Unique and unusual wedding venues in London: The quirkiest places to say 'I do'

Browse our list of the best unique and unusual wedding venues in London. From zoos to boats, we have every quirky wedding venue covered

Updated on 01 March 2024 • Written By Naomi Grant

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Unique and unusual wedding venues in London: The quirkiest places to say 'I do'

Are you planning a wedding in the city? Finding the right venue will be one of the biggest wedding planning decisions you make, so it's important to ensure you are well informed and take your time to find a location that is right for you.

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Weddings are a great chance for couples to flex their collective creative muscles. If you and your partner like to shake things up, it's time to start thinking outside the box when it comes to your big day. Showcasing your personalities and styles is an important element of making your wedding day personal to you, and choosing a unique venue is integral to this. Once you've chosen a location, every other little detail will fall into place, creating a celebration perfectly tailored to you and your partner.

Taking into account your likes and interests is key to finding your ideal destination. If you or your partner is London born and bred, why not choose an iconic London landmark such as The Gherkin, The Barbican or St Pancras Station to host your ceremony and/or festivities? History and politics buffs will be pleased to know that the iconic HQS Wellington is available for weddings, and London boasts plenty for those who want their wedding to be a highly Instagrammable affair, such as the majestic Law Society.

If traditional hotel weddings and rustic barn celebrations aren't your thing, then our edit of the best unusual wedding venues in London is perfect for you. From high-end restaurants and boats to universities where you can be wed surrounded by hundreds of books (yes really!), browse the quirkiest places to say ‘I do’ in the capital.

art'otel London, Battersea Power Station 

wooden table set with glasses and flowers

What: In search of a chic and arty venue? Why not tie the knot at art'otel London Battersea Power Station? Filled with modern decor and colour block fixtures, art'otel London makes a fine location for a swanky couple seeking a fashionable setting for their special day. Situated on the top floors of Battersea Power Station, art'otel London is set amongst a broad selection of divine restaurants and a rooftop bar, with panoramic views across the city.
Where: 1 Electric Boulevard, SW11 8BJ
Book now: art'otel London Battersea Power Station

Electrowerkz, Angel

two newly weds smiling at each other whilst sitting outside of venue

What: This alternative venue is certain to provide a quirky twist to any wedding. Situated in a spacious warehouse with an array of light-filled rooms, Electrowerkz is kitted out for large and loud celebrations. Choose between the cobbled Courtyard or the Glass House for indoor ceremonies, then head straight to its nightclub space for a boogie on the dancefloor at your wedding reception. 
Where: 7 Torrens Street, EC1V 1NQ
Book now: Electrowerkz

Mama Shelter, Shoreditch

Outdoor seats with funky decor and zebra stripped tent over bar

What: A trendy hotel set in London's most Instagrammable location, Shoreditch, Mama Shelter is an exuberant choice of venue showcasing vibrant decor, a karaoke lounge and breakout areas with arcade games. It's a top choice for vivacious couples! With plenty of rooms available for hire, you’ll be certain to find a setting to accommodate all of your guests.
Where: 437 Hackney Road, E2 8PP
Book now: Mama Shelter

The Zetter, Clerkenwell

quirky designed room with antique carpets and chairs at either side decorated with white flowers

What: The Zetter is an eccentric and fun-loving location, featuring Georgian architecture, hand-painted walls, rich colour palettes and fine antiques, this townhouse venue is exceptionally charming. An iconic landmark in Clerkenwell, the house once belonged to the Zetters family, whose legendary dinner parties, which were known to be Champagne-based soirees lasting into the night, were hosted by their daughter after the estate was left to her.
Where: 49-50 St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ
Book now: The Zetter

Inner Temple Hall, City of London

four rows of long decorated rectangular tables with wooden seats

What: Steeped in history Inner Temple Hall offers a serene oasis with a Georgian style façade and opulent interiors. Unlock the doors to your dreamy al fresco-styled wedding in a stunning garden with Inner Temple Hall and embark on a truly unique experience for your big day.
Where: Crown Office Row, EC4Y 7HL
Book now: Inner Temple Hall 

