London wedding venues

Looking for a place to tie the knot in the capital? We’ve compiled a list of the very best London wedding venues for your big day, whether you want an intimate affair or a blow-out bash. Take a look to discover grand wedding halls, modern hotels, traditional buildings and quirky locations – and then get ready to say ‘I do.’  

Updated on 19 November 2018

London wedding venues

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National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 300

St Martin's Place, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2H 0HE

The NPG offers a very special kind of face time. From the vibrant ground-floor Lerner Galleries to the intimate Tudor Galleries two levels above, its hireable public spaces showcase the finest portrait paintings of their respective eras. Elsewhere, hi-spec AV and superior tiered seating make the Ondaatje Wing Theatre a sophisticated backdrop for presentations and launches. The Portrait Restaurant frames exceptional views out past Nelson’s Column to Whitehall.

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Royal Garden Hotel

Royal Garden Hotel

Royal Garden Hotel
Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 430

2-24 Kensington High Street , Kensington, London, W8 4PT

The five-star Royal Garden Hotel towers above Kensington Gardens, with spectacular views from its 10th-floor restaurant and many of the bedrooms. Event spaces range from meeting rooms equipped with up-to-date AV to large banqueting suites. The Balmoral and Highgrove rooms are popular for board-level meetings, while the Palace Suite suits grand affairs. It has its own entrance and bar with the potential to be split in two for multi-stage events.

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Barcelona Tapas Bars & Restaurants

Barcelona Tapas Bars & Restaurants

Barcelona Tapas Bars & Restaurants
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150

24 Lime Street, City of London, London, EC3M 7HS

The Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante chain brings the authentic taste of Spain to London. Each of the group’s locations (in St Botolph Street, Lime Street and Dulwich’s Lordship Lane) is available for private hire, providing an upbeat atmosphere with Spanish music, good-quality tapas, Catalan specialities, sangria, beer and an intriguing Spanish wine list. The traditional sharing approach to eating lends itself well to group events and Barcelona regularly hosts departmental parties and private celebrations. There is capacity for receptions of up to 200, but each location also has plenty of smaller areas, including a mezzanine floor for 75 at St Botolph Street.

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Royal Horticultural Halls

Royal Horticultural Halls

Royal Horticultural Halls
Max Meeting 1000
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 900

80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE

On a leafy square in Victoria, a pair of Grade II-listed buildings make up the Royal Horticultural Halls. Built in 1904, The Lindley Hall has recently hosted luxury car shows and major product launches. Gala dinners, conferences and exhibitions are also popular options. As for the mod cons, electronic blinds make near blackout possible. The art deco Lawrence Hall suits exhibitions, conferences and dinner-dances, and is available for private hire.

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Quaglino

Quaglino's

Quaglino's
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 278

16 Bury Street , St. James's, London, SW1Y 6AL

A celebrated society restaurant since the 1920s, Quaglino’s has seen some famous feet descend its statement staircase. It was revived by Terence Conran in the power-dining 90s, and is now part of the D&D London stable. It’s well suited to large dinners or receptions, while smaller groups can choose between two striking private rooms that overlook the main space. Not unlike the clientele, the food is international with a luxury twist.

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Caravaggio

Caravaggio

Caravaggio
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 140

107-112 Leadenhall Street, London, London, EC3A 4AF

Caravaggio is a City stalwart and a favourite with fans of genuine Italian food. The art deco space feels more like a 1930s luxury liner than a Square Mile dining room, with its marble-topped bar and high ceilings. Two mezzanine levels provide sizeable semi-private dining areas, or you can book exclusively. A complimentary planning service from Etrusca group’s events arm puts set menus, decoration and entertainment at your fingertips.

The Landmark London

The Landmark London

The Landmark London
Max Meeting 512
Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 504

222 Marylebone Road, Westminster, London, NW1 6JQ

This is one of the most sought after places in town for afternoon tea thanks to the Winter Garden, which showcases The Landmark London’s opulent Victorian design. The same stateliness echoes through its Grand Ballroom (high stucco ceilings, white-marble columns), which turns conferences and banquets into elegant affairs. Our pick of the 11 event spaces is the Tower Suite: with its grey-velvet chairs, it’s a striking spot for private dinners or high-level meetings.

