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Last update: June 2024

Situated on the Embankment in Putney, South West London, The London Rowing Club is a beautiful Victorian building that offers glorious panoramic views of the River Thames with views of Bishops Park just beyond the water. Home to one of London's oldest rowing clubs, founded in 1856, the building has undergone some considerate upgrades and modernisations to retain much of its original charms and period features. This peaceful location is licensed for civil ceremonies and is perfect for families and friends to come together to celebrate.

Facilities and Capacity

The Long Room is a bright and airy interior, licensed to hold civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests with a choice of banqueting suites to accommodate more intimate gatherings. This neutral space lends itself to any colour scheme. The room features dual aspect large period style windows, classic portraits, vintage rowing boats suspended from the ceiling, two stunning working fireplaces and three french doors leading onto a 20-metre long balcony. The balcony is perfect to pop a champagne cork and begin celebrating your marriage. As guests mingle and enjoy the views, you can slip away to capture some photographs on the river bank. You can host dinners with up to 100 guests and drink receptions with 200 standing.

Services Offered

The highly experienced wedding team at London Rowing Club will assist you in planning your special day, from your first enquiry right through to the departure of the very last guest. This estate is a short walk from many public transport links, including the Overground, London Underground, multiple TFL Bus Services and The Thames Clipper River Service. The club's other services include, but are not limited to:

  • Cabaret or refectory tables
  • Linens
  • Crockery and glassware
  • Licensed bar
  • Entertainment license

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Sporting
Unusual weddings
Historic
In the city
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

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

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for London Rowing Club

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Daniel J. Sent on 22/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding venue

LRC was the perfect place to celebrate our wedding this summer. The venue staff went above and beyond to ensure that everything went as planned both before and during the event. Thanks in particular to Annabel who was responsive, helpful and always put us at ease in the build up. The location is stunning - couldn’t have asked for a better day!
Katharine
Katharine A. Sent on 22/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic venue, can't recommend more highly

We just wanted to say an enormous thank you for everything. From the moment we came to visit the LRC on a slightly grey January weekend, we knew it would be a fabulous venue for our June wedding reception and it certainly did not disappoint. It really is the most beautiful setting and we have very fond memories of our guests enjoying drinks in the sunshine with the most fantastic view over the Thames. The venue has such character and lends itself beautifully to a wedding reception. We have received so many compliments from our guests and I would encourage anyone thinking about booking their wedding at the LRC to do it, you will not regret it! We were lucky to be blessed with beautiful weather so were able to have our jazz musicians play on the balcony for the drinks reception before moving into the Long Room for our meal. It looked stunning with the tables dressed and mantles adorned with flowers. Following the meal and speeches, guests enjoyed drinks back on the balcony and in the Fairburn and Members Rooms which provide plenty of seating, whilst the Long Room was cleared and the band set up. We then partied the night away.

From start to finish, the organisation was so straight forward. Annabel was very accommodating and full of helpful advice in the run up. I knew that on the day she would ensure things ran like clock work, which of course they did. Our suppliers also commented on how helpful the LRC team were to work with. On the day the staff were brilliant and went out of their way to ensure everything ran smoothly (including borrowing some large gym fans from the rowers to put in the Long Room to keep us cool as it was an unexpectedly hot day). We really can’t thank you enough and now need to think of an excuse to host another party with you in the future!
Amie
Amie B. Sent on 19/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn't have wished for a better venue and events team!

We had our wedding (ceremony+reception) at LRC in July, and the venue itself and the team we worked with were absolutely incredible! Everything on the day went without a hitch and we heard so many compliments on the location - our guests loved the balcony and the layout inside, which included plenty of space for anyone wanting a break from dancing to sit down and relax. Would recommend to anyone looking to host an event!
Harry
Harry R. Sent on 28/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect place for a wedding

We found the London Rowing Club while desperately combing through London locations after our original venue fell through a few months before the day.
Luckily for us it was available due to a cancellation - kismet!
From the start the charming Annabel put us very much at ease and helped us to envisage the day as we hoped it would be. She was very flexible and helpful throughout the planning process.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather on the day and the venue really came into its own - it was virtually impossible to get guests off the terrace, which is the perfect size for our smallish event (65 people) and of course offers gorgeous river views.
We were well looked after by the team and everything went off without a hitch. The interior of the space itself is lovely with a great sense of history.
Nice additional touch - table tennis was made available in the entry room for the later part of the evening!

