If ever there is an occasion that makes most of us crave a bit of good old fashioned tradition, it is surely a wedding. As such, here are some of the best traditional venues found within London that will help your big day feel timeless and yet truly special.
Grade I listed for all its historical charm, LSO St Luke’s has managed to add modern conveniences without sacrificing any of the wonder brought about by its 18th century architecture and original period features, including striking brick walls and vast windows. Up to 220 guests can attend a seated meal in the main Jerwood Hall, with space for as many as 400 at a more informal standing reception. Tailor-made lighting packages are available upon request if you want to really draw attention to and make the most of the venue’s splendour.
No. 4 Hamilton place is found within London’s ever popular and hotly sought-after area of Mayfair. A varied choice of versatile event spaces is on offer, including an Edwardian dining room, a modern lecture theatre, several smaller meeting rooms and a stunning roof terrace, adding up to provide a total capacity of 300. Licenced to hold weddings, you could have both the ceremony and the reception in one place for maximum convenience for both you and your guests.
Situated in Westminster, Central London, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace is superbly located for those travelling from throughout the city, found within easy walking distance of both Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross tube stations. There are no less than 10 different function rooms to choose from, each one finished to the highest standard of sophisticated and effortlessly elegant style, and benefitting from great natural light and lovely views over The Mall and St James’s Park.
St John at Hackney is an 18th century, Grade II listed church with a growing reputation as a top music venue in thanks to its great acoustics, 1400-person capacity and a list of past performers that includes popular acts such as Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Coldplay, as well as a range of classical orchestras. This understandably means it is a particularly good choice if you want to organise live music or entertainment at your wedding, with all the necessary facilities already up and running, but aside from that, it also just happens to be a beautiful space.
The Private Dining Rooms at Bleeding Heart Yard have been welcoming guests to be wined and dined in magnificent surroundings for more than 30 years. Be it these historic cobble-stoned dining spaces or the adjoining medieval Crypt which oozes atmosphere and magical old-world beauty that you opt for, your guests, of whom you can invite up to 150, are sure to be impressed by the traditional style and enduring appeal. As for getting there, Farringdon tube station is the nearest rail link, reachable in just 2 minutes on foot.