12 Unique London Wedding Venues Your Guests Will Remember
By Veronica Delgado /London Venue ExpertTue 2nd Aug 2022 Wedding Venues
When you’re looking back at your wedding pictures, you want them to leap off the page, giving you the chance to relive those special memories time after time. A huge part of making that happen is choosing a unique wedding venue that speaks to your sense of excitement.
Whether an opulent, jewel-tone-adorned boutique hotel tickles your fancy, or you prefer a wedding venue so unique that you can dine under a giant dinosaur fossil, we’ve got you covered.
Here, we’ll explore 12 of London’s most unforgettable wedding venues, giving you the lowdown on what they offer.
Fancy hosting your wedding in a lost royal palace? We thought so! Banqueting House London, once part of the Royal Palace of Whitehall, is an expansive wedding venue filled with striking 17th-century architecture.
Its highlight is the monumental main hall — just the place for your unforgettable wedding reception. Gaze up at the renowned Rubens ceiling while you dine, surrounded by vast columns and dazzling chandeliers. For your ceremony, how about the intimate, low-lit undercroft? It features a spectacular twisting staircase, ideal for making a grand entrance.
The Gherkin For couples who want spectacular views on their big day, The Gherkin is an iconic London wedding venue. Weddings have exclusive access to the 39th and 40th floors, and the Helix and Iris bars are unique settings for your ceremony and reception.
Did we mention the views of the city? Just picture it: You’ve enjoyed an intimate, romantic ceremony in one of many private dining rooms, and as the sun goes down, the city lights illuminate your reception, creating an atmosphere like no other.
Add natural wonder to your wedding day at the evergreen Kew Gardens. Set among an impressive selection of exotic plants, it’s home to several stunning wedding settings, from light-filled glasshouses to idyllic outdoor locations. If you’re looking for a wedding that your guests will forever remember, host your reception inside the stunning Princes of Wales Conservatory. There’s simply no place like it.
Natural History Museum
A tourist gem and a favourite museum for locals, The Natural History Museum is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating places to host your wedding. Packed with historical artefacts and treasured collections, The Natural History Museum is equal parts unique backdrop and built-in entertainment. The Hintze Hall is a highlight with grand arches and spectacular glass skylights, all centred around the enormous blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling. Highlights include dancing away under a vast replica of the Earth and exchanging vows near the world’s most complete stegosaurus fossil.
Century Club London
Hidden away in Soho is the exclusive Century Club. Spread across four floors, this members-only club boasts several elegant, modern spaces to host your memorable wedding. The green room is our pick for ceremonies — an intimate room featuring a backdrop of exposed brickwork and fairy lights to capture the unique mood of your day. Elsewhere, the rooftop terrace makes an ideal reception space. Its retractable glass ceiling means you can party beneath the setting sun while enveloped in lush surroundings.
A standout building in the Canary Wharf area, East Wintergarden’s domed glass façade is just one of the focal points. A wedding in the Main Hall is nothing less than spectacular, offering a light-filled, spacious room perfect for weddings with expansive guest lists. As a dry hire venue, the Wintergarden allows you to use its spaces as a blank canvas, bringing in your favourite suppliers to truly achieve your dream wedding day vision.
If you’re looking for a great venue with exceptional food, Butchers’ Hall is worth your time. Bovingdons Catering team work with you to create a wedding dinner that will leave your guests wanting more. It’s not just great food, though. Butchers’ Hall offers a venue brimming with historic charm and elegance. Say ‘I do’ in front of The Court Room’s stunning marble fireplace before heading to The Great Hall, filled with natural and opulent features, for your reception. All wedding packages get access to the sleek, modern rooftop terrace, too, a great spot for pre-dinner chit chat.
L’oscar Hotel London
A 5-star hotel close to London’s West End, your guests will be wowed by the vibrant colours and attractive features of L’oscar Hotel London. Its lavish rooms offer countless unique options for your wedding. The committee room, a smaller space with stunning jewel tones, provides the ideal setting for intimate weddings. The Grade-II listed chapel steals the show with its illuminated dome roof — creating an amazing dancefloor scene.
Once a stunning church, One Marylebone retains the elegant stained-glass windows and high ceilings to offer an exceptional wedding venue. The heart of the venue is Soane hall, a one-of-a-kind location complete with arched ceilings and soaring pillars. It works well as a ceremony room, allowing couples the chance to wed under an ornate domed roof. Upstairs are the light-filled galleries, which interconnect and allow flexibility for the layout of your wedding.
Royal Horticultural Halls
Built in the early 1900s, Westminster’s Royal Horticultural Halls is a spacious Edwardian venue ideal for larger weddings. Its main focal point is Lindley Hall. This Grade-II listed hall has a unique vaulted glass ceiling, allowing the natural light to stream down as you walk down the aisle. An excellent choice for both ceremony and reception, you can dress the hall up with elegant floral arrangements or add custom lighting to make the space your own.
The Victorian Bath House Bishopsgate
Another of London’s hidden gems, The Victorian Bath House radiates Turkish-inspired charm, creating a distinctive setting for your wedding reception. Inside this intimate and exclusive venue, you’ll find yourself lost in its intricate details and elegant aura. After enjoying a drink on the cosy street-level terrace, you’ll be invited downstairs to the main reception room. This timeless lounge-style area offers delicious food, stylish cocktails, and an exceptional atmosphere.
A secluded country wedding retreat in rural Croydon, Addington Palace is an 18th-century mansion surrounded by rolling lawns, towering trees, and manicured gardens. Fully licensed for your wedding ceremony, The Great Hall is a classic, wood-panelled room that doubles as an elegant, spacious reception room. Outdoors, the south lawn is a great spot for those must-have wedding photos but also a lovely place for an alfresco cocktail hour. Set away from the hustle and bustle, Addington Palace is perfect for a private yet luxurious countryside wedding.