London boasts a plethora of striking, swanky wedding venues. Whether you opt for a more traditional experience or your very own Thames Charter boat there’s something for everyone. No. 11 Cavendish Square, Thames Luxury Charters, Thames Luxury Charters, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), The Montague on the Gardens and Gilwell Park are our top 5 choices, continue reading to discover why.
1. No. 11 Cavendish Square
Located minutes from heaving Oxford Circus, No. 11 Cavendish Square offers an extraordinary elitist experience. Developed under the sovereignty of George III, the building is a Grade 2 listed townhouse that has been considerably expanded to accommodate larger parties. The interior boasts a decadent array of historical rooms including the Palladian facade which retains traditional character with a sense of magnitude. Their inner contemporary chambers and meeting areas provide up-to-date amenities helping ceremonies be conducted with a flurry and flawless finish.
Guests looking to feed their wedding jitters are invited to tuck into platefuls of exquisite food provided by one of London’s most widely reputed caterers Ampersand. Providing excellent value for money, the catering service is also located onsite ensuring that all dishes will be prepared freshly on the day preventing any last minute hitches.
Whether wedding parties opt for a wedding reception or civil ceremony, the striking Georgian building is located in the wonderful West End which will serve as a stunning background to proceedings. The personalised event planning service ensures that the party’s unique requirements will be heeded. Guests may enter the venue via the grand arrival spot of No.11 located on the square where they shall be greeted by their own personal wedding organiser.
2. Thames Luxury Charters
A wedding on the Thames is the stuff of legend. Thames Luxury Charters will make grooms feel like pirates and brides like mermaids as they select one of many superb boats that offer a tasteful and charming alternative to land based alternatives. With a variety of designs, styles and sizes, all parties can enjoy the perfect experience. The groundwork and thorough planning involved in organising such a flawless process involves precise structuring. The highly skilled and utterly helpful events team are willing to guide, support and advise throughout every step of the process to ensure a seamless event unfolds. Individual packages ensure that all perquisites are met and a dream wedding ensues.
London is littered with sensational venues but not all boast the superb background and exquisite views that guests can take in from the river.
Essential Things to Consider
Discuss your wedding needs and requirements in thorough detail.
Ask for a rough estimate and stipulate your budget.
Browse the available collection of boats.
Provide your preferred dates and check availability.
If you’ve already booked your wedding venue, a boat can be organised to chauffeur couples to and from the venue. Nearby venues include Butler’s Wharf with panoramic views of Tower Bridge, the Hilton Docklands which showcases Canary Wharf and the Westminster Boating Origin.
Speak with the team directly to obtain details concerning your boat hire.
Established in 1993, Thames Luxury Charters is managed by Chris Livett and his partner Belinda. Their family has owned companies alongside the Thames River since 1710. Chris was formerly a Waterman to Queen Elizabeth and ensures that his company prioritises unheard of levels of excellence which remains transparent in their customer service, painstaking attention to detail and fleet of reserved Thames riverboats which offer unparalled views of London from the water.
As a highly popular option for both private and business based events, the warm and utterly knowledgeable staff tailor make a personal events package that fulfils each and every requirement. Despite operating on charters, the facilities and fixtures are equivalent to those you would locate in a 5 star London wedding location. Catered by outstanding chefs the Travelling Venue, and blessed with beyond 20 years of industry experience, the venue offers imaginatively modern event catering incorporating finger foods and formal meals.
3. Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Your nuptials can commence inside the esteemed Florence Hall located in the heart of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Inspired by Art Deco, the spot retains a sense of charisma and stature. The first floor hallway serves as the entry point where guests are greeted with overflowing goblets of wine or champagne to tantalise taste buds. The inner workings of the building make use of tall sweeping ceilings, granite pillars and an opulent sense of spacious splendour. The picturesque piano can play a little ditty as guests arrive to prepare them for the festivities that lie ahead. During the warmer months, the locations balcony and outside areas promote flattering views of the beyond surroundings.
More about Florence Hall
Florence Hall is the largest and most affluently decorated room kitted out with granite and wooden floors, all-encompassing windows that reach from floor-to-ceiling and engraved stone window settings.
A dinner-dance fusion is available that combines exquisitely laid out dinner tables with courteous waiting staff. Guests can also opt for a stand-up reception complete with cocktails, canapés and bottomless food plates to tempt and satisfy the palette. After dining, guests can then dance until the early hours of the morning with a flexible, adjustable service that freely accommodates guest’s needs.
The hallowed First Floor Hallway houses 150 guests for reception drinks whilst the gargantuan Florence Hall can entertain 200 revellers. The Jarvis Foyer is able to be converted into a fully functioning dance area taking the party past midnight, which does incur extra charges.
A dedicated team of wedding planners and caterers come together to provide a faultless spectacle. From the moment your reservation is placed until the second your celebration concludes, the staff will be on hand to ensure that your big day is truly special. Hands-on support is available throughout the entirety of the service.
