Historic wedding venues London
Royal weddings, intrigue, pageantry, tradition and grandeur are all words that spring to mind when you think of Royal Palaces. Steeped in history and elegance London’s Royal Palaces make a fantastic backdrop to your wedding day, especially if you’re looking for a to add splendour and a sense of sophistication and truly wow your guests.
1. Hampton Court Palace
Originally the home of Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace, is one of my favourite Royal Palaces, not only because both the exterior and interior of the Palace is spellbinding but the beautiful grounds that surround it are equally attractive.
Initially looking at Hampton Court Palace you may be forgiven for thinking that you can only hold large scale weddings here, but there are also options for holding smaller and more intimate weddings if you don’t have upwards of 200 guests. The Little Banqueting House, can hold up to 50 guests and boasts views of the Thames as well as beautiful 18th Century paintings and murals. This room can be combined with the Garden Room for a larger wedding reception if you’re looking to hold a smaller ceremony first.
If you’re getting married during Summer or Autumn, the Garden Room makes the perfect setting due to the light that floods in through the French windows, allowing the Summer or Autumn light to shine through. With a capacity for up to 180 guests and including access to the walled garden for those all-important photographs, this room makes a great choice for a larger wedding.
The Great Hall, originally designed as a feasting chamber for Henry VIII, the Hall makes a dramatic backdrop for your wedding. With a capacity of up to 220 guests, if you’re having a large wedding then this would be a fabulous option for a lavish wedding. £££-££££
2. Kensington Palace
Currently home to British Royalty, Kensington Palace is still a living, breathing Palace so if you’re looking for somewhere with timeless elegance this Kensington Palace makes the perfect choice. The Palace only allows a certain number of weddings a year, so if you’re looking for exclusivity then this venue should be high up on your list.
The State Apartments are available for evening hire and are licenced for civil ceremonies for up to 150 guests or if you’re looking for both a daytime and evening venue then the Kensington Palace Pavilion which can hold up to 300 guests is great if you’re looking for a larger wedding venue that still holds elegance and charm. ££££
3. Banqueting House
Located in Westminster and built in 1622, the Banqueting House is an elegant venue adorned with pillars and chandeliers. This venue is ideal for large weddings, between 300-400 guests and is available for both civil ceremonies and receptions. Both the Undercroft and Main Hall are licensed for civil ceremonies, both of which provide a stunning location for your wedding and guest photos.
The Undercroft, is an atmospheric venue with vaulted ceilings for either your civil ceremony or drinks reception where 150 guests can watch you say your vows or 380 guests can join you for your post ceremony drinks.
If you’re looking for a historical venue that lends itself to exclusivity and uniqueness then the Banqueting House is definitely one to consider. £££
4. Kew Palace
Set within the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, West London Kew Palace is ideal for a small reception setting for up to 40 guests. The stunning red-brick villa, with its lush gardens and lavish interiors makes a lovely setting for an intimate reception venue, in the King’s Dining Room, where George III hosted lively dinners.
Stepping back into the 18th Century, the Great Kitchen is a truly unique venue for your reception surrounded by copper boilers, charcoal stoves, colourful brickwork and plants.
What better way to celebrate your wedding day in an historic Grade 1 listed venue set within picturesque grounds? ££-£££
5. Tower of London
Home to the crown jewels, beefeaters and plenty of history, if you’re looking for a venue with character and an interesting past then look no further.
The Tower doesn’t hold wedding ceremonies but you can hold your reception here and transport your guests back in time and include a private view of the Crown Jewels or allow them to stand witness to the ancient Ceremony of the Keys. There are various areas to hold your reception which will depend on the number of guests you have.
The White Tower is the oldest and most recognisable building at the Tower, and the King’s Great Hall which can hold up to 250 for a reception is a great backdrop for your wedding. The New Armouries is the largest space to hold your reception as it holds up to 300 guests. It offers a flexible space with natural light and wooden beamed ceilings. For up to 80 guests why not hold your reception Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. When regimental functions aren’t taking place you can hire this venue the room is filled with splendid oil paintings of venerable field marshals and historic displays of regimental colours.
The Tower has been a visitor attraction since the 18th century, so why not make your wedding day part of the Tower’s history.