London has some of the best pubs in the world, perfect for hosting a wedding reception like no other. Here are some of the very best to help narrow down your choice.
Fox@ExCel is a fully refurbished tobacco warehouse that now functions as a lively Docklands bar and restaurant, with its name coming from the fact it sits next to the Excel centre. Hugely flexible in its use, this unique venue can host receptions for up to an impressive 1200 people, with no less than 6 different areas available for hire and a dedicated events team to take the stress out of the planning process. There’s even the facilities to host an outdoor summer BBQ if you so wish. The nearest transport options include Custom House, Royal Victoria and Prince Regent.
The Oyster Shed is located right by the river, and in thanks to the impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, the space is flooded with natural light and benefits from striking views of some of the city’s most well-known landmarks, including London Bridge and The Shard. There are several different areas which can be hired out for more intimate drinks parties, but exclusive hire is available at the weekend, making it ideally suited to a wedding reception. The stylish, modern feel, the good maximum capacity of 400 and the close proximity to tube stations make this a very practical choice.
The Punchbowl is one of the oldest pubs in the popular, hotly sought-after area of Mayfair. The venue lives up to the luxurious reputation of its location, with the private dining room known as The Club styled like a Victorian gambling den, with an abundance of rich leather and velvet establishing an atmospheric vibe. Alternatively, there is the Dining Room, finished in gold and cream for a decadent and sumptuous feel that lends itself so well to the speciality of a wedding. With a more intimate capacity than a lot of other venues, it’s a great choice for those seeking a more low-key and personal touch.
Found within a vibrant Peckham location, The Dead Dolls House is the perfect place to drink, dine and dance the night away in style. The interior is sumptuous and immersive, with striking visuals that create a rich and gothic feel that lives up to the strong imagery brought to mind by the memorable name of the venue. The nearest transport options include Peckham Rye and Queens Road Peckham, for those travelling from across the city, whilst the capacity within the venue itself allows for up to 200 guests to attend the celebration for your big day.
St Bart’s Brewery is available for private hire for all sorts of occasions, both private and corporate alike, meaning they are well versed in the running of a successful party. Full venue hire allows for up to 120 seated guests or 250 standing, depending on the style and feel you wanted for the reception. If instead you would prefer a more intimate space for a smaller gathering of your nearest and dearest, there is The Balfour Bar, which is a private dining and bar space which can accommodate up to 50 guests. The venue also sits less than 5 minutes from Barbican and Farringdon stations, making it very convenient to reach from further afield.
The Roost is a Victorian pub split across a total of 4 floors that dates right back to 1863. With many of its original features still intact, the building’s rich heritage is complimented by the eclectic styling found throughout, which includes bold artwork, statement wallpapers, vintage furniture and eccentric props. The large fireplaces and overall fell of decaying opulence ensure a warming, homely ambience that is well suited to a wedding reception, with additional highlights including lots of natural light, French doors which lead onto a pretty planted garden, a spacious basement and a commercial kitchen – great for organising catering.