London reception venues - any recommendations?

(42 Posts)
beigeslippers Sat 14-Dec-13 18:26:02

Got engaged in June but haven't moved an inch in terms of planning a wedding. After lots of chat with fiancée, have narrowed it down to a simple format of registry office with the family then a reception venue afterwards with everyone. Has anyone been to any weddings recently which has stood out? Venues/ restaurants/ spaces all welcome...preferably in London please. Thanks x

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sat 14-Dec-13 18:33:12

Can you narrow it down? Rough location, size, budget all would help.

AndIFeedEmGunpowder Sat 14-Dec-13 18:36:13

If you want somewhere quirky and central the union club is fun.

eurochick Sat 14-Dec-13 18:36:26

Some idea of budget and size would help.

We looked at Dulwich Picture Gallery and loved it but it would have swamped our relatively small wedding.

A friend had her reception at the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich (overlooks the river).

beigeslippers Sat 14-Dec-13 18:58:40

Party size will be 80 guests, with a budget of around £15k. Location wise, anywhere south east (Greenwich, Blackheath etc) or south west London (Fulham, clapham etc) would be nice. I'm not sure how many places we could get in Central London given our budget.

bruffin Sat 14-Dec-13 19:00:08

There are some garden behind the Phoenix theatre in Charing Cross Road which i think you can hire for a wedding. I think there was a wedding there when we walked past one day. Its a bit different phoenix gardens

PartyFops Sat 14-Dec-13 19:01:16

The Trafalgar tavern is lovely, in Greenwich, right on the thames next to the Naval College. We got married there, we had the smaller room which has a little night club room downstairs. They have other rooms, its stunning and will be well within budget i'm sure.

extracrunchy Sat 14-Dec-13 19:05:00

Ooh we got married at the RSA on the Strand (Royal Society of Arts) in their vaults. It's all candlelit with old brick arch ceilings and really pretty good value. Loved it! smile

eurochick Sat 14-Dec-13 19:09:57

There are quite a few venues around Greenwich. The Naval College is lovely. I'm not sure if you can also get married in the Queen's House (the collonade is great for photos). In addition to the Picture Gallery in Dulwich, there is also Dulwich College and another manor house type place (we viewed it but I can't recall the name now), so a few options around there.

Most venues are licensed to carry out civil ceremonies too, so guests don't have to be moved around London. You might want to consider this, rather than a register office for the ceremony.

beigeslippers Sat 14-Dec-13 19:11:28

Thanks for your suggestions.The trafalgar tavern looks nice, love the fact it's on the river! Phoenix gardens - never knew about this little patch, certainly different and like it for central-ness.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Sat 14-Dec-13 19:22:05

We went to a wonderful wedding here recently. It was lit with about a million candles and was just lovely. Really unusual and special.

Have you thought about restaurants? Many, particularly (though not exclusively) in the city, are available for private hire at the weekends for just a minimum spend and no hire charge. We had a smaller reception in a restaurant near Victoria with a minimum spend requirement which was fab and our original plans were a city restaurant which also had no hire charge.

beigeslippers Sat 14-Dec-13 19:28:19

Eurochick - is that the Rangers House you're thinking of? We came across it whilst on a walk around Blackheath, it's one of these English heritage properties. Will look into combining registrar with venue too - thanks.

Gumps Sat 14-Dec-13 19:30:02

The Bingham in Richmond is lovely. As is the venue in Richmond Park, sorry forgotten what it's called.

beigeslippers Sat 14-Dec-13 19:37:15

Ooh that's a good idea about city & restaurants, which place in Victoria did you use if you don't mind me asking?

ScottishDiblet Sat 14-Dec-13 19:38:25

Gumps is thinking of petersham lodge in Richmond park. It's fab. You might want to look at ceremony in Fulham registry office, then wedding in Fulham palace. Of you're looking south east look at eltham palace.

MumOfTheMoos Sat 14-Dec-13 19:39:41

We looked at the Dulwich picture gallery but the caterers attached to the cafe were appalling and it was going to end up costing more than Claridgres!

In the end we went to the mandarin oriental Hyde park.

beigeslippers Sat 14-Dec-13 19:44:27

Just flashed mandarin oriental in front of fiancée (still hate using that term?!) and he goes 'yep that's great..' Lol

Templeton House in Roehampton is lovely. Went there for a wedding a few years ago. Gorgeous grounds and beautiful old house.

Actually, looks like a private residence now so maybe they don't allow weddings anymore.

Manchesterhistorygirl Sat 14-Dec-13 19:58:55

My friend is a London wedding photographer and he's been to lots of different venues and they are all pictured and blogged on his website. That might give you some ideas. I don't think I can advertise for him on here, but if you pm me I can link you his webpage.

Taffeta Sat 14-Dec-13 19:59:46

Awww we got married at the Trafalgar Tavern. Gorgeous, thoroughly recommend.

