Whilst some opt for the traditional route when it comes to their wedding reception, others prefer to stand out from the crowd and go for something a little different. If you find yourself in the latter camp then the following 5 East London venue options are definitely worth considering.
As is alluded to in its name, Copa de Cava is the very first dedicated cava bar in the whole of the UK, found just a few minutes from the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. Having only been open since 2013, it has very quickly cemented itself as one of London’s most interesting and unique venues. Nestled amid brick vaults, the atmosphere is thick and unlike that which you will find anywhere else in the city; a real nod to a true Catalan bodega. With a late license, facilities for either a DJ or live music and plenty of nearby transport links, your guests should have no problems having fun or finding their way home!
The vast ceiling height and dramatic marble columns immediately grant Banking Hall a sense of prestige and glamour, ideal for making you feel special on your big day. This huge and highly flexible event space can accommodate up to an impressive 800 guests, lending it to large scale gatherings and it has already been used as the backdrop for all sorts of different occasions and when you see the striking beauty of its Art Deco styling, it’s easy to understand why. Just a stone’s throw from Bank tube station, it is also handy for those who have to travel from throughout the city.
If you really want to impress at your wedding then Drapers’ Hall is the venue for you. Nothing short of stunning, the breath-taking decorative ceilings, striking artwork and abundance of beautiful features throughout mean that there is something to surprise and delight no matter where you look. Having hosted all sorts of events over the years, from operas to fashion shows, this historic venue is fit for royalty, so there is no doubt that you will feel rightly special on your big day. Despite all its glamour, it is still a practical choice, with a generous 700 person capacity and several nearby transport links, including Liverpool Street Station.
Swan Wharf is a Victorian warehouse complex which features a range of indoor and outdoor spaces which total 25,000 square feet, allowing for an impressive maximum capacity of more than 2800. Based on the River Lea, it also benefits from wonderful views of the Olympic Park. Of the 2 main spaces, one features exposed brickwork, high ceilings and full views of the waterfront, whilst the other is a bistro complete with an indoor bar and an outdoor terrace.
Found on the top floor of a former cardboard box factory, Dalston Heights is rich in texture and has become a popular setting for photographic projects for its arresting urban look. The 2 main areas are supplemented by a generous make-up and styling room, plus a separate kitchen; handy when it comes to organising the catering. A quirky and eclectic mix of props and furniture help to set the scene and add a sense of fun to the space, which all-in-all can take up to 250 guests.