Choosing a wedding venue is no easy task. There are so many and we all have different styles and tastes. Plus, in London, there are an awful lot to choose from. From super-bling to some of the most interesting settings you’ll find, we’ve put together a shortlist of 6 of our favourites – 2 each for our store locations in Southwark, Wandsworth and Camden.
If you’ve popped the question recently and are considering a venue in any of those London Boroughs, we’ve got a couple of suggestions for you. The first is something extra special, whilst the the second is well, something a bit different. So whatever you think most fits your style of coupling, we hope one or two of our suggestions give you inspiration for your big day.
Southwark is one of the oldest parts of London – with archeological evidence of settlements dating back to the bronze age, which means it has got some grand old buildings and a plenty of history. Almost continual urban regeneration means it also has lots of modern Wedding Venues. So we’ve picked two of our favourites – one glitzy and the other unusual – but both inspirational suggestions if you’re getting hitched in Southwark.
OXO2 at the OXO Tower
The OXO tower is a London landmark that’s famous for its Restaurant. Located on the second floor of the OXO, OXO 2 is described as a blank canvas – with stunning river views across the Thames and the City. OXO 2’s major selling point is flexibility – so whatever theme you choose for your wedding you’ll should be able to decorate the space accordingly.
If your friends and family are big in number – then OXO2 is more than adequate – they can accommodate up to 400 guests.
Swan – Shakespeare’s Globe
Shakespeare was pretty good at writing plays about love. So the Globe Theatre could be viewed as the ultimate venue for a wedding. Swan have been managing weddings at etc venue since 2007. they can hold up to 70 guests, in the balcony room on the South Bank, overlooking the stunning skyline of St Paul’s and the City.
The space is stunning too. As well as etc Balcony room, there’s an underground space known as the Underglobe, either of which can be hired exclusively. There’s also a mezzanine area for arrivals/mingling. Swan offer a full wedding package service, where everything is taken care of. You could go the whole medieval hog with Elizabethan outfits and a minstrel band.
Southwark Registry Office
If you’re after something little more affordable, there’s always the Registry Office, which you could follow with a reception at a nearby pub, restaurant or bar. Southwark Council have a full list of licensed marriage venues on their website.
Just like Southwark, Wandsworth Borough Council have handy list of licensed wedding venues over on their website. Now you might be thinking that Wandsworth doesn’t quite offer the water frontage and backdrop views of the City of London that you get on Southwark’s Southbank. Thing is, Wandsworth Borough includes Battersea, so here you get some of the most iconic buildings on the Thames – including the Power Station and – if you look downstream – The Palace of Westminster.
Winchester House is a period waterside property in Putney. It’s a Grade II listed building with plenty of charm and something of a hidden gem – its day job is as a Private Members club, but the property is also available as a licensed wedding venue.
With a seating capacity of up to 100 guests it is suitable for wedding parties of decent size and the terrace lawn overlooking the Thames is a great place for pre-reception drinks.
Find out more over on the Winchester House website.
If you’re after something a little more quirky, as well as cost-effective – the Battersea BARge (we see what they’ve done there) might be it. She’s moored on the Thames in the Nine Elms neck of the woods and is available for private hire for both ceremony and reception from £1500, which in central London, with the backdrop of Battersea Power Station, is bit of a bargain.
The price includes all the linen, table and chair covers. You can get further details and make an enquiry on the Battersea Barge website.
Camden might not have quite the riverside haunts that Southwark, Wandsworth & Battersea can boast, but it still has a lot to offer. Once again the local authority has pulled out the stops and provided some useful pages n their website with a compete list of approved venues in Camden that are licensed for weddings. Here are two highlights that we rather like…
Camden Town Hall
No list would be complete without at least one Town Hall – the location of choice in days gone by for many a matrimonial shin-dig. Outside there are plenty of nearby open spaces including Regent’s Park and Russell Square is a short walk.
The Hall itself features an impressive marble staircase – perfect for giving your occasion a sense of grandeur – whilst there’s a choice of classically styled Beech panelled rooms for your ceremony. Of varying sizes, you’ll be able to pick one to suit the number in your party – and ensure that the venue for your special ceremony is perfect fit.
Find out more about Camden Town Hall as a Wedding venue on the Camden.gov.uk website.
St Pancras Station
It might seem like a bit of an odd one. But if you’ve got friends and family travelling in from up-country – or even in from Europe – then St. Pancras station is actually a licensed wedding venue. The Champagne bar, Grand Terrace and Art Deco Grand Brasserie – adjacent to where the Eurostar leaves – are the parts of the Grade I listed terminus used for wedding parties.
The best bit is – if you’ve planned it correctly – that when it comes to leave on honeymoon, there won’t be any faffing around in a taxi to get to an airport. You can simply jump on the Eurostar and head off to one of Europe’s romantic cities. Just make sure you get the photographer to do some black and white shots and your wedding album and your wedding album will have the air of a classic 1930s romantic movie.
Get the full details for Wedding Arrivals and Departures at St Pancras on the official website.
Wherever you choose to tie-the-knot, we hope your day goes perfectly and that your marriage is a long and happy one.