9 London Venues You Might Not Have Considered

You might think the only option for a London wedding is a hotel – but these days, there are plenty of good venues available to hire. If you’re for looking for something a bit different to host your special day — with plenty of character and great food –we’ve rounded up nine spaces you may not have considered, from a pretty museum to a Georgian house…
JAMES ALLAN

This Grade I-listed Georgian gem in Soho has a beautifully quiet garden, walls adorned with eclectic art by Banksy and Tracey Emin, quintessential English architecture, and a pretty chapel. There are various spaces in which to hold a ceremony or reception, and by working with seasonal British ingredients, the team will liaise with couples to produce a contemporary tailored menu. The venue is also a social enterprise – so membership fees and venue hire help support people affected by homelessness. Win, win.

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From immense ballrooms to intimate spaces, the 16-storey, five-restaurant Londoner hotel in Leicester Square will be able to meet most wedding requests. The grand state-of-the-art ballroom seats up to 600, while The Green Room or The Gallery are suitable for smaller parties. There’s also an option to hire all the spaces at once – for up to 1,560 people – if you’re going for a huge wedding celebration. Couples will also be given a dedicated planner, wedding menus designed by a team of chefs, and plenty of beautiful suites for guests to stay and get ready in.
 
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ANDREW BEASLEY

For couples looking for something with a bit of history, Battersea Arts Centre could be a great option. The authentic Victorian town hall has a selection of spaces where couples can get married – from the light-filled Grand Hall which seats 600, to the more intimate Member’s Library for 40. The in-house caterers will also work with couples to create delicious welcome cocktails, canapés, and a seasonal wedding breakfast – plus, the wedding team will guide couples through all aspects of the day.
 
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A neighbourhood restaurant, shop and events space, Wild By Tart is run by Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison – two of the capital’s biggest foodies. There are three options for hire – the intimate Mezzanine, which seats 15 and overlooks the restaurant and bar; the glass ceilinged Studio which seats 100 or there’s the option to hire the entire venue. Local and seasonal food will guarantee a delicious wedding breakfast.
 
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Recently restored, Old Sessions House is a unique venue. A former 18th-century courthouse on Clerkenwell Green which retains many of its original features, it’s spread over three floors, with various rooms and spaces available to hire – even the rooftop terrace and pool area. Inside you’ll find plenty of historic architectural details – the patina of aged stone and plasterwork is a reminder of the building’s long history.
 
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Housed in the former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in Covent Garden, NoMad’s arrival on the London hotel scene is big news. Opened at the beginning of the summer, the Grade II-listed building is opulent and artsy. The original courtroom is now a large space for weddings and events; The Veil and Fielding rooms are gorgeous private dining spaces; while with Fireplace Room is ideal for a more intimate gathering. With original art, painted ceilings, eclectic menus and fabulous rooms for guests, NoMad could be the ideal venue for your big day.
 
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This intimate plant-filled space on Hackney Road is a lovely choice. The period space can accommodate 50 seated or 100 standing, and the team works with Michelin-trained chefs and regularly partners up with some of London’s best florists and suppliers, too. A pretty courtyard garden is ideal for pre-dinner cocktails, before you sit down to eat in their gorgeous events space.
 
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Located in Marylebone, Nobu Hotel Portman Square offers a range of great event spaces, including a stunning ballroom which can accommodate up to 700 guests. A dedicated wedding planner will help couples hatch all their plans for their wedding day, and there are 249 rooms and suites for your guests to make use of. Known for its food, couples can work with the culinary team to create a unique wedding breakfast menu.

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JACK HARDY

The Garden Museum is situated on the banks of the River Thames, opposite the House of Parliament. The traditional architecture makes it a unique choice – plus, the entire venue can be booked, or couples can opt to hire individual spaces such as the gorgeous Nave with its soaring pillars and vaulted ceilings. Alternatively, you can choose to host your day in the charming Dan Pearson garden, the contemporary Orangery, or the pretty restaurant.
 
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