West London is famous around the world for its cultural heritage and this understandably makes it a highly desirable place to hold a wedding. If you want to nab one of the best venues on offer, this means you’ll need to get in there ahead of the crowds, so here is a handpicked selection of top choices to save you some of the leg work.
Mode is very much a unique offering with its own distinct style that is unlike anything else you are likely to come across. The ‘Future Vintage’ theme of the interior is what helps it to stand out, with strong links to Notting Hill’s esteemed culture and history, and homages to the industrial revolution set off by touches of the contemporary having played an important role in establishing Mode as a go to venue for many well-known live performers. Found on Portobello Road, right between Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park tube stations, it is ideally situated to be reached from across the city.
Right in the heart of Holland Park, one of London’s prettiest areas, you will find The Orangery, one of the city’s very best hidden gems and an ideal venue for a wedding. This palace built from glass and stone is striking, though still simple enough to be tailored to your own tastes when it comes to the décor. They can cater for an intimate 80 person party inside or can erect a marquee in the grounds should you have a slightly larger guests list, and though it feels like an oasis of calm in comparison the usual buzz of the city, it’s still only a little over 10 minutes on foot from High Street Kensington tube station, meaning it is easy to reach. Best of all, it’s licenced to hold the ceremony as well as the reception, meaning you needn’t travel from one venue to another during your big day.
Saatchi is comprised of 70,000 square feet of prime event space spread across 3 floors and several interconnected areas. Throughout each of the spaces you will find high ceilings, wood floors and Barasol lights (which cleverly simulate natural light) to give an overall modern feel. The décor has deliberately been kept to a minimalist style, allowing you to put your own stamp on things to make your special day truly feel like your own. When it comes to transport options, Sloane Square tube station is close by, with Victoria Station not too far away either.
Also found near Sloane Square, Chelsea Old Town Hall is a Victorian building that is nothing short of breath-taking. The sumptuous, luxurious interior will make anyone feel rightfully special on their wedding day, with restoration work having lovingly brought this venue back to all its original beauty and glory. In fact, its charm has made it a popular location for photoshoots and filming projects – just think how wonderful the wedding photos could look with this place as the backdrop. Meanwhile, your guests (of which there is room for a hefty 580 of them) are sure to share in your feelings of awe and wonder at features such as the decorative ceiling and chandeliers.
Beach Blanket Babylon may at first seem to be a simple bar and restaurant, but is in reality so much more than that, with a real sense of extravagance found here that is largely unrivalled. The interior is warm, welcoming and decadent, yet regardless of the ornateness, the atmosphere is one that is surprisingly cool and laidback, so you needn’t have to feel needlessly stressed out on your big day. It has all the charm and charisma of a private club but without any need for a membership, being described as a destination for the well-heeled socialite.