From quirky bars and innovative restaurants to revitalised lofts and warehouse spaces, London is packed with creative neighbourhoods and trendy venues perfect for hosting your wedding. When choosing your wedding venue it must reflect your personality and style, with so many different locations and venue types to choose from, this can be a little overwhelming for newly engaged couples. We’ve rounded up 7 of the coolest London hotspots for those of you planning to get hitched in the capital city.
Dalston Heights, Dalston
230 Dalston Ln, London E8 1LA
First up on our list, situated in the ever-cool area of Dalston, east London is one of 3 uniques venue spaces run by MAD productions. Dalston Heights is a unique urban space, sitting atop a former cardboard box factory, with rich industrial textures, flowing natural light and an abundance of backdrops perfect for all your photographs. This space is perfect for those of you looking for a space that is a little less formal but still a show-stopping space that gives you the freedom to decorate it any which way you could imagine.
The total floor area is 6000 sq ft split into two distinct working areas plus a large make-up & styling room. The spaces are filled with a collection of eclectic props and furniture which can be arranged to suit. There is an eye-catching pitched roof with an iron support structure in one room and skylights throughout offering good natural light in the daytime.
If this place isn’t free for your wedding dates then fear not, MAD productions also offer two other gorgeous spaces in the Dalston area! – Friendly place & The Roost
6 Walker’s Court London West Central London W1F 0BT
London has one of the most vibrant theatre scenes in the world, with leading playwrights, directors and stars creating thrilling work in any genre you care to name, all hosted in some of the most articulately stunning venues. If you are a lover of the theatrical arts then why not consider marrying your beloved on a state-of-the-art, spectacularly-lit stage at this beautiful theatre venue right in the heart of Soho. Your guests will sit around you in the circular auditorium, looking on as you say ‘I do’ – it’s perfect for any couple who love all things theatrical.
Whether you’ve dreamt of your wedding being big and bold or a more intimate affair for just close friends and family, the Boulevard is the perfect central London venue for your special day. Nestled in the heart of vibrant Soho, with decadent décor throughout, the spaces are versatile and able to be dressed to realise your unique vision.
Royal National Theatre South Bank London South East London SE1 9PX
This is an amazing choice for all of you planning a summer wedding – The Deck is the National Theatre’s al fresco summer space.
The newly refurbished Deck is a stunning events venue situated on the roof of the iconic National Theatre. Offering breath-taking panoramic views across London, The Deck combines a riverside outdoor terrace with large flexible event space. It gives you amazing views across the city and you can mingle with your guests high above the bustling South Bank.
The building is wrapped in glazed panels which can be retracted on warmer days, so the uninterrupted view is preserved no matter the weather. You even have access to the National Theatre’s costume hire – perfect if you’re having a themed wedding!
Village Underground, Shoreditch
54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ
Calling all of you minimal brides! Village underground is the perfect blank canvas that feels edgy instead of empty, let your imagination go wild and get as creative as you can with this unique space.
A turn-of-the-century renovated warehouse that now houses a buzzing creative arts/co-working space, Village Underground is the industrial wedding venue your Instagram has been waiting for.
The stark main atrium features a 10-metre high glass-panelled ceiling that floods the space with light, while their 19th-century vaults feature raw, Brooklyn-chic Victorian brickwork. Consider it the ideal blank canvas for your wedding theme. And if you want to bring London to you, you can hire Village Underground’s London tube train carriages (formerly of the Victoria Line) as a mobile venue.
Tucked away behind one singular door on Shaftesbury Avenue sits one of London’s best-kept secrets. The Century Club, which ultra-cool couples will be excited to know, the exclusive private members-only club has now opened its doors to weddings. With dreamy views of Soho & St Anne’s Church Courtyard, the cities hustle and bustle happening around you this sophisticated and industrial-chic space is just calling out for a modern London wedding.
The Club Room A relaxing and welcoming atmosphere for your wedding breakfast and/or reception with a seated capacity of 80 and standing of 130.
The Cocktail Lounge is incredibly versatile and spacious with a generous bar. Perfect for your wedding reception with a seated capacity of 40 and standing of 90.
The Green Room is unique and stylish, with exposed brick walls and plenty of natural light. The most striking feature of the room is the arched roof, designed with precision to achieve the perfect acoustic balance. Available for your ceremony, and ideal for your wedding breakfast and/or reception with a seated capacity of 100 and standing 150.
The Roof Terrace at Century Club is one of Soho’s largest roof terraces, complete with a fully retractable glass roof, perfect for the unpredictable British weather. Truly fantastic space with a large bar, the roof terrace is perfect for drinks receptions and parties with capacity 180 standing.
5 Lambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7LB
This next space is made for couples who love all things gardening and greenery. Situated in the beautiful former church of St. Mary at Lambeth, The Garden Museum is the only museum in the UK to celebrate the art, design and history of gardens. In 1972 the church was deconsecrated but in 2008 the venue found new life and was transformed by the installation of a contemporary gallery. The museum now offers the space up to a whole host of different events. Marrying in the museum, your wedding will commence in the stunning Dan Pearson garden – which can be adorned with twinkly fairy lights and hefty greenery to celebrate the building itself. It is the perfect setting for your drinks and canape reception – allowing you to experience a beautiful outdoor space against the backdrop of a Medieval church. Afterwards, you and your guests will have dinner in the Nave, the main hall of the museum— with it’s soaring pillars, large vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows and the marriage of traditional and contemporary architectural installations, this is the perfect venue for those of you wanting to add a little bit of history unique to your wedding day.
Great Tew, Chipping Norton, OX7 4JS
So while this location might not be slap bang in the middle of zone 1 it isn’t so far out of the city that you couldn’t make the trip for a long weekend, and trust us this gorgeous country farmhouse is so worth it.
Set across a 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse is home to several private hire spaces, including the Farmyard Deli which seats 24 for dinner and the Barwell Barn which is great for drinks and a feasting space for 80 people.
The Soho House group is of course very well known in the UK as being one of the most prestigious members-only clubs around, with various locations all across London. All the spaces have been designed and curated with the utmost attention to detail and Soho Farmhouse is no different. Excellently combining the wilderness cabin vibe with the comforts of boho London its members have come to expect.
With 40 cabins, a seven-bedroom farmhouse, fancy deli’s, a relaxing spa, pub, boathouse, cookery school, bars and even a cheese room. From the moment you arrive, its pure luxury, you leave your car at the front and then get whisked to your cabin in refurbished 50’s milk floats, which is all part of the gorgeous setting and tranquillity.
Whether you’re planning a small intimate civil ceremony or a grand wedding, there is a variety of barns and a marquee to choose from, to ensure you get the perfect wedding venue.
When you book this location the whole area is yours, with plenty of activities for your guests to enjoy too. This magnificent country estate and has many gorgeous settings inside and out, the whole vibe is a relaxed English countryside feel, letting you get back to nature while at the same time partying and celebrating with your family and friends. There are so many area’s to create beautiful portraits too, Soho Farmhouse is a stunning location with features including the beautiful Boathouse, with an indoor-outdoor pool, Main Barn, Pen Yen restaurant, Electric Barn cinema and The Soho Store. There is also a Cowshed spa, gym, stables and tennis courts.
We hope this list of London coolest venues has helped with your wedding plans and given you some cool ideas. For more helpful tips, from styling and fashion to gifting and interviews with industry insiders – take a look at our LeJournal for more!