Central London’s 5 best period wedding venues
Before choosing a caterer, or looking for live band hire in London, finding the right wedding venue is the number one Big Job for any couple.
If you want your wedding to have style, class, and a little bit of something different, a period venue is the perfect choice. Not only will your guests love the classic architecture and original features, your photographs will too! Here are 5 of central London’s best.
1. The Foundling Museum, Bloomsbury
Known for being “the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery”, the Foundling Museum is a stunning Georgian building with an impressive art collection. If you and your other half are determined to get married surrounded by interesting history, you couldn’t find many better places.
They have rooms of different sizes for intimate ceremonies, champagne receptions, and formal dinners. You’ll be surrounded throughout by beautiful portraits from hundreds of years ago.
2. The Ned, the City
With its restored parquet floor and authentic 18th Century chandelier, the Ned’s Saloon is a truly memorable setting for any wedding or civil partnership.
As recently as 2012, The Ned was a disused old bank in the City of London. Just sitting there. It was restored by the people behind Soho House and reopened with classic furniture, hand-painted walls, even a giant vault door leading you into the restaurant.
3. Claridge’s, Mayfair
If you’re willing to max out every conceivable budget, Claridge’s is the place for you. One of the capital’s most famous hotels, Claridge’s is known for glamour, opulence, and the beautiful Foyer restaurant.
Lined with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and gold detailing, the art deco ballroom is the perfect place to tie the knot. The room was created by interior designer Guy Oliver to reflect the opulence of the 1920s. Claridge’s itself is steeped in history from that era, and “the bright young things of London make (it) their place to party”. You can too!
4. Victorian Bath House, the City
A self-proclaimed “hidden gem” (we’re inclined to agree!), Victorian Bath House is truly atmospheric. When your guests are arriving, they’ll never miss it – its beautiful terracotta brickwork stands out a mile amongst all the glass and chrome financial buildings.
It’s much smaller than many other central London venues (90 guests max), but it makes it all the more intimate.
5. Institute of Contemporary Arts, St James’s
If you’re a fan of all the classic features, but a bit turned off by the prospect of saying your vows underneath serious-looking portraits of important people , the ICA’s ballroom is the one for you.
Renovated to a modern standard, the Nash and Brandon Rooms are clean, white and spacious, with simple table decorations. It’s everything you’d expect from a building that showcases the Contemporary Arts.
Make sure you put on the ritz! Live band hire in London
Want to match your beautiful period venue with the right live band hire in London? The Jazz Spivs play authentic, toe-tapping, Charleston-ready 1920s jazz. They’re known for getting the party started at wedding venues up and down the country!