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London reception venues - any recommendations?

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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

MsAspreyDiamonds Wed 08-Jan-14 20:54:49

This is in Forest Hill SE London

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.

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 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.

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

One marylebone is lovely

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

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.

QuintessentialShadows Sat 14-Dec-13 22:05:17

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

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

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


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.

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

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

TeaandHobnobs Sat 14-Dec-13 22:00:58

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

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!

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

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.

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

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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!

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..

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!!!

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!

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

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

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.

AntoinetteCosway Sat 14-Dec-13 19:57:30

AntoinetteCosway Sat 14-Dec-13 19:57:18

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

AntoinetteCosway Sat 14-Dec-13 19:55:49

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

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