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Kensington Gardens, England, W8 4PX, United Kingdom
Kensington Palace Weddings
An idyllic and stylish retreat from the hustle and bustle of London – Kensington Palace offers a picture-perfect setting for couples looking to tie the knot in the company of their closest friends and family. With stately palace interiors and lush green lawns – the dry hire wedding venue also offers the most stunning photography options for couples on their wedding day.
The Scene at Kensington Palace London
Royalty and romance come together effortlessly for couples looking to say ‘I do’ on the famed Kensington Palace grounds. This unique wedding venue hosts only a limited number of marriages each year – giving couples and guests alike the opportunity to experience a wedding with all the royal trimmings. The palace also provides the services of a dedicated events team to help turn your wedding vision into reality.
Kensington Palace London Wedding Ceremonies
Kensington Palace is licensed for ceremonies and civil partnerships for up to 150 guests. Typically, wedding ceremonies are conducted in the early evening hours in the State Apartments – the King’s Drawing Room or the King’s Gallery. This is usually done after the residence has been closed to the public. Evoking old-world British grandeur – the rooms feature detailed ceilings, red damask fabrics and dark wood panels. For mandap Hindu weddings – the Pavilion offers a beautiful setting.
Kensington Palace London Wedding Receptions
Every corner and every room at Kensington Palace oozes history and tells a story. An experience that your guests can live as they enjoy the celebratory champagne of your wedding reception. Typically, seated dinners can be hosted in four of the five State Rooms following which, guests are led into the Pavilion for dancing and entertainment. The Entrance Hall, which is a relatively modern addition to the list of event spaces onsite, is particularly well suited for large dinners and drinks receptions.
Kensington Palace hosts just one wedding at a time, irrespective of whether it involves booking the State Apartments, Pavilion or both. The exclusive ambience of having this historic venue all to yourselves adds even more royalty to your day.
As a dry hire wedding venue, couples will be provided with a comprehensive approved supplier list covering quality florists, caterers, decorators, entertainment and production specialists and furniture hirers. These suppliers are experienced and well versed in the logistics of weddings held at Kensington Palace giving you peace of mind in your supplier selection.
Weddings at Kensington Palace typically run between 4.30 pm and 11 pm, with an extension to 11.30 on the weekends.
Wedding Photography Near Kensington Palace London
Some of the most popular wedding photography locations near Kensington Palace London are:
- Multiple photography options available onsite
- Hyde Park
- Marble Arch
Wedding Venue Details
Spaces At This Venue
The State Apartments
The State Apartments are made up of five unique, individual rooms. The largest and longest of them, the King's Gallery impresses with an imposing image of King Charles on horseback. It is ideal for dinners, receptions as well as private parties and concerts.
Like the King's Gallery, The King's Drawing Room delights with its beautiful artistry and warm vibes. The room also offers gorgeous outdoor views – Queen Victoria's statue, the Round Pond and the Kensington Gardens. The event space is ideal for receptions and private dinners.
Oozing history and opulence, The Cupola Room is a popular venue for dancing, music and celebrations.
The Privy Chamber is a mid-sized event room ideal for pre-dinner drinks events. It is laden with beautiful objet d'art and originally served as Queen Caroline's choice of venue for entertaining writers, thinkers, artists and scientists of her time.
Understated, elegant and intimate, The Queen's Gallery is a spacious event space ideal for large gatherings, receptions and celebratory dinners. The room makes an impression with its beautiful oil paintings and views over the lush Kensington Gardens.
**Not available in 2023**
The Pavilion is an expansive and unique glass-fronted building with a capacity of up to 800 guests for a standing cocktail reception. This event space overlooks the Sunken Garden and is ideal for large-scale celebrations and gala dinners.
**Closed in January 2023**
Kensington Palace London Catering
Kensington Palace is a dry hire venue providing you with a list of quality catering suppliers to craft an exquisite dining experience for your guests. Choose from a generous and varied selection of caterers specialising in Kosher, Asian, Indian and traditional English menus.
The palace’s caterers are known for using fresh, seasonal ingredients; innovative flavour fusions and creative presentation where food becomes art – almost too good to eat! Whether you’re after a banquet, themed food stations, roving canapes and bowl food or a gourmet barbecue, you’ll find something special among this handpicked list.
Hosts will need to hire bar services separately. Speak with the inhouse events team for more details.
Highlights of Catering at Kensington Palace London:
- Bespoke catering
- BYO alcohol + corkage
- Vegan menus available
- Hire caterers from the venue’s supplier list
- Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park
- Royal Albert Hall
- The Albert Memorial / Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
- Serpentine Gallery
- Min Jiang
- Park Terrace Restaurant
- Alexandrie Restaurant
Very attractive venue set in one of London's nicest parks. [...] First class experience.
Susan G ·
We had a beautiful wedding last Autumn. It was a really special day, with the ceremony at St Mary Abbot’s Church in Kensington, followed by a swift walk through Kensington High Street, on to The Orangery at Kensington Palace.
Natalie C ·
We had an Arabic wedding at Kensington Palace. It was exactly the way we wanted it, we enjoyed every bit of it!
Yaser R ·
Frequently Asked Questions
Wedding venue hire at Kensington Palace starts from £16,500 + VAT.
Kensington Palace can accommodate a maximum of 800 guests in the Pavilion.
The venue is licensed for weddings till 11.30 pm.
Steeped in history and opulence – Kensington Palace lets couples experience a slice of royalty on their wedding day. With exclusive access to a choice of spaces – and a cap to the number of weddings that can be held each year – couples and guests alike will feel like V.I.Ps.
Only wheelchair accessible parking is available onsite. A pay-and-display car park is located in the palace’s vicinity.
The venue has a list of creative catering suppliers who offer Kosher, Asian, Indian and modern English catering for events.
Aneeza started in the event industry in 2011 and has since worked with many recognisable FTSE companies and brands on the planning and operational side for private events and corporate functions. She brings a passionate spirit and unwavering eye for detail to our London team. She's also a self-proclaimed foodie and loves to give tips on the best bars and restaurants in town.