Whether you’ve just been popped the question, been the nervous proposer or still dreaming, we’ve done some leg work for you and rounded up some alternative wedding venues in the capital that are a little more than your local church hall.
The Barbican Conservatory
You don’t need to leave your favourite city to be surrounded by plants and trees, or even worry about England’s unpredictable weather. The Barbican Conservatory offers exclusive use of their oversized greenhouse that is home to exotic fish, 2,000 species of tropical plants and is licensed to host wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. Once the knot is tied you’ll be whisked away to a secluded couples’ area where you can have pictures amongst the greenery, before joining your guests, of up to 250, for a delectable wedding breakfast from their in-house caterers, Searcys. With floor to ceiling windows you’ll also be able to look out at the city skyline!
Run by Maverick Projects this venue offers you that church feeling but with a bohemian twist. The Caroline Garden’s Chapel, AKA the Asylum Chapel, in South East London, is a grade 2 listed building that dates back to 1826. This gutted church seats up to 120 guests, theatre style and although you can’t have your full reception here you are welcome to have a toast and some canapés after your service. The Chapel can be dressed with festoon lighting, candles and flowers just to add that extra touch.
For somewhere a little more rustic, MC Motors in East London offers just that. This 6,000 square foot warehouse is an industrial location that breathes character and charm, with a sky lighted roof that provides all your natural lighting needs. Seeping with history the largest room was originally part of the adjacent school while the other sections were split into smaller units. The area was heavily bombed during the blitz hence it’s dilapidated feel. Being also a photo studio they have plenty of props that you can get imaginative with and upon arrival through the unassuming entrance the term “stumbling upon an Aladdin’s Cave” has often been used.
Deemed as one of London’s top photography studios the likes of Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham have had shoots here. Blending Edwardian elegance and modern aesthetic, Sunbeam offers a blank canvas allowing you to make this space your own. Made up of three large halls, two meeting rooms, extensive gardens and grand staircases there’s plenty of room to make all the memories in the world. And their inclusive packages can set you up for the celebration of a lifetime.
For the literary, theatrical kind and those attuned to the romantic words of Shakespeare this may be the magical venue that you’re looking for. Whether you want an intimate ceremony of up to 70 in their Balcony Room or a larger spread, with a party of 100 to a whopping 450, in their dramatic Underglobe space, Shakespeare’s Globe hopes to help create a truly special day for you. The Globe’s experienced planners will see you through and avert any tragedies of the Shakespearian kind. If you are interested in the bigger affair the Underglobe is right under The Globe itself and features a full-size model oak tree and sweeping staircase, for that all-important grand entrance.