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River Rooms at The Mermaid

River Rooms at The Mermaid

River Rooms at The Mermaid
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 320

The Mermaid , London, EC4V 3DB

The Mermaid’s River Rooms are located next to Blackfriars station on the north bank of the Thames. After a refurbishment in 2013, the upper and lower levels are now styled with an open-plan layout, contemporary furniture, LED lighting and dark wood floors. Panoramic windows span the length of the spaces, framing views of the Thames, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Shard. Popular for receptions, private events, dinners and Christmas parties, the spaces are self-contained, and can be hired individually or together. For late-night dancing, the Queenhithe can be booked until 2am.

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Weddings at Le Pont de la Tour

Weddings at Le Pont de la Tour

Weddings at Le Pont de la Tour
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 110

36d Shad Thames, London, London, SE1 2YE

With iconic views of Tower Bridge and the River Thames, this 1930’s styled Parisian restaurant is available to hire exclusively for weddings. Receptions can be held on the summer terraces or in the Bar & Grill, while the restaurant’s innovative French cuisine makes for a great wedding breakfast and can hold 110 diners. For more intimate occasions, the Salon Prive can hold 20 guests and the semi-private Wine Cellar, also available for mini-drinks tastings, can cater for parties of 24. Located on Butler’s Wharf and with interiors reminiscent of an ocean liner, Le Pont de la Tour makes an impressive riverside wedding venue.

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Butchers

Butchers' Hall

Butchers' Hall
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 163

87 Bartholomew Close , London, EC1A 7EB

The Worshipful Company of Butchers is one of the seven oldest City of London livery companies. Its headquarters, Butchers’ Hall, are centrally located in the historic and vibrant Smithfield area. The largest space here is the Great Hall, which holds up to 250 and boasts huge windows that flood the room with natural light. The Court Suite on the first floor is made up of two interconnecting rooms and has a warm, inviting interior – complete with grand fireplace – that makes it a cosy setting for dinners. Drinks work well in the striking Reception Room, where an unusual glass screen depicts the four seasons. The intimate Library offers private facilities for eight.

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Taberna Etrusca

Taberna Etrusca

Taberna Etrusca
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120

9-11 Bow Churchyard , London, London, EC4M 9DQ

Taberna Etrusca channels classic trattoria style, with textured white walls, tiled floors and a timeless feel. A courtyard catches the sun in summer – it’s a pretty setting for barbecues and drinks receptions. Right next to St Mary-le-Bow church, the restaurant’s popular for wedding receptions. Authentic Italian food in charming surroundings makes it a popular choice for private and corporate parties. The entire venue can be hired for evenings and at weekends.

The Conservatory & Garden Room

The Conservatory & Garden Room

The Conservatory & Garden Room
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 650
Max Banquet 280

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, Finsbury Park, London, EC2Y 8DS

The Barbican’s best-kept secret is without question its rooftop Conservatory, a delightfully incongruous space that houses exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants under its glass roof. Its treetops are overlooked by the large Conservatory Terrace, while the Garden Room on level three (a more contemporary space with views across the City of London) works well for drinks receptions, dinners and small awards ceremonies.

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Claridge

Claridge's

Claridge's
Max Meeting 260
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 240

Brook Street , Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR

Claridge’s is a byword for timeless glamour – whether you’re dining in Michelin-star Fera or sipping champagne in the bar. Things are no different in the five-star hotel’s event spaces, some of which have been recently refurbished. The listed Ballroom’s chandeliers and silver palate add elegance to dinners and conferences, while its reception makes pre- or post-event drinks easy. Our favourite room is the French Salon – quite the spot for long-table business meetings.

