    Shani Married on 09/09/2017
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    Party party

    Dear Stephen

    Thank you for your kindness and being so helpful in regards to hiring the L shape rawing club space last Saturday. Especially for coming over on Friday evening.

    We had a great party.
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    Angel Married on 27/08/2017
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    Wedding at the Lea

    We had such an amazing day for our August wedding at the Lea Rowing Club. We had a hybrid Hindu/Christian wedding where we needed to cater for different diets, a hybrid ceremony and our own vision on decor. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to do their own thing. The club met our every need and supported us seamlessly. We felt very lucky when we found this venue as it is tricky to find a bright and airy hall with AC that can also shift gears for the evening when you want to dim the lighting and adjourn to the cosy bar attached. The balcony with a view of the narrow boats was a lovely bonus. So many of our guests said it was such a great day and I'm sure the venue was a big part of that.
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    Heather Married on 03/06/2017
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    Wonderful location

    We had a wonderful wedding party at the Lea Rowing Club in June. It was perfect for our party of 80 friends and family with great catering available, a charming bar and club house and wonderful balconies with views over the river. Everyone who came loved the venue and the secret charm of this spot in London. A great find for an event.
    Heather and John
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    Heather Married on 03/06/2017
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    Lovely Lea

    We had a wonderful wedding party at the Lea Rowing Club in June. It was perfect for our party of 80 friends and family with great catering available, a charming bar and club house and wonderful balconies with views over the river. Everyone who came loved the venue and the secret charm of this spot in London. A great find for an event.
    Heather and John
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    Liz Married on 03/09/2016
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    Countryside in the city!

    The Lea Rowing Club is a really special venue - you get the feel of being out in the countryside, with wide open spaces and river views, but with the convenience of being 15 minutes from central London.
    We had our wedding here last September - a sit-down barbecue meal for 120 people (we hired long trestle tables) with an extra 40 guests arriving in the evening. The hall is a fantastic and versatile space with a wooden floor and clean white walls - bright and airy during the day, with dimmable lights for evening. We added loads of bright paper lanterns and fairy lights to make the space really special. The bar area too has a great feel to it - recently refurbished with high quality details and mid-century furniture.
    We had a 5 piece band and dance-floor in the main hall followed by a more intimate DJ set in the bar area - the flexibility of the rooms worked really well.
    As a ‘regular’ at the Club, I can also vouch for the on-site caterers - they are excellent value and will really look after you.

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