Congratulations once more, to all the couples who are about to embark on the wedding planning journey. As we know, the planning process can be fun but often slightly daunting. Not to worry, we have put together two wedding venue guides to assist you during this time, this one covers a range of unique venues across London with that wow-factor and the other, some of the most elegant and historic venues in the City of London. All of the venues mentioned below are licensed for wedding and civil ceremonies.
Overlooking the World Heritage Royal Greenwich Park and the Canary Wharf skyline, Queen’s House is a very popular wedding venue and former Royal residence. The Great Hall’s geometric marble flooring and the picturesque Tulip Stairs serve as an amazing venue highlight for you and up to 120 seated guests for a seated meal.
Specially created for entertaining in 1622, the Banqueting House astounded London society, and it still has the power to dazzle and impress today. Seating up to 380 guests for dinner, guests walk in the footsteps of Royalty as they dine in the Great Hall below the spectacular ceiling – a Baroque masterpiece painted by Peter Paul Rubens and installed in 1636.
This Grade II-listed Georgian-style building is located in central London and offers a mix of historic interiors and exquisite art collections. The Foundling Museum has recently received its wedding ceremony licence,and holding up to 100 guests, it is the perfect intimate wedding venue. The adjoining Brunswick Square Gardens makes a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.
KEW GARDENS - CAMBRIDGE COTTAGE
Previously a residence of the former Duke of Cambridge, Cambridge Cottage is nestled in a quiet area of the stunning botanical gardens at Kew. If you wish to dine amongst gorgeous greenery and have the opportunity to incorporate the impressive plant life into your photos, Cambridge Cottage offers you the grandness of Kew on an intimate level, with up to 80 of your friends and family.
MUSEUM OF THE ORDER OF ST JOHN
The Museum of the Order of St John is a very distinctive venue, dating back to the early 16th Century, making it an ideal setting for weddings with an ancient feel. Allow guests to be captivated by the history in the museum and explore the peaceful Cloister Garden, complete with the unique centrepiece of a 200-year old olive tree. The Chapter Hall can seat up to 100 guests for dinner, or why not use The Church for your reception instead for up to 200, before moving back to The Chapter Hall for dancing?
ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA
The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a Grade l and Grade II listed site, a stunning architectural legacy left to us by King Charles II and Christopher Wren, and most famously home to the Chelsea Pensioners. The venue offers three areas, each suited to a range of wedding party sizes. Enjoy drinks in the Figure Court before moving through to the Royal-related State Apartments, the magnificent Great Hall, or a marquee in the secluded Ranelagh Gardens for your wedding meal.
TWO TEMPLE PLACE
Overlooking the Thames, Two Temple Place is a striking neo-Gothic mansion filled with opulent interiors, and offering capacity for up to 120 guests. Eagle-eyed couples may even recognise the iconic staircase from the recent BBC show The Bodyguard - a definite talking point among guests!
KEW GARDENS - CLASSIC WEDDING PACKAGE
Marrying at a World Heritage Site is definitely a talking point, and Kew Gardens offers an amazing three venues to truly wow your guests. Say ‘I do’ in the Nash Conservatory, a 19th century glasshouse that was moved brick-by-brick to Kew Gardens from Buckingham Palace in 1836! Guests can then enjoy post-ceremony drinks and canapés on the beautiful Banks Lawns, in the shadow of Kew Palace before finally moving to The Orangery for your seated meal with up to 200 guests and to party the night away!
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