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Bateaux London

Bateaux London

Bateaux London
Max Standing 320
Max Banquet 260

Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 6NU

Bateaux London offers guests unrivaled views of some of the capital’s top sights, from Big Ben through to Tower Bridge, from its two vessels, the Scandinavian-designed Harmony and the Parisian Symphony. The boats’ picture-frame windows afford fine views, while exclusive cruises, use of a private room or tables at a shared event cater for differing group sizes. Awards ceremonies, drinks receptions and dinner-dances can all be arranged on board.

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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace
Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600

East Molesey, Hampton, London, KT8 9AU

Once home to royalty, including Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is an unforgettable venue. It's magnificently played host to lavish celebrations over the centuries, from gala diners to festive banquets and historic meetings. Originally a dining room for members of Henry VIII’s court, the Great Hall makes a grand setting for banquets. Elsewhere, staterooms, grand staircases, cobbled courtyards and pretty gardens make the venue one of the country’s most impressive palaces.

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HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 220
Max Banquet 120

Victoria Embankment, City of London, London, WC2R 2PN

Moored near Temple tube, HQS Wellington offers a memorable backdrop for events. Her prime Thames location gives visitors excellent views of the South Bank, London Eye and river traffic. Its spaces include the wood-paneled Court Room, accessed via an ornate teak staircase; the Model Room, with its collection of antique miniature ships; and the exterior Quarter Deck, which has 180° views. Catering comes courtesy of The Cook & The Butler.

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The Brewery

The Brewery

The Brewery
Max Meeting 950
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 800

Chiswell Street, Islington, London, EC1Y 4SD

The Brewery is a collection of distinctive spaces that play host to anything from exhibitions and conferences to glitzy award ceremonies, Christmas parties and fashion shows. The standout space is the versatile Porter Tun, one of the largest unobstructed rooms in London. The two-storey Sugar Rooms overlooks an attractive courtyard via arched windows and connects with the King George III room. Quality in-house catering is another bonus.

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The Royal Horseguards Hotel

The Royal Horseguards Hotel

The Royal Horseguards Hotel
Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 252

2 Whitehall Court , London, SW1A 2EJ

Built in 1884 as a French chateau on the Thames, Whitehall Court now houses the Royal Horseguards Hotel and its One Whitehall Place conference and events centre. Highlights include the Gladstone Library – which is much as the old prime minister left it – and its interconnecting Reading & Writing Room, with fine Thames views. Originally a billiards room, the Whitehall Suite offers high ceilings, lots of natural light and more rivery vistas.

Searcys Knightsbridge | 30 Pavilion Road

Searcys Knightsbridge | 30 Pavilion Road

Searcys Knightsbridge | 30 Pavilion Road
Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 100

30 Pavilion Road , London, SW1X 0HJ

Tucked behind Harrods, Searcys’s 30 Pavilion Road is a Georgian townhouse that first opened for events more than 50 years ago. Today, offered by Searcys for exclusive use, it makes the most of its gilded history. The ground-floor Stone Hall, with its 18th-century fireplace, offers a warm welcome. The homely, oak-panelled Library suits smaller events, while the high-ceilinged Ballroom is a grand stage for larger gatherings. Up top, there’s a Roof Terrace for secluded garden parties.

The Goring

The Goring

The Goring
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 44

15 Beeston Place, Westminster, London, SW1W 0JW

This Belgravia landmark has royal connections dating back to its opening in 1910. The family-owned five-star property has a handful of event spaces, all of which are charmingly decorated and well appointed for both business and leisure. The Garden Room is the largest and offers access to your own private piece of the hotel’s handsome garden. The Silver Room – with its handwoven wallpaper – is a fetching space for private dinners.

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Skinners

Skinners' Hall

Skinners' Hall
Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 170

8 1/2 Dowgate Hill , City of London, London, EC4R 2SP

Dating from 1670, Skinners’ Hall is home to one of the City’s ‘Great 12’ livery companies, combining stately halls, elegant chambers and homely rooms. Guests enter across a paved courtyard before heading, perhaps, to the Great Hall for a banquet, the Old Court Room for a private dinner or the handsome Court Room for a board meeting. The Roof Garden, with its elegant fountain, suits summer entertaining, while the Outer Hall’s roaring fire makes it a fine choice in winter.

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