It’s hard to think of a more important event than your wedding day, and the fact is that all the planning in the world is only going to be bolstered by a great choice of venue. It is, of course, an expression of your taste and style, but in many ways the right location also puts the emphasis on your guests, too. After all, you want this to be special for everyone involved, with nothing left to chance.
With that in mind, this is our guide to some of the best wedding venues in London, guaranteed to ensure your nuptials exceed expectations and create an amazing day for you and your family and friends to look back on…
Situated on Liverpool Street in fashionable Shoreditch, Andaz is a historic and decadent Victorian location that boasts marbled columns, grand staircases and an incredible ballroom, to name just a few of its many classic features. There’s even a Masonic Temple dating back to 1912, the perfect spot for a large, sumptuous dinner. Regularly hosting weddings that feature anything from ten to one-hundred-and-eighty people across a range of reception rooms, it's also a five-star hotel, meaning guests can also stay the night. Unparalleled luxury in one of the capital’s most dynamic neighbourhoods.
Despite being right in the heart of central London, Petersham Nurseries really does feel far from the madding crowd. Featuring expansive windows, Genoese chandeliers and a wonderful terrace, perhaps the biggest draw is the evergreen backdrop, which at any time of year is bursting with brightly coloured flowers and thick, lustrous foliage. Think English country charm and Italian elegance and what you get is a real celebration for the senses. On top of that, the pastry team at Petersham regularly create incredible, personalised wedding cakes adorned with seasonal British flowers.
If you’re in the market for something creative, charming and just a little bit different, you could do a lot worse than getting married aboard the Cutty Sark. One of the world's most renowned and beautiful ships, you can tie the knot beneath its amazing hull, and with incredible views across London and four decks for your guests to explore, this might be the less traditional option but it’s certainly steeped in history. Built all the way back in 1869, the huge interiors of this remarkable vessel are now utterly captivating. Perfect for those of an adventurous disposition.
Home to the Royal Family, Kensington Palace is also a popular wedding venue throughout the year, but, be warned, the number of events are limited. However, if you are lucky enough to get married here it is, as you can probably imagine, as sumptuous a location as you’ll find anywhere in London. A vivid sense of history, wondrous staterooms and expansive, immaculate gardens ensure a truly unforgettable experience, overseen by a dedicated team who’ll help you plan everything down to the tiniest detail. The ceremony itself will take place in the Orangery, which is stunningly beautiful by day or night.
For almost overwhelming elegance and romance, Chiswick House and Gardens is a truly dreamy venue that has hosted lavish celebrations for centuries. Chiswick House itself is a luxurious Italian Villa, whilst the garden has a huge conservatory adorned with roses and other blooms, making it the perfect spot for the reception. There’s also the spectacular Domed Saloon and The Burlington Pavillion, and a dedicated team who can cater for up to two-hundred guests. With acres of greenspace to explore, this remains a time-honoured and highly sought-after location.
Moments from Greenwich Palace, Queen’s House is a stunning, former Royal residence that really is a picture-perfect location for any wedding day. Within this historic building are a range of options, including The Great Hall, the Orangery and The South Parlours, all of which are licensed wedding venues. Situated in the green, leafy surroundings of Greenwich Park, this boasts amazing views across the river and can accommodate up to one-hundred-and-twenty guests. Also known for its professional, friendly events team, this iconic destination is a true visual splendour and an idyllic space, perfect for that special day.
For a city wedding, it’s hard to beat London’s oldest botanical garden. Set right in the heart of Chelsea, this is four acres of luscious greenspace, featuring woodland, a pond, a series of perfectly manicured lawns and an abundance of flowers and exotic plant life. Meanwhile, inside, The Gallery is a huge, bright space that can fit up to eighty people. For many, what makes this such a stand-out is the combination of contemporary and pastoral features that combine to create a genuinely unique West London location. Previously something of a hidden gem, the Physic Garden is becoming more and more popular, particularly with younger couples, drawn to the venue’s relaxed atmosphere and remarkable natural beauty.