London is home to numerous quirky and cool venues, which makes it the perfect wedding location for brides and grooms looking for a venue a little out of the ordinary. Here are Canvas’ selection for some of the best hidden gems tucked away in the capital city.
Belt Craft Studio and The Buckle Factory are sister venues that can be hired individually or combined for larger scale gatherings. The former is a 4000-square-foot vintage textile factory that features its original wooden floorboards, painted brickwork and huge windows which let in an abundance of natural light, whilst the latter is an industrial style warehouse space with original red brick feature walls, concrete floors and bespoke windows. Both come complete with props that add extra character as well as access to an outdoor courtyard.
With a rustic charm and beautifully distressed finish, Asylum Chapel is an offering perfect for those who love venues with a rich, authentic history and bucket-loads of charm. This Grade II listed building dates right back to 1826 and survived bombing during WWII, having since been reinvigorated as a multi-purpose event space popular for the likes of weddings and photoshoots in thanks to its raw beauty. The total capacity is 150 and the nearest tube stop is Queens Road Peckham.
Like a tropical oasis in the heart of the city, The Conservatory is home to more than 2000 species of plants and trees, and beautiful exotic fish. With its glass roof, you benefit from the feeling of bringing the outside in – without the worry about good weather holding out! A stunning and truly unique backdrop that is perfect for any lovers of nature, it can be hired in conjunction with additional spaces should you have a larger guest list to cater for. The venue is also just 5 minutes or so from both Barbican and Moorgate stations.
Hackney Showroom is an impressive warehouse conversion and studio space featuring an airy neon bar. The in-house events management team are on hand to offer support throughout the planning and running of the reception, assisting with the organisation of catering, design and any technical equipment that may be necessary. Something of a blank canvas, the space is able to be tailored to suit your own particular style, helping to make the wedding venue of your dreams become a reality.
The Lido Café is a charming Grade II listed Art Deco style building, with a main room that is flooded with light courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The real selling point of this venue however is surely the palm lined terrace which overlooks a 50-metre open air pool, making it feel like a tropical getaway in the warmth of the summer. Smart interior design allows the space to be adapted to suit individual needs, whilst the award-winning restaurant serves delicious food made using top quality seasonal ingredients sourced from small producers within the UK.