If you’ve started your wedding venue search in London, you’ve probably come across the handy website Unique Venues of London. This week, UVL has teamed up with Oh So Hitched to showcase 10 of the most unique wedding venues for hire in the capital. I think you’ll agree, they’re pretty amazing.
- The Cutty Sark
If you’ve been to Greenwich, you’ve probably seen The Cutty Sark – the last surviving tea clipper that now serves as an impressive tourist hotspot and glamorous venue on the banks of the Thames. The unique thing about holding your wedding here (aside from it being a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is this magnificent ship’s masts, ropes and rigging serves as a spectacular backdrop to your special occasion. Oh, and it’s the only place in the world where you can take your vows under the gleaming hull of a ship. Tempted?
2. The Museum of London Docklands
If you like the idea of a Georgian warehouse mixed with contemporary fittings, plus the futuristic skyline of Canary Wharf as your view, the Museum of Docklands could be your perfect wedding venue. Built in 1802, the galleries in this Grade I listed building explore the story of London from Roman settlement to Docklands regeneration and it creates an unusual and ambient setting for your wedding.
3. 195 Piccadilly – The Home of BAFTA
Brides and grooms who work in the film industry could be right at home at this unique wedding venue. Located on London’s Picadilly, this is the glamorous HQ of the British Acadamy Film Awards. So expect a private cinema, opulent private functions and plenty of red carpet glamour.
4. Royal Horticultural Society
This vast Grade II listed building in the centre of London has plenty of elegance, yet is still a fairly blank canvas, so allows brides and grooms to make it their own. Couples who get married here are no wallflowers (sorry). With glass-vaulted ceilings like these, you’ll make an impact on every wedding guest who walks through its prestigious doors.
5. Twickenham Stadium
You don’t have to share a love of sport to hold your wedding at the home of English rugby, but it definitely helps. Couples who tie the knot at Twickenham Stadium can enjoy top notch hospitality, and choose from 25 different events rooms, many of which have views overlooking the famous playing field of the national rugby team.
6. The Royal Festival Hall
With the London Eye, BFI Southbank, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern all on its doorstep, this arts and cultural hub is one of London’s most prestigious cultural venues to say ‘I do’. Wedding couples who tie the knot in this Grade I Listed building can choose from one function room and two roof pavilions that boast riverside views and a unique cultural history. The photo opportunities on the banks of the Thames are pretty amazing too.
7. RIBA Venues
If you have a thing for architecture, the RIBA Venues (Royal Institute of British Architects) could be a fitting place to hold your nuptials. Located on London’s Portland Street, guests who arrive at this prestigious address are greeted by a light and airy space filled with art deco interiors and impressive displays of architectural models, drawings and photographs.
8. Dulwich Picture Gallery
With Old Master paintings, beautiful landscaped gardens and an intimate setting, Dulwich Picture Gallery you can’t quite match the qualities of this arty venue anywhere else. In fact, it’s been named ‘the most beautiful small art gallery in the world’. Brides, start queueing up.
9. Harrow School
A school may not be the first venue to spring to mind when you are looking for a place to hold your wedding. But when you see photos of the historic Harrow School and the 265 acres of land it’s situated in, you might be suprised. The independent school in northwest London has four licensed civil wedding venues (and eight exclusive venues) within its grounds. Expect stunning garden terraces, an abundance of character and of oodles of history for your special day.
10. Fulham Palace
Every bride wants to say they got married in a palace, right? Well you can if you choose this West London venue, where Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture collide. Among its many ‘wow’ features, Fulham Palace has a lovely riverside location, boasts a glass wall pavilion and lovely private chapel available for blessings. The gardens are beautiful all year round and it’s one of the most unique wedding venues in London where you don’t feel like you’re in London!
Until next time x