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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.
Image by Allister Freeman Photography
Finding a venue for a London wedding can be a complete minefield. There are so many generic venues out there that will ‘do the job’, but if you’re looking for something truly awe-inspiring, versatile and sophisticated, then I would enthusiastically recommend RSA House.
RSA House offers a huge assortment of breathtaking spaces for an unforgettable wedding celebration in the heart of the capital. From the chuppah ceremony to the reception, to a post-wedding brunch, they create truly special customised events that rival all other London wedding venues.
Your venue will set the tone for your entire wedding, so it’s important to find a place that you love, and fits your style. As one of London’s most exciting wedding venues, RSA House would love to show you around on Saturday 17th January 2015 on a personal tour at their exclusive VIP Open Day, so that you can see for yourself what makes their venue so exceptional.
Clockwise from top left: Martin Beddall, Allister Freeman, Allister Freeman, David Pullum, Allister Freeman, Allister Freeman, Julie Kim, Jessica Alexander, Allister Freeman, Richard Ford, Allister Freeman, Julie Kim
Image: Vowed & Amazed
UPDATED: September 2016
Today’s post is written by Deirdre from Chic & Boutique Wedding Venues. Deirdre curates only the coolest, hippest and most fabulous wedding venues, and I’m thrilled that she’s picked out 10 extraordinary London spots covering every kind of style, for capacities of 25 all the way up to 700!
Take your pick from these 10 London gems…
London is filled to the brim with beautiful, elegant and unusual wedding venues, but it can be difficult to make that final decision without a good filter. We’ve vetted and selected these 10 unique, chic and boutique venues, all located in London, and all as eclectic as the brides and grooms to whom we aspire to appeal. Tuck in to our list and find that perfect spot for your wedding!
Kensington Roof Gardens, London W8 (max. capacity 500)
Flamingos and Mandarin ducks thrive in an abundance of nature on the roof of number 99 Kensington High Street, – super cool, right?! In the heart of London there’s an oasis of ‘wow’ for when you want to create a wedding with charm, originality and elegance. Have a look at this real wedding at Kensington Roof Gardens as an example!
The Gardens include The Spanish Garden, based on the Alhambra in Granada which has a distinct Moorish flavour; The Tudor Garden which uses red brick walls and four Tudor style arches to take you back to another age, and The English Woodland Garden which blooms with colour when thousands of narcissus, crocus, muscari, snowdrops, and bluebells burst into life every Spring. The English Woodland is also where the birds live including Mandarin and Carolina Wood Ducks which are native to the Southern hemisphere as well as the star resident Flamingos.
You can tie the civil knot in its stunning indoor wedding venue and then have your religious ceremony in one of the beautiful gardens with a traditional chuppah. The Roof Gardens is also great for small or large weddings as it can host standing receptions for up to 500, sit down dinners for 200 or a more intimate wedding for only 50.
London’s Kensington Roof Gardens is a venue that gives you the best of both worlds: a garden setting with a convenient central London location.
Kensington Roof Gardens | 99 Kensington High Street | Kensington | London W8 5SA | +44 (0)20 7368 3974
Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey (max. capacity 400)
Kew’s Palm House is a vast, light, lofty space that accommodates enormous tropical large palms, boasts 16,000 panes of glass and is considered the most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structure in the world. The Palm House is a truly original backdrop for your wedding that could take place in one of the four following venues on offer at this multi-venue location.
First is Cambridge Cottage, which is the former royal residence of the Duke of Cambridge. Within the cottage grounds is the Duke’s Garden which is perfect for outdoor drinks, photographs, summer barbeques and garden parties. A chuppah would look perfect here too.
The Garden comes with the Drawing Room, licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 80 guests and the adjoining Gallery housing beautiful botanical artwork which can also accommodate 80 guests for a sit down dinner. Alternatively both rooms and the garden can be hired for a standing reception of 150.
There’s also the Nash Conservatory which is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 200 guests. If desired, the Nash Conservatory and lawn may be used to erect a chuppah for a religious ceremony, followed by pre-dinner drinks before moving on to the Orangery for an evening wedding dinner and dance.
Other venues available for hire at Kew Gardens include The Princess of Wales Conservatory and The Orangery.
Kew Gardens | Royal Botanic Gardens | Kew, Richmond | Surrey, TW9 3AB | +44 (0)20 8332 5641
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, London EC1 (max. capacity 900)
I’m literally obsessed with this spanking new venue in the the heart of the old East End of London, Shoreditch.
Once the Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station—where notorious East End gangland brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray were once held, this Grade II listed Baroque styled building has been transformed into a £40million luxury hotel, the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch.
Steeped in history, the 128-room Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch offers guests a rather more comfortable stay than the cells which held the notorious Kray twins, as well as a heated indoor swimming pool, a 196-seat cinema, a luxury spa, a bowling alley and a sky terrace overlooking London.
Five of the notorious former magistrates’ court’s cramped 5ft x 15ft cells have been transformed into a bar area, and guests can have a tipple in the spot where the Krays appeared at their first criminal hearing in 1965.
The holding areas, three of which are named after local criminals, still have their metal reinforced doors in tact and one even features a hard bench and commode used by prisoners.
With a maximum capacity of 900 and with so many luxury and unique facilities this stunning hotel is the perfect venue for a large wedding, honeymoon or hen/stag weekend; it’s in a great central location to boot.
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch | 335 – 337 Old St | Shoreditch | London EC1V 9LL | +44 (0)20 3310 5555
Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London W12 (max. capacity 375)
When you think of a Dancehall you think of London and one of its most popular music scenes. And when you check out Bush Hall you know this was, and still is, the most decadent Dance Hall of its day.
Nestled in the heart of Shepherds Bush, the Hall is a jewel in the crown of West London proper. Built in 1904, it was a grand dance hall through the Roaring Twenties, subsequently suiting various purposes thereafter including soup kitchen duty during WWII and a Mod rehearsal space for the likes of The Who. Since then it has been lovingly restored to its former glory as an Edwardian dance hall.
Even more cool is that Bush Hall is still an independent live concert venue boasting Adele, Amy Winehouse and Florence & The Machine as previous performers.
This amazing ‘hall’ doubles up as a unique and elegant wedding reception space offering a wide range of options, allowing you the versatility to tailor the event to your own requirements. This could include wedding receptions of up to 180 seated guests or a fun and funky drinks reception until the early hours…
A wedding licence isn’t held, however blessings, chuppahs, and private ceremonies are welcomed.
Bush Hall | 310 Uxbridge Road | Shepards Bush | London W12 7LJ | +44 (0)20 8222 6955