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Elegantly Modern Wedding Venues in London

London’s historic roots and stylish present have made the city a treasure trove of romantic venues to tie the knot, where traditional and modern values blend to create a simply magical wedding for you and yours. Grand architecture, sophisticated interiors, antique details—all the bases are covered in the historic museums and mansions that make up the UK’s most iconic city. But beyond the quintessential spots, London is also home to hidden gem venues that allow you to put your own creative spin on the big day—reception underneath a historic ship included! Traditional and romantic, contemporary and minimalist, whatever is calling your name, we’ve rounded up the best spots so you can save time on searching and skip right to the good part, like cake.

Reporter: Erica Nichols & Jake Kilroy 

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The Fitzrovia Chapel

London, United Kingdom
Tall vaulted ceilings, impressive mosaics and breathtaking architectural details are just a few of the reasons we love The Fitzrovia Chapel. Long before you say “I do,” the chapel is a hidden gem for a magical proposal. When the big day comes around, the venue continues to impress as a location where history, art and romance combine for an ever-lasting memory. 
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Asylumlearn more

After a few hundred years, this chapel keeps a history that's anything but average. Having played home to everyone from artists to retired pub landlords, this one-of-a-kind venue has theatre-style seating and colorful architecture. It's cinematic enough to be a movie set.
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Cutty Sark

London, United Kingdom
There are weddings on ships, and then there are weddings aboard Cutty Stark, the world’s last remaining tea clipper. The famous ship has been perfectly preserved and creates an iconic reception space below the shining, copper hull for up to 300 guests, or can host a more intimate affair on the ‘Tween or Weather decks.
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Syon Park

London, United Kingdom
For a quintessential London wedding, the manicured gardens and classical interiors of Syon Park are unmatched. Your ceremony can be held in the show-stopping Great Hall for a larger gathering or the State Dining Room for a more intimate crowd. The exclusive inner courtyard or the Colonnade, which overlooks the water meadows, are ideal spots for your post-ceremony cocktails.
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Brunswick House

London, United Kingdom
A Brunswick House wedding is exactly what a 300-year-old Georgian mansion wedding should be: elegant, lavish and naturally glamorous. Say “I do” in intimate settings like the parlor room, library, or saloon, each decorated with unique antiques and romantic details.
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Wilton's

London, United Kingdom
A music hall that won't let up on good vibes, this spectacular space wants you to have the time of your life, truly. Given a history of world-class productions and a beloved local community, you can rest assured this crew is on your side and plan to put on the grandest wedding in history.
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Kew Gardens

London, United Kingdom
As the oldest of the 19th Century glass houses, this historical venue offers floor-to-ceiling windows that welcome in natural daylight. The epic architecture surrounds itself with stunning gardens, making the venue feel even more powerful.
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Paradise by Way of Kensal Greenlearn more

Go restless and eclectic for your wedding with an experienced staff that's ready to deliver. Fewer indoor-outdoor spaces make as grand a use of color as this secret hot spot. Hell, it's hard to find a more welcoming yet private space in West London.
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V&A Museum of Childhood

London, United Kingdom
The beloved children’s museum can also turn into your dream wedding, thanks to its multiple, versatile ceremony and reception spaces throughout the venue. Set in a stunning 19th-century Victorian building, you can say “I do” in the Marble Floor main area, which features the museum’s famous fish scale marble floor and leads out to multiple gallery rooms for a truly special experience.
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Battersea Arts Centre

London, United Kingdom
Battersea Arts Centre combines history with modern, artistic touches to create a uniquely gorgeous space to host your big day. Look no further than their Grand Hall, an architectural masterpiece that accommodates 300 seated guests, or the adjacent Council Chamber for an intimate and elegant wedding to remember.

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Royal Museums Greenwichlearn more

If you're looking for history, beauty, passion and power all in one place, this sparkling spread of event spaces has you covered. Just a short stroll from the Thames, which potentially means a boat arrival for your wedding, this fantastic venue has what you need, whether you're hosting five people or 1,500.
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Horniman Museum & Gardenslearn more

Home to 16 acres of award-winning gardens, this glass Victorian conservatory is downright magical. With several venue options throughout the museum and surrounding verdant grounds, such a stylish spread ensures you get the exact vibe you're after for your big day.
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Hotel Café Royal

London, United Kingdom
This stately stunner has been a wedding favorite for the past 150 years. The Pompadour Ballroom wows with Louis XVI-inspired decor (think fresco ceilings) and an outdoor terrace with an impressive view. Contemporary lovers will swoon for Queensberry, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and Piccadilly Circus views. Whether you’re hosting an exclusive or extravagant wedding, the luxury hotel offers signature spaces that combine the classic with the modern for a totally unique London experience.
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Home Houselearn more

In this former 18th Century residence of a fun-having countess, you can be as grand and lively as you want. It's actually the city's most exclusive private members' club, so you know this Georgian townhouse in Portman Square delivers friendly, relaxed and cool.
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Shoreditch Studios

London, United Kingdom
This urban warehouse studio is ideal for those with a vision. With over 6000-square-feet of high-ceiling space, Shoreditch Studios is a chic and industrial blank slate for your wildest wedding dreams, complete with exposed brick and three separate ‘studio’ areas to plan out your big day.
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Trinity Buoy Wharf

