While weddings in London usually have quite a bit of tradition behind them, there are actually few places more traditional than the great outdoors, and by having your celebration in an outdoor wedding venue you’ll be able to do much more with your ceremony, guest favours and reception music. In fact there is so much you can do with these venues that many people use a reception timeline or schedule to help them keep track of event timings. Some even start several events at once so there’s ongoing entertainment for everyone. Have a look at the great locations we’ve put together below, but remember when you’re planning things that the bride and groom are the real wedding centerpieces, no matter how entertaining the actual wedding and reception may be.
Located right in the heart of the City of London, Coq d’Argent benefits from fantastic proximity to transport links, including Bank, Monument, Mansion House and Cannon Street stations; all of which can be reached in mere minutes on foot. The venue itself belies this city centre location, feeling tucked away from the bustle in thanks to its plot on the top floor of N1 Poultry, where you can find a selection of terraces and a rooftop garden, complete with trees and flowers that make it feel like a natural paradise amidst the concrete jungle of London. This unique setting combined with stunning views make for a truly memorable backdrop.
The HAC is another unexpected gem that gives you a more peaceful, secluded feeling without having to leave behind the convenience of the city. Set within its own picturesque 6 acre garden, the building itself is an 18th century mansion with several elegant rooms available for hire inside, including the Long Room; an atmospheric oak-panelled space. Despite feeling more like a countryside retreat, the nearest tube station – Old Street – is just 4 minutes away, making it easy for your guests to travel from across London. Speaking of the guest list, the total capacity here reaches more than 1100, making it ideally suited to large scale receptions.
Belair House is fully licenced to hold weddings, meaning you could hold both the ceremony itself and the reception all under one roof – or in the grounds of course. This Georgian mansion sits nestled within its own gardens which lead onto Belair Park, meaning there is plenty of greenery and outdoor space at your disposal. With all the facilities to accommodate live entertainment and a great selection of delicious cocktails on offer at the bar, you have all the necessary ingredients for a fun-filled reception for you and all your guests, of whom there is space for up to 400.
For those of you who love the history and heartbeat of Central London’s historic and vibrant Marylebone district, you’ll find that the charm and light of 41 Portland Place is the perfect compliment to any traditional wedding event. It’s a fabulous facility that’s well suited to large events of up to 350 guests, and supports a wide range of decorating options, as the space is largely a blank canvas. That means you can bring your dreams to life, either staying true to tradition, or blending in your own twists to personalize things to be uniquely you. There is in place AV equipment available, which also makes the area a great place to have a groom’s dinner the night before, letting guests share their experiences and family backstories before the big day.
Few places in London or anywhere else in the world can pull off a blend of tradition while also managing to sprinkle in a little industrial decadence with a rooftop terrace and large deck. However, SNAP Studios does just that, with a venue that’s traditional in a mix of ways that little else in town is. It features a very diverse range of room sets ranging from historically accurate and traditional period sets, to distressed and funky shabby chic, finished with the contemporary New York loft styles so many love. Up to 200 wedding guests to be entertained by different themes, depending on the period and room they’re in at the time.