Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, England, SW7 2RL, United Kingdom
Victoria and Albert Museum Weddings
Celebrate your wedding day surrounded by friends, family, and world-famous works of art spanning centuries at Victoria and Albert Museum London. The ‘world’s greatest museum of applied and decorative art and design’ is available for after-hours wedding receptions and dinners and is one of the most magical, intriguing wedding venues in South Kensington.
The Scene at Victoria and Albert Museum London
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are oft-quoted as the most famously in love of the royal couples. So where better to celebrate your wedding day than the very museum that’s named after them, Victoria and Albert Museum London. In the picturesque South Kensington, the V&A is a sight to behold: a large, majestic building of classical and decorative architecture, dating to the 1850s, with marble, elaborate tiling, and stained-glass windows. Inside, fashion, jewellery, art, photography, and design fill the rooms and galleries, creating a unique setting for any wedding.
Couples can choose between nine different venues within the museum, from grand rooms to galleries, and an outdoor space – or combine a few to experience different areas of this striking location.
With a dedicated wedding manager and a choice of approved caterers – including Asian and Kosher options – you can put your own personal twist on one of London’s most iconic venues.
Victoria and Albert Museum London Wedding Ceremonies
There are four unusual wedding ceremony spaces at the Victoria and Albert Museum, all licensed and each offering a unique backdrop. Ceremonies are booked through the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
A favourite backdrop for its golden grandeur is the gilded Spanish altarpiece that’s staged in The Raphael Court, a dome-like space with exquisite sixteenth-century art on permanent loan from Her Majesty the Queen.
For an outdoor ceremony, the secluded courtyard of the John Madejski Garden sets an atmosphere that’s elegant and intimate. Follow your ceremony here with outdoor cocktails on a beautiful day.
Victoria and Albert Museum London Wedding Receptions
With multiple venues inside Victoria and Albert Museum as well as one outdoor venue, couples can have their choice of where they hold their reception. The Dome is a large, stunning space with marble floors and a central glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly that creates an impressive backdrop. To be surrounded by famous artworks while you celebrate your nuptials, consider the grand Dorothy and Michael Hintze Sculpture Galleries or the Raphael Gallery. Outdoor celebrations can be held in the elegant John Madejski Garden, which is particularly beautiful when lit up at night.
Couples can hire a few venues for their wedding reception – consider drinks in the John Majeski Garden, followed by dinner in the Raphael Gallery and dancing in the Dome to make the most of this entire venue. For dinner, there’s no in-house catering but couples can choose from a list of approved suppliers.
Wedding Photography Near Victoria and Albert Museum London
Some of the most popular wedding photography locations near Victoria and Albert Museum London are:
- Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park
- Kensington Garden, Hyde Park
Wedding Venue Details
Spaces At This Venue
At the entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum London, the Dome is a large venue with marble columns, black and white floor and decorative domed ceiling that soars high above the space. A Dale Chihuly designed glass centrepiece adds drama and style to the already theatrical space. With a large capacity, the Dome can hold receptions, dinners, and dinner dances.
John Madejski Garden
Hidden from the rest of London, the John Madejski Garden is a large, elegant, and immaculate outdoor venue for hosting your event, right in the middle of the Victoria and Albert Museum. A beautiful central water feature and landscaped garden provide a beautiful space for a large reception or pre-dinner drinks. Marquees are not permitted, however, use of the Dome is included in the venue hire as an alternative, in case of rain.
The Raphael Gallery is the largest event venue in the V&A and is perfect for a large party, gala dinner, or awards night. Renaissance art and a Spanish gilded altarpiece make this room a truly spectacular place to host your event.
Victoria and Albert Museum London boasts numerous galleries that can be used for your event, creating a unique backdrop to your party or celebration. With small-mid size capacities, they’re perfect for dinners or small receptions. Consider the Edwin & Susan Davies Paintings Galleries to have an event surrounded by works from Turner and Constable; the Whiteley Silver Galleries which houses the nation’s largest collection of silver; or the Fashion Galleries, where you’ll be surrounded by four centuries of European style.
Morris and Gamble Rooms
The Morris Room, designed by William Morris in the 1860s, is a small yet stunning room with stained-glass windows and painted Elizabethan-style panels, that would be perfect for a breakfast or dinner event. The adjacent Gamble Room, with slightly larger capacity, boasts opulence made up of decorative ceramic tiles, large columns, and stained-glass windows.
Victoria and Albert Museum London Catering
Victoria and Albert Museum London is a dry hire venue. Hosts have their pick from a list of approved external caterers, with a range of options including Asian and Kosher catering. All caterers specialise in stunning, creative menus that are fitting for the spectacular venue of the V&A, using the best produce possible.
Highlights of Catering at Victoria and Albert Museum London:
- Choice of high-quality external caterers
- Asian and Kosher catering options
- No corkage fee
- Bespoke menus available
- Bulgari Hotel London
- The Beaufort Hotel
- Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
- The Berkeley
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
- Sale E Pepe
- Mari Vanna
- Zuma London
- Hyde Park
- Kensington Gardens
- St James’s Park
- Green Park
- Kensington Palace
- London Oratory
- Wellington Arch
- Science Museum
Grand venue for a grand wedding. The high ceiling and the echo in the main hall made it a magical experience for me and for the 500+ guests that were in attendance.
Sultan A ·
Really impressive, a beautiful space with a wide range of artifacts from all around the world - some of the large architectural pieces are incredible, and the garden space is delightful as well. Recommended.
Tim N ·
A very beautiful museum built in Victoria[n] times, finished in marble, stocked with collections from the world.
John S ·
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the museum has three indoor venue options for ceremonies as well as one outdoor option. Ceremonies must be booked through the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and should be arranged prior to booking a reception.
Weddings at Victoria and Albert Museum London start at £10,000.
Capacities for events at the V&A vary throughout the venue. The smallest room, the Morris Room, can host a dinner for up to 40 guests. The Dome is the largest indoor venue and can host up to 600 for a reception or 250 for dinner, while the John Madejski Garden can host a reception-style event for up to 600 people.
Weddings at the V&A can end at 1am.
Weddings at the V&A are luxurious and spectacular. Each venue within the museum provides a striking backdrop, with works of art and Victorian architecture that create a sense of awe and wonder. A choice of top external caterers brings your wedding to life.
Hotels nearby include:
- Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, from £433 per night
- Bulgari Hotel London, from £512 per night
- The Berkeley Hotel London, from £420 per night
There is no parking available at Victoria and Albert Museum London, however, metred parking is available nearby.
Victoria and Albert Museum London is a dry hire venue, with a list of approved caterers available. Options vary, with Kosher and Asian catering available, making this a perfect venue for Jewish and Asian weddings or celebrations.
No, fireworks and flames are not allowed anywhere in the museum.
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.