What's your favourite wedding venue?

It’s not surprising at all given my job title, but I have been at more weddings in the last year with Suzanne James than in the preceding ten years!

Of course I am there in a hands-on role these days as opposed to being one of the very merry guest that strategically place themselves between the bar and the kitchen, but I still love attending weddings.

Every single wedding, no matter where looks so very different.

Even when working alongside the same suppliers, we help our couples to create a beautiful, unique look for their special day.

Of course the most common question I get asked is “what is your favourite venue?” this is not easy to answer, and as I always say it is such a personal choice, rather like buying a house, you need to go and visit as many places as you can, as only you will know when you find the right one!

If you really are on a tight timeframe then here is my own shortlist of venues you really should consider (in no particular order), but please remember this is only my personal preference, there are soooo many other lovely venues out there…… :

York House
A picturesque 17thcentury, Grade II listed building in Richmond, with an immense history and several rooms for your guests to move back and forth from, not to mention the immensely beautiful gardens with the infamous Naked Ladies Statues and backdrop of the riverside.

Garden Museum
Situated on the River Thames beside Lambeth Palace, this Grade II Medieval Church with modern day Orangery is a unique venue that allows for both traditional and modern wedding breakfasts. The stone staircase that descends in to the main room allows couples to make their first entrance in style and soaring ceilings that provide perfect acoustics for your evening reception.

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Within easy reach of central London Dulwich Picture Gallery, situated at the heart of Dulwich Village, offers an exclusive setting for your special day. This prestigious venue has both indoor and outdoor options, offering flexible event spaces for your civil ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and dancing.  Displaying one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the world, your guests will be surrounded by some of the greatest names in Baroque painting, such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Murillo and Veronese.

Museum of the Order of St John
This beautiful historic venue is the ideal location for weddings and receptions. From the Chapter Hall with its grand fireplace, vivid stained glass windows, chandelier from the Farnese Palace in Rome and a 100 guest capacity, to the Council Chamber, a more intimate room, spanning the arch of St John’s Gate which seats up to 30 people (25 for weddings), and accommodates 50 people standing. With exquisite Whitefriars’ Glass windows, large paintings of British monarchs and gold commemorative panelling, it has a very special ambience. For very small weddings (maximum of 10 people) the Prior’s Dinign Room is welcoming and elegant, and contains some of the Museum’s most important paintings. With its atmosphere of formal tranquillity, it is perfect for quiet, stylish and intimate occasions.

Foundling Museum
Housed in a Grade II listed, Georgian-style building, the Foundling Museum was formerly the headquarters of the Foundling Hospital,
the UK’s first children’s charity and one of the country’s most progressive philanthropic institutions. The original Victorian Bandstand is a perfect small for small, intimate outdoor ceremonies. It offers stunning views across the surrounding gardens and the horizon of impressive London landmarks beyond. 

Horniman Museum & Gardens
For eleven years, our Senior Event Planner Amanda has been exclusively looking after all the Weddings and Events taking place at the Horniman Museum & Gardens. We are the exclusive caterers and event managers at the venue, so you know you will be in safe hands. Whether you choose to get married at the Grade II listed, fully refubished Victorian Conservatory, the beautiful Grade II listed Bandstand or the more modern Horniman Pavilion you can be sure of the same outstanding level of service. All three spaces are situated in 16 acres of beautiful parkland with stunning views across London and you can even combine the spaces, using different areas across the day, according to your guest numbers.

The Conservatory is a bright and elegant space full of original character. It stands on a stylish private terrace area adjoining the award-winning Gardens and can accommodate 120 guests for ceremony or reception and up to 150 for your evening celebration.

The original Victorian Bandstand is a perfect small for small, intimate outdoor ceremonies of up to 50 guests. It offers stunning views across the surrounding gardens and the impressive London landmarks beyond.

The Pavilion is a modern building of wood and glass with it’s own private deck, once again benefitting from views across London. It is suitable for up to 64 guests for dinner, 80 for a standing reception, or 100 for a ceremony.

If you would like to know more about any of these unique London venues please contact us by email.