If you want a smaller and more intimate space to hold your wedding without sacrificing on the level of quality, then look no further than these top picks, which successfully combine the best of both.
Hugo’s is a restaurant venue on Lonsdale Road that may well be the ideal place to hold your intimate wedding reception. Up to 80 guests can attend a seated meal here, or if you prefer a more laid-back approach courtesy of a buffet style party, then you can invite up to 120 guests instead. Your nearest transport option is Queen’s Park, which can be reached within just 5 minutes on foot, keeping you within easy reach of the rest of London. Offering a totally personal service, simply drop Hugo’s a line and discuss any requirements you have, ensuring your dream day can come true.
The Foundling Museum is a very unique offering in that it boats both beautifully traditional and historic interiors alongside much more contemporary exhibition spaces, meaning there are plenty of options when it comes to the style and feel you wanted for your big day. All housed within a Grade II listed Georgian style building in Bloomsbury, Central London, you benefit from all the convenience of a city location, including good transport links in the surrounding area, such as Russell Square, Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras tube stations.
The Orangery is one of London’s best hidden gems, tucked away in Holland Park, one of the city’s most charming areas which grants you a little slice of peace within the bustle of the capital. This glass and stone built palace comes as a blank canvas, allowing you to really get creative when it comes to the décor and styling. There is space to accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated event, though a marquee can be added to the lawn if you require additional space. Not only is this a beautiful venue for a reception, it is also fully licenced to hold the actual wedding ceremony itself, meaning you can do everything under one roof.
The Courtrooms’ name comes from its interesting link to London’s past, having once been The Westminster County Courts. Having been fully though sensitively converted in 1996, it now functions as a bar, restaurant and multi-purpose event space. The suite of rooms which are available for hire are each of a different size and finish, and they can be utilised for all sorts of occasions, including a wedding reception. The maximum capacity allows for up to 150 guests, and being found just a stone’s throw from Leicester Square station, it is well connected to the rest of the city for those who need to travel.
St Martin in the Fields offers a range of different spaces, each with their own merits that make them well worth considering, from the bright and airy meeting rooms that can hold an intimate gathering of 20, to St Martin’s Hall which can hold up to 120, or the much more atmospheric Gallery and Crypt spaces, with historical architecture and exposed brickwork throughout that brings character and charm to this unique venue. The experienced and dependable events team will take care of the leg work when it comes to the planning process, taking the stress out of it all for you.
If you had your heart set on something decidedly more contemporary, with a much more minimalistic finish that would allow you to really put your own stamp on the space, then IRIS Studios is well worth considering. With various bespoke studio packages available and the highest level of personal service on offer courtesy of the dedicated events team, the 2 ultra-modern photographic studios found in this Eco complex can accommodate a maximum capacity of 200. The nearest transport links to connect you to the rest of the city include West Brompton, Earls Court and Fulham Broadway, all of which can be reached in around 10 minutes or so on foot.