If you are in search of a large venue to host a wedding rehearsal that will feel equally as special as the big day itself, then consider one of these top picks from throughout London.
116 Pall Mall is like a little slice of London’s history. Now Grade I listed, this beautiful building dates back to Georgian times and has been lovingly restored to allow it to function as a wonderful modern events venue without sacrificing any of the splendour and majesty of its rich past. Traditional details and sheer elegance are the buzzwords here, with no less than 7 specially designed function rooms at your disposal, adding up to a total capacity of around 400. The recently restored grand staircase impresses from the moment you arrive, and speaking or your arrival, there are plenty or tube stations close by to get you there.
St Bart’s is another somewhat historic offering that retains much of the charm of its past. Regularly playing host to all manner of private parties and live music events, they certainly know how to run a successful event, and so you can rest assured that your wedding rehearsal would be in safe and capable hands. The Balfour Bar offers in intimate space for drinking and dining for up to 50 guests, whilst regular venue hire allows you to invite up to 120 guests for a seated event or 250 for a standing reception. Well connected to the wider city, Barbican and Farringdon can both be reached in just a few minutes.
Shaka Zulu is the largest – and arguably best – South African themed restaurant in all of London. Having opened its doors in August 2010, it was even granted a special royal blessing from the Zulu King himself, HRH Goodwill Zwelithini. With 2 floors boasting an impressive 27,000 square feet of space in all, there’s no need to be conservative with the guest list, with ample space to accommodate up to a whopping 850 guests. Also operating as a bar and club, this is a wonderfully immersive venue to eat, drink and dance the night away.
Hugely popular for contemporary events thanks to its blend of underground cool and industrial chic styling, Beat is bang on trend within the events scene. The customisable video mapping and bespoke neon artwork create a unique backdrop, and being a private members club, you’re guaranteed an exclusive edge. The food and drink service can be entirely tailor-made to suit your own requirements, and there are plenty of options when it comes to organising the entertainment. Getting there is also a breeze, with the likes of Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Regents Park stations all being mere minutes away.
For a taste of something a little more exotic, POND Dalston offers the bold flavours of New Hawaiian cuisine alongside deliciously tempting cocktails. This restaurant and bar is found within a converted warehouse, with pillars and exposed brickwork ensuring the space has plenty of charisma and appeal. The capacity allows for a generous guest list of close to 500, whilst the close proximity to Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction – reached in just 2 and 5 minutes respectively – is sure to come in handy, keeping the rehearsal within comfortable reach of those based throughout the city.