Once home to hundreds of troops, Spitbank Fort is now a boutique retreat, available for exclusive hire and is licensed for weddings and civil partnerships. The one-of-a-kind venue is a mile
offshore from Portsmouth in the middle of the Solent and only accessible by boat. Eight quirky function spaces include an alfresco terrace, complete with fire-pit and sea views, where guests can
enjoy a glass of Champagne before retreating to the Officer’s Mess for the wedding breakfast. Above deck is the 60-capacity Crow’s Nest, a good vantage point for 360 degree views of the Solent. The
venue is popular with brides looking for something out of the ordinary – guests can arrive in style on a flotilla of speedboats. Packages start at £9,000 for 16 guests.