A pub wedding reception is ideal for those who want to strike the balance between the formal standards of a traditional big day and the good time vibes of a party with your nearest and dearest. With so many great pubs to choose from throughout London, we’ve compiled the following list of top picks to help you on your way.
The main space at The Brewhouse is found beneath a pair of railway arches, but with additional spaces that include a sun-soaked courtyard and a conservatory, there are plenty of options when it comes to entertaining, not to mention a generous total capacity of 500. Despite the inherent charm of the venue, the aesthetic can be tailored to suit each individual occasion, giving you the freedom to put your own stamp on the space and make it feel like your own.
Harrild and Sons is housed within a former printing press factory that is now Grade II listed, meaning it’s rich in history and atmosphere, granting it an old-school flair, with retained features contrasting to great effect with more modern finishing touches. Award-winning bartenders and chefs will ensure that all your guests are more than satisfied, with delicious food and drinks flowing out of the inhouse kitchen and cocktail bar. Well located, there is a wide range of good transport links nearby at your disposal, including City Thameslink and Blackfriars.
The event room on the 1st floor of Elgin is abundant with charm, with highlights including exposed brickwork, a wood-stacked fireplace and large windows that flood the interior with natural light. This space can take up to 100 people for a reception, but if you want to go one further, you can also hire out the main bar downstairs, allowing for an additional 100 guests, making 200 in all, so you needn’t scrimp on the invites. Mere moments from Maida Vale, it’s also within easy reach of Oxford Circus.
St. Bart’s regularly hosts all manner of different occasions, from live music shows and birthday parties to corporate events and, of course, wedding receptions, so they are by now well versed in showing people a good time. The luxurious Balfour Bar can be hired out for small, intimate gatherings, but exclusive hire would allow for up to 250 guests. Situated in a real hub of the city, Barbican, Farringdon and St. Paul’s tube stops are all reachable in around 5 minutes or so.
The Brewshed is a converted warehouse space that feels right at home amongst the trendy vibes of London’s popular Hackney Wick. Shiny brew tanks and raw, exposed brickwork form the backdrop of this industrial style venue, with the onsite commercial kitchen meaning your catering needs are met with ease. The capacity allows for up to 150 guests to attend, and the nearest transport links include Stratford and the area’s eponymous Hackney Wick station.