The Happenstance

10, Paternoster Square, England, EC4M 7DX, United Kingdom


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The Happenstance by Drake and Morgan London Weddings

The Happenstance by Drake and Morgan is a truly unique wedding venue boasting fantastic views of London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. On weekends, this stylish restaurant transforms into a contemporary wedding venue perfect for city-loving couples. Aside from the unrivalled location, you’ll love the mouthwatering menus, impeccable service, and trendy wedding spaces at The Happenstance London. 

The Happenstance at Paternoster Square is a stunning venue in the heart of London, complete with a license for civil ceremonies and weddings. After saying your vows, head out onto the alfresco terrace to raise a toast with your loved ones while taking in the picturesque views of St Paul’s Cathedral, then enjoy your first delicious meal together as a married couple in The Happenstance’s glamorous wine bar space.

The Scene at The Happenstance London

Sitting in the shadows of St Paul’s Cathedral, The Happenstance by Drake and Morgan is ideally located beneath the London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square. This vibrant spot hums with activity during the week, but on weekends the square transforms into a tranquil hideaway, offering a stunningly secluded setting for relaxed wedding celebrations in Central London.

A towering column walkway leading up to The Happenstance complements the surrounding London architecture. Once inside the venue, venture through to the main restaurant to be welcomed by speckled concrete floors and a curving wooden bar painted in a funky herringbone pattern. With subtle rustic features and soft lighting, The Happenstance is the perfect backdrop for a modern boho wedding. 

The lounge next door is ideally suited to your evening wedding party, and the low lighting and a second quirky patterned bar transform the room into your own private nightclub. With an optional separate entrance and a wedding licence, the lounge can also accommodate wedding ceremonies of up to 80 guests. Next door, a private dining room connected to the main restaurant doubles up as a useful bridal room, cloakroom or hangout area for children. 

Outside, the open-air terrace dotted with outdoor plants and colourful lounge furniture overlooks Paternoster Square and the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral. This gorgeous space is ideal for hosting pre-dinner drinks and canapés or alfresco cocktail receptions at The Happenstance.

The Happenstance London Wedding Ceremonies

The Happenstance by Drake and Morgan is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and weddings, meaning you can host your entire wedding day in one place. The lounge has an optional separate entrance and is perfect for hosting wedding ceremonies of up to 80 guests. After saying your vows, slip away for wedding photos amidst some of London’s most iconic landmarks as your guests enjoy drinks and nibbles on the open-air terrace.

The Happenstance London Wedding Receptions

There are a few options for your wedding reception at The Happenstance, ranging from the spectacular open-air terrace to the spacious main dining room. For a seated reception, use a mixture of solid wood tables and playful round booths to seat up to 130 guests for dinner. Alternatively, you might choose to host a fabulous cocktail reception on the alfresco terrace in the warmer months.

Wedding Photography Near The Happenstance by Drake and Morgan London

Due to its location, The Happenstance is a wedding photographer’s dream, surrounded by beautiful city buildings for urban photos. Skip around the corner to St Paul’s Cathedral for dramatic wedding photos or pose in the picturesque Festival Gardens next to the cathedral; no permit required!

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dining Up to 130 Dining
standing Up to 350 Standing

Wedding Venue Details

Wedding Services Ceremony & Reception
Reception Only
Wedding Ceremony Indoor


Accommodation Onsite
Rooms Available N/A
Onsite Car Parking
Available Spaces N/A
Nearby Car Parking
Carpark Locations

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  • The Happenstance London Wedding Venue Sam and Louise Photography

    The Restaurant

    The Happenstance’s main restaurant is a rustic space featuring speckled concrete floors, ambient soft lighting, and a curving wooden bar painted in a funky herringbone pattern. Use a mixture of their solid wood tables and playful round booths to seat up to 130 guests for dinner in the restaurant.

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Nearby attractions:

  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Millennium Bridge
  • Museum of London

Hotels nearby:

  • Club Quarters Hotel, London, St Paul’s
  • The Ned London
  • Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s

Venue Testimonials

Great bar with wonderful staff. We had our own room with food and drink set out and attentive staff that came through regularly to tidy up and take drinks orders from those of us that wanted drinks other than the pre-ordered ones. The venue is lovely and in a wonderful spot. The food was really nice and the service was great. Would definitely visit again.

Gemma H.

We were in a lovely private room on the side of the restaurant for a wedding reception. Plenty of seating, lovely candles and a bar. It's a shame the weather was so awful that day, otherwise, we could have spilled out onto Paternoster Square and enjoyed the October sunshine. Instead, we enjoyed the lovely room, with its fur throws on some of the seats and its cosy ambience. Great place for a private celebration.

Sally S.

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!

Sally G.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Happenstance is exclusively yours on a minimum spend basis ranging from £12,000-£14,000, depending on the day/season. Wedding packages range from £110 per person, depending on the inclusions.

The Happenstance can host indoor weddings for 130 guests or standing occasions for up to 350 guests.

Enjoy the celebrations all night long with their 12am license, with late extensions until 3am available upon request.

Yes, you will receive complimentary food and drink tastings for up to four people as part of your wedding package, so you can try a range of options before making your final selection.

With such versatile spaces in and outdoors, striking views of St Paul’s Cathedral and a stylish modern interior, The Happenstance in Paternoster Square is a must-see wedding venue.

  • Club Quarters Hotel, London, St Paul’s
  • The Ned London
  • Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s

There is street parking nearby, and St Paul’s tube station and the City Thameslink are less than a five-minute walk from the venue.

Modern British cuisine is paired with expertly crafted cocktails and a large variety of local beers and ales.

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