ScottishDiblet Sat 14-Dec-13 20:11:54

Mumofthemoos we got married at the mandarin too! Did Kelly Hunt organise your wedding? She is amazing isn't she? I think our wedding was the best one we've been to (!) - amazing food and venue!

MumOfTheMoos Sat 14-Dec-13 20:22:08

Ah, Scottishdiblet, I don't remember that it was Kelly Hunt but as a venue I wouldn't have changed a thing! We actually got married in the room that opens out onto the garden on the park and then had our meal in a lovely room at the front. Everything was perfect and I loved it!

I loved coming up from the 'royal' gate in the park!!!

Gooseysgirl Sat 14-Dec-13 20:25:43

We attended a wedding at the Soho Hotel (Richmond Mews in Central London) a couple of years ago and we thought it was fab! Not sure if they can take 80 though but well worth a look..

ScottishDiblet Sat 14-Dec-13 21:30:22

Oh Mumofthemoos that room is just stunning - we had some photos in there (is it called the loggia room?) and it is just so beautiful. I didn't arrive by the royal entrance but we had group photos out there on a red carpet and people in the park waved and said hello! It was so lovely. Best day ever (until our daughter was born 51 weeks later!). Thank you for reminiscing with me! OP do keep us updated with your planning. And good luck with it all!

Hobbes8 Sat 14-Dec-13 21:35:33

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Hobbes8 Sat 14-Dec-13 21:39:04

Whoops! If you like the idea of being on the river, several rowing clubs hold weddings. We got married at London Rowing Club in Putney, and there was another club down the same road which also does weddings. We wanted quite an informal do - registry office followed by pub or something - but it turned out to be less faff to have the ceremony and reception in the same venue.

We had around 75 guests and a smaller budget so it shouldn't be a problem budget wise. Then main room overlooks the Thames and there's a big balcony over the river.

We also really liked the function room at The Star and Garter, just a few doors down.

beigeslippers Sat 14-Dec-13 21:40:02

The mandarin does look amazing, just hope on enquiring it isn't devastatingly expensive (too much to hope for?!). Good that 2 of you can vouch for it though, thanks x

ScottishDiblet Sat 14-Dec-13 21:54:45

Beige, I have to admit that the mandarin oriental isn't cheap. You can do it more cheaply than we did though by not having champagne at the reception and choosing cheaper food, and inviting fewer guests etc. But we felt that you did get a lot of things you don't directly pay for eg. Stunning venue, amazing service, free wedding planning, a free room after the wedding, a room to actually get married in rather than going to a registry office. Etc etc. But it's not cheap. One place we loved but didn't go for, was the old national liberal club on horse guards parade/one Whitehall. It is amazing - has a real
Wow factor, and you can have the ceremony there too. Wonderful venue. We didn't choose it because we did a tasting there and they put nuts in the dishes deposited being asked not to as I'm allergic. It's not the end of the world but it was a deal breaker for me. Other weddings we have been to in London and loved were syon house (amazing and very good on a budget as you can choose from a list of caterers etc), templeton in roehampton (as someone else said above), eltham palace (very grand but national trust so not outrageously expensive, and you can get married there). For us the key was somewhere easy to get to, where we could feed and water people to their hearts content, have a dance and easy to get home from. I wish you luck with your search!

Six Fitzroy Square is a gorgeous townhouse in Fitzrovia (near Euston/Marylebone) run by a charity called the Georgian Group.

MoreSlummyThanYummy Sat 14-Dec-13 22:02:03

The Conservatory at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, simply beautiful!

eurochick Sat 14-Dec-13 22:02:55

The Queen's House is the one at the bottom of the Park with the lovely covered walkway. The Ranger's House is at the top (also lovely but have no idea if they do weddings there).

I've seen Facebook pics of a wedding at Syon House and it looked fab.

Another thought for something a bit quirky is the Orangerie at the Horniman Museum.

eurochick Sat 14-Dec-13 22:03:13


Sheeesh! Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park.... HERE

Other than that, Cannizaro House in Wimbledon does weddings. [[ here]

Perissa Sat 14-Dec-13 22:29:11

Ranger's House does do weddings. There are a few other English Heritage places in London too.

beigeslippers Sat 14-Dec-13 23:52:21

Thanks v much for all the recommendations...I shall look into them and carry on the research as my job for Sunday! Xx

Blondie1984 Sun 15-Dec-13 00:00:33

One marylebone is lovely

ScottishDiblet Sun 15-Dec-13 07:43:14

One marylebone is lovely, I agree. But it's such a blank canvas that I think it would end up costing a fortune.

callamia Sun 15-Dec-13 07:52:29

The Trafalgar is lovely, and I've also been to a really nice wedding at Kew Gardens.

The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is also beautiful for gardens and the conservatory.

ScottishDiblet Sun 15-Dec-13 08:37:36

Kew gardens is amazing but v. v expensive and you have to work around the opening times of the gardens so it can be tricky timing-wise.

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