Hackney is one of the most popular boroughs of London, making it a prime choice of location for a wedding. This means there are plenty of options when it comes to the venue, including the following top picks.
The Roost is a 4-floor pub that dates back to the Victorian era – 1863 to be precise. As such, it benefits from a whole host of impressive original features that make this venue really stand out from the crowd. Statement wallpapers set the scene, while vintage furnishings and bold artwork serve to enhance the homely feel. Other highlights include the picturesque fireplaces, large windows (letting in plenty of natural light) and the French doors that lead to a pretty little planted garden. There is also a fully functioning commercial kitchen so that you can easily organise catering for your big day.
For another special slice of London’s history and culture, you could choose to hold your wedding at St John at Hackney, a beautiful Grade II listed church from the 18th century that has subsequently been sensitively and tastefully adapted into a popular venue for both private celebrations and public performances – with acts such as Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Coldplay having played here, amongst many classical orchestras. The maximum capacity is a wonderful 1400, with the space separated into the main floor and a balcony area, meaning there should be ample room for everyone.
This venue can be found right next to Hackney Downs train station and just a stone’s throw from Hackney Central, making it easy for your guests to come from far and wide across London and beyond. Dalston Heights itself is on the top floor of what was once a cardboard box factory and retains some of its rustic, industrial charm, giving the venue a much sought after urban feel. Skylights flood the 7,200 square feet of space with natural light while the varied mix of unusual furnishings and props add a generous dose of fun and interest to make this place a real one off.
If you are planning a summer wedding and would prefer a venue that gives you a more even balance between inside and outside space, then Hackney Marshes is certainly a contender. This contemporary venue’s main bar and spacious terrace overlook 340 acres of lovely parkland, ideal for getting out into the fresh air and escaping the bustle of the city on your big day. Despite this feeling of relative tranquillity however, Hackney Marshes is less than 20 minutes away from Hackney Wick Rail, making it surprisingly convenient to reach for both you and your guests.
The Pickle Factory is one for all you creative types to consider, as this 255 square metres of event space is in essence a white walled blank canvas just begging to be converted into your dream wedding reception venue. Steel ceiling beams add a touch of that industrial charm once again, but the frosted skylights ensure that the space remains bright and airy in spite of this. The capacity is a solid 180, while in terms of local transport links, you’ve got both Bethnal Green tube station and Cambridge Heath Road train station both within a simple 10 minute walk.
The basement level event space found at The Laundry is another raw and urban choice and yet in spite of its blank canvas, warehouse feel, it has all the mod cons you could need to keep your guests refreshed and entertained, including a fully installed canteen/bar, stage lighting, and a ready-to-go PA system. It has a huge 720 person capacity, making it ideally suited to larger scale celebrations, while its location in London Fields means it benefits from its close proximity to the train station of the same name, so nobody will have to worry about reaching the party, no matter where in the country they are travelling from.