I love a London wedding! As a wedding photographer, I come across lots of different venues. Some of the best venues in London are hidden gems that are interesting and unique, rich with their own personalities. Brides can be concerned with the cost of a wedding, but a London wedding doesn’t have to cost the Earth! In this post I want to highlight a few venues that are both quirky and affordable. You might not have heard of these places, but I consider them among my favourites!
Wimbourne House is a funky and unique wedding venue in the heart of East London. It is a super stylish, urban setting with a large open floor plan and beautiful old windows. Since it is normally a photo studio, it is bathed in amazing, natural light and features a variety of diverse backgrounds like white washed walls and exposed brickwork. Interesting vintage pieces are dotted around the venue like vintage bikes, pommel horses and a barber’s chair. Guests can lounge on the leather sofas or chill out on bean bags outside on the large roof terrace. The terrace has stunning views of the city and the urban landscape surrounding the studio. This venue would be a stylish backdrop for your wedding day.
For more inspiration, take a look at Nicola and Lloyd’s wonderful summer wedding photographed at Wimbourne House.
The Peasant in Clerkenwell is a wonderful London pub with great food and an informal atmosphere. This relaxed venue is awash with color, decorated with circus memorabilia and other eclectic items. Walls are adorned with film and band posters and the bar has an original mosaic-tiled floor, giving it a cool and edgy vibe. There is even a cute little roof terrace! Clerkenwell, with its pretty architecture, is a great backdrop for couple photos. The Peasant is a fantastic place for a London wedding with beautiful light and great character.
If you would like to see more, take a look the photographs taken at Lou and Andy’s funky London wedding at The Peasant.
West Reservoir Centre
West Reservoir Centre is a fantastic canvas to personalize and decorate. Originally a water filter house on the side of the reservoir, this architectural delight is flooded with natural light and offers super–high ceilings and beautiful views. The outdoor terraces overlook the reservoir, but inside, the original water processing equipment gives this space a cool, industrial feel. As an added bonus, there is a dedicated events team to look after you! This laid-back and low-key venue is also very close to Manor House tube making it convenient for guests.
Take a look at Sophie and Andrew’s relaxed wedding celebration I photographed at West Reservoir Centre.
Queen Mary University
Book lovers and academics, rejoice! What better place for your wedding than a real campus? Queen Mary University is located in the heart of East London and makes for an elegant and unique ceremony and reception venue. Your wedding can happen right on the University campus where lecture halls double as event venues. Imagine your wedding breakfast in the impressive Octagon Room, which was once home to the college library. Colourful books line the walls and the domed ceiling makes for a very inspiring atmosphere. Enjoy cocktails on the Queen’s Building lawns with a stunning Victorian clock tower in the background. The closest tube is Mile End, making this a convenient choice for both a civil ceremony and reception.
For more inspiration, here is a wedding I photographed at this quirky venue.
06 St Chad’s Place
06 St. Chad’s Place is an urban venue that is centrally located; tucked just behind King’s Cross Station. This restored Victorian warehouse boasts high ceilings, railway murals and delicious food. The original brick walls and gleaming wood doors and ceilings give a cool vibe that is both rustic and funky at the same time. Both a restaurant and live music venue, this industrial space would make a great backdrop for your wedding decorations, but at the same time looks stylish with a relaxed, minimalist look.
To get a feel for 06 Chad’s Place, take a look at this wedding I had the pleasure of photographing.
For more information or ideas, please feel free to get in touch with me to discuss your wedding photography requirements at these or any other London venues!