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Last update: September 2023
Overlooked by the magnificent St Paul's Cathedral, The Happenstance is a sophisticated and elegant wedding venue in the heart of the City of London. A busy and vibrant location during the week, Paternoster Square is a truly peaceful setting at weekends, perfect for unforgettable wedding celebrations. The impressive venue has its own chic, modern wine bar and terrace area, which boasts stunning views of St Paul's. Couples will love the romantic and elegant location, and the dedicated team aims to exceed expectations by providing a flexible and bespoke service.
Facilities and Capacity
The Happenstance caters to large and small weddings and can accommodate up to 150 seated guests to dine or 350 for a relaxed drinks reception. With indoor and outdoor seating available, the team prides themselves on their flexible approach and can tailor the venue's layout, design, catering, and service to create the perfect day. The Happenstance is licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies, and couples can exchange vows in the chic and modern interior before raising a toast with loved ones on the terrace. The stunning views of St Pauls's Cathedral will provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photos before returning to the restaurant for the wedding reception.
The Happenstance offers a range of services that couples can tailor to meet their needs. A dedicated wedding coordinator will ensure that each event is as seamless as it is memorable. Catering is available from a team of executive chefs who will prepare a menu to each couple's specifications. From canapés to formal three-course wedding breakfasts, every dish is a culinary delight sure to please even the most refined palette. There are live band and DJ facilities on-site, and the venue has a 3 am license, so the party can continue long into the night.
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Amazing wedding experience
The food was delicious and made the event so special, we could also personalise our wedding breakfast from the tasting session.
Staff on the day were just fantastic, offering us great service, making the kids feel welcome and all with a smile.
Our guest feedback was that the venue and food was exceptional, many saying it was the best wedding venue they had been to. There was plenty of room for the DJ and dancing ( we were in the lounge). For our wedding of 36, the lounge was perfect, we loved every minute.
The aftercare was brilliant, what a team!
Perfect Wedding Day
Great Venue and Fantastic Staff
The backdrop of St Paul’s cathedral is stunning especially in the evening with its dramatic lighting! Inside the vibe is warm but sophisticated with a separate room for dinning and partying. One word of advice when looking at the venue – try to go and have a look when they are setting up for another wedding, it is hard to really appreciate how the space looks on weekend compared to a weekday.
On to the actual day – my husband and I arrived with our guests and were greeted to a glass of fizz as we went off to have our photos – the guests then enjoyed there drinks and canapés – there was plenty to go around and there was a great atmosphere. Many of our guests commented on the staff - were really attentive topping up drinks and offering the canapés and actually had smiles on their faces and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. They were also lovely and chatty and not robots as you find in some places. I cannot express how happy we were with the staff, a massive thank you particularly to Melody, Tobi and Sara – they really looked after us and our guests and called everyone cabs when we were worse for wear!
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