Wedding Venues for Hire in London

Wedding Venues for Hire in London

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Top Wedding Venues in London

Our selection of London’s most popular wedding venues is sure to make planning your big day that little bit easier. Here at Tagvenue we know it’s not always easy to stand out from the pack, as every bride-to-be wants an unforgettable wedding day. Whether you’re after something attention-seeking, effortlessly chic or hopelessly romantic, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can find here in the capital. Dreaming of a secret rooftop garden, atmospheric vaulted cellar or traditional inner city hotel? Tagvenue can point you in the right direction. And the best part? It’s quick and easy to search, so you can find a unique wedding venue in a snap.

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Wedding Venues Hire Guide

If you're getting married in London, you've got some seriously gorgeous options to choose from. We've rounded up our top picks for the best wedding venues in London so that you can check them out and decide which one is right for you.

Most popular wedding venue types:

  • Outdoor wedding venues - We love summer weddings. Who needs lavish decorations when a pretty garden, lush lawn or amber sunset can serve as your backdrop?
  • Charming country houses - Check out rustic farmhouses and elegant manor houses!
  • Hotels - Traditional hotel ballrooms, stylish banqueting halls and modern bistros are great options, especially because some hotels offer wedding packages that include free honeymoon stays.
  • Luxury wedding venues - Grand or lavish spaces are guaranteed to wow your guests.
  • Restaurants - Choose anything from fine dining restaurants to romantic private dining rooms.
  • Unusual or alternative venues - Unique venues, like museums, zoos or libraries, allow you to stamp your own style on your event.
  • Cheap wedding venues - Think dry hire venues, church halls and function rooms.
  • Marquee wedding venues  - Tents and marquees are blank canvases for you to get creative with.
  • Venues with a view - Are you after a riverside venue with views over the Thames or a rooftop terrace that’s perfect for taking in London’s iconic skyline?
  • Industrial-chic venues - Renovated railway arches, warehouses with exposed brick, and airy New York-style lofts are all on trend.

Tips and tricks for finding your dream wedding ceremony venue

There’s no doubt that searching for a wedding ceremony venue is an exciting process. But before you set your heart on a space, there are a few key things you should consider:

  • Write your guest list early to help you create a budget and find the right-sized venue (a space for under 100 guests, 200 guests, 500 guests, etc.).
  • Decide on a wedding date (or several potential dates) before you start looking for a venue.
  • Consider where you’d like the venue to be located (central London, east London, south London, somewhere on the city’s outskirts, etc.).
  • Think about the type of space that would best suit your event (a child-friendly venue with camping facilities, a large wedding venue that allows fireworks, etc.).
  • Keep in mind all the spaces you’ll need for the different parts of your day (ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing).
  • Make a rain plan if you intend to hold an outdoor wedding.
  • Choose a venue that reflects who you are as a couple.

Once you have your date and you’ve narrowed down a shortlist of venues that meet your criteria, it’s time to organise a handful of viewings. Visit your preferred venues at the time of day your wedding will be, and pay attention to the lighting (good lighting makes for better photos). 

When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, there’s no replacement for seeing a space in real life – after all, when you hire a building and its facilities, you also hire the people working there and the service they provide. A venue inspection is a great chance for you to sit down with a venue manager and hash out all of the nitty-gritty details.

Things to ask about when viewing a wedding venue:

  • Who will be your go-to person at the venue on the day?
  • Whether there are public transport connections and parking facilities?
  • If you’ll have exclusive use of the venue (and if not, how many other weddings will be booked that day)?
  • Are you required to decorate it yourself?
  • Whether you must use suppliers of the venue’s choosing (i.e., does the venue allow outside catering?)?
  • How early will you have access to the venue before your ceremony or reception is scheduled to begin?
  • How quickly will you need to be packed up and out of the venue at the end of your wedding?
  • If you can do a menu tasting and whether the in-house catering team can accommodate special dietary requirements?
  • Whether there are restrictions for the photographer in terms of flash usage?
  • What is and isn’t included (what furniture and equipment you can use, as well as who’ll supply the linen, cutlery and service staff)?
  • If there are any vendor restrictions? Some venues may have noise or decor restrictions, or penalise you if the clean up is unsatisfactory.
  • Whether there are any additional costs (civil ceremony fee, corkage fee, cake-cutting fee, late licence fee, cleaning fee, insurance-fee waiver, etc.) and if VAT is included?
  • Whether the venue has any partnerships with nearby hotels?
  • Whether the venue manager anticipates any changes to the venue before your wedding day?

