If you’re dreaming of a classic London wedding, can there be anything smarter than celebrating your big day in a majestic mansion in the heart of St James’? It’s not often that you get the opportunity of being the Lord and Lady of one of central London’s grandest Palladian properties (just metres away from The Mall and Buckingham Palace), but as Bride and Groom at 116 Pall Mall you’ll be entitled to exclusive use of this magnificent property for the day or entire weekend of your wedding.
Within spitting distance of all the classic central London wedding venues, the majestic 116 Pall Mall gives you the glamour and opulence of the 5 star hotels without the stuffiness that can sometimes be associated with a hotel wedding.
The triple-award winning venue is home to the entrepreneurial Institute of Directors, and was built by the famous Georgian architect, John Nash, who also designed parts of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St James’ Park and Marble Arch. The interiors are adorned with an abundance of fine art and beaux art treasures and all manner of breathtaking details that really sets 116 Pall Mall in a class of its own. When I was lucky enough to visit I was particularly taken with the breathtaking exterior, truly spectacular staircase, and the elegant garden — quite a rarity for a quintessential London wedding venue.
Over the past two years the building has undergone major refurbishment masterminded by one of the most renowned interior designers in the business, Russell Sage, whose previous designs include The Hospital Club, Savoy Grill, The Balcon and The Goring Hotel. With the ability to seat up to 250 guests, or up to 200 with a dance floor, the 10 magnificent individually designed event spaces that Russell has redesigned will suit whatever style of wedding you’re after.
The place is steeped in history too — Bond writer, Ian Fleming was a regular at the bar when the building housed the United Service Club and over the years the venue has been used as the backdrop to many famous films and television series including Gandhi, Foyle’s War, The Dark Knight and Downton Abbey.
A Jewish wedding at 116 Pall Mall
Lee Ainsworth, the delightful in-house wedding co-ordinator (who I have had the great pleasure of meeting in person) is very experienced in organising every aspect of Jewish and Jew-ish weddings. Her dedicated team of wedding experts are happy to provide help and guidance along the way to ensure your wedding day is a resounding success and remembered for all the right reasons. Don’t just take my word for it — have a read of some of the lovely testimonials from past 116 Pall Mall brides and grooms at the foot of the post.
Your chuppah can take place anywhere in the building and 116 Pall Mall are also licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships too. If you’re looking for something really ‘wow’ and different, the grand ornate staircase is also licensed and is a truly memorable place to hold a Jewish wedding ceremony.
You can take advantage of the venue’s mouth-watering in-house caterers for a ‘kosher style’ menu, or they are more than happy for you to bring in the caterer of your choice (kosher or otherwise) on a dry hire basis.
Exclusive hire of 116 Pall Mall using their in-house caterer usually costs £10,500 (excluding VAT) or £12,500 (excluding VAT) if you bring in an external caterer. But because the team at 116 Pall Mall are such a fabulous bunch, they would like to enter you into a prize draw to win 50% off exclusive venue hire of 116 Pall Mall for selected dates in 2016 and 2017.
Please contact 116 Pall Mall directly for more details on the offer and to check available dates.
To find out more, or to organise a private viewing with one of the dedicated wedding team email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)20 7451 9191
HOW TO ENTER
Entering couldn’t be easier — simply fill in the form below for your chance to win.
The closing date for entries is 1st April 2016 at 11.59pm. Best of luck!
What past brides and grooms say about 116 Pall Mall
Our daughter’s wedding was held at 116 Pall Mall and from planning the wedding to the actual day it was a real joy.
Lee Ainsworth in particular was unbelievably helpful, attentive and extremely professional. We had considered having a wedding planner, but in the event there was absolutely no need for this as everything ran completely smoothly.
The food and running of the wedding was so perfect – we can’t think of one thing that went wrong. In fact the meetings we had with Lee and Chef leading up to the big day covered everything possible, so our minds were put completely at ease. Even the lighting was completely as we’d envisaged it as One of the team came in on a few weekends before the event and showed us how it would all look — his patience and care was excellent.
Altogether a stunning venue, a wonderful team and an amazing day. We would definitely recommend the IOD for a wedding at any time.”
Claire & Andrew (see their Jewish wedding at 116 Pall Mall here)
Having just about resurfaced from the whole wedding whirl, we wanted to say how thrilled and impressed we were with the way Charlotte and Tom’s wedding reception was handled by your team. The building looked immaculate and having such a wonderful space completely at our disposal worked perfectly.
We have had many compliments about the magnificent setting and it was great to be able to welcome our guests on the stunning staircase and then enjoy drinks in the Waterloo Room before seating everyone in the Nash Room for the wedding breakfast. The Nash Room looked beautiful and we loved being able to party on in there without having to relocate for the dancing.
However just as importantly, the staff were (without exception) helpful, courteous and efficient and we all felt extremely well looked after. The food was absolutely delicious and served beautifully — again our guests have raved about the meal — so please pass on our thanks and appreciation to Roger and his talented team.
The whole day just flowed wonderfully and a very happy occasion was only enhanced by taking place at 116 Pall Mall. Thanks from us all and finally, being able to put up the personalised flag really was the icing on the (wedding) cake!”
Charlotte & Tom
“Sending our thanks to you and the team at the 116 Pall Mall. I cannot possibly express our gratitude and thanks for the fabulous event you arranged for our wedding.
All the elements we planned with you in advance were covered, the service standards of the staff was excellent, the quality of the food was the same as when Roger prepared the delicious tasting, the wine service was timely and efficient and you were always evident behind the scene working.
Our wedding was a complete success and you and Nicholas’s attention to detail and support helped make the day a great event.”
Katherine & Jamie (see their wedding film here)
Thank you very much for all your help on our wedding – we had the most wonderful day and we are truly grateful for all of your hard work that ensured the day was fantastic. Laura and I have discussed it and we are sure that we could not have picked a better place to get married. Not only was the venue beautiful but you completely surpassed all of our expectations.
We originally decided to look at the IoD to help cement our views on another venue — at first we thought that the IoD would be too expensive even though we were not entirely happy with the other venue. However a combination of the venue being exquisite and the price being entirely acceptable we decided that the IoD was the correct place for us. In addition, and possibly the main contributing factor to our change of decision, was the 116 wedding coordinator who was the perfect combination of professional and personable throughout our contact and made the decision an easy one to make.
The venue was wonderful, the food was absolutely spectacular (and how the chef managed to make the food that good for 80 people is still beyond me) and all of the staff were brilliant. We were blown away by how flexible everyone was and how Laura and I didn’t have to worry about anything.
We had the most wonderful time and we are sure that it was down to you so thank you very much.”
Laura & Archie
TERMS & CONDITIONS
– The offer is for 50% discount on exclusive venue hire at 116 Pall Mall at 2016 or 2017 rates
– Prize offer is only applicable for exclusive hire of the venue and does not include any other services
– The prize is subject to availability and certain black-out dates may apply.
– The offer is only valid for wedding dates in 2016 and 2017
– The offer only applies to dry hire or room and minimum catering spend options
– The offer is based on weekend hire from 11.00am — 11.00pm
– A dedicated Wedding co-ordinator will be your main point of contact
– Any other services or additional requirements will be charged at the normal rates
– This offer can only be redeemed directly with the venue and not through another party
– External caterers should be agreed with our Executive Chef
– This does not apply to any wedding packages 116 Pall Mall offer
A 50% deposit is required to secure the venue booking and is non-refundable
– Smashing The Glass may retain the email address of all entrants for future communication use only. It will not be shared with any third party.
– Entries must be received by 1st April 2016 at 11.59pm.