Planning a wedding involves all sorts of considerations. There are major factors to decide on, things like who to invite, the number of guests and when to host it (summer and winter weddings are very different affairs), as well as the finer details, such as the cake, decorations, food, drink and music. But one of the most important things to consider when wedding planning is where you want to celebrate your big day – yes, we’re talking about the venue.
To take some of the stress out of your search, we highly recommend considering a hotel as the location of your wedding venue. They offer numerous benefits, the most obvious of which being that they have on-site accommodation (it kind of comes with the territory) so you don’t need to think about the getting home bit at the end of the celebrations. Plus, many possess a wedding license should you want to hold both the ceremony and the reception under one roof, and they’re well suited to both large and smaller weddings with a plethora of room options available for hire.
Separate to the practicalities of the occasion, hotels often provide a grand and glamourous location in which to spend your special day. We hate to make it all about looks but, sometimes, what’s on the outside really does matter.
With that in mind, we’ve scoured the city to seek out the most exquisite hotel wedding venues in London. Everything from one-of-a-kind boutique hotels to extravagant chains that are well versed in throwing pitch perfect weddings. Some offer charm and character, while others offer spa facilities and state of the art sound systems (priorities, right?). Choose from tiered wedding packages that meet your criteria and price point, or personalise an existing offering to ensure your day is everything you dreamed. These are the best hotel wedding venues in London that really should make your shortlist.
Pan Pacific, Liverpool Street
What: Pan Pacific is located opposite Liverpool Street Station (well connected, eh?) and offers four wedding packages for everything from a grand ceremony to a more intimate gathering. All, however, include hire of the Pacific Ballroom, an impressive wood-paneled space decorated with elegant Swarovski chandeliers that holds up to 250 guests. The hotel also boasts 237 bedrooms so you can guarantee every one of your guests has a bed for the night.
Where: 80 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AB
Book now: Pan Pacific
11 Cavendish Square, Marylebone
What: A grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in the heart of Marylebone... You already know this hotel is fit for a stunning wedding. Offering exclusive use of its remarkable rooms, choose from the likes of the courtyard garden, complete with a ‘living wall’ and water feature, or the light-filled Orangery, which makes a great space for wedding breakfasts of up to 120 guests. 11 Cavendish Square can accommodate wedding parties of up to 200 people and offers classic and premier packages depending on your preference.
Where: 11-13 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AN
Book now: 11 Cavendish Square
Sofitel London St James, St. James's
What: A wedding at Sofitel London St James really will have it all. This spectacular venue is equipped with a spa, restaurant, bar and lounge, as well as 183 bedrooms for guests to retreat to after the celebrations have ended. For large parties, the Westminster and Mayfair suites hold 140 seated guests and include a sound system, chandelier, private foyer, coloured lighting and evening bar. There are two wedding packages available - ‘Chic’ or ‘Magnifique’ - which can easily be tweaked to suit your requirements.
Where: 6 Waterloo Place, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4AN
Book now: Sofitel London St James
The Coach Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell
What: Less of a hotel and more of a pub with rooms, The Coach Clerkenwell makes a truly special London venue for wedding receptions that ooze charm and character. It offers three event spaces – the Blue Room, Garden Room & Terrace and the First Floor Dining Room – with the latter the largest of the lot for up to 70 guests. This boutique spot offers character-led spaces with plenty of natural light, and seasonal British food prepared by its talented chefs.
Where: 26-28 Ray Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 3DJ
Book now: The Coach Clerkenwell
The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, Knightsbridge
What: Booking a wedding at The Carlton Tower Jumerirah in Knightsbridge grants you access to its beautiful ballroom, a bright and luxurious space with chandeliers and a capacity of up to 400. At the end of a day of celebrations, guests can retire to one of its 186 suites.
Where: On Cadogan Place, London, SW1X 9PY
Book now: The Carlton Tower Jumeirah
Richmond Harbour Hotel, Richmond
What: Leafy Richmond nestled in London’s suburbs makes an idyllic location for any wedding. This hotel on Richmond Hill offers views of the Thames and its surrounding green spaces, which works a treat as a backdrop for wedding photographs. For those looking to stay the night, guests can also gain access to the spa for a relaxing pre-wedding pampering spot.
