MY FAVOURITE LONDON WEDDING VENUES
If you’re planning on getting hitched in London (UK) then you’re literally spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding venues. From alternative to sophisticated via urban cool and quirky, the capital really has something for everyone. I’ve been shooting weddings in London for over five years now (eek – where has the time gone?!?), and continue to be blown away by the awesome spaces available to couples. Here are some of my faves (click on the photos to make them B-I-G-G-E-R).
Hidden off a quiet leafy road in Peckham, The Asylum Chapel was bombed during World War II but has been lovingly restored to its current glorious boho-chic condition. Brimming with quirky character, it’s now mainly used as a fabulous wedding space but is also a popular location for TV and film shoots. Stunning and unique – the light does magical things here!
ASYLUM CHAPEL, Caroline Garden’s Chapel, London SE15 2SQ
100 Barrington is a seriously cool warehouse space in Brixton, South West London. Starting life as a furniture factory, the open plan building maintains its original brickwork, high ceilings and exposed beams. In short, a gorgeous blank canvas for you to put your own stamp on. A firm favourite!
100 BARRINGTON, 100 Barrington Road, Brixton, London SW9 7JF
GOD’S OWN JUNKYARD
Weddings at God’s Own Junkyard are like nowhere else. The walls of the Walthamstow warehouse are decked with a mind-mangling collection of neon signs, film props and bizarre curios. A stroll around the venue takes you back to your first trip to the funfair – truly amazing!
GOD’S OWN JUNKYARD, Ravenswood Ind. Estate, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ
Ahhh…I do love Brunswick House! Set in the crumbling grandeur of a Georgian townhouse in Vauxhall, and spread over three floors, Brunswick House is an intoxicating cocktail of all things quirky, chic, alternative and cool. Now owned by Lassco, the walls and ceilings are crammed full of antiques and collectables – most of which are for sale. In particular, the upstairs grand dining room is a feast for the eyes while the basement club room echoes the vibe of an ultra-cool Berlin after-hours club. Banging!
BRUNSWICK HOUSE, 30 Wandsworth RoadLondon, United Kingdom
THE ROUND CHAPEL
The Round Chapel is a beautiful historic building in the middle of trendy Hackney, which hosts weddings, live music and art events. It’s round shape and grand balcony offer a unique, theatre-style environment, while the outside garden area is perfect for chilling out (and maybe a tacos truck???).
ROUND CHAPEL, 1D Glenarm Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0LY
THE OVAL SPACE
If you’re a bit of a raver then the chances are you already know Hackney’s Oval Space. Home to the (in)famous Morning Glory club, the cavernous warehouse is the perfect space for a larger wedding party while the Ibiza style terrace bar is great for a chilled drinks reception. Its location (adjacent to the iconic Bethnal Green gasholders) is the height of urban cool.
OVAL SPACE, 29–32 The Oval, London E2 9DT
THE BRUNEL MUSEUM
Situated on a quiet street along the riverside in Rotherhithe, the Brunel Museum is a totally unique wedding venue for London. Steeped in history and full of character, the museum boasts a cool industrial underground space plus there’s a flower garden bar up above for more of a festival vibe (also great for summer ceremonies!).
BRUNEL MUSEUM, Railway Ave, Rotherhithe London SE16 4LF
THE UNION CLUB
The Union Club is a private member’s club in the heart of trendy Soho. A venue of contrasts, the bar has a more traditional vibe while the larger modern studio space is great for rocking wedding parties. Oh and the streets below offer endless creative possibilities for some seriously cool urban photos!
THE UNION, 50 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4EQ
THE LONDON ROWING CLUB
The London Rowing Club is perched on the banks of the Thames in Putney and offers stunning views from its alfresco balcony. The main room (pictured here) is a shrine to “all-things-rowing” and decorated with trophies, paintings and there’s even a canoe hanging from the ceiling!
LONDON ROWING CLUB, Embankment, Putney, LONDON SW15 1LB
SEARCYS AT THE GHERKIN
Situated in the heart of the City, Searcys At The Gherkin allows couples to tie the knot with spectacular 360° views all over London. Spread over two floors, the atmosphere is decadent but still very down to earth, with one of the best locations for a big group photo in London!
SEARCYS AT THE GHERKIN, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF
THE SWAN AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE
The Swan At Shakespeare’s Globe is a fab space overlooking the famous theatre space next door. Where else in London could you get married with a bird’s eye view over St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Millenium Bridge? Oh…and a sunset stroll along the Southbank before the party starts is a must!
SWAN AT SHAKESPEARE’s GLOBE, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DTY
The world-famous Kew Gardens is a beautiful summer venue set amongst acres of forests, flowers and lakes. There are multiple venues within the grounds; the Nash Conservatory, in particular, is dramatic, light and airy for your ceremony, while the Orangery is perfect for a rocking reception party!
KEW GARDENS, Kew, Richmond, London TW9 3AE
ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL
You’ll recognise the staircase from the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” music video so…grab your crew and re-enact the dance routine on the steps! A fab venue for a London wedding with lots of individual character and slam-bang in the centre of town!
ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AR
HOTEL CAFÉ ROYALE
In the heart of Piccadilly, Hotel Café Royale is literally oozing with class. Ceremonies are held in the Pompadour Room, the ceiling of which is decorated with frescos in Louis XVI style. Tip: If you get hitched here in December you’ll have a spectacular backdrop of beautiful Christmas lights. A gorgeous London wedding venue!
HOTEL CAFÉ ROYALE, 68 Regent Street, London W1B 4DY UK
Although I'm a London wedding photographer, I happily travel to anywhere in the UK and abroad. I shoot all kinds of weddings and am a proud same sex wedding photographer.