The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea

Newly wed couple walking through pub area smiling smiling

What: Calling all pub lovers! – The Cadogan Arms is a glamorous establishment that has stood proudly for two centuries. A chic spot for matrimonial events, this hip venue is a beautifully modern space with warm-toned wooden panelling which complements its ornately carved ceiling and exquisite chandelier. Make a toast to the newlyweds with a beer before unwinding on its luxe red velvet seats.
Where: 298 King’s Road, SW3 5UG
Book now: The Cadogan Arms

Coq D' Argent, City of London

A married couple strolling in green maintained garden area through narrow open space

What: Situated by Bank station, Coq D’Argent is an extraordinary venue set seven storeys above the City streets below. Say your vows whilst absorbing panoramic views of London's greatest landmarks and utilise the splendid backdrop for a glorious champagne reception. If your heart is set on a sleek and elegant wedding day with an eccentric twist, Coq D’Argent is a notable space.
Where: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
Book now: Coq D'Argent

Searcys at The Gherkin, City of London

Clear seats set ahead of glass widows with city views

What: If it’s incredible views and a wedding in the clouds you're looking for, then The Gherkin offers everything you could want. The iconic glass dome at the top of the building is home to Searcys restaurant, where you can host your wedding reception. Enjoy incredible food and panoramic views over London at this unique venue.
Where: 30 St Mary Avenue, EC3A 8EP
Book now: Searcys at The Gherkin

The Barbican’s Conservatory and Garden Room, Barbican

large auditorium with green plants and cinema styled seats

What: Add some botanical style to your London wedding day by saying ‘I do’ in the gorgeous Conservatory and Garden Room at The Barbican - a unique space that's home to over 2,000 species of tropical plants. Despite its city location, your guests will feel they have been transported to a lush green rainforest with the ceremony room being encased by trees and tropical vegetation. 
Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Book now: The Barbican

The Royal College of Surgeons, Holborn

The Royal College of Surgeons library

What: For more intimate weddings that don't scrimp on wow-factor, consider hiring The Library at The Royal College of Surgeons for your big day. This historic space is home to hundreds or rare books and coveted collections, as well as striking decor thanks to its dark green colour scheme, original fireplace and book-lined shelves. Begin with a Champagne and canape reception to allow you and your guests to soak up the atmosphere, before enjoying a three-course seasonal meal complete with wine, coffee and petit fours. 
Where: 38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE
Book now: The Royal College of Surgeons

The Crypt at Bleeding Heart, Farringdon

Stone wall venue with candles and flowers

What: Tucked away in the City of London, The Crypt at Bleeding Heart offers a fairytale venue in the capital. Steeped in history and boasting stone walls and wooden beams, this rustic setting adds to the romance of any day, but especially when also adorned with candles and flowers to bring the space to life. Set within St Etheldreda's, it's one of England's oldest Catholic Churches and has even been mentioned in two of Shakespeare's plays.
Where: 14 Ely Place, EC1N 6RY
Book now: The Crypt at Bleeding Heart

The Bluebird, Chelsea

cosy space with centred bar and glass roof top with scattered plants around dining tables

What: This Chelsea restaurant was a car garage in a past life, but since a serious makeover, the King’s Road location has been a popular venue of choice for product launches, film premieres and celebrity dinners. The in-house event manager at this unique wedding venue is an experienced wedding planner so you know your big day will be in safe hands. Large wedding parties of up to 250 can take over the main restaurant, while smaller gatherings may feel more at home in The Bluebird Room.
Where: 350 King's Road, SW3 5UU