Where: Richmond Hill, Richmond, London, TW10 6RP
Book now: Richmond Harbour Hotel
Trafalger Tavern, Greenwich
What: This historic 19th century venue in Greenwich retains plenty of character and charm while offering all the modern comforts you could want for your big day. Located on the river Thames, Trafalger Tavern offers tremendous views across the water while the entire first floor - comprising the Nelson Room and Ante Room - is available exclusively for ceremonies and receptions. The executive chef can produce everything from a formal three-course meal to a buffet or finger food for your party, and knowledgeable wedding advisors are on hand to provide their expert advice on every other detail.
Where: Park Row, London, SE10 9NW
Book now: Trafalger Tavern
Asia House, Marylebone
What: Asia House in Marylebone provides a series of grand, blank canvas rooms that can be personalised to suit your taste. Choose from one of the Fine Rooms, which are the venue's grandest spaces, and include features such as a marbled fireplace, ornate ceilings, crystal chandeliers and almost full height windows. While for smaller parties, the Hutchinson Room, Library and Studio would be a great fit.
Where: 63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 7LP
Book now: Asia House
The Kensington Hotel, South Kensington
What: The Kensington Hotel makes for a glamorous city wedding and will gain you access to its signature entertaining space, The White Room. The décor combines something old with something new, offering elegant heritage tones with contemporary furniture. The space alone caters for up to 50 guests, and can be combined with the Library to hold 84 people. What’s more, The Kensington Hotel offers preferred accommodation rates for those looking to stay the night in its luxurious rooms.
Where: 109-113 Queens Gate, London, SW7 5LR
Book now: The Kensington Hotel
The Hero of Maida, Maida Vale
What: Perfect if you’re after a laid-back wedding, The Hero of Maida in Maida Vale is a pretty pub with rooms with three private spaces up for grabs. The largest of the trio are The White Room, a naturally-lit space with wooden floors and a fireplace, and the blue-toned main dining room which holds up to 60 guests for a sit-down meal. Do note that the venue doesn’t hold a wedding license, so book here for a stunning reception after the ceremony.
Where: 55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 2JD
Book now: The Hero of Maida
South Place Hotel, Liverpool Street
What: D&D London’s South Place Hotel is a truly unique spot to host your wedding. With 80 bedrooms, three bars, two restaurants and five private dining rooms, the hotel is kitted out for entertaining, while all of its private rooms are named after spies. Purdey & Steed is the largest of its offering, seating 100 for dinner or 200 for a standing reception, and offers floor-to-ceiling windows, dark wood paneled walls, a flint-grey carpet and cream silk curtains. Another standout space is its Secret Garden, which has room for 80 guests and a retractable roof and heaters to maintain the tropical climate all year round.
Where: 3 South Place, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 2AF
Book now: South Place Hotel
The Marylebone Hotel, Marylebone
What: The ultra-impressive Marylebone Hotel offers contemporary interiors if you’re looking for a wedding with a modern backdrop. The Long Room and The Blue Room are its largest spaces, but perhaps its most stunning room is The Courtyard, a 73sqm terrace that features a retractable roof and open fire to host events year-round. At night, the foliage is lit with sparkling fairy lights and the space can be connected to the Blue Room and Library to host up to 150 guests. We know which space we’d choose...
Where: 47 Wellbeck Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 8DN
Book now: The Marylebone Hotel
The Three Cranes, The City
What: Hosting a wedding in the City might not be your first port of call, but hear us out. This Georgian townhouse goes beyond a good pint at the bar, offering private events and hotel stays. It’s a wonderful spot for intimate celebrations; The Grill Room is a bright and open space with plenty of natural light, cool grey walls and dark wooden furniture and holds up to 20 seated. While the purpose-built private dining room holds between 30 and 40 people, where guests can feast on classic pub food, draught beers, wines and cocktails.
Where: 28 Garlick Hill, City of London, London, EC4V 2BA
Book now: The Three Cranes
The Ned, Bank
What: A wedding at The Ned will make you and your guests feel like royalty. Every single one of its private rooms offer period features, high ceilings, vintage features and large windows for plenty of natural light. The Tapestry Room is our favourite, holding up to 200 people and boasting tapestry-laden walls, walnut panelling and a glorious chandelier. Its bedrooms and suites are just as beguiling, while the food and drink menus range from cocktails and canapés to four-course dinners.
Where: 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ
Now you've decided where to host your wedding, here are 23 questions to ask your wedding venue before you book