If you’re getting married in London, both narrowing down an area and then picking your wedding venue can be pretty stressful. However, one area you might not have initially thought of is East London and we think that it’s an area more than worth considering for the big day.
When you first think of East London, your mind probably leaps to images of hipster restaurants and cool underground bars, but in fact there are some pretty special and in some cases rather unique wedding venues in this ever-thriving part of the city.
With venues ranging from riverside clubs and impressive concert halls, all the way through to hidden-away breweries and skyscraper function rooms, there’s no end to the options available in East London for weddings. This means that regardless of what style of wedding you want to have, there will be somewhere that fits the bill perfectly.
Of course, choosing the right wedding venue is about more than just the look and setting of the place. It is just as important that the venue meets all of your practical requirements and can be adapted to fit your vision; the huge variety of different venues in East London means that it won’t be difficult to find somewhere that meets your exact requirements, whether you just want the space or need a full in-house catering team and entertainment.
To help you pick a venue that’s the ideal fit for you, we’ve put together a list below of the best wedding venues in East London and alongside each one have also explained why we think it could be the perfect place for you to tie the knot. We have included a huge mixture of different types of place, so get perusing and we hope that you land on the venue of your dreams.
London Fields Brewery
What: If you’re all about your craft beers and fancy a wedding in the hipster-heart of Hackney, then look no further than London Fields Brewery. Hidden-away in two old railway arches, the two venue spaces at the brewery have a surprisingly large combined capacity of 500 people, and come with fantastic facilities including two bars which, of course, serve their very own beer. You can choose to use just one of the spaces, or use one for a sit-down dinner and the other for after-dinner dancing, making this venue particularly perfect if you’re looking for adaptability.
Where: 365-366 Warburton Street, E8 3RR
What: Located just a 5 minute walk from Shoreditch High Street station, this industrial space features high ceilings and plenty of exposed brick work, making it a great spot for those of you looking for a venue with a cool, modern feeling to it. Comprising of two studios which can be hired both individually or together, Shoreditch Studios is hired as a completely ‘blank canvas’ space, meaning you can use the areas exactly how you want to. The spiral staircase entrance to the venue is also perfect for wedding photos.
Where: 37 Bateman’s Row, EC2A 3HH
What: For those of you looking for more of a classic venue for your wedding, Devonport House in Greenwich could be just the place. The huge 18th century building is impressive from both the inside and out, with its red brick façade and large white columns. Equipped to host ceremonies, drinks receptions on the lawn and inside, and large wedding breakfasts, Devonport House has got everything covered. With a gorgeous backdrop for your photos as well as modern facilities to suit your every need, it’s hard to go wrong with a wedding at this stunning venue.
Where: King William Walk, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 9JW
Museum of London Docklands
What: A museum might not seem like the obvious choice for your wedding day but the Museum of London Docklands is actually housed in an incredibly striking grade I listed building, which provides an impressive backdrop to any weddings hosted there. The whole venue bursts with charm and features four different spaces which are available to hire and have varying capacities with the largest able to fit up to 240 people. Our favourite space is the beautiful Quayside room which has a stunning view over West India Quay.
Where: 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, E14 4AL
Wilton's Music Hall
What: If you’re looking for somewhere very exclusive for your wedding, Wilton’s Music Hall only hosts a few weddings every year so you need to plan a while in advance. However, if you do manage to find a date where it’s free, you’ll be rewarded with the spectacular setting of the main hall with its high ceiling, ornate walls and balcony. With wedding hire at Wilton’s Music Hall always being exclusive, you will also have access to various smaller break-away rooms meaning that you’ll have a huge amount of space to work with.
Where: 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, E1 8JB
Greenwich Yacht Club
What: There are few things more romantic than getting married right by the water and Greenwich Yacht Club is a perfect option for people dreaming of a waterside wedding. The wonderful, panoramic views of the Thames are complemented by the bright and airy spaces. With two separate spaces available to hire, you can choose which best fits your need and budget. From there Greenwich Yacht Club are on hand as much as you need to help plan the big day.
Where: 1 Peartree Way, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0BW
Hackney Town Hall
What: The large art deco windows, impressive chandeliers and high ceilings of Hackney Town Hall make it a wonderfully elegant venue for any wedding. With the large Assembly Hall able to fit up to 500 people, as well as a smaller dark-wood breakaway bar space available to hire, Hackney Town Hall can be used for ceremonies, receptions, and large dinners. On top of this, it now also features two amazing glass-roofed atria which can also be used to give the feeling of being outside, and are perfect for drinks receptions.
Where: Mare Street, E8 1EA
What: Based in what used to be the ticket hall of Shoreditch station until 1940, Kachette is an atmsopheric underground venue which can be hired for your wedding day. Providing an edgy alternative to more traditional East London venues, Kachette is full of exposed brickwork and features an old train clock, giving the place a real sense of charm. With two separate spaces which can be used, there are also plenty of different ways you can use the venue, and with exclusive hire only, you can be the master of transforming the space to suit your big day perfectly.
Where: 347 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LP
What: If amazing views of London are your main priority for your wedding, then there aren’t many better options in East London than The Gherkin. This iconic high-rise building is guaranteed to provide the most incredible backdrop to any wedding photographs and will make any big day live long in the memory of the guests. With function rooms on the top two floors for both ceremonies and receptions, the spaces can be tailored depending on how many guests you have. There is also a full catering and events team on hand to provide further help.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF
St George's Garrison Church Woolwich
What: For a uniquely beautiful East London wedding venue bursting full of character, St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich is tough to beat. Offering a breath-taking outdoor space which can be used for both ceremonies and for receptions, the church offers a feeling of escape from the business of London. Whilst the canopy-style roof provides a small amount of cover, this is certainly a venue best used in summer, where the beautiful architecture and greenery will provide a great backdrop to any photos. However, St George’s only allows a maximum of six weddings each year so you’ll need to book quickly.
Where: 5 Mill Lane, Woolwich, SE18 6XJ
The Royal Regency
What: A stunning Victorian building, The Royal Regency is way out East near Barking and offers a real sense of grandeur, with its incredibly high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and walls decorated in white and gold. This makes it a truly luxurious option for your wedding if that is the sort of vibe you are looking for. One thing that The Royal Regency certainly isn’t is intimate; the main hall can cater for up to 1000 guests which makes it ideal if you’re planning on having a particularly large wedding. They offer a variety of bespoke packages depending on your exact needs.
Where: 501 High Street North, Manor Park, E12 6TH
Wringer and Mangle
What: This ex-industrial laundry in Hackney, which is now an incredibly popular bar and restaurant, can also be hired for weddings. If you’re looking for a bright and modern space in East London with a slight Bohemian air to it, Wringer and Mangle might be the perfect fit. Licensed for ceremonies as well as being available to hire for just your reception or dinner, the events team at Wringer and Mangle will work closely with you to make sure that everything from the cocktails on offer at the reception, to the various different food options are just as you want them.
Where: Sidworth Street, E8 3SD
What: The East Wintergarden at Canary Wharf is a wedding venue with pure wow-factor. With the main space sitting under a huge glass atrium you are able to look right over the water of the South Dock below, which gives any wedding at the East Wintergarden an extra feeling of magic. The incredibly adaptable space can be used for ceremonies, dinners, dances and more, whilst the in house events team are always on hand to make your big day as special as it possibly can be.
Where: 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NX
Looking for something a little more out of town? Why not explore our pick of the best wedding venues in Essex?