If you're planning a wedding or if you're lucky enough to have a dedicated wedding planner, this page of Squaremeal.co.uk might be worth having a look at. Whether you're after something cheap, you want to find a venue that has a licence for civil ceremonies, you want a reception-only venue or your planning something large scale or an Asian wedding, we have the necessary event-ready venues on offer.
You may be surprised to see the scale and variety of wedding venues available. There are livery halls and hqs in the city for something tradiontional, or you could choose something light, bright and modern. If space is what you need, it is worth taking a look at the conference and events centres on available
If you're feeling brave and you have the weather on your side you'll be interested to see the range of outdoor spaces that work well for al fresco receptions. These can vary from picturesque gardens and courtyards tucked away in central London, to a roof-top Thames-side venue with a view. If you fancy a nautical theme or something a little different, you could even have a reception by the Thames.
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 278
16 Bury Street , London, 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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Barcelona Tapas Bars & Restaurants
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150
London, EC3A 7DT
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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The Landmark London
Max Meeting 512
Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 504
222 Marylebone Road , London, 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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Hampton Court Palace
Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600
East Molesey, London, 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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The Conservatory & Garden Room
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 650
Max Banquet 280
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, 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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National Portrait Gallery
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 300
St Martin's Place, London, 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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Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 170
8 1/2 Dowgate Hill , 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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Royal Garden Hotel
Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 430
2-24 Kensington High Street , London, 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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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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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.
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Max Meeting 260
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 240
Brook Street , London, 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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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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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.
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 220
Max Banquet 120
Victoria Embankment , 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 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.
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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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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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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.
Royal Horticultural Halls
Max Meeting 1000
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 900
80 Vincent Square , London, 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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Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 44
15 Beeston Place, London, 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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