It's a special place and I'd thoroughly recommend for anyone seeking a memorable spot to tie the knot!
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Alex S. Sent on 31/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Magic, perfectly executed winter wedding

We got married at the London Rowing Club on a brilliantly sunny winter day on Saturday. All the way through in the run up (after 2 years or more of postponements), Annabel and team bent over backwards to help us arrange everything, recommended some brilliant suppliers for food (Shona Pollock comes highly recommended) and flowers (same with Steph the charityflorist.)

So many of our guests said how lovely the venue and staff were on the day, and the whole place looked a million dollars with an amazing photo set on and around the balcony and river - although we haven't seen those yet. The corkage and bar tariff prices are also incredibly reasonable for an inner London location!

I can't recommend the LRC highly enough. It will live in memory for a very long time.
Susannah
Susannah T. Sent on 01/11/2021
4.8 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Wedding Reception at the LRC

We had our wedding reception at the London Rowing Club this October, it’s a wonderful venue right on the river with lots of character. The team at the LRC were incredible, so thoughtful and dedicated to making our event a success. They ensured not only that it ran smoothly, but was brilliant fun. Special thank you to Tommy and Annabel. Events manager Annabel is also a caterer (Green Fig), which was so convenient as we could plan the food and reception together. The food was absolutely delicious and generous in quantity, we had plenty of complements from our guests. All the venue’s recommended suppliers, from florist (Poppy Frost) to DJ (John Codd), were also brilliant. We couldn’t recommend the LRC highly enough for a special and unique wedding reception venue.
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Elizabeth V. Sent on 09/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful location, fabulous venue

We got married in St. Mary's church and then had our reception in the London Rowing Club in February 2023. It far exceeded our expectations and was an incredible fabulous stress-free day with thanks to the wonderful Annabel making the day just run.

In the lead up to the event, Annabel was incredibly responsive, helpful and helped us plan the day exactly how we wanted it. She answered all our questions really quickly, always got back to us, was very flexible with what we could do and allowing us to personalise the space. Prior to the event, Annabel arranged for us to go and have a look around on a couple of additional occasions to help us plan how we would want it to look. She also gave our caterers a tour of the kitchens as they were new to the venue.

In the immediate lead up to the day, Annabel helped with our suppliers in getting chairs delivered and bringing all the wine over a day earlier. On the day, she helped to make the day flow and just dealt with things throughout the day.

The venue itself is beautiful with three rooms to use. A middle reception room, a cosy snug and the main long room. In the main long room, there is a rowing boat hanging upside down with fairly lights. The main lighting can be dimmed and gave a wonderful atmosphere for the evening meal. As our wedding was a winter wedding, it was fairly chilly so they lit fires in the main room and snug which added to the atmosphere.

We had around 90 guests - could have fitted a few more just about. We used the round tables, tablecloths, linen, plates cutlery and glasses provided and they were perfect for a wedding and looked very smart. No need to hire these. As mentioned, we did hire separate wedding chairs instead of the conference chairs provided. There's a lot of decoration in the way of rowing memorabilia on the walls which means you don't have to actually do too much to make it interesting for guests.

Overall, the perfect London wedding venue with absolutely fabulous views across the Thames with a long balcony to enjoy from. To top it off Annabel is truly amazing and so helpful.
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Kimberley D. Sent on 12/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn’t have asked for more! Loved it!