A plethora of further rooms are also available including the Aston Webb Room complete with leathered walls and Indian laurel timber woodwork and is ideally suited to intimate ceremonies. Alternatively the Lutyens Room boasts full length windows and a cheerful location designed to accommodate 70 guests. Larger wedding ceremonies can be conducted in the Jarvis Foyer and Jarvis Hall or, for a more extraordinary spot, guests can conduct their nuptials beside the winding first floor staircase.
Mouth Watering Dining
Led by a hugely talented head chef and his skilled team of acolytes, guests can be provided with original menus merging fresh seasonal produce and high-quality ingredients to create interesting taste combinations suited to budget. All catering menus are visible on the website.
Decorating Your Venue
Adding a personalised touch can catapult a venue into a more authentic and appropriate experience. The venue is happy to place parties in touch with florists and decorators who can assist with creating the desired ambience to further enrich the venue. The AV team are able to recommend suitable lighting themes to bask your party in a rich and alluring glow.
How to Find Them
Situated in London’s West End, RIBA is a mere two minutes walking distance from Regent’s Park Station. Great Portland Street and Oxford Circus Stations are within easy walking distance.
4. The Montague on the Gardens
The name Montague is reminiscent of the warring Montague and Capulet families fresh from William Shakespeare’s ever-engaging romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Such grounds offer a grand, passionate expanse ideally suited to lovers. The hands on staff happily lend a hand in every area from selecting suitable wine to accompany your menu, adding lavish decoration and incorporating a theme.
Such a superb location truly will catapult revellers to the very heart of luxury and elitism. The Georgian Townhouse itself offers a classy, ethereal vibe that emanates love and has been lovingly adorned with elegant and vintage items which guests are welcome to add to as they wish. With a selection of food and wines on offer, guests can also uncork a celebratory bottle of champagne.
The venue includes three gorgeous suites including the Great Russell Suite which can house 150 guests, the Woborn Suite which suits a more diminutive 50 souls and the aptly named Huge Conservatory which ironically is suited to 26 guests.
5. Gilwell Park
The city is like a maze that houses endless historical and cultural gems that suddenly transport us back to far flung times. The dedicated staff of Gilwell Park offer a specialist service tailored to businesses and private parties. Naturally wedding receptions are on offer as are conferences, birthday parties, anniversaries, award nights and expanses for small or large parties.
Booking your special occasion with Gilwell Park has a little twist in the tale; you'll also be supporting a nationally recognised charity within the UK. With an engrained 100 year culture of quality and top end service, the devoted team work closely with parties to ensure that proceedings run without a hitch. They will do all of the grunt work for you so that you can enjoy your day.
Private wedding receptions take place in their high-class venues and are freely given to wedding parties which means no sharing with strangers! Guests are provided with exclusive use of the lounge bar, outside areas and evening barbeque facility. The mall hall accommodates 180 people for a sit down meal and the surroundings offer multiple photo opportunities.
Their White House makes a gorgeous background for your wedding reception and their main hall can be altered to include marquee-style liner to turn the area into a classical banquet hall that's sophisticated and weather proof. If you're after wowing your wedding guests with a historical and elite venue that is within budget, Gilwell Park is the perfect place to hold your wedding reception.
Their highly experienced chefs are gifted at creating menus for all budgets or wedding reception sizes and each meal is cooked on their own site with the best and freshest ingredients. They're proficient at cooking food for any special dietary needs (like vegan, halal, or kosher) plus a variety of dishes. Nonetheless, you can use outside caterers if you prefer and a list of external suppliers will be provided.
You can book your reception venue with Gilwell Park any day during the week, providing the space isn't booked up already. Book quickly as this popular venue fills up fast.
6. The Royal Exchange
Located in an utterly idyllic location, the Royal Exchange offers something truly different to the typical hotel ballroom. A limited hire will cover the dining area for around 300 guests and includes a dance floor, san individual canapé reception area, lounge space and bridal suite.
One of the most stunning aspects is the large courtyard which epitomises the very best of inner city gardening; that structured timeless sense of order. 300 guests can comfortably be seated here and make use of the dance floor and stage. The mezzanines can then be used for pre-dinner receptions. Their Private room is designed with decadent attention to detail and makes use of space and glamour rendering it the ideal bridal retreat.
Sauterelle is often transformed into a casual lounge for your guests to retire to and relax, plus they can get a bird's eye view of the dance floor and people watch. Menus are catered to individual tastes and palettes. The private menu service enlists the help of highly trained chefs who create desired menus and accompanying garnishes to compliment your meal.
The Royal Exchange works in tandem with production and audio visual traders, floral specialists, entertainers and endless others to create an all-encompassing experience that fulfils all requirements. Situated in the centre of London, this remarkable building incorporates extraordinary design and a strong and influential iconic standing.
The standing Canapé Reception can hold between 100 to 300 guests whilst the seated dinner and dance holds between 100 to- 300 guests and up to 500 guests in the evening. Minimum spend is £10,000 and the elegant, opulent surroundings will give you a stylish celebration to remember for all time.