If we can’t indulge in true extravagance on our wedding day then when can we? Below you will find our hand-picked choice of venues which are guaranteed to wow.
The beauty of Drapers’ Hall is nothing short of majestic. From the breath-taking decorated ceiling in the main hall to the finest of details throughout the building’s entirety, you simply cannot fail to be impressed. Due to the generous amount of space on offer, you could have a standing reception for as many as 700 people, or if you would prefer a more formal seated event then you can invite up to 270. Having hosted banquets, operas and all manner of important dignitaries over the years, you’d be in fine company by adding your wedding to the list of events to have taken place here.
Being found in the heart of the City of London, Merchant Taylors is very well connected to the wider city, with the likes of Bank, Cannon Street and Liverpool Street stations all reachable in mere minutes. This historical gem has no less than 9 different event spaces to choose from, and though each comes with its own distinct style and feel, all are finished to the very highest standard, maintaining the charm of its past. This even extends to the charming courtyard, which provides a lovely additional outdoor space should you be lucky enough to catch some good weather.
116 Pall Mall is another offering with several different spaces available. This time there are 7 function rooms, all specially designed with flexibility in mind. Being Grade I listed, the renovations done to the building have all been carried out with the utmost care to respect and preserve the rich heritage and beauty that already exists, with a myriad of original features remaining throughout showcasing the very best in Georgian style. The grand staircase was recently restored, meaning maximum impact from the moment you arrive. There is also the option of full, exclusive hire during the weekends.
The main space at Banking Hall is rather flexible in terms of the layout for your reception, due to how big and open it is – in fact, it has a whopping capacity of 800. This vast space benefits from high ceilings, big windows and imposing marble columns which frame the hall. The Art Deco finish found throughout is another reason for its enduring popularity, as it’s a style that never seems to fade. Found close to the River Thames, the nearest transport option is Bank station, which is just a stone’s throw away, with Cannon Street and Monument also close by.
Given the rich history and cultural importance of Hampton Court Palace, you’d be forgiven for thinking us mere mortals couldn’t actually enjoy its beauty for our own private functions, but the wonderful truth is that we can. This venue will astound before you even walk through the doors, with the building itself a thing of wonder and its surrounding gardens and courtyards every bit as magical as what lies within the walls. The stunning state rooms will make you feel deservedly special on your big day, and the dedicated manager assigned to your event will work tirelessly to ensure everything is just so.
Last, but by no means least, we have Banqueting House. Dating back to 1622, this equally wonderful venue has welcomed all manner of kings, queens and courtiers through its doors throughout its eclectic and fascinating history. There is an in-house events team who will happily take care of all the legwork when it comes to organising and running the day, meaning you can focus on enjoying it – and taking in the surroundings of course! Just as practical as it is gorgeous, it has a capacity of 500 and sits within comfortable walking distance of several tube stations, including Charing Cross and Westminster.