Five Unusual London Wedding Venues to Wow Guests
29 Jan 2016
Couples hoping to tie the knot in London are spoilt for choice with the remarkable amount of venues on offer. For those looking for a wedding space with unique character, charm and something that little bit special, we’ve curated five unusual options…
1. For the wild at heart couple
WWT London Wetland Centre, a 105-acre wildlife reserve, is home to lush meadows, gardens, ponds and lakes and boasts London skyline views. Practically perfect if the both of you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life but still stay close by to London, as it’s a mere 10 minutes from Hammersmith. The Water’s Edge room and Observatory offer sweeping lake views and couples can also book a tour of the centre for guests if nature is close to their hearts. It’s a great setting for civil partnership and marriage ceremonies, but the best part is that holding a wedding here will contribute to the global conservation work at WWT London Wetland Centre.
2. For intimate weddings and movie fanatics
Film buffs and those couples holding smaller weddings will love the Floating Cinema. A mobile arts venue and cinema that sails its way down the waterways of London, guests can experience on board screenings and privately hire this inventive boat designed by Duggan Morris Architects. It features an eco-friendly hybrid engine, viewing deck, on board bar, WC and has a capacity of 12 passengers when cruising, and up to 20 people while static.
An original place to enjoy drinks, a film and a meal during the wedding day before being delivered to a venue later on.
3. For a rooftop garden wedding celebration
Searching for a garden environment in the centre of London? The Roof Gardens set 100ft above London in Kensington might be for you. Say ‘I do’ in the indoor wedding venue here, then head up to the rooftop-themed gardens to party with up to 500 guests. The venue, which is owned by Richard Branson, offers a dedicated wedding planner to take care of all the details while you enjoy your special day. The gardens aren’t licensed for civil ceremonies but the Clubhouse on the sixth floor is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 150 people. Did we mention the four resident flamingos? Now there’s a memorable wedding picture…
4. For art lovers and the unconventional
Fans of Damien Hirst and arty couples could book themselves a truly unusual venue at The Tramshed. A statement ‘cock and bull’ piece of artwork by Damien Hirst is certainly an attention-grabbing feature within this Grade II listed building on Garden Walk and Rivington Street, Shoreditch. The Mark Hix Restaurant venue, with its capacity of 250, would suit wedding receptions and dinners with guests with a taste for steak and chicken since this is its speciality.
5. For couples who want to get married overlooking water
The West Reservoir Centre is a 1930s red brick tower known for its structural design and airy, light atmosphere…and its potential for wedding receptions. Close to Manor House tube station in east London, this unique venue which doubles up as a sailing centre, features original water processing equipment above the head of guests offering unusual industrial character. With space for up to 130 for a seated dinner and 150 for a standing reception, this four-storey winner will no doubt wow guests during a night of partying on the shimmering water.