Whatever it is you’re looking for in our capital city, you’re probably spoiled for choice, that’s how much talent we’re surrounded by everyday. And this is especially true when you’re on the hunt for luxury wedding venues in London! You want somewhere stunning but not stuffy, that has style and substance; somewhere that’s luxurious and opulent without feeling too fake or overdone.
As a natural wedding photographer, I’ve photographed lots of luxury wedding venues in London. Here’s 11 of my favourites spanning the city, to help you find your perfect setting.
Kimpton Fitzroy, Bloomsbury
The Kimpton Fitzroy cements its status as one of the best luxury wedding venues in London before you even step inside, thanks to the fact that its façade takes up the entirety of one side of Russell Square. It’s definitely a statement venue!
Inside, this feeling of grandeur continues with details like an ornate coffered ceiling, Pyrenean marble staircase and more. Space-wise, there’s a magnificent Grade II listed ballroom, a romantic, light-filled Champagne Bar, and an outdoor terrace. There’s even an indoor winter garden as well as four breathtaking indoor trees.
Kew Gardens, Richmond-upon-Thames
Getting married at Kew Gardens is a one-of-a-kind opportunity (so much so that I also included it in my round-up of top unique wedding venues). As well as the largest and most diverse botanical collections in the world, it’s home to the jaw-dropping Nash Conservatory, a Victorian glasshouse with floor-to-ceiling windows (and when I say ceiling…it’s pretty damn high). You’ll also find the Orangery at this UNESCO World Heritage site, which is a majestic reception space.
The Rosewood London, Holborn
The Rosewood London is a five-star hotel and Grade II listed building in Holborn. In my opinion, it’s one of the best but most underappreciated luxury wedding venues in London: a masterpiece of flamboyant Edwardian architecture, featuring a carriage driveway and grand courtyard.
And that’s just on the outside: inside, every single detail has been finished with an eye for detail and a passion for quality. The furniture and features are made from Cuban mahogany and seven rare types of marble, including the seven-storey grand staircase which meets to form a bridge under the ceiling dome. As well as being a dream for architecture-appreciators, it’s heaven for art lovers too, brimming with specially selected objets d’art that represent the building’s illustrious past and present.
If you favour food over architecture and art then rest assured that The Rosewood is perfect for you too, as it’s home to The Pie Room. One of London’s most esteemed kitchens, it celebrates pastry and the humble British pie. You can even get involved and try your hand at making your own, like E & G did at their intimate wedding celebration.
Grand Junction, Paddington
Another secret hidden in plain sight is Grand Junction in Paddington, an incredible events space on the site of the 19th century St Mary Magdalene’s Church.
It offers a totally unique opportunity to get married in a Grade I listed building. The church itself has been lovingly restored, so that its painted ceiling and stained glass can truly shine. Then underneath, the Undercroft provides a space for a reception, candlelit dinner, or an underground rave (why not?)
The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall
If you like the idea of getting married in a prime London postcode, check out The Royal Automobile Club. Their fancy clubhouse on Pall Mall oozes old-fashioned charm, and boasts multiple ceremony rooms, reception rooms, 108 bedrooms, and even a swimming pool!
And if the pool wasn’t reason enough, The Royal Automobile Club firmly belongs on this list of luxury wedding venues in London because all events, weddings and otherwise, have to be sponsored by a member of the Club.
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Greenwich is home to so many beautiful historic buildings, but my favourite has to be the Royal Naval College. The venue has a long, illustrious history, including being the setting for (one of!) Henry VI’s weddings. With the fairytale colonnades, breathtaking grounds and incredible position on the bank of the River Thames, the surrounding is magnificent, but the cherry on top of the cake is undoubtedly The Painted Hall.
The Painted Hall is a fairytale come true. The masterfully frescoed ceiling and opulent interiors make it one of the finest remaining examples of the Baroque period, blending grandeur with warmth and style to create a totally unforgettable setting.
Spring at Somerset House, Strand
Somerset House has been the backdrop for many an iconic wedding portrait session, but its super chic restaurant Spring means it deserves inclusion as one of the best luxury wedding venues in London in its own right.
Though of course the focus at Spring is on the food, with daily menus celebrating delicious seasonal produce created by the former head of Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries Skye Gyngell, another huge draw to this space is, well, the space itself. In a 19th century drawing room that was previously closed to the public, the restaurant is light, airy, and elegant.
Fitzrovia Chapel, Fitzrovia
Fitzrovia Chapel may once have been the chapel of the former Middlesex Hospital, but you can rest assured there’s nothing clinical about it.
A hidden gem in the heart of the city, it’s a Grade II* listed building designed in an Italian Gothic style. This means stained glass windows, jaw-dropping mosaics, and an opulent golden Byzantine interior, including a gilded roof. (The architect reportedly asked himself “He reportedly used to ask himself of each of his designs “Does it send you to your knees?” whenever he embarked upon a new one, which I think pretty much sums up the magic of this building.) It’s the perfect spot for couples who want a cool city wedding that still has some old-world magic about it!
The Savoy, Strand
Put quite simply, The Savoy is perhaps the most iconic of all of these luxury wedding venues in London; which other venue can boast that it affected the famous Hackney cab taxi design? (Apparently every traditional London taxi has a tight turning circle designed specifically to go round the roundabout around the Savoy in one turn.)
Inside the spaces are ornate without being oppressive, finished in stylish pastel shades and with lavish detailing. There’s also 267 spectacular rooms, many of which have incredible views across the river.
The Connaught, Mayfair
Another grand and impressive entry on this list of luxury wedding venues in London is The Connaught in Mayfair. Each events room is a classic space with historic features yet a modern twist. For example there’s The Mayfair Room, which is the ballroom, or The Maple Room, a wood-panelled space with antique mirrors and a sparkling ceiling. Alternatively, you might want to eschew the formal reception rooms altogether and instead take over one of the drinks and dining spaces at The Connaught, such as the Hélène Darroze, the Sommelier’s Table or the world-renowned Connaught Bar.
The Ned, City of London
Last – but definitely not least – on my roundup of favourite luxury wedding venues in London is The Ned. Bringing 1920s and 1930s grandeur into the 21st century, each Grade I-listed events space includes period features, walnut panelling, and vintage chandeliers, in addition to beautiful domed windows that allow plenty of natural light. Essentially, it’s the perfect space for weddings that look formal and super chic, but don’t feel stuffy.
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If you’re getting married in one of these iconic luxury wedding venues in London and are looking for a documentary style photographer to capture it, then please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you. Or perhaps you’re looking somewhere else in London, or even further afield; tell me your plans, and I’d love to chat.
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