Check out our full list of wedding venues questions here!

A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s no surprise that planning one is a lot to take on. From choosing the right venue and creating a guest list, to coordinating transport and organising a honeymoon, there are so many decisions to make. Here’s a heads-up about some of the biggest wedding planning blunders, so you can avoid them from the outset.

Most common wedding planning mistakes:

  • Not establishing your budget priorities from the beginning.
  • Making key decisions before having your guest list sorted (you don’t want to put down a non-refundable deposit on a small wedding venue if you’re not quite sure about numbers).
  • Inviting guests to your engagement party or bridal shower who that aren’t on your wedding guest list .
  • Not booking your venue early enough (aim to book your space at least nine months to a year before your wedding).
  • Setting your heart on specific types of flowers (try to think in terms of colours and shapes instead).
  • Not accounting for travel time (or selecting venues that are too far apart).
  • Not scheduling enough time for hair and makeup and/or photography and videography.
  • Not considering your guests (not letting them know how to get to your venue, leaving a huge time gap between your ceremony and reception, not providing enough seating, etc.).
  • Not having a contingency plan for bad weather.
  • Not telling the hotel that it’s your wedding night (after all, there’s a chance they’ll give you an upgrade or free amenities).
  • Not providing enough light for outdoor weddings that carry on into the summer evening.

FAQs about Wedding Venues in London

What’s the price range for wedding venues in London?

Honestly, the price range of wedding venues is quite a large one. You can find some cool inexpensive venues, where you will pay less than £500 per event (yes they really do exist!). But there are also many more expensive options, where paying £150 per guest (and more) is the norm. You have many different options when it comes to the hire fee–you can choose a venue with a minimum spend, where you don’t pay for the space, you just have to pay a certain amount of money for the food and service. There are options to pay per hour or per night, and  we recommend these for bigger parties where lots of guests are invited. And of course you have prices per guest, which if large, we suggest to take into consideration if there is a small number of guests invited.

Can I book affordable wedding venues in London?

Of course! London may be a big and expensive city, but it doesn’t mean you can’t find hidden gems which don’t make you wish you could rob a bank and not regret it. Some venues offer prices as little as £10 per person, which, if you want a bigger party but don’t want to spend every last penny, we certainly recommend.

What are some unique wedding themes?

Unique wedding themes are always a good way to stand out from the crowd. Here's a list of some of our favourites:

  • A vintage china pattern with floral accents
  • A rustic theme that incorporates wood and metal
  • A carnival theme, complete with popcorn and cotton candy!
  • A picnic-style wedding where you can eat in the woods
  • An underwater theme, with an aquarium and fish tank as centrepieces

Where can I find a photographer for my wedding in London?

Finding the right photographer for your wedding in London can be tough. There are so many options, and it's not always easy to tell which ones are going to be the best fit for you. If you want to find a great photographer quickly and easily then make sure to check out this great list. Find a person who will shoot photos in a style you prefer, and most important of all - a person who you will surely get along with on your wedding day.

