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The best new venues in London for intimate wedding receptions

Not everyone dreams of having a huge wedding. In fact, many of us would prefer a decidedly more intimate occasion, sharing our special day with our nearest and dearest. Going smaller in scale doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the quality of the space however.

The Bootlegger

The Bootlegger

Altogether, The Bootlegger still has a pretty decent capacity of 200, but it’s the atmosphere more than anything else that makes this particular venue feel intimate. Cleverly styled to mimic a speakeasy from the 1920s prohibition era, it has lots of authentic characterful touches like exposed brickwork and an old piano that really add to the experience. Live jazz and Charleston acts perfectly encapsulate the decadence of the time, and would certainly make for a wonderful alternative first dance! Known for their own delicious cocktails, they also have a great choice of wine, beer, champagne, spirits and liquors, so the drinks should flow with ease.



Hugo’s can accommodate up to 80 guests for a formal seated dinner, or 120 if you would prefer a more laid-back standing reception where your guests can mingle freely and enjoy buffet-style foods instead. Regardless of the style you choose, they offer a bespoke service and are more than happy to discuss any particular needs or wishes you may have for the big day. It’s this personal service that helps Hugo’s stand out and ensures the day itself can run without a hitch. Found in North London, it sits just a 5 minute walk from Queen’s Park tube station.

The White Swan

The White Swan

The White Swan has plenty of options when it comes to capacity, with 3 different floors on offer which can either be hired individually or together, depending on your particular needs. These include the ground floor pub, the mezzanine level and the first floor dining room, with full hire allowing for guest lists of up to 150 people. Bright and airy in thanks to the large windows, the heavy use of wood panelling and furnishings bring character. The nearest transport options include the likes of Chancery Lane, Holborn, Farringdon and City Thameslink.

Electricity Showrooms

Electricity Studios

On the ground floor at Electricity Showrooms, you can expect to find a traditional pub with a bit of a twist, courtesy of the quirky artwork and props that adorn the walls. Below this you will find a much more modern space with a light up dancefloor that is sure to tempt many a guest to get out of their seats. The licence is in place until 12am through the week, and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, so the celebrations can continue well into the night if you so wish. The bar team will make sure the drinks are flowing, whilst the catering team will put the kitchen to good use for any food you wish to serve.

Black Swan Studios

Black Swan Studios

Found in a bohemian pocket of the fashionable Bermondsey area, Black Swan Studios is a unique warehouse venue. The biggest part of its allure lies in the fact that it is both charismatic enough to make a lovely setting for a wedding reception in its own right, yet enough of a blank canvas for you to be able to flex your creative muscles and put your own stamp on it if you wanted to. Close to the riverside, London Bridge train station can be reached in just 10 minutes, meaning guests attending from outside the city should be able to reach you with ease.

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