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On since 2023

Last update: June 2024

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.

Services Offered

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.

All packages include;

  • A dedicated ‘I do’ planner
  • Exclusive hire of the venue
  • Furniture, linen, crockery including glassware and tea lights
  • Cake stand and knife, name cards & table numbers
  • Complimentary tasting for up to 4 people
  • Cash bar facilities if required

We cannot wait to host your special day at The Happenstance!

  • Woman-owned
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Happenstance

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Tristyn E. Sent on 13/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The Dream Wedding Venue

I cannot say enough things about drake and Morgan’s the happenstance. The attention to detail, the communication and the staff at the happenstance were truly out of this world.

Gabi, who is the head of weddings at drake and Morgan is what truly made the experience. She has seen so many weddings and has so much passion for helping couples fulfil their vision. Her attention to detail and project management skills were out of this world she executed everything perfectly.

A big feature of us going with the happenstance was the extensiveness of the package provided. We wanted to make sure our guest had plenty of food and drinks all night and they delivered! So many people have complimented how amazing the food was and the drinks and how it was so much better than normal wedding food!

I could not recommend the happenstance, Gabi and the drake and Morgan franchise enough!

(Pictures taken by our photographer lex Fleming)

Kirstie T. Sent on 22/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding experience

From the first look round to the follow up after the wedding day, we cannot rate this venue highly enough. The wedding planner Gabriela was first class, great with ideas to guide us, organised, took a lot of the weight off our shoulders when organising our Wedding from Barnsley.
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!
Alex H. Sent on 12/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Made the day.

Since our very first meeting with the weddings and events manager we were blown away by how helpful and insightful all the staff at the Happenstance were. They truly made the day special for us. From beginning to end arranging our wedding was such a smooth experience. The staff, the venue, and the food all contributed to making our big day so special. I cannot recommend them enough.
Sally Sent on 16/08/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Wedding Day

Will and his team hosted our wedding at The Happenstance last year, we had the most wonderful day and cannot thank the team enough for their hospitality and attention to detail. The venue was perfect, the food was delicious and the service was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble! Thank you Happenstance for being a huge part of our incredible day! xx
Eric Sent on 10/12/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Great Venue and Fantastic Staff

My husband and I were lucky enough to snap up Paternoster Square Corney and Barrow for our wedding reception in late October 2015 and I can honestly say it was the best day of my life in part to the fantastic experience we had here.
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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