Book now: The Bluebird

HQS Wellington, Blackfriars

Large white boat set on open river

What: Have you considered getting married on a boat? HQS Wellington is moored on the Thames at Embankment and offers sweeping views of the South Bank from the upper decks, and a setting like no other. If you have your heart set on a totally unique wedding venue then this is the perfect choice.
Where: Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN
Book now: HQS Wellington

1 Lombard Street, City of London

Set of round and rectangular tables with dark wooden chairs and decorative flower arrangement

What: This restaurant isn't short on wow factor. Housed in an impressive Grade II listed building opposite Bank Station, this is the ideal venue for a slice of secluded luxury on your big day. A large function room boasts an upright piano, primed for Pachelbel's Canon in D, and the luxurious menu is a smash hit if you fancy staying for more. 
Where: 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA
Book now: 1 Lombard Street

The Law Society, Holborn

Large seating area with red carpet and white pillars

What: The Law Society is an iconic venue, set just off Chancery Lane. The venue is available for exclusive use and can hold ceremonies as well as receptions. If you have a fairly large wedding party then you also don’t need to worry as the capacity is up to 200 guests, who will be more than pleased with the luxurious, photogenic backdrops and magnificent food. 
Where: 113 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PL
Book now: The Law Society

St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys, King's Cross

top floor of a station set with wooden chairs which have white bows tied to the back

What: For some serious indulgence, you can’t get more glam that marrying in London’s longest Champagne bar. Searcys St Pancras is a Grade I listed train-shed and a century and a half since it opened, it is still at the heart of St Pancras station life. The Grand Terrace (pictured) is fully licenced so you can hold your ceremony and your reception at this truly unique London venue.
Where: St Pancras International Station, N1C 4QL
Book now: St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys

One Hundred Shoreditch, Shoreditch

bar area with pastel pink tiled floor, bar stools and small dining tables with seats

What: With it's pastel pink tiles, large ceramic amphoras and natural light, One Hundred Shoreditch is one of the most stylish wedding venues in London. It boasts five contemporary event spaces, each with its own unique style and atmosphere such as the lush California-style rooftop or the eponymous One Hundred Room, which offers impressive views of the London skyline and caters up to 40 guests for dinner and 80 for a standing event. Here you can enjoy bespoke menus and friendly service in a glamorous setting. 
Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
Book now: One Hundred Shoreditch

Shangri-La at the Shard, London Bridge

large round tabes with white decor and floral arrangements

What: This iconic London landmark is sure to add extra wow factor to your special day. Spanning levels 34 to 52 of the Shard, Shangri-La takes the luxury hotel wedding experience to new heights. All three event rooms are river-facing and accessed via a grand staircase with fantastic views, not to mention those stunning chandeliers. Dining options are seemingly endless and there's also the option to devise a bespoke menu with the accomplished kitchen team.
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU
Book now: Shangri-La at the Shard

Galvin at Windows, Mayfair

long rectangular table with multiple chair in a private dining space

What: Fancy a wedding with a view? You can't get much better than Galvin at Windows, the only venue in the area with a view of Buckingham Palace. Both small and large weddings are possible here, with intimate spaces like The Balcony, as well as the 150-seater restaurant, both complete with wrap-around windows. Excellent food and breathtaking views mean that this venue hosts some of the most Instagrammable weddings of all time. 
Where: 28th Floor, London Hilton on Park Lane, W1K 1BE
Book now: Galvin at Windows

OXO Tower, Southbank

White dining tables with blue chairs by wide windows showcasing views in london

What: This iconic landmark on London’s famous South Bank is a wedding venue like no other, with an expert team of wedding planners on hand, an accomplished kitchen, and breathtaking views to boot. The venue is blank canvas, meaning that you can style it according to your taste and liking. With 20 years of experience in events management, the OXO team couldn't be better equipped to handle your big day.
Where: OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH
Book now: OXO Tower

If you are still searching for your perfect wedding venue, then browse more incredible London wedding venues here - you can narrow down your search by venue type, style, entertainment, facilities and more. 

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