London, United Kingdom
Just a mile off Canary Wharf, settled on the Thames, this area's where you'll find happening spots as well as London's only lighthouse. As industrial or historic as you want for your special day, this superb venue keeps a private pier, which means you and your guests can arrive by boat or simply lounge on a boat to mellow out from activities.
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The Boundary Project

London, United Kingdom
This converted Victorian warehouse is one of East London’s most talked about wedding venue. There are a few sites to choose from within the stylish building, including an urban rooftop for intimate ceremonies, an open-air brick vault and a lavish suite to tie the knot in private. 
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AMP Studios

London, United Kingdom
Situated in two railway arches, AMP Studios brings an industrial and modern approach to weddings, with exposed brick and open space to add your personal touch. Plus, the studio is just an eight-minute walk to Asylum Chapel, their sister chapel to provide easy access between the ceremony and reception.
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Dartmouth House

London, United Kingdom
Live your best Downton Abbey life on your big day at the Dartmouth House. The historic mansion pulls all the stops to create an elegant backdrop throughout the property, think marble staircase, outdoor courtyard and antique furnishings. The house can host up to 100 guests for the ceremony and up to 450 for standing receptions.
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Barbican Conservatorylearn more

A magnificent collection of more than 2,000 species of tropical plants, birds, and exotic fish, this jungle oasis somehow calls the big city home. As unusual as it is awe-inspiring, Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue is a Brutalist masterpiece. Truly, floor your wedding guests with help from a dedicated event team at this glass-roofed sanctuary.
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Royal Exchange

London, United Kingdom
​A first-class event venue, this unique creative space is truly a space to behold, with fantastic photographic opportunities. Beyond the grand entrance's flawless first impression, guests can roam a hotel ballroom, dining space, lounge, and canapé reception area.
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Sketchlearn more

A favorite destination for Instagrammers, artists, and music lovers, this epic two-floor venue is all cheer. A collection of cool and culinary in Mayfair, this converted 18th Century building is adored by locals and critics alike.
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$334 avg. room rate
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Ace Hotel London Shoreditchlearn more

Tucked in the promised land for landmark creatives and renegade artists, this neighborhood favorite carries an adventurous and innovative spirit. Meanwhile, totally modern while being entirely comfortable, this spacious hotel is all the hip you need or want, with all the exquisite details of a killer stay.
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Chelsea Physic Gardenlearn more

A stylish affair since the 17th Century, this high-walled hidden gem celebrates nature in all its vibrant glory—even in the big city. Gorgeous gardens with nearly 5,000 different plants surround any couple’s special day at this unique and lush oasis.
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The Savoy

London, United Kingdom
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more grand gesture of romance than a Savoy wedding. Ideal for grand receptions, the luxury hotel’s popular Lancaster Ballroom can accommodate up to 300 guests in a lavish, elegant setting. For an intimate wedding, consider their Royal Suite, which takes up half of the fifth floor for a civil ceremony, cocktail reception and private dinner with the river as its wow-factor backdrop.
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Stationers' Hall and Gardenlearn more

Tracing its origins back to the 15th Century, this glamorous hall plays home to The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. With three imposing, interlinking rooms, each with impressive detail, it's no wonder this is among the most sought-after venues in the city.
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One Marylebonelearn more

Built in 1826 as its own ‘island’ of sorts, this charming and grand venue makes for the perfect setting for an intimate wedding. Only a skip from Regents Park, the modish space offers galleries and halls alike for you and your favorite people.
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$444 avg. room rate
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Haymarket Hotellearn more

In the city's extraordinary theatre district, this lively hotel invites you to party in contemporary style and sharply done architecture. With individually designed suites, a conservatory, a library, and an 18-metre swimming pool, you won’t have any moment of wanting more. It also helps that this remarkable retreat keeps more than one bar and lounge.
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Springlearn more

Aptly named for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, this beautiful dining space set in the iconic Somerset House is a celebration of seasonal food. With heartfelt, wholesome, and produce-riven cooking, this joyful cuisine comes to life thanks to a passionate team who feel privileged to work with such quality ingredients.
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Beach Blanket Babylon, Shoreditchlearn more

Strutting its stuff across four floors of a chic Victorian warehouse, this bohemian venue with Parisian charm is ideal for the wildest, most glamorous wedding in town. Quirky decadence and eclectic oddities make for a seriously splendid backdrop. It's also considered the naughty younger sibling of the Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill, so you know it's a happening place to be.
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Garden Museumlearn more

At the country’s only museum to celebrate the art, design, and history of gardens, you can be assured of beauty. The venue’s surroundings couldn’t be more perfect either. Housed in the former church of St. Mary at Lambeth, the venue is next to Lambeth Palace and just across the river from the Houses of Parliament.
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$247 avg. room rate
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Courthouse Hotel Shoreditchlearn more

One of the most beloved luxury boutique hotels in town used to hold the criminal likes of the Kray Brothers, back when it was the Old Street Magistrates’ Court & Police Station. These days, it’s a stunning collection of spacious suites, complete with restaurants, bars, a bowling alley, a spa, and a high-end cinema. The joint plays off its infamy, tipping its cap to an outlaw past with drinks such as “The Slammer.”
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