Weddings receptions and wedding parties in London: are you a bride to be or groom in waiting? Are you looking to book a restaurant for your wedding reception in London this summer? Whether you’ve got a small wedding party planned of only a few dozen guests or a huge wedding party with all your aunties, uncles and distant cousins in attendance, there is a wedding venue to suit your needs in London. And plenty to choose from too. Here is a guide to the best wedding venues in London, taking in aspects regarding Champagne and wine requirements, set meal plans, live music and entertainment, beautiful locations, private rooms, dancing, drinking, eating and generally enjoying your special day.
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Tags: Weddings, Hen's & Stag's
Kensington / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
The Grade II, 5-star Milestone Hotel in Kensington is the place to book for any bride and groom couple that want a small wedding. The chapel here can fit just 8 people and is apparently the smallest licensed wedding venue in London. As there's a whisky bar, a gorgeous conservatory, the elegant Park Lounge, plus Kensington Palace Gardens over the road for photo opportunities, this place is perfectly set up for small weddings. Plus, there's rooms upstairs so nobody has to leave!
Beaufort House Chelsea
Chelsea / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Modern European
Beaufort House Chelsea is a unique venue set over 3 floors in an iconic building on the corner of the Kings Road. The creative events team will manage every detail of your perfect wedding day, and handle any special requirements. They can accommodate all types of wedding celebrations, whether a drinks reception for up to 120 guests in the stunning Penthouse Champagne Bar, a sit-down dinner for up to 100 guests in their stylish Members Lounge, or for smaller weddings they can offer their beautiful Club Room for up to 22 guests for an intimate wedding breakfast. Find out more info.
Palm Court & Adelphi Suite
West End / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: International
Situated on the tree-lined thoroughfare of Aldwych, The Waldorf Hilton enjoys a fabulous Covent Garden location in the heart of London's theatreland. Check out the wedding brochure. Whether it's a red carpet wedding reception with accompanying band, or an intimate dinner and cocktails, the elegant surroundings of The Palm Court - the ballroom setting in the film A Night to Remember - make for a spectacular and memorable event.
Fitzrovia / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
This Art Deco restaurant in central London is located within the Royal Institute of Architects, so chances are, the building is going to be impressive. Perfect for a dream wedding or civil partnership. A glamourous setting comes courtesy of high ceilings, large windows, semi-circular banquettes and conventional dining tables in the restaurant, and an alfresco terrace for reception drinks. There are various rooms and options available to brides and grooms, including holding the ceremony at the RIBA, to the sound of live grand piano music, followed by dinner, or cocktails and canapés. Check out the weddings brochure.
Searcys | The Gherkin
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
City of London - St Mary Axe, The Gherkin, whatever you want to call it, it's easily one of the most recognisable and impressive shapes on the London skyline. Imagine the outstanding 360-degree panoramic view from the top of this iconic building as the backdrop for your wedding or civil partnership. This two-level bar and restaurant under The Gherkin's glass dome (180m from the ground) is available, exclusively, for weddings and wedding receptions. There are different areas for wedding breakfasts, dinners and dancing. Socially and environmentally conscious couples will take comfort from the fact that the Head Chef uses locally sourced, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
This restaurant, bar and private members club offers the ultimate City wedding experience for couples seeking a contemporary setting. St Bride's Church, The Guild Church of St Dunstan, St Andrew's Vicarage, St Mary Abchurch, Temple Church and St Paul's Cathedral are all very close by. The venue can comfortably accommodate up to 130 seated guests and the bar is a suitable location for Champagne receptions. There are also smaller, more intimate private dining rooms downstairs, next to the members bar which doubles as an overflow quiet room for elderly guests or as a playroom for very young guests.
Wunderlust at The Big Red
Deptford / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
This is the London wedding venue that is for brides and grooms who are looking for something a little quirky. No, it doesn't have a rolling hills vista or a babbling brook running through it for your wedding photographer to take advantage of; what it does have though is an old double decker bus as the restaurant, a bar stocked with lovely organic wines and local beers, plus a DJ decks set up and a dancefloor for the first dance. There's also a little cinema where you can keep the little ones entertained whilst the grown ups act silly.
Swan at the Globe
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: English
Do you want your wedding reception to have the romance of a Shakespeare play? Then you should go to Shakespeare?s old stomping ground. The Swan, the restaurant at the Globe theatre, is old fashioned, elegant and cosy. The private dining room upstairs has a balcony looking over the Thames, where you can act out Romeo and Juliet with your new bride (or have a cigarette while watching the river).
Metro Garden Restaurant & Bar
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Metro Garden Restaurant is a magical venue, offering guests the space to drink, dine and celebrate their special day. An oasis tucked inside the bustle of Clapham Common, the sizeable garden boasts intimate seating areas and is nestled between St. Mary's Church and the monastery, underneath the beautiful stained glass window. The marquee area is the perfect setting for lunch or dinner and regularly hosts private events, weddings and receptions. The kitchen serves specially designed menus from sit-down 3 course meals, to canapés and bowl food. The Metro team offer a selection of affordable wedding packages including flower arrangements and cake.
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