If you’re looking for a smaller venue for your wedding reception but don’t want to sacrifice quality, then consider any of the following top picks.
The popular London area of Chelsea has a reputation for being sophisticated and elegant, and Canvas Chelsea certainly lives up to that name. This stylish venue has all sorts of eye-catching details throughout and a welcoming atmosphere that has allowed it to play host to everything from corporate meetings to cocktail parties and, of course, wedding receptions. The space has a smaller, more intimate feel due to the layout, but does still benefit from a generous maximum capacity of 200. As for getting there, the nearest tube station – Sloane Square – can be reached in mere minutes.
The Bootlegger in Central London also has a capacity of 200, but it’s the atmosphere that really gives this one-of-a-kind venue its intimate edge. Styled like a speakeasy from the 1920s prohibition era, it feels wonderfully authentic thanks not only to the décor – complete with exposed brickwork, an old piano and furniture very in-keeping with the times – but the live jazz and Charleston performances which take the experience to a whole other level. It’s the kind of music that is sure to get everyone on their feet, and it would certainly make for a fun night of dancing.
Toms Kitchen – named after multi award-winning chef Tom Aikens – has no less than 3 distinct spaces to choose from. All of them are intimate, providing total capacities of 100, 60 and 35 for standing receptions, or 60, 40 and 22 for seated dinners. Each room has its own unique features and allure, but no matter which you opt for, you can look forward to tucking into chef Aiken’s delicious British fare, alongside flavours of Italy, France and America. Seasonally produced by the team of top chefs, you can rest in the knowledge that you are dining on the best of the best.
Available for hire day or night throughout the week, The White Swan has several different areas on offer which can either be hired on their own or collectively, granting you exclusive use of the venue. These spaces include the ground floor pub, the mezzanine level and the first floor dining room. Bright and modern, yet with plenty of character, this is a welcoming and relaxed space, ideal for a wedding reception with your nearest and dearest. Whether travelling from across London or outside the city, there are plenty of local transport links which they can utilise.
The walls and ceiling at Mews of Mayfair are completely covered in a bold and beautiful map print, creating a wonderfully unique aesthetic and a clear talking point. Offering all the luxury of its Mayfair location at affordable prices, the service can be tailored to suit your wedding’s individual needs. With space for just 40 standing guests or 28 for a more formal seated dinner, it’s easy to keep things on the low-key side, allowing you to focus on spending quality time with those you love most on your special day, rather than feel overwhelmed with trying to accommodate a massive guest list.