Hello, hello, hello! I’m back with another little blog and today I want to share some of my favourite London wedding venues. Some of them you’ll probably have heard of, and others you may not even expect to host weddings, which makes them perfect for capturing that unique, contemporary look that lots of more traditional venues – as amazing and beautiful as they are – just can’t quite deliver. And as you know, at Betty Lou Design, I’m all about putting that fresh twist on tradition, that’s just how I roll. Anyway, enough of this, let’s get into my picks…
Above: God’s Own Junkyard
1. GOD’S OWN JUNKYARD
First of all, I’ve gone for the star of many an Instagram feed and general neon wonderland, God’s Own Junkyard. Brought to my attention by the lovely Lisa Johnson at Carmella Weddings, this amazing space is now an official wedding venue – I was literally so excited! Located in Walthamstow, North East London, the café is home to hundreds of iconic neon signs, including some from films like Eyes Wide Shut, Superman and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – just think of those wedding pictures!!!!
SAGER & WILDE
Next up is this amazing restaurant on Paradise Row, just minutes from Bethnal Green tube station. Situated under some railway arches, if you’re after a trendy, cool East London vibe, then look no further. With a terrace, restaurant and mezzanine private dining room, it gives you a number of super-cool spaces to play with and really make the venue your own – whatever time of year you decide to tie the knot.
Above: Hoxton Arches
I’m sticking in East London for venue number 3, which just so happens to be the über cool Hoxton Arches. Originally opened as a gallery, it can be hired bare bones, a blank canvas for your theme or you can take the option of having contemporary artwork hanging on the walls – giving you a stunning backdrop for your reception. Perfect for a minimalistic, urban vibe, if bare brick and natural colours are your thing this will be right up your street.
Above: Asylum Chapel. Photograph: Jo Dennis
Now, don’t get freaked out by the name, this isn’t that sort of asylum! A grade 2 listed building, it was built in 1826 and is just 2 minutes down the road from Queens Road Peckham Station. It’s exclusive to ceremonies though, so you’ll have to head elsewhere for food, booze and most importantly the dance off! The original brickwork, décor and stained-glass windows still remain – which all look amazing with simple festoon lighting, candles and flowers. It’s stunning and elegant, in a rustic, cool kinda’ way, that only adds to the unique vibe of the place.
ISLINGTON METAL WORKS
Unconventional but definitely memorable, Islington Metal Works is the perfect backdrop for a creative couple. Located in the heart of Islington, it’ full of quirky features – like a bar in a London Tube carriage, (sounds amazing right?!) so you can really put your own stamp on the space and make your day truly unique. There’s even a huge, Islington typographic mural outside the entrance, which for someone who’s as obsessed with typography as me, is a pretty big deal.
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WEST RESERVOIR, NORTH LONDON
Another Hackney favourite – I think there might be a trend developing here – the West Reservoir Centre is a pretty damn unique venue, even if I do say so myself. The centerpiece is a four-storey main tower, which still features original water processing equipment and amazing, exposed steel decor. Sitting high above guest’s heads, it’s guaranteed to deliver that industrial, statement feel without getting in the way. Either side of the main tower the space boasts two wooden terraces, which look over the glistening water making them perfect for summer receptions, and a photographer’s dream.
Sitting on a traditional cobbled street not far from the river in East London you’ll find Studio Spaces. This is another venue that you can really put your own stamp on. And you’ll have plenty to work with thanks to the polished concrete floors and industrial lighting – which complements the amazing natural light beautifully. Of course, it wouldn’t be a super cool urban venue without exposed brickwork, pipes and pillars. Packed full of history this is the perfect spot to put a contemporary twist on all things traditional.
Above: Borough Market
THE MARKET HALL, BOROUGH MARKET
Borough Market has to be one of my fave places in London. The buzz, the smells, the small bars and the restaurants, there’s just something about it, it’s just got an amazing vibe. So, imagine how excited I was to find out you can hire it for weddings! The Market Hall itself is a crazy, modern space with a really natural feel. You’ll be surrounded by towering vertical planters, packed with luscious greenery (you might know I’ve got a thing about Pantone’s colour of the year) and be able to look out onto Borough High Street through the epic glass façade – which floods the space with amazing natural light for those all-important shots.
Above: Boundary. Photograph: Via Elle Weddings
Like the sound of a rooftop reception? Then Boundary, in Shoreditch will be just your cup of tea. Walking distance from Shoreditch Town Hall (the walk alone is an amazing photo opp), the venue’s 360 degree views take in Canary Wharf, the Barbican, the Gherkin and plenty of other iconic London architecture. The décor is stunning, with all the little touches that make rooftop bars special, so there’s no wonder it’s such a popular spot. With the sun setting, it’s got to be one of the most beautiful and memorable backdrops for a modern, urban wedding.
Above: The Barbican. Photograph Blondie Photography
One of the most unusual venues in London, let alone this list. Getting married at The Barbican Conservatory is like getting married in the jungle – in the best possible way! Home to exotic fish and 2,000 species of tropical plants, it’s ideal for couples with tropical or natural themes – or anyone in love with greenery right now! With room to seat up to 250 guests…yes you read that right, 250, space won’t be an issue and with Searcys as in-house caterers, you know the foot will be top notch. With plenty of secluded areas for couples photography and a stunning space featuring floor to ceiling windows for iconic views of London’s skyline you can’t go far wrong.
So there you have it. My little run down of some of London’s best urban wedding venues. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration and if you do decide to book any of these bad boys then let me know if I can help you with stationery to match.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next post, coming soon!