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**Venue unavailable due to refurbishment works from May 2023 - May 2025***

Weddings at QMUL - Queen Mary University of London allow you to tie the knot in a historic hidden gem. This East London, England venue was originally built in 1888 as the Queen Mary Library. Today, it continues to house numerous volumes of literature, which line the walls and add to its unique and breathtaking atmosphere. A dedicated events team will work closely with you to deliver a beautiful and relaxing celebration in the heart of the city.

Facilities and Capacity

Weddings at QMUL - Queen Mary University of London are held in The Octagon, which can accommodate up to 240 guests for a sit-down dinner. This stunning space has cathedral ceilings that reach three storeys tall and are topped by a glass dome that showers the room in natural light. All around, you will be surrounded by shelves of brightly-coloured books and busts of the great English literati, including Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Wordsworth. The Octagon is also licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 200 people. After tying the knot, you can step outside to the foyer, courtyard, or front lawn under the Queen's Clocktower for your drinks reception. The Octagon will then be flipped and set for your wedding breakfast.

Services Offered

Weddings at QMUL - Queen Mary University of London offers brand new event packages that can be tailored to your specific needs and preferences. Menus are also flexible and can include a formal multi-course meal or a hot fork buffet. The hospitality team will walk you through your catering options. You will also receive a dedicated contact who will help ensure that everything runs smoothly.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Historic
Landmark
In the city
Outdoor license
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
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Pet-friendly
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Joe R. Sent on 02/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Made our day perfect, thank you!

Alex and her team made everything run without a hitch, made quick changes in relation to the weather on the day, were flexible with our food options, and of course a beautiful venue, couldn't recommend enough!
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Louise G. Sent on 19/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day created!

QMUL team were absolutely amazing from the first moment we met them! The second we were taken on a tour of the venue, we knew this was the place for us! Straight away they were helping us create the moment in our minds. A massive special thank you to Alex, she let me visit as many times as I needed over the months before to make sure I could do everything the other way I had planned. Then on the day, no one could have asked for a better event organiser, she ensured absolutely everything went to plan and the vision we had been discussing for a year, came to life! Thank you so much to every member of the team on the day, nothing was too much to ask!
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Oliver Sent on 01/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beyond Happy

Ever since I watched the Disney Beauty and the Beast, I've always wanted to find a library that looked the same in real life. When I first discovered the venue, I was blown away by the beauty of the place. Alexandra, Victoria, Fleur and the entire team at Queen Mary University added the magic needed to give our wedding the magic sparkles it needed for our most special day. From day one, the whole team has been helping us organising and planning the wedding while giving us plenty of useful advices. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for the professionalism, patience, listening and tailored made event you helped us organise. Would definitely recommend.
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Louisa Sent on 12/05/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful day thanks to the QMUL staff

Leaving a gushing review is the least we can do in return for the wonderful hospitality you provided us and our guests with. The food and service both got rave reviews and the brickwall guestbook (jonnyconcrete.com) you recommended was the most amazing hit - so East London! QMUL couldn't have done more for us. Thank you!
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Vanda, Sent on 22/03/2018
5 out of 5 rating
I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and hard work. We are all shattered but grateful that everything went so smoothly. Please thank the chef and catering teams for excellent food which was thorough enjoyed by all.
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Katie Sent on 22/03/2018
5 out of 5 rating
Thank you so much for all that you did to help our wedding go so smoothly! We had a wonderful day and we're so glad that we picked the Octagon!
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Katie Sent on 22/03/2018
5 out of 5 rating
Thanks again for everything on Saturday, it was the most amazing day! We had a brilliant day and it was certainly in no small part down to your amazing background work to keep the show running. So excited to receive the professional pics!
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Emma Sent on 06/03/2018
5 out of 5 rating
Our guests were amazed at what the Octagon looked like! It looked lovely and the whole day was great.
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Deborah Sent on 22/03/2018
5 out of 5 rating
Thank you very much for a great experience and helping us have the best day of our lives! The staff were there throughout the whole day to make sure everything was set up and running smoothly and we loved the atmosphere, efficiency and freedom to relax.
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Ruth Sent on 22/03/2018
5 out of 5 rating
We chose the Octagon because of the ambiance and the beautiful room. On the day everything went smoothly and according to plan.
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Lindsey Sent on 22/03/2018
5 out of 5 rating
Loved the beautiful venue and we were really happy with the waiting staff. Best thing about Saran was that she was really thorough and very chilled out, never stressed and kept us calm.
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12 Sent on 03/05/2016
4 out of 5 rating
Thanks so much to you and your whole team for all your efforts towards the big day. Feedback from the guests has been really positive and we were certainly really pleased with everything.
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01 Sent on 03/05/2016
4 out of 5 rating
The day ran smoother than we could ever imagine thanks to you and your staff. So we will be forever grateful for the part you all played.
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25 Sent on 03/05/2016
4 out of 5 rating
Thanks a million for all of your hard work in making sure we had an wonderful wedding day and the card we found upon return from honeymoon. We were so happy with how everything came together and had a great day. We haven't had the official photographs yet but our friends have taken loads of pics and the Octagon looks great in them.
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05 Sent on 03/05/2016
5 out of 5 rating
‘Thank you so much for your help, support and patience with us and for us. We really couldn’t have pulled it all off without you. We can’t believe how quickly the day disappeared but we’re reminded how good the venue and food looked in the amazing photos.’
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