London Rowing Club is a truly fantastic venue and we were both so delighted with how our day went! The venue has real character with the classic rowing memorabilia and it’s location on the Thames, and looks amazing when it’s all set up. The layout and size of rooms I thought were perfect for our wedding of about 70 (+15ish more in the evenings) and of course the big attraction is the balcony which all of our guests adored!! (I wish I’d had more time during the day to stand out there and enjoy it 😂). Not only is it a fantastic venue in a great location but what really made this the most amazing venue was how great all of the staff, and all the recommend suppliers were! The day exceeded expectations and we got compliments on the place and the staff from all our guests. Couldn’t be happier with the venue, it was perfect for us!!
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Chris G. Sent on 27/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding event exceeding expectations

The London Rowing Club team alongside the Dinner Ladies went above and beyond to ensure that we had the wedding perfectly fitting our requirements. Throughout the entire all of the suppliers worked seamlessly together to ensure the space transformed as we progressively added guests and transitioned between eating, our ceremony, more eating, music and dancing. We wouldn’t have had it any other way. The attention to detail of the team is second to none - perfect for any bride and groom seeking a beautiful event.
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Megan R. Sent on 24/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful, historic venue on the Thames

I highly recommend the London Rowing Club as a wedding venue. The team were professional, super helpful (a blessing for a bride juggling multiple things) and offered plenty valuable advise. On the day, the staff set up for the ceremony @ then diverted the same room for the reception seamlessly. Our guests had a fantastic time & we had a magical start to our married life together
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Francesca H. Sent on 01/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect day!

We recently had our wedding reception at LRC having had to postpone twice and I can not recommend Annabel, Tom and the team any higher. Not only were they so hands on and paitent, but they also went out of their way to ensure everything ran smoothly. The venue is beautiful and our guests (ranging from 3 months to 91 years old!) All had so much fun, and the venue was suitable for all demographics.
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Hope V. Sent on 28/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn’t rate this high enough!

Lit the best place for a wedding venue! Brilliant staff, beautiful views!
Getting married in COVID was already quite stressful, but the venue adapted to make it work, flexible on dates, at the end of an email if we needed anything and the catering staff were just fantastic. Many people commented the best food they had ever had at a wedding (we used green fig - annabelle’s!) the staff helped set the venue up beautifully & cleared it all away! They made sure our guests were all okay, and made it run smoothly so we had nothing to worry about!
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Hannah Sent on 04/06/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue with a fantastic team!

We booked the London Rowing Club for a number of reasons - it's amazingly well located, beautifully decorated and perfect for the relaxed and non traditional wedding that we wanted. To top it off, it came complete with a fantastic Venue Manager, Olivia!

Olivia was brilliantly helpful over the year and three months leading up to the wedding. She was always on hand to answer any questions we had and always made herself available for us to come back to the venue whenever we wanted. She's very experienced and knowledgable and her advice helped us plan the best day of our lives.

On the day itself, Olivia, the Bar Manager and the rest of the team completely blew us away with how lovely, fun, efficient, helpful and professional they all were. Such a brilliant team and it really made the day for us.

We can't recommend this venue enough!
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Olivia Sent on 02/05/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Day Video at London Rowing Club

The first half of the wedding vid (it's a short vid) shows The London Rowing Club. Loved the venue and the location was fab!!!

https://vimeo.com/tomcoletv/wedding
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Steve Sent on 18/04/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Perfect Day

We held our wedding reception at the London Rowing Club in April 2016 - and couldn't have asked for a more perfect venue, event manager (Olivia Malcolm Berry) and event team. We really liked the venue from the moment we visited the rowing club (although my partner and I are not and never have been rowers) - and once we met Olivia we knew that we wouldn't have any problems getting organised! All the way up to the wedding Olivia was perfect with logistics, decoration ideas and answering any question we ever had (and many times answering questions we hadn't even thought of!). Whenever a problem came up - Olivia always had an answer or solution - which is perfect given how stressful organising a wedding can be! The venue itself is almost indescribably beautiful. Being right on the river, having a great outdoor balcony and having so much history (150+ years old) which you can really see and feel in all of the rooms and decorations. All of our guests told us repeatedly how much they loved the venue. On the day itself everything was perfect, the venue was even more beautiful than we could have imagined, and all of the event staff were absolutely perfect - from serving food, managing the bar, handling the wedding cake, ordering taxis and even getting reluctant guests onto the dance floor! The recommended caterer (Shona Pollock) couldn't have been better - and the canapés, and all of the courses were outstanding. So many of the guests loved the main course that they begged us to ask Shona for the recipe... which she gave us! All in all absolutely everything was perfect- and we couldn't have asked for anymore - and wouldn't have changed a single thing.

Steve & Mirae Seymour
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