Guests Reviews of Wedding Venues on Tagvenue

Booked PJ's Space at PJ's Chelsea Brasserie
great service. very flexible. allowed us to make the space our own. Looked after us all night. Very calm staff, very professional. Great decour, cool looking place
Phoenix S.
Booked Whole Venue at The Roost
Dave and Steph were literally amazing from beginning to end, nothing we asked or wanted was too much. The communication from Steph throughout was second to none, and we were kept informed and up to date at every step. On our wedding day, Dave could not have been more helpful. He genuinely went above and beyond every single expectation, and became a true part of our day and one of the guests, rather than just someone who worked there. The guests were raving about the venue, and Dave in person, to me and my husband all day and night, and couldn’t even find the words to how lovely, and funny and ridiculously helpful he was, doing everything he could to make our day the most incredible day. We truly will never forget it and we can’t thank you guys enough. You have been incredible. On another note, the interior is absolutely breathtaking, so beautiful and quirky and different. Truly a unique experience.
Richard P.
Booked Fireplace Room at Granaio Piccadilly
I had my wedding reception at Granaio Piccadilly using the fireplace room. What I need to say is that the restaurant has changed completely from last year! The new management and team have a huge improvement without doubt I can recommend this place now, my reception was coordinated fabulously by Nadia (event manager) who went beond the expectation, very professional and made everything go so well from the plan we agreed. We are also so delighted by the restaurant manager Gabriela who made a wonderful service with her fantastic team. The food was so delicious and very well presented. We just want thank you all involved in our reception for the amazing night we have there all of our guests enjoyed, Granaio Restaurant is one of best places in the heart of London (Piccadilly)to enjoy great food and loved atmosphere.
Frank O.
Booked The Grand Nelson Ballroom at Trafalgar Tavern
The Trafalgar Tavern is an amazing wedding venue. The team gave the most attentive, professional and friendly service from working out logistics at the beginning to trouble shooting issues which occurred on the day. After looking around other wedding venues it was not looking the beauty of the venue that stood out but how all the staff made us feel welcomed and have a genuine desire to work with us to make all our wedding plans come to fruition even to point of sourcing us a last minute wedding cake ?It’s is clear the venue goes above and beyond and that is priceless! We were so happy with the food, the service and a place to take beautiful photos. We would highly recommend the Trafalgar Tavern for anyone looking for a wedding venue!
Simona G.
Booked Westminster Suite at Sofitel London St James
My husband and I are absolutely delighted that we could host our wedding at Sofitel St James Hotel! Everything was totally perfect and we are so, so happy and greateful! All the staff was so lovely, kind and caring, definitely the best! They have all made our stay excellent and helped us organise the most special wedding day! Since our arrival, everyone has made us feel so welcome and special and they have cared for every details, from helping us with the luggages to reserving tables for us at the hotel restaurant! The day before our wedding, we stayed at the hotel as well and we had a lovely day in which we made use of the hotel's facilities, private jacuzzi, steam room and had an incredibly good and relaxing 90 minutes couple massage. Our room was so beautiful, there was a coffee machine, a kettle, a mini fridge full of fresh beverages, there were lots of snacks and different types of tea bags and coffee pods. Everything we needed was there and if we have additional requirements, the staff was always so nice and fast to helps us with anything! The staff at the restaurant was also so kind and made us feel so special, checking on us frequently to meet our needs while having breakfast/lunch/dinner. The food was so good, from the cacio and pepe pasta (thank you so much Marina for the lovely suggestion :) ) to the delicious desserts, and everything was served in the most beautiful ways! - Thank you so much for everything!! Sephora has done an incredible job organising our wedding, in every single details, from preparation to execution, and she has also helped us with streaming our wedding day to our families in Italy since they could not be here due to covid restriction. Thank you so, so much for going the extra mile for us! Our wedding day was absolutely perfect! The room for our ceremony was so elegant and lovely arranged, and the reception room after the ceremony was even more beautiful! - The magnificent flower assortment - thank you so much Raffaella for this! - the food - everything was delicious! thank you so much for the chef and all the staff! And for the lovely menu testing prior to our wedding! It was very hard to chose since everything was so tasty! - the two-tier cake with the most beautiful flowers decorations - specially made for us - the lovely and friendly waiting staff - thank you so much for making us feel special and at home! - the photographer - an absolute blast! thank you so much for all the cool picture ideas/poses and for bearing with us :) - the music, the dancing - the fun! Everything was a dream and we are really super greatful for all you have done for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Etomi O.
Booked Photo/Film Studio at Mavro Worldwide Studios
Service was very good, very understand, helpful and kind. The venue itself is just like the pictures beautiful and overall perfect for photoshoot and video shoots. You really do get your money's worth.
Louise T.
Booked Swallow Library at Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
From start to finish Bentleys Oyster Bar were a dream. We planned our London city wedding within very short time due to us having to postpone three weddings before this. Kathryn from Bentleys was a joy to work with, she helped us in every way possible, was kind and fun. Arriving at Bentleys after our ceremony as like a dream , the reception from the team at Bentleys and the setting was incredible. We had our wedding meal in the private dining rooms downstairs , all of our guests have Ben talking about the food for days! Impeccable food and wine. We are forever grateful to Kathryn and the brilliant team in Bentleys for helping us have a wonderful wedding day.
Sarah B.
Booked The Royal Suite at The Chesterfield Mayfair
Recently held our wedding at The Chesterfield Hotel and cannot rave enough about the venue and staff. They were extremely welcoming to our guests, many of whom traveled from the US to stay the week/weekend for the event. From the moment we arrived thru the day we left, everything ran smoothly and we felt right at home. So happy that we found The Chesterfield and were able